Welcome!

Fédération Internationale des Patrouilles de Ski (FIPS) is an international corporation made up of ski patrol organisations representing ski patrollers and ski safety bodies in their respective countries.

These organisations comprise ski patrollers, physicians, lawyers, engineers, technicians, ski equipment manufacturers, snowsport instructors, ski area managers, policemen and women, ambulance officers, and a raft of other volunteers and professionals, who are involved in the multi-disciplinary activities of ski patrolling.

FIPS has representatives from all of the major ski nations on its Board, and meets every two years, inviting delegates from the skiing nations to discuss and disseminate information on new ski rescue techniques, avalanche rescue, search and rescue, medical management of ski injuries, legal issues, and ski safety, alpine risk management and accident prevention.  As well as professional and volunteer patrollers in attendance, there are ski area managers and many people involved in mountain search and rescue.

What is FIPS Information Sheet can be downloaded clicking here (for Russian translation нажмите здесь).

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Sight and sonds form XIX FIPS Congress

If you didn’t attend to FIPS’ Congress in Big White, you missed a lot of great moments.

The saying is “A picture is worth a thousand words”, so what about a movie clip?

Thank you Duncan for this wonderful movie!

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2016 Congress. Ponte di Legno and Adamello Ski

Ponte di Legno is a small city in the central part of Italian Alps  and is part of Adamello Ski Consortium along with Passo Tonale and Presena glacier.

Ponte di Legno won the competition among other Italian resort which offered to host the 2016 FIPS World Congress and will welcome all delegates from FIPS’ Member Association from April 2nd to April 9th.

FISPS local branch and all the board members are already working to have all the topics in order to offer a great experience to all the friends in FIPS.

See you soon!

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Italy 2016, here we come!

In the second meeting of the Executive Board, FIPS’ Delegates voted to decide in which site the 20th Congress will be hosted.

In the days before, Italian and Russian representative showed their friends the proposal for hosting the upcoming FIPS’ gathering.The talks went on in the following hours and days, Italian and Russian patrollers invited the congress attendees to focus on the best in matter of price, special features, events in the surroundings.

The count of the votes,  headed by Ed Gassman (FIPS’s Legal Advisor) said the most part of Patroller preferred to go to Italy.

So, as stated in the title: FIPS 2016, Italy here we come!

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Patrollers from Around the World Convene in Canada

The title of this post is taken from an article published on ski-patrol.net.

The author talks about FIPS, its birth and about our biannual Congress hosted around the world.

These are the first two paragraphs:

Patrollers from 13 or more countries are gathering at Big White resort in British Columbia, Canada from 29 March to 5 April 2014. This will be the 19th Congress or meeting of the Fédération Internationale des Patrouilles de Ski (FIPS) member patrollers.

FIPS members gather biannually in member countries forming an international network of ski patrollers with the intent to discuss and disseminate information on new ski rescue techniques, avalanche rescue, medical management of ski injuries, search and rescue, legal issues, ski safety, alpine risk management and accident prevention, both on and off the snow.

We invite you to read the whole text following this link

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Registration infos

FIPS Congress is coming closer!

If anyone missed the Document containing information on how to register online to FIPS’ Congress in Big White, here it is.

Please read and see you in Big White!

PDF documents

Download the “Registration Info

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Invitation to Ski Patrollers for Canada 2014

An invitation for all Ski-patrollers!

In the PDF file attached to this post you will read the invitation to all of us to gather in Big White and keep pursuing the goals that took to FIPS birth, meet counterparts from around the world, “share ideas and expertise – and in so doing build an international network of ski patrollers”.

The latter are the words you’ll find in the document, words chosen by FIPS’ President to stress the importance of FIPS’ congresses and to make all of us eager to meet in Big White.

PDF documents

Download the “Invitation to Ski Patrollers for Canada 2014

Last but not least, please note that registration to 19th FIPS’ congress will be open as long as space permits. So don’t miss the chance to join us in Big White.

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Slopes’ safety, waiting for the snow

The weather events in Christmas Day and during the next two ones made difficult for the managers to open the ski resort of Piancavallo. The rainfall in those three days eroded the snowpack, partly natural and partly produced by snowmaking system, on the ski runs.

The commitment, professionalism and the work of the Management and all the staff of Piancavallo resort let the skiers access at least part of the ski slopes, that were in good condition in spite of the storm.

A contribution was also given by the ski patrollers and ski rescuers who worked together with the staff of the resort to improve slopes’ safety condition, even removing outcropping rocks, both on the runs open to skiers and on those still closed to prevent the the stones from mixing to the snow that will be worked by snow groomer.

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Working on the slopes. Removing the stones before snow groomers arrival.

Working on the slopes.
Emptying the bucket on the border.

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19th Congress. “Reserve your booth”

Mr. Mark Galloway asked us to share with all of you the document you will find attached to this post.

Click on the PDF icon to download the file.

Reserve your booth at Big White Resort

Download the ”Reserve your booth” document

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19th Congress. Data sheet

Hi everybody, attached to this post you will find a PDF file with a lot of information about the upcoming FIPS’ Congress in Big White Ski Resort.

Click on the PDF icon to download the file.

Big White Resort Info Sheet

Download the 19th Congress Info Sheet

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19th Congress. Info update

An updated info sheet is available at this link, click on it to download and read it.

19th FIPS Congress update info sheetFIPS’ President let us have it yesterday evening asking us to post it in homepage.

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