SAFE AS Clinics

Greetings Fellow Snow Lovers!


Ingrid Backstrom (right, blue jacket) leads a group of women practicing beacon searches and rescue scenarios in the afternoon field session during the SAFE-AS clinic at Snowbird, UT
Ingrid Backstrom (right, blue jacket) leads a group of women practicing beacon searches and rescue scenarios in the afternoon field session during the SAFE-AS clinic at Snowbird, UT

We’d love to include you in our excitement and anticipation by inviting you back for another awesome year of SAFE AS Clinics.

First, the details:

WHAT:  SAFE AS (Skiers and Snowboarders Advocating and Fostering Education AND Snow Safety) is a one-day women’s AIARE Intro to Avalanche Course, with class-room and on-snow education plus morning yoga, lunch, and apres-party and raffle.

WHO:  Women ages 14 & up who go into the backcountry and/or are interested in doing so.  Everyone benefits–from the beginner who has never stepped foot into the backcountry to the Level III experienced skier looking for a knowledgable refresher.


–Squaw Valley, CA Saturday, December 12th

–Squaw Valley, CA Monday, December 14th

–Copper Mountain, CO Saturday, December 19th

–Copper Mountain, CO Sunday, December 20th

HOW:  More details and sign-ups at

PC// Safe-AS Clinics
PC// Safe-AS Clinics

WHY:  Because you’re worth it.  We believe that together we can learn and grow as backcountry partners and as a greater ski and snowboard community to help the backcountry be a safe, fun, and accessible place for more people.  We emphasize education, awareness, communication, and good-decision making as well as practical rescue skills in a fun, non-competitive, encouraging environment.

In continuation of wanting to encourage ladies to become knowledgeable about snow and avalanche safety we’ve amped up our SCHOLARSHIP MANIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We have partnered with three excellent and generous organizations–Live Like Liz, Coalition Snow, and SheJumps, to help make SAFE AS affordable for everyone.  We just want your participation.  If cost is a factor at all in your consideration of signing up, please visit our scholarship page on our website to learn more and apply.


You–yes you, the one wearing your ski boots around the house right now?  We’re eager too, and we’re not going to wait until we see flakes hit the ground to take our backcountry awareness and education into consideration.  Sign up before November 20 and receive $15 off the standard price! (This does not apply to student rate.)


A current student ID gets you over 20% off!


We wouldn’t be SAFE AS without squeezing in one little tip to get you to start tuning in those backcountry brains.  Remember, even if your local avalanche organization isn’t issuing forecasts yet, if there is snow on the ground, it can avalanche.  Tread lightly early season.  Use caution, always remember that it doesn’t take much snow to cause a significant avalanche (even one inch of new!), and stay patient.  If you don’t know, don’t go.  Plus, there can be a lot of rocks and hazards barely covered that can leave you couch-ridden for the rest of winter with one knick of a ski turn. We’re frothing too, but it’s a long season ahead, so let’s start off on the right foot.


Part of each entry fee plus all raffle ticket sales benefit our amazing charity partners, HighFives, the Sierra Avalanche Center, and AIARE’s Avalanche Project.  SAFE AS has raised over $14,000 over three years with your help and we couldn’t be more stoked on the work that these amazing organizations are doing!


Squaw Valley Resort, Copper Mountain Resort, Coalition Snow, Summit Ford, Eddie Bauer, Mountain Hardwear, ABS, The North Face, Helly Hansen, Nature’s Bakery, Orage, Hestra, BCA, Jones Snowboards, Arcade Belt Co., Roxy, Anon, Black Crowes, Scott, Lululemon, Recco, Giro, Moment, Volkl/Marker, GoPro, Ortovox, Wildflour Bakery, Lake Tahoe Brewing Company, KIND, Adrenaline Socks, and AIARE


You’re still here?  Major bonus points for sticking with us.  Please email safeasclinics@gmail.comfor additional questions or comments.  Jokes always appreciated.

Learn More HERE

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