Ski Patrol Association
Serving the Skiers of the World
Welcome to the home of the Professional Ski Patrol Association. The Professional
Ski Patrol Association is dedicated to promoting the highest standards
of ski patrolling. PSPA educates, tests, and certifies patrollers in ski
safety, first aid skills, toboggan handling and ski techniques.
- 2018 Annual Exam
The 2018 Annual Exam was held at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire
on March 07/08, 2018. A big congratulations goes out to new Professional
Ski Patrol Association Certified Members Roddy Ehrlenbach and Luke Disilvestro.
Five candidates were successful in the Skiing/Toboggan Exam and became
new Affiliate Members: Matt Bateman, Dave Chaimovich, Tom Faraday, Derek
Scott and Mike Techiera. Lastly, congratulations to new Examiners Ben
DeFroscia and Marc LeBlond. Thank you to everyone who assisted in putting
another top notch exam.
- 2017 Annual Meeting
The 2017 Annual Meeting was held at McIntyre
Ski Area in Manchester NH on Sunday October 15 @ 1630. It was decided
to have this years Annual Exam at Cannon Mountaain in NH. See the events
page for a list of certified clinics.
- 2017 Annual Exam
A very successful Annual Exam was held at Sugarloaf this year on March
01/02, 2017. We were very lucky with the weather on Wednesday for the
S & T portion of the exam. The forecast called for heavy rain, so
we prepared to get wet. To our surprise, we only experienced a few light
showers and mild temps. All that equaled soft spring like snow, long
courses and big smiles! Which also means we didn't freeze our butts
off for once. All of the candidates were successful during the S &
T portion of the exam.
Mother nature wasn’t so nice on day two. She slapped us in the
face with 80 mph winds at the summit and dropping temps. Unfortunately,
only to bottom two lifts opened. Thank goodness that our first aid chair
had a plan B and a plan C. I think we ended up using plan D to pull
off the First Aid Practical. Everything was held outside at the bottom
of the mounting. Some of the candidates were successful and others walked
away with a good learning experience.
In the end, it was a very good showing by all of the Candidates this
year. Congratulations to our two new fully certified members Zach Davis
and Dan King; both from Sugarloaf. Both were very determined superb
patrollers with a great attitude. A big thank you goes out to the Sugarloaf
Ski Patrol and staff for being so kind and helpful. PSPA wouldn’t
be successful without the unwavering support from Ski Areas like Sugarloaf.
- Ongoing Call to Members
Remember that day you achieved your PSPA certification? Most likely
it came as a result of lots of hard work and training. The process is
not simple and requires candidates to push themselves to vastly increase
their patrolling skills and knowledge.
As a member of PSPA you bring these increased skills back to the patrolling
world every day. The strength of the organization is the diversity of
its membership. As a member the organization is calling on you to promote
PSPA within your respective patrols. Often this may simply mean answering
questions about the certification process or pointing the person in
the right direction to get information. Motivating and helping others
to also strive for certification is the best gift you can give to a
New Affiliate Members:
||Tom Sutton shows off a
good snowplow technique.
Roddy Ehrlenbach (Sugarloaf)
Mike Webber (Loon)
New Certified Members
Zachery Davis (Sugarloaf)
Dan King (Sugarloaf)