Membership Application Guidelines
New member application deadlines: For spring Board meeting review — March 1st; For fall Board meeting review — August 15th.
The purpose of the résumé is to provide clear, detailed documentation of your professional-level experience through at least four winters. Shape it accordingly.
As a general guideline, you should show a tally of 20 days of active avalanche work per winter over four winters. That figure represents an average number of control days at ski areas with active snow safety programs.
If your duties in a position include more than avalanche work, you must provide a tally of the days spent directly performing avalanche-related fieldwork. Ski patrollers, for instance, must document the number of days spent in active snow safety or avalanche control work.
You must document avalanche activities that extend throughout the season for four winters, to show that you are actively observing and working in a variety of conditions as they develop. The activities can be for different operations or employers over the course of a winter.
Your experience must be based primarily on forecasting, route finding, rescue, explosive delivery, research, guiding, or similar field work.
You may include days instructing field-based avalanche safety courses. However, the primary basis of your experience must still be four or more winters of avalanche-related fieldwork.
You may include completed avalanche courses and continuing education. Acceptable courses are those that follow the AAA or CAA guidelines or AIARE curriculum, those from AAA certified instructors, the National Avalanche School, or equivalent in-house or ongoing ski patrol and guide training. Acceptable continuing education includes events such as the ISSW, AAA professional development seminar, CSAW, and AIARE continuing education.
You may include advanced academic education directly connected with snow and avalanche studies.
You may include mentored but unpaid professional-level experience such as volunteer fieldwork for an avalanche center.
You may include recreational experience such as significant climbs, descents, traverses or expeditions if avalanches were a primary hazard and professional-level avalanche skills and decision-making were essential to your safety.
You may include a paragraph explaining why you believe your experience meets the requirements for professional membership.
Applying for Membership
Applications must be submitted online and can be found here:
You may provide your own snow/avalanche résumé, but it should include the information required in the online application. Payment for membership can be made through our online application portal or by check mailed to the AAA office.
Application Process and Deadlines
The application review begins when applications are received. The AAA office forwards résumés to the appropriate region’s section representative for review. Once reviewed, they are sent to the membership chair, who presents them to the Board for approval at one of the two Board meetings scheduled each year. To allow time for Section Reps to contact references listed on your application, applications must be sent in by August 15th for consideration at the fall AAA Board meeting and by March 1st for the spring Board meeting.