Board of Directors Campaign

2021 Granite Peak Board of Directors Member at Large Candidates

Beth Novicki

With the new ski season upon us, changes are occurring rapidly. With that in mind, a board is being developed with 3 positions available to our GPSP family.

I would hope to be able to represent us on this board. My focus would be as a liaison between management, and our patrollers.

Information would be timely in being presented to the board, and reported back to the patrol.

My background has many management positions. I also have served on committees for staff grievances and resolution at a corporate level.

I am detailed oriented, inclusive, and happy to help out when I can.

This is a sampling of what I can bring to the table. 

Thank you for your consideration,

Beth Novicki

Daren Lukes

Granite Peak Ski Patrol Members, I am running for the position of Board of Directors Member at Large. In the history of the GPSP Board of Directors, it has been made up of only former Patrol Representatives. For some of us interested in participating, the distance from the hill has made it prohibitive to participate and have a positive impact on the organization as a whole.

With the advent of Zoom and similar on-line meeting platforms, it has made it possible for folks to participate from a distance. Fortunately for me, I have recently taken on a new position in Merrill and will be close to the hill during the week. With that said, I share with you some of my background to help you make your decision when voting takes place.

I began my Ski Patrol career in the fall of 1999 and passed my ski, toboggan and OEC at Skyline ski area in Adams Friendship, WI. in 2002, Skyline closed and I moved to Christmas Mountain in the Dells and became an OEC and instructor. In 2004, I moved to Granite Peak and became a toboggan instructor and completed my Senior Alpine and OEC. In 2015, I successfully completed the NSP Certified Program achieving Alpine Certified status.

Throughout my tenure in the National Ski Patrol, I received a Purple Merit Star, National Appointment #11652, Region Administrative Patroller of the year as well as National Runner Up and a Meritorious Service Award for my time as Senior Supervisor.

During my time at Granite Peak, I have been in the following roles;

  • Section Chief in the North Central Region
  • Division Senior Supervisor for the Central Division
  • Division Alpine Skills Development Senior Instructor
  • Division Skills Development Team Member
  • Region Administrative Assistant
  • GPSP, Region and Division Webmaster
  • North Central Region Toboggan Instructor Trainer
  • Division Assistant Certified Supervisor

I have a passion for Ski Patrol and continuous learning. I am a Level II PSIA instructor, Toboggan Instructor, OEC Instructor Senior Program Instructor and Certified Program Instructor. My greatest reward is seeing someone have their AH-HA moments and seeing Patrollers be successful in their Patrol journey. I am currently your Senior Program Instructor and having a blast watching the success.

I would be honored to serve you on the GPSP Board of Directors. Thank you for your consideration.

Daren Lukes
NSP 208746
National 11652
Certified 791

Jeff Blume

This is to inform you that I am interested in throwing my hat in the ring so to speak for one of the new positions opening up on the Board of Directors. I think it would be a great learning experience for me and an opportunity to work with others at a new level of teamwork. 

This will be my twentieth year as an Alpine Patroller. In that time I have been a Senior Patroller since 2003-2004 season. I also served as the IOR for Ski and Toboggan training for a few years as well as an instructor for 15 years. I have also been an OEC instructor for the same time frame. I have been the Slope leader for the Thursday Night shift for the last 14 years. I have received numerous Certificates of Appreciation for service and in 2014 was awarded the Outstanding Alpine Patroller for the North Central Region. 

I offer this up not to toot my horn but to show that I have participated in many activities for GPSP and feel I still have something to offer to the Patrol and the Board. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding myself or my intentions for sending you this letter.

Thank you,


Scott Rifleman

Please consider me for nomination to the Board of Directors for the Granite Peak Ski Patrol.

I have been a continuous member in good standing with the National Ski Patrol since 1968, 53 years.  My initial patrol was with the Standing Rocks Ski Patrol of which was very active in training with the Rib Mountain Ski Patrol.  When Blackjack Resort opened in the UP of Michigan, I joined as a charter member of their ski patrol and remained active with them until they closed awaiting new ownership.  I was a secondary with Granite Peak and then joined full time.

I have been an instructor for all of the NSP programs,  Winter Emergency Care and now the Outdoor Emergency Care Program.  I have been active in regional training programs for many years.  Professionally I was a career pre-hospital care Paramedic/Firefighter for the city of Stevens Point for 32 years, now retired.  I have also served as Coroner and now Medical Examiner for Portage County for 41 years and will be retiring at the end of the year, 2021. 

I was an EMS instructor for Mid-State Technical Collage and North Central Technical Collage for 20 years in all levels of EMS from first respond to paramedic programs. 

My interest in the Board of Directors is to help evolve this patrol further and help guide it through what hopefully will be future resort expansion which will require this patrol to grow exponentially.

Thank your for your considerations,

Scott Rifleman