Far West Division National Ski Patrol

Calling FWD Patrollers to provide Sea Otter Classic service!
April 14-16, 2020
First-aid and course-marshal service, two fun barbecues mean fun for patrollers, family and friends at Laguna Seca Raceway,

Far West Division patrols, patrollers and families/friends are invited to team up for first-aid duty and course marshaling for the Sea Otter Classic, April 16-19, 2020 at Laguna Seca Raceway near Monterey/Salinas, CA. This is the USA’s largest outdoor biking extravaganza.

Join us for fun and a big Saturday night BBQ at Laguna Seca; prepare to eat and drink well! NSP members camp, FREE, at Ski Patrol Central for a night, two or four, enjoy barbecues, get time to ride their bikes, attend the huge trade show and make new NSP friends!

The Sea Otter Classic features everything from mountain biking, dual slalom, road racing and cross-country - thrills and spills that draw 10,000+ (yes, 10,000) competitors, ranging from avid pro and amateur bikers - and 72,000 spectators. A trade show with 650+ vendors; see: http://www.seaotterclassic.com.

By serving as first-aiders, course marshals and non-medical SAG wagon drivers, the patrollers and friend’s volunteer service can earn a share of $5,700 for their patrols!

Patrollers, family and friends are offered no-cost FREE camping right in the Laguna Seca paddock at Ski Patrol Central, FREE admission to the festival, FREE lunch and cool volunteer t-shirt! Motorhomes, camping trailers and tents make for cozy accommodations and all will enjoy the Friday and Saturday night NSP barbeques! Make new NSP friends and share your NSP talents for this grand event!

Mark your calendars, April 16-19, 2020: To volunteer or for more info, call or email: (tviall@msn.com) Tim Viall, Coordinator for NSP Volunteers for the Sea Otter Classic, Cell ph: 209.969.3875; or
email

2020 Sea Otter recruitment flyer,
click here
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New NSP Bike Patrol being formed for American River Parkway, Sacramento

Far West Division patrollers, hosts and alumni are invited to consider joining the new NSP-backed American River Bike Patrol in Sacramento.

Sacramento County supervisors are expected to approve the new patrol in February, and recruiting and training will get underway in February, March and April, with the new Patrol expected to “go live“ in June.

The American River Parkway offers a complex of about 85 miles of paved and unpaved trails. Bike patrollers will act as trail ambassadors, eyes and ears for Park Rangers, offering trail advice, local knowledge, equipment assistance and first aid as required.

NSP patrollers, hosts and alumni with current outdoor emergency care or outdoor first care can come aboard, after a day of trail training, as “secondary members“ and patrol primarily in summer and fall months, around snow ski season. For NSP members whose first-aid credential has lapsed, an Outdoor First Care course will be offered to bring you up to first-aid standards required.

Information meetings are scheduled for February 20, 6:30 PM at Shriners Hospital in Sacramento, and February 29, 9 AM, at Camp Connell on the American River Parkway. Attendance not required, but these meetings will answer just about any questions you might have.

Click here for flyer

For more information and detail, please send name, patrol, type first aid credential, address, email and phone number to Tim Viall, FWD bike patrol advocate,
click here for email, or phone 209.969.3875.