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We provide education, on-going training, and certification of patrollers supporting leading safety and risk management best practices for the mountain recreational community.


Educating and certifying professional

patrollers since 1969!

Mid Winter Clinics are being finalized along with the main APP Annual Conference at the end of April 2023

There are some already finalized and registration is open.

Look at the Clinics/Events portion tab for details or scroll to the bottom of this page and look at upcoming events. 


Annual Conference April 24 - 28

Arizona Snowbowl

Flagstaff, AZ

The Annual Conference is right around the corner and we are looking forward to seeing you there! If you haven't had a chance to check out Arizona Snowbowl, you won't want to miss this one!

Lift tickets are being provided to conference attendees thanks to the generosity of the resort. 

Discounted Lodging

You can stay at AZ Snowbowl's Basecamp for just $60 per night! Book your reservation here: https://resnexus.com/resnexus/reservations/book/771F1CE0-98F7-44D3-8CD4-D823182EAD2C

Once you receive your reservation confirmation number email jeberhardt@snowbowl.ski with the reservation number and that you are with the APP Annual Conference, and then we will change the rate. (No pre-payment is applied and guests are charged upon arrival) 

Schedule of Events

Monday 4/24

  • Check in begins at 10am
  • Written tests
  • Investigation Forum
  • General Meeting

Tuesday 4/25

  • Testing 9am-4pm
  • Avalauncher Demo
  • Patrol Director Forum
  • Basecamp Social Event

Wednesday 4/26

  • Testing 9am-4pm
  • Women's Clinic
  • Social Event

Thursday 4/27

  • Testing 9am-4pm
  • Risk Forum
  • Psychological First Aid Presentation
  • Banquet

Friday 4/28

  • Testing 9am - 12pm

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out!

March Newsletter

What a year it has been for the ski areas out west! One atmospheric river after another.  It has really created a challenge for all the ski areas to keep up with. We commend all you patrollers that have been doing so much work on so little sleep. Remember that spring will come one day…

Annual Conference is scheduled for April 24 - 28 at Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff, AZ!

Upcoming Mid-Winter Clinics:

  • April 4, 5, 6, and 2023 Hoodoo Clinic

  • Diamond Peak/Mt Rose - TBD (It needs to stop snowing in Tahoe first)

Recent Mid-Winter Clinics held in the Southwest:

Participating Patrollers and Judges were from Red River Resort, Angel Fire Ski Resort, Ski Santa Fe, Taos, Pajarito Mountain, and Sandia Peak.

Feb 21 - 23 at Angel Fire Resort, New Mexico 

22 written tests taken and 19 of those 22 written tests obtained Certified Status.

28 practical tests given.  20 of those 27 practical tests obtained Certified Status, 7 obtained Associate Status, and 1 Sustained Status.

Feb 28 - Mar 2 at Red River Resort New Mexico

15 written tests taken and 13 of those written tests obtained Certified Status.

26 practical tests given.  23 of those 26 practical test obtained Certifies Status, 1 obtained Associate Status, and 2 Sustained Status.

The ropes test has been divided into two separate tests, Aerial Evacuation and Tower Climbing and Rope Rescue in an Alpine Environment. You can find the criteria on the website here: https://app.wildapricot.org/testing-categories-criteria.  

Your APP Board of Directors has been working on new Resource Guides to replace the Study Guide. Our goal is to have the Resource Guides available by next season.  It is a big undertaking but there is a lot of time and hard work going into it.

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