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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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2016 APP Spring Clinic - 

April 20 through April 24, Mt Rose, NV
We have 5 jam packed days of activities, clinics, presentations, and testing in store for you with social and mixing opportunities every evening. Regional and National experts in their fields will be on hand to share insights and knowledge. Vendors will be on hand to discuss their products, and you'll have a chance to ski the fantastic spring conditions in this remarkable Tahoe resort at an unbelievable discount.  Judges will be scheduled most days in all disciplines, and conditions allowing we'll be testing everyone who wishes to be tested. Click here to register for the clinic.

Click here to Reserve your spot for the Barbeque and Beer Banquet Friday night at Sky Tavern.

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Board Elections - The APP is a volunteer organization run by a dedicated Board of Directors. This spring we have 4 open positions on the Board and any Full Certified patroller in good standing with the organization with a commitment to professionalism and education is encouraged to put their hat in the ring for consideration. The board is seeking board members who serve a two year term and who can attend two in-person meetings a year at different locations, participate in planning APP activities via monthly teleconferences, and who are willing to liaison with their contacts in the industry to bring strong programs to the APP membership. In order to be added to this spring's ballot interested candidates should submit a digital face-shot photo and brief candidate statement to David Galson (dkgalson@gmail.com) prior to April 20, 2016. Voting is via electronic ballot and will be open from April 21 thru June 30th 2016. We have posted Board Member responsibilities here so if you are considering running, you can be aware of the Board's expectations.

Voting in Board Elections - All fully paid Certified and Associate members of the APP are invited to vote in the annual Board of Directors election. You will receive an electronic ballot April 21 with all the choices for the board positions and we ask that you select your favorite 4 individuals using this convenient on-line tool. As candidate statements become available, we'll post them here on the web site for your consideration. We ask that you complete your ballot and submit it prior to June 30, 2016. 

Schweitzer Mountain
Fall Technical Rope Rescue Clinic
held at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Idaho
October 29th and 30th, 2016

(Click here for more details...)


Every 2 years The Federation International des Patrouilles de Ski (FIPS) has a world Congress. This year it was attended by every country that has a defined ski industry a total of 18 Countries including tiny Andorra.

Ed Gassman, APP Board member and FIPS Legal Advisor attended this year's FIPS Congress in Italy and represented APP which is a member of FIPS.

It was an awesome Congress!!

Other APP members were also there including a few from Bear Mt who will attend the Spring Clinic and were also at the clinic at Bear.

Presence at the World Congress helps our credibility with Sponsors and allows APP to exchange best practices with patrol professionals from around the world.

FIPS is a great example of the peoples of the world working together on a common interest and love of skiing. A flag ceremony with all countries took place and Senior Political dignitaries also attended.

It was a great Detent experience with Russia, Romania, Serbia, Korea, Japan, Canada, the US and others attending

The Next congress will be at the Olympic Venue in Russia in March of 2018 & tentatively after that in Argentina in late Aug or early Sept of 2019.

Ed is working with the Russian government to get a special expedited visa process-- the Russian Government itself is supporting this event at a very high level.

Please attend our Spring Clinic 20-24 April at Mt Rose to learn more about what's happening in patrolling world wide and APP's involvement."

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.

Black Diamond added as an APP sponsor and offers 

proform pricing for full time paid patrollers who are members of APP.  Go to the Members Only page for access.

Technical Bulletin #5 K-9 Patrollers - Avi Rescue Dogs - You’ve finished AC routes for the morning, made a few nice powder turns while raising the perimeter rope line, and finally made it back tothe top station for a little coffee and snack.  You’re starting to thaw out, when the call comes in: “Avalanche!  Back Bowl, possibly 2 caught.” (Read more...)

Photos posted from Blasting Seminar at Alpine Meadows - Click here to view

Tips and Tricks: As a new and regular feature on our web site, seasoned patrollers offer up their hard earned tips and tricks. We'll publish a collection each month, and archive them all on their own page of the web site. Please feel free to send us your best tips and tricks and we'll cycle them in as they are submitted.  (Read More...)

Mt Shasta Ski Park Clinic Tallies are in.  24 written and 18 practical exams administered during the clinic - (Read more...)

Dog Vet survey - Ms. Hana Kim and Dr. Steve Martinez (Senior NSP Alpine Patroller and APP Member), of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University,  are conducting a survey-based study to evaluate potential musculoskeletal (MS) injuries in Avalanche Rescue Dogs. Click here for more details and to take survey.

Technical Bulletin#4 Risk Management: As the former NSP Rocky Mountain Division Director, National NSP Board Member, and current Legal Advisor for the International Patrol Leadership organization – Federation Internationale des Patrouilles de Ski (FIPS) Ed Gassman, APP Board member has noticed a clear trend in waivers and forms. (Read more...)


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!!!


Not an APP Member?
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...

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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