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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...)

Cascade Rescue offers APP members discounts:

Any APP member purchasing from Cascade gets a 20% discount on lots of stuff on Cascade's website, including all Petzl, Rock Exotica, Rock N Rescue, all Technical Hardware, Personal Gear, Rope, Packs, etc. Look for the super secret code on the APP Members-Only page of the APP Web site.

Pettigrew Foundation has donated $1,000 to the APP's Education and Scholarship Fund. Thank you to the Pettigrew Foundation. Click on their logo to learn more about their great mission and training programs.

Lookout Pass continues a tradition of giving by donating $500 towards the Educational Scholarship Fund of the APP.  Thank you Lookout and Phil Edholm for your continued support of the APP.
Bear Valley is seeking candidates for Ski Patroller positions. Click here for details

2017-2018 APP Clinic Line-up

I know this is the time of year many of us are loading up our calendars and coordinating different events. The APP Board and our hosting ski resorts have been busy trying to button up and confirm locations and dates, but with the start/stop nature of this season already we still have some balls up in the air.  Here is what we know so far:

1. June Mountain - Late January (19, 20,21) - CONFIRMED

2. Sierra at Tahoe - 6,7,8 February CONFIRMED

3. Steven's Pass Feb 14-16 CONFIRMED  

4. Arizona Snowbowl - Feb 20,21,22 - CONFIRMED

5. Red River, NM - Feb 27/28 CONFIRMED

6. Blasting Seminar - Mammoth - March - Dates stil to be confirmed

7. Spring Clinic Mt Rose April 23-27,2018 CONFIRMED

Block out some time on your calendars and plan to come join us for one or more events!

 Attend the FIPS World Congress in Sochi - Russia

January 20-27, 2018

The Fédération Internationale des Patrouilles de Ski (FIPS) is the international organization representing ski patrol and associated ski safety organizations with membership from throughout the world. These patrol and safety organizations comprise full time & volunteer ski patrollers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, technicians, ski equipment instructors, ski area managers, etc., who are involved in the multidisciplinary activities of ski patrolling and safety.  Read more about the event and how to register here

BCA Candidate of the Clinic - Mammoth Mountain April 2017

Shane Wakefield from June Mountain completed the most disciplines with the highest scores of anyone else in the clinic.  For that accomplishment he was awarded the BCA " Candidate of the Clinic" award and received a BCA Float airbag as a recognition of a job well done. Congratulations Shane! Eric Diem - Patrol Director June Mountain, hand delivered the prize.
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.
Election for 2017-2018 Board of Directors has been completed!

We have completed the on-line election process for the 2017-2018 Board of Directors and are happy to announce that the following individuals will be serving on the board for this upcoming season:

Newly Elected/Re-elected:
Mike Nolen
Shannon Maguire
Bob Heflin
David Galson
Scott Cordner

Returning to the Board to complete their 2-year terms are:
Rich Bailey
Eric Diem
David Moore
Mike Ferrari

Thanks to all of you who reviewed the candidate statements and cast a vote. Your input is valuable to us! Please contact any one of the Board members if you have suggestions or comment for the APP to consider moving forward.

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!

"Respecting weather and Certified Testing" - A Message from APP Vice President Michael Nolen:  

I feel every Patroller in our organization has some awareness of the winter this year in the west. If not, you are not getting out to your ski resorts. My personal experience is in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I live and work in the Sierra’s and have experienced a lot of this winter first hand. Having lived at the 7,500 foot elevation for nearly 30 years I have my own rating system for this season compared to others. In the area where I live and work there has been somewhere around 30 feet of snow. Not uncommon looking back on my time in the Sierra’s. What is uncommon is that there has been an estimated 20 inches of rain since December. If all the rain fell as snow we could be around 50 feet of snow for the winter to date. (Read More of Mike's article...)

Work Opportunities

Click here to review classified ads for ski patrol positions available.  Timberline in particular has year round ski patrollers, but other resorts will start to post for bike patrols too. 

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.


Digging in the snow

There is a lot to be said about digging in the snow to analyze the pack and observing stability. Everyone has their own way of doing things, and their own techniques and tricks. A good habit to start with prior to sticking your head in the snow: analyze the weather, make observations on the drive up to the mountain, and maintain knowledge of the season’s snowfall and weather. (Read more on this subject from CJ Svela, APP Board Member )

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
In the Media...

New BCA Avalanche Rescue Videos

Bogus Basin Looking for Ski Patrol Director

Squaw Valley patroller death investigation draws to a conclusion - resort receives OSHA fines

NSAA Letter to Outside magazine editors regarding ski lift safety

MIPS Helmet Technology incorporated into multiple vendor helmet designs for 2016/2017 season

Possible use of drones for search and rescue

The Human Factor - Chapter 4 - Powder Magazine / Black Diamond

The Human Factor - Chapter 3 - Black Diamond

The Human Factor - Chapter 2 - Black Diamond

BCA: Making sense of multiple beacon burials

Black Diamond announces limited recall...

BCA releases great on-line training videos for use in all levels of AVI education

MSR Recalls rescue shovels

BoundTree University offers free CEU's for EMT's

Risks of Running a Ski Resort
Risk Management Magazine

Uphill Access & Safety

Popularity and Risks of Skinning - onlyagame.wbur.org

Increasing EMS provider influenza vaccination will decrease transmission -Bound Tree University

The Human Factor 2.0 - Powder Magazine/Black Diamond

Integrating New Products and Methods in Trauma Care - Boundtree University

En Route CPR - Mission Ridge Pro Ski Patrol


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