The APP provides criteria, training, and judging of proficiency in 9 disciplines in a structured progression at 4 to 5 meetings per year throughout Western US. We provide training materials via our web site along with instruction and training at our meetings. Included with mentoring and job-training at a home resort, this curriculum is intended to work in concert to provide members with a foundation of skills that are applicable to a variety of snow sports related industry jobs, most obviously ski patrolling and risk management.

The nine disciplines are (You can click on each one to learn more):

Skiing, Snowboarding, and Telemarking

Toboggan Handling


Hill Safety

Risk Management

Avalanche Rescue

Avalanche Science and Evaluation

Explosives Used in Avalanche Control

Rope Rescue (including extraction and lift evacuation)

Patrollers who demonstrate excellence in all areas  by passing both written exams and practical judging become a “Certified Patroller.”  Since it’s inception in the early 70’s the organization has certified more than 600 patrollers. 

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