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Message from APP President Rich Bailey:  

Fellow Patrollers!

The January snow phenomenon continues after a brief break and we are catching our breath. Another wave of moisture is steamrolling into California later this week.  The APP completed two successful mid-winter clinics, one at Timberline and one at Arizona Snow Bowl, and we are on track to host a third mid-winter clinic in March at Snow Summit.   I'd like to give a shout out to Duston Balderach from Mt. Bachelor who is our latest full- cert member. Congratulate him when you see him next!

The APP is rolling out a new Certification Level format which is being finalized this season.  Basically, there will be a recognition of completion of discipline examinations as you progress, so that instead of the binary full cert/no cert , patrollers can be recognized at three stages. See David Moore's article below for a complete description of the plan.  We welcome your feedback.

The recent storms brought additional stress and risk to our resorts, and we all mourn the recent tragedy at Squaw with the death of a ski patroller while on route. Always keep your training in mind on these early mornings, and don't forget to respect mother nature's awesome beauty, and power.  Watch over each other while we perform our duties in this very austere environment.  Always be thinking Safety First ! 

Rich Bailey
President, APP 

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 )

2017 Mid-Winter Clinics

Snow Summit, CA (March 2,3, 4) 

Founded in 1948, Snow Summit is Southern California’s first-generation family ski and snowboard resort. With over 240 acres of skiable terrain and 31 trails completely covered by our state-of-the–art snowmaking system, Snow Summit is where SoCal has come to depend on for the most reliable, consistent conditions from year to year. With one of the largest Learning Area’s in Southern California and a brand new facility designed for first time visitors, Snow Summit teaches people to ski and ride everyday. Our professionally certified instructors will make learning a new sport and new skills fun and natural with a teaching progression that builds on existing skills and balance. Our Night Skiing sessions, Tube Park, family-friendly eateries make Summit Southern California’s true ski resort destination, fit for all ages.  Click here for more clinic details.  Click here to Register for Clinics/Events

Spring Clinic (April 24,25,26,27,28) -  Location TBD

Stay tuned for an additional Tahoe region clinic to be added to the schedule.

Clinic Reports

Timberline, OR - (Feb 8,9,10) - Clinic Summary

We had a very productive clinic. 14 active candidates from Mt Bachelor, Timberline, Steven’s Pass, and Lookout Mtn. were in attendance.  We had 10 judges on top of that.

Written Tests: Out of 41 written tests given, 31 certified and moved on to the practical.

Practical Tests: 32 tests given, 24 certified in their tests.

Mt Bachelor’s Dustin Balderach has achieved full APP Certified Patroller Status.

Arizona Snow Bowl (Feb 3,4, and 5)- Everyone's perception of Arizona is colored by the Grand Canyon. It has fueled America's vision of the desert Southwest since it was first discovered. What all those countless family photographs on the rim fail to show is the view in the other direction. As people smile for the camera with the canyon at their back, they are looking directly into an alpine forest. Rising out of that forest is a massive 12,633 foot volcano called Humphreys Peak, and on its slopes sits one of the most surprising ski resorts in the country, Arizona Snowbowl. (Read More...)

New APP Certification Levels in the works...

Changes are Coming to APP Certification Levels!

Happy New Year, APP! This is the time of year when most people put some effort into assessing where they have been and planning for the future. Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” It is sound advice for an organization as well. We have been thinking a lot lately about how the APP can do more to serve the entire patrol community and not just the elite of our profession. After 49 years of accumulating knowledge, we have become very good at training the highest level of responders. But upon reflection, we can do a better job of providing our information to the newer members of our profession. To that end, we are making some significant changes to our testing programs. ( Read More... )

FIPS -  Fédération Internationale des Patrouilles de Ski

The Fédération Internationale des Patrouilles de Ski (FIPS) is the international organisation representing ski patrol and associated ski safety organisations with membership from throughout the world. These patrol and safety organisations 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. ( Click here to read more )

American Avalanche Association Pro Training Program Update: Progress Report and a Call for Engagement

By Michael Ferrari, AAA Treasurer, APP Board Member

This fall will be three years since the American Avalanche Association (AAA) hosted an informal avalanche education summit in Alta, UT on Halloween 2013 (see The Avalanche Review 32.2, December 2013, p. 6). This meeting brought together representatives from across the avalanche industry to discuss the state of avalanche education opportunities for both professionals and recreationists in the United States. (Read More...)

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.

New Vendors added to our Pro-Form program. Membership has it's privileges.  As a paid APP member, you'll have access to a vast array of pro-fiorm pricing offers from our sponsors.  Once you log in as an APP member on this site, you can go to the members only links and see all the current offers - we've recently added Hestra, Filson, Brooks, Obermeyer, Alpina, and Elan. Click here for Members Only

Membership Cards - Become a proud card carrying member. If you are a paid APP member, get your 2016-2017 membership card. Beside padding your wallet, you'll need to produce and email this card to prove your membership on many of the pro-form applications. We'll be emailing the membership cards out this week - so look for it in your e-mail.  If you pay your dues late, email us a request and we'll send you out your card. Click here to Request Card

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

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!

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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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...

NSAA Letter to Outside magazine editors regarding ski lift safety

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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