Since its inception, FIPS members have gathered approximately every two year for a Congress at a ski resort in one of the member countries. These congresses provide an opportunity for ski patrollers from around the globe to learn from each other, grow together and benefit from each others experiences.
Congresses have been held in Canada, USA, Chile, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Sweden, Scotland and France.
At the congresses there are formal presentations, workshops, demonstrations and discussion groups that have targeted specific areas of patrolling. Some of the topics covered have included skier safety, training and education, medical aspects, innovations, statistics, injury types, disabled skiers, avalanche, evacuation techniques, administration of drugs, cross-country and downhill patrolling, snow board injuries, legal aspects, search and rescue, extended care, avalanche, updates from the various countries, etc. The FIPS Board of Directors also meets during each congress.
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