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 tests and certifies patrollers in ski safety,
first aid skills, toboggan handling and ski techniques.
- 2022 Season Update from the PSPA President
With the weather being colder (snowmaking) and Mother Nature
helping out (in some locations) we’ve seen a tremendous uptick
in skier visits. Hopefully you are all getting out to ski and ride.
Unfortunately at this point the COVID bubble has not yet broken for
most ski areas. While it may be a non-issue for the skiing public
it isn’t for the ski area’s themselves. Many of our departments
(including Patrol) are being hit with sick days, quarantine times,
and general short staffing.
With that and the general lack of good Certified level terrain currently
available we have decided to cancel our three scheduled Pre-Tests
(Killington, Sunday River , and Loon). National Certified has also
been forced to cancel its scheduled Patroller Schools (Killington,
What about the Exam in March? We are currently reviewing the situation
along with Sugarloaf management (our exam location) and will continue
to review it until we make a decision during the first week in February.
We are hoping we can pull off the exam, but that will require terrain
and COVID to cooperate.
I will update all at that time with the Boards decision.
Thanks for your understanding in this –
- 2021 Annual Meeing
As the foliage changes and the weather starts cooling off
its time for our PSPA Annual meeting. This year as we did last season
we have chosen to go with a Zoom meeting rather than a face to face
meeting. There are two main reasons for this. First and foremost is
the current situation with covid. Secondly with a geographically dispersed
member base we saw a larger attendance with the zoom platform. Please
Chaplin for a link to the call.
The meeting is set for Wednesday evening October 20th @ 7:00 pm. We
anticipate the meeting will be approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. We will
have our normal agenda, chair reports and review of last season (should
be relatively short since last season was extremely thin) , review the
upcoming season schedule of events, review and vote on the slate of
officers for the upcoming season, as well as a few other topics.
- COVID Update
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing challenges with the COVID
19 Pandemic, the PSPA Board of Directors has decided to forgo any Pre-Tests
or Exams for the 2021 season. Candidates currently in the process will
receive a bye for this year as it pertains to the 3-year completion
cycle. Members who are up for rectification will also receive a bye
for this year. The Board of Directors will continue to monitor the situation
going into next year. Members should expect to have an annual meeting
in the fall as usual (though it may be virtual).
- 2019 Annual Exam
There was a great turnout at this year’s exam. Thank
you to all that put in the effort to ensure a successful event. It was
really nice to see those who haven't been able to attend an exam in
several years. Four new examiner candidates attended the exam and one
member successfully recerted. A very special thank you goes out to Killington
and all their staff for being supportive and gracious hosts. Thank you
Tait! The conditions were fantastic. Some candidates passed S&T
and others passed First Aid. However, one candidate passed everything
in her first year! A huge congratulations goes out to Christine Rholl
of Sugarloaf for earning her full certification. Well done!
- 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
||Tom Sutton shows off a
good snowplow technique.
New Certified Members:
Christine Rholl (Sugarloaf)