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About APP Clinics and Events

The APP offers first class clinics, events and forums.  Each winter, the APP schedules between 4 and 6 Mid-Winter Clinics where participants can take written exams, and are able to take many of the practical exams depending upon the ski conditions, weather and judge availability. These Clinics are held over a 1 to 3 day period at first class resorts throughout the Western United States.  At many of the Mid-Winter Clinics, the APP also puts on networking events, evening socials, special educational events and "behind the scene tours" that are unique to the particular hill hosting the Clinic.  

The Annual Conference is held in late April, and is a 4 to 5 day event offering the same written and practical exam opportunities at the Mid-Winter Clinics.  In addition, there is a patrol director forum, a women's forum, and evening event(s) with special guest speaker(s). Other past forums/clinics held the Annual Conference include Risk Management, Avalanche Control, Science and Demonstrations, Avalanche Rescue Dog Training and more.  Each Annual Conference includes a special guest speaker.  Past speakers have included world renown leaders such as Warren Miller, Peter Croft, Shane McConkey, Scott Schmidt and Royal Robbins.  

Attendance at any of the Mid-Winter Clinics or the Annual Conference also allows you to take advantage of the skiing/boarding during the event at the respective hills.  For most APP-Sponsored Events, APP Membership is required - see details on each event for fees, activities, tests offered and options.

For current APP clinics and Annual Conference details, click here.

American Avalanche Institute Classes

We are excited to announce a collaborative partnership offering professional education for members of the Association of Professional Patrollers. 

Ski Area Level 1 - Focuses on the first and/or second year patroller laying the foundation for the Professional Level 1 Course. Classes are capped at 18 participants. 

Ski Area Level 1- Mt Hood, OR - January 14th - 16th, 2020 - $565

Professional Level 1 Bridge Exam - This is the last year A3 (American Avalanche Association) is allowing the Pro 1 Bridge Exam to take place. This 2-day exam is for avalanche workers who are currently a Recreation L2 with professional experience and knowledge, and also meet the required prerequisites to become a Pro L1. 

Pro 1 Bridge - Mt. Hood, OR - January 17th - 18th, 2020 - $515

Pro 1 Bridge, Silver Mountain, ID - February 28th - 29th, 2020 - $515


To sign up for the American Avalanche Institute Classes, click here

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