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The Association of Professional Patrollers, or APP, provides progressive, high caliber programs for ski patrollers and mountain operation professionals through education, evaluation and certification.

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Five new sponsors have added pro-form pricing on our members-only page including Marmot, Ibex,Woolrich, Saxx and Smith. Update your membership status and get access to these great deals!

New Job postings listed - check facebook or if you are a APP member click through to this link to view classified ads..

Schweitzer Mountain Fall Technical Rope Rescue Clinic

held at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Idaho
October 29th and 30th, 2016

1. Learn from experts in the field of Rope Rescue about current techniques and practices.

2. Check out the newest rope rescue equipment and techniques.Sponsored by Cascade Rescue and Petzel Alta Group Inc.

3. Learn from other Patrollers about their rope rescue programs.

Do you need a 4th? It is always better to show up to a rope rescue knowing what to do!

(Click here for more details...)

Message to the membership from Rich Bailey:
It was a great last season.  Lots of snow and great APP clinics.  This summer your board of directors have been busy planning upcoming venues and events.  Also, our sponsoring partners have continued to support us by providing much appreciated funds to offset expenses and to make scholarships available ( Read more...)
Patient Assessment
- With the refresher season approaching rapidly, we thought it would be useful to post this most recent summary of the OEC 5 patient assessment flow. Although all hills adopt their own version of this process, the description of steps in this document form a good framework for discussion and consideration.  Click here to view the assessment summary.

Summer Patrolling at Mt. Bachelor

As deep winter snows of Central Oregon slowly recede to the upper reaches of Mt Bachelor, the lower mountain begins to teem with the goings on of what is rapidly becoming nearly a nonstop operation. Following the industry trend to expand ski area operations into a year-round mountain resort experience, Mt Bachelor has installed a downhill mountain bike park in addition to the sightseeing, food and beverage offerings, hiking and Frisbee golf options that have long been in place. (Read More...)

Voting for Board Elections is Complete - We had a great turnout for the on-line elections with 111 patrollers voting.  Please congratulate the winners of the top 4 spots for next season's board of directors.  They are:

Rich Bailey - China Peak, Eric Diem - June Mountain, Mike Ferrari - Mt. Rose, and David Moore - Entertainment Risk Group.

All fully paid Certified and Associate members of the APP were invited to vote in the annual Board of Directors election. They received an electronic ballot April 21 with all the choices for the board positions.  

Please thank Ed Gassman and Robert Walters, outgoing Board Members for their fine service on the Board of the Association for the past two years.

Patagonia Candidate of the Spring Clinic - Candidate of the Clinic was awarded to Garrett Martin of Snow Valley, First APP clinic, he took four tests and certified in all of them (Hill Safety, Medical, Snowboarding and Rope Rescue) CONGRATULATIONS Garrett!

2015-2016 Season Wrap-up: We had a very busy and productive clinic series this season including events at Sierra-At-Tahoe, Mt. Shasta, Alpine Meadows, Bear Mountain, Angel Fire and Mt. Rose. Our events are getting more organized, lots of members participated in workshop session, audits of exams, and of course practical certification examinations. (Click here to read more about each clinic )

New 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!
In the Media...

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

American Avalanche Association General meeting - Breckinridge, CO , Oct 4, 2016

Supreme court rules on avalanche risk in Colorado

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

Cascade Rescue publishes new FAQ section on their web site

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

Another Ski Patrol Unionization overview published in Powder Magazine, Feb 2016

MSR Recalls rescue shovels

Low Snow and Ski Patrol Complacency - The Avalanche Review 34.1 - Bailey - Published by permission of the AAA

Gasex deployed at Squaw Valley

Taos Ski Bowl Patrol votes no Union

Cascade Rescue November 2015 Newsletter

Patroller's Death - Wolf Creek

Avalanche Terms - Encyclopedia

This past Sunday, Telluride ski resort’s ski patrollers voted to unionize.  They voted 47-1 in favor of unionization.  Telluride joins Crested Butte, Steamboat, and The Canyons as unionized ski patrollers.

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

Phil Edholm of Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area has donated $500 for the APP's Educational Fund. Thanks Phil!

BCA creates a new series of Backcountry Safety videos to spread safety news

Bomb Carrying Drones? - Outsdie Mag.

Free On-Line CEU's for EMT's and Paramedics from Boundtree University

2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care - American Heart Association

Integrating New Products and Methods in Trauma Care - Boundtree University

En Route CPR - Mission Ridge Pro Ski Patrol

Court hears arguments in Winter Park Avalanch death

Are ski resorts Liable for in-bound avalanches?

Ohio Resort Base Lodge Burns - Patrol O2 canisters contribute to conflagration

Changing Role of Ski Patrol (from SAM - Ski Area Management, Sept. newsletter)


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