SAFE AS Clinics bringing Avalanche Awareness to the Masses.

With backcountry skiing and snowboarding exploding in popularity, it is more important now than ever to educate backcountry newcomers and intermediates. Bridging the gap between zero education and the multi-day AIARE Level 1 avalanche courses, SAFE AS, brings one day, intensive courses set in the friendly confines of a team of some of the most experienced educators and backcountry users on the planet. Now in its 7th year of clinics, SAFE AS continues its goal of bringing avalanche education to the masses. This year SAFE AS will be hosting events at Squaw Valley Resort, CA and Stevens Pass, WA.


On tap for 2018 SAFE AS will be hosting a Co-Ed event at both locations in addition to its women-only events. Professional skier Cody Townsend will be on hand December 9th for the Squaw Co_Ed clinic to share his experiences and to provide a fresh perspective on decision making in the backcountry. SAFE AS is proud to announce two new guest snowboards instructors. Professional snowboarder Kimmy Fasani will join the events in Squaw Valley on December 8th and 9th, and Hana Beaman will join the Steven Pass clinics on December 15th and 16th.


The clinic (Skiers Advocating and Fostering Education and Snow Safety) founded by professional skiers Michelle Parker, Elyse Saugstad, Jackie Passo, Ingrid Backstrom, and Lel Tone, plus philanthropist and yogi Sherry McConkey, aims to empower backcountry snow enthusiast through positive snow safety education. Each one-day event presents participants with the classroom and on-mountain curriculum of the AIARE Intro to Avalanche course, capped with morning yoga, transceiver, and group rescue practice, and an apres party and fundraiser with refreshments and tons of raffle prizes.


Since its inception in 201, the SAFE AS tour has traveled to four different states, reach over 900 participants ranging in age from 14-70, and raised nearly $34,000 for local non=profits including the High Fives Foundation, the Sierra Avalanche Center, the Northwest Avalanche Center, the Utah Avalanche Center and AIARE’s Project Zoo.

SAFE AS offers a range of partial and full scholarships to help ensure that all enthusiast are able to take part. In 2017 alone, 8 full and partial scholarships were awarded.

For more information on scholarships, discounts, dates, and registration, got to For direct contact: safeasclinics[at]

SAFE AS is made possible with the support of:

Squaw Valley Resort, Stevens Pass Resort, High Fives Foundation, Red Bull, Orage, Blizzard/Tecnica, Giro, Coalition Snow, Jones Snowboards, Salomon, Orotvox, Arcade, Recco, Volkl, Marker, Dalbello, Lululemon, Anon, Arcteryx, Hanah One, Hiball, Ride, Hestra, Tahoe Trail bar, Norrona, Clif, The North Face, Eddie Bauer, AIARE, BCA and Wildflour Squaw.