The National Ski Patrol honored the Minocqua Winter Park Ski Patrol, a local chapter, with the award of National Outstanding Nordic Patrol for the 2012-13 season. A high honor, this recognition is given to the single most outstanding Nordic Ski Patrol in the entire United States.
Minocqua Winter Park Patrol won this award after being nominated and judged through an extensive point system on their merits and what they have brought to the table for Minocqua Winter Park and the Nordic Skiing Community. The group was runner-up for the award after the 2010-11 season.
The donation-supported, all-volunteer force of a dozen patrollers was recognized for their dedication to serving at high school and middle school ski races. They serve at Winter Park on over 30 days during the snow season, mainly on weekends and around holidays, and additionally at Winter Park’s citizen ski, snowshoe, and trail running races.
The Minocqua Winter Park Patrol is organized by Betty Adams, Patrol Representative and board member of the Lakeland Ski Touring Foundation. Adams also coordinates Outdoor Emergency Care refresher courses and CPR certification courses for ski patrollers.
The Winter Park patrollers were also chosen due to their leadership role by supplying the area with a Region Nordic Advisor, Assistant Region Director, and several Outdoor Emergency Care Instructors. “This is a very dedicated group of individuals who enjoy skiing and enjoy helping others,” said Adams.
Other awards Minocqua Winter Park has acquired have been, 2011 Region Outstanding Nordic Patrol, 2011 Division Outstanding Nordic Patrol, 2012 two Region Certificates of Appreciation for Patrollers.
Minocqua Winter Park & Nordic Center is a true, comprehensive winter park featuring 100-plus kilometer of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, snow tubing, and ice skating. To get to Minocqua Winter Park from U.S. Highway 51, turn onto Wisconsin State Highway 70 West and travel 6.8 miles. Then turn left onto Squirrel Lake Road and go 4.5 miles to Scotchman Lake Road and follow the signs into the park via Squirrel Hill Road.
For more information on Minocqua Winter Park, call 715-356-3309 or visit www.minocquawinterpark.org.