S.A.F.E. A.S. Clinics is a women’s tailored, beginner to experienced friendly, avalanche awareness and safety clinic. Founded by Elyse Saugstad, Jackie Paaso, Michelle Parker, Ingrid Backstrom, Lel Tone and Sherry McConkey with the intention to foster an open, welcoming and enthusiastic environment by which to encourage participation and communication to play in the mountains during the winter safely. Partial proceeds from the events are donated to snow community non-profits.

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WHAT: One day Women’s Intro to Avalanche Safety and FUNdraiser with classroom,  on-snow training, and morning yoga.

WHO FOR: Women, ages 14 and older who are interested in starting or refreshing their knowledge of snow and avalanche safety in and out of bounds, and who enjoy a good time for a good cause.  Participants are asked to provide their own avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, and backpack.

***This year we will be offering for the first time ever a Co-Ed clinic at Squaw Valley on Sunday, December 11th. This is the ONLY Co-Ed event offered. Men, ages 14 and older are able to join with us women to start or refresh their snow and avalanche safety knowledge. ***

WHO BY: Taught by Squaw Valley’s own avalanche forecaster, Alaska heli-ski guide, and AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Avalanche Instructor Lel Tone, hosted by ski professionals Michelle Parker, Jackie Paaso, Ingrid Backstrom, Elyse Saugstad and Robin Van Gyn with yoga by certified instructor Sherry McConkey. Additionally, professional snowboarder Kimmy Fasani will be joining as a guest instructor at the Squaw Valley clinics December 10th and 12th. Professional snowboarder Robin Van Gyn will return to SAFE AS as a guest instructor at the Washington events December 17th and 18th. Professional skier Cody Townsend will be our guest male instructor for our Co-Ed event at Squaw Valley December 11th.


Squaw Valley, CA

  • Saturday, December 10th, 2016
  • SPECIAL CO-ED CLINIC! MEN ARE INVITED TO ATTEND! Sunday, December 11th, 2016
  • Monday, December 12th, 2016

Washington State

  • Crystal Mountain  Saturday, December 17th, 2016
  • Stevens Pass Resort  Sunday, December 18th, 2016

COST: $140 – Includes yoga, classroom and small group on-snow instruction, lunch, lift ticket(if needed) and a raffle with a ton of awesome gear at the after party. ($110 Student Rate for those that can provide a current transcript or student ID. Please scan either your transcript or student ID to to have your discount approved. Offer valid to high school and college students.)

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