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Hello to all and welcome to our 50th year!

That's right, this next year is our gold anniversary, and we will be honoring this milestone with special events all year long. Your new board is already hard at work on securing locations for next year’s clinics and events. And speaking of your new board, four positions were up for reelection this year. Four candidates were nominated for the positions. Being that the number of candidates matched the number of positions, the new board was sat after the general meeting at the Spring clinic in the traditional timeline as described in our bylaws. For those of you that asked about electronic voting, we want to assure you it is not going away. In fact, we plan to use e-votes to a greater extent in the future to make sure that our members’ voices are strong in the governance of our organization. 

Please join me in welcoming the new board:
Shannon Maguire (returning), 
Scott Cordner (returning),,
Bob Heflin (returning), 
Ed Gassman (New),
CJ Svela (New),
Kari Brandt (New)

Additionally, two board members were appointed to complete the terms of members who stepped down:

Hawk Ferenczy (New)
Wally Shank (New)
will complete these terms. 

The new officers of the APP are:

President: David Moore
Vice President: CJ Svela
Secretary: Kari Brandt
Treasurer: Scott Cordner

As a board, we have so many new ideas for the organization. The next few years are going to be exciting for the APP. Over the summer, we will begin to share with you our vision for the next 50 years, however, none of it is possible without you. We need everyone's help to keep the organization great. Let's set the stage for the next 50 years!

Be safe,

David Moore

Update on Ortovox Recall...

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Mammoth Mountain Clinic Wrap-up:

This year at Mammoth Mountain was a small and personalized clinic

due to the challenges of the weather along the west coast. In total

we had 25 candidates testing in all categories from 14 different ski


We were fortunate to have so many amazing judges offering their

expertise and each of our 9 disciplines and created an almost 1 on 1

experience for our testers!

A HUGE thanks to our amazing sponsors for stoking out the APP for

the Candidate of the Clinic, fund raising raffle, and door prizes!

Backcountry Access/K2 Patagonia KEEN Footwear

Ruff Wear Wend Wax GoggleSoc

Truck Gloves Hestra Gloves Marker

Caldera Brewing Atlas Cider Atomic

Thank you to everyone who participated in this transitional clinic.

As the APP moves forward, we are excited to offer more

opportunities in continuing education, certifications, and seminars &

clinics for next season. Stay tuned on our website, Instagram, and

FaceBook pages for details and hope everyone has a great summer!

- David Moore, President

- CJ Svela, Vice President & Criteria Coordinator

Snapshots from 2018 Spring Clinic at Mammoth Mountain

Karissa Mcalonan’s certifies in ropes

Eric Diem at the 2018 Spring Clinic



Top Scores in Medical, Hill Safety, Risk Management, and Associate

in Skiing.

Runner Up:

Don McAlpine -

Certified in Hill Safety, Risk Management, Medical, and Associate in


Honorable Mentions:

Karissa McAlonan – Snow Summit

Kathryn Daly – Sierra at Tahoe

Jess Stoll – Sierra at Tahoe

Grant Lewis – Sierra at Tahoe


Kari Brandt – Snow Summit

Erin Miller – Sierra at Tahoe

Ron Winkelman – Mt Shasta

New Backcountry Access Gate sign at June Mountain

New Offers on our Members-Only Page - check it out!

When in Doubt Immobilize? Maybe not!
Bob Heflin, APP Board Member
Medical Dept Lead for Taos Ski Valley Patrol

Dogma; Merriam Webster defines dogma as “A point of view or tenet put forth as authoritative without adequate grounds”

Why do we immobilize potential thoracolumbar spinal injuries on a long spine board(LSB)? Mostly we do it because we were taught to in some EMT class years ago. Whole sections of state licensure tests were designed to test our ability to completely immobilize a patient on a hard board with straps and duct tape and head restraints. Cervical spine injuries got all of the above with the addition of a c-collar and more tape. But why? (Click here to Read More...)

Educational Scholarship - One of APP's primary goals is to provide education and on-going training to the professional ski patrol community. We raise funds through membership fees and donations. Each year we award scholarships to a small number of applicants so they can attend some event that they otherwise would not be able to afford. Please fill out this application as completely as you can especially focusing on WHY you should get this scholarship. We'll be in touch. Be sure to let us know the DEADLINE by which you need a response. Applications are now being accepted. Click here to complete an application. Deadline is December 31st.

New fund raising vehicle for the APP

If you shop on Amazon.com, and you also wish to support the APP, we have enrolled in an exiting new program to allow you to do BOTH at no additional expense to you.  If you use the link at the right to jump to the Amazon shopping site, they will donate 0.5% of any eligible purchase right to the APP's bank account.  Same familiar Amazon web site, same familiar Amazon vendors, same Amazon pricing, same Amazon shipping and customer service, BUT, the difference is that Amazon will make donations to us in the process.  Use this link for ALL your Amazon purchases!

South American Beacon Project - Donate your old 457 MHz beacon to be re-purposed in South America.  This organization is still on-going, and still providing a great service to recycle our old beacons to patrollers and snow workers less fortunate than ourselves in regards to access to the latest technology.


Membership Cards - Become a proud card carrying member. If you are a paid APP member, get your 2017-2018 membership card right from your profile page here on the web site. Click here

Ortovox trade-in program - Trade in ANY brand of older beacon for $75 credit towards purchase of new Ortovox beacon. https://gearjunkie.com/ortovox-transceiver-trade-in

APP SWAG for Sale

There will be updated APP SWAG at the Spring clinic for sale - then afterwards at the on-line store! Hats $20, Shirts $40.


The APP is able to provide the high caliber educational programs, because of the generous support of our donors and sponsors. Become a sponsor today and thanks again to all of our current sponsors!!!


Members Only pro-form pricing offerings from these suppliers are available on our members-only page.

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The APP is a registered California private non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization. APP publications, clinics & programs are funded solely by the generous contributions of our  sponsors, as well as  member dues. Click on the "Sign Up" button to the right, or visit this page for details on the benefits of membership.


Existing members: If in the past few years, you have attended APP 
events where you provided your email, the system has sent you an email asking for you to log on. Follow those directions and select  Login  in the upper right corner of the page, and enter that email. If you have not created a password, select "Forgot Password" to create a password so that you may log on and update all of your profile information.  If you have not received an email requesting you to log on, or the system is not accepting your email in our database, contact us for assistance.  If you are new to the APP and have never paid dues or provided us your contact information or email, select this link to proceed with a new membership application.

You may now REGISTER and pay testing fees in advance for scheduled events all online!  You can also make online donations,sponsor the APP or purchase a PDF of the APP Study Guide.

Feel free to peruse the website and check out new benefits to APP membership - such as the Members Only page which will have great benefits and deals for members who have paid their current season dues. If you have any problems or you believe we are missing something, send us an email.  Think snow and see you at the next clinic!
 Purchase anything you like from Amazon, same items, same prices, same shipping options, but using this link, Amazon will DONATE 0.5% of eligible purchases to the APP.  Use this link
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