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2015 Spring Clinic 

Monday April 27, 2015 through Friday May 1, 2015 at Mammoth Mountain


Although Mother Nature has not been a great partner this season, the APP Spring Clinic is On! The Clinic is on - Broadway will be open, as well as the Gondala to the top - so get those ski's tuned and make your plans today!!!

The APP will be returning to Mammoth Mountain for the 47th Annual APP Spring Clinic. Clinic registration will be at Mammoth Mountain Inn

Throughout the week the APP will conduct ALL written and practical tests (weather permitting) and will have lots of additional clinics and speakers. 

Current highlights, Bill Erb from Mammoth Mountain will be on hand to discuss risk and industry safety trends. 

On Tuesday Dr. Timothy Crall (Mammoth Hospital Orthopedic Surgeon) will be discussing shoulder injuries and his extensive knowledge with ski/board injuries. 

Other speakers/clinics will include APP member and Mammoth/June Patroller Neil Satterfield, to present gondola evacuations. 
Mammoth Mtn Ski Patrol Manager Nate Heit to provide a clinic on explosives and avalanche control. Also expect a demonstrations/discussion on Mammoth's rescue/avalanche dog program. 

Forest Service Avalanche Forecaster Sue Burak for Mono County, Mammoth Lakes, and June Lakes will be presenting California hazards. 

2015 APP Spring Clinic Schedule of Events

Pricing, locations and specifics are tentative - check back for more information often!

Schedule is subject to change - there will be a grease board at Registration at the Mammoth Mountain Inn with daily updates and events.  Current event details and costs:

  • Register today for the clinic by visiting this page.  You can sign up as a judge, as a candidate for testing (the testing fee is a flat $15 and that covers all written and practical tests.) or as a non tester.
  • Registered/APP members may purchase Mammoth lift tickets - $15 for daily lift tickets.  For information on APP membership and to pay dues, go to this page.  APP dues are $40 for the season, and the season is from 11/1/14 through 10/30/15.
  • If you plan to stay at the Mammoth Mountain Inn, APP members will receive a 20% discount. 
  • Be aware that ALL written and practical tests will be provided and as always, skiing and tobogganing practical tests will be conducted weather-dependent.

Monday 4/27:

  • Registration will be open from 8 am to 4 pm in the "Old Gondola Building".
  • APP Training for Monday:
  •   Bill Erb, Risk Manager for Mammoth Mountain: Ski Patrolling in Low Snow Pack Years 10:30 to      12:00pm
  •    Neil Satterfield, Mammoth Mountain Patroller: Gondola Evacuation Training after lunch OR
  •   Mattly Trent, Patrol Director at Bear Valley: Snow Pits Analysis
  • Written Tests Only - 9 am to 4 pm (there will be no practical tests provided on Monday but you can schedule your testing for the week).
  • APP General Meeting/APP Board Election Preview/Head and Assistant Judges Introduction to Practical Testing - 4 pm
  • APP Mixer after the General Meeting and Training - location TBD.
Other Training for the Week:
  • Explosives "Live Fire" 
  • Mammoth Mountain"s Artillery Program
  • Mammoth Mountain's Dog Program

Tuesday 4/28:

  • Registration will be open from 8 am to 5 pm "Old Gondola Building".
  • Written and Practical Tests  - 9 am to 4 pm.
  • Time/location TBD:  Dr. Timothy Crall who's special interests include traumatic and sports related injuries, as well as arthroscopic and open reconstruction of shoulder, knee and hip derangement.
  • Women’s Forum with Shannon Maguire , Sierra At Tahoe Patroller location and time TBD.

Wednesday 4/29:

  • Criteria Meeting (Head and Assistant Judges) with Michael Nolen - 8 am to 9 am "Old Gondola Building"
  • Registration will be open from 8 am to 5 pm "Old Gondola Building".
  • Written and Practical Tests  - 9 am to 1 pm.
  • Certified Patroller's Olympics!
  • APP Board Meeting - 4:00 pm location TBD
  • 6pm - 9pm Mammoth Brewery Dinner and Keynote Speaker John Teller
  • APP Board Elections . Raffle prizes from our sponsors!

Thursday 4/30:

  • Registration will be open from 8 am to 5 pm "Old Gondola Building".
  • Written and Practical Tests  - 9 am to 4 pm.
  • Patrol Director's Forum - location and time TBD.
  • Board Meeting - location and time TBD (new Board Candidates will be invited)

Friday 5/1:

  • Registration will be open from 8 am to 12 pm "Old Gondola Building.
  • Written and Practical Tests - 9 am to 12 pm.
  • General Meeting/ Candidate of the Clinic - location and time TBD.

Photos from the Spring Clinic at Mammoth Mountain

 New Full Cert members
 Snow pit


 Ropes judges heading out
 Extra Credit activities
 Gondola Evacuation Cable Rider

 Evac three guests at a time on a single rope

 Tower Climbing

 The group gathers for a parting shot...

Zack from Sierra-at-Tahoe racing 
 Olympic Payload Malfunction

 Pyload Malfunction
 More Olympic Fun

Sharp End of the stick...

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