The snow is coming so grab a friend and get SNOW-EDUCATED with pro skiers Ingrid BackstromMichelle ParkerJackie PaasoElyse Saugstad, pro snowboarder Kimmy Fasani, and led by AK heli-guide and AIARE instructor Lel Tone.



Copper Mountain, CO Saturday, December 2nd, 2017  CLICK HERE

Copper Mountain, CO Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 (Co-Ed Clinic)  CLICK HERE

Squaw Valley Saturday, December 9th, 2017 (Co-Ed Clinic)  CLICK HERE

Squaw Valley, CA Sunday, December 10th, 2017  CLICK HERE


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.



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 a Co-Ed clinic at Copper Mountain on Sunday, December 3rd and Squaw Valley on Saturday, December 9th. These are the ONLY Co-Ed events 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. Professional snowboarder Robin Van Gyn will return to SAFE AS as a guest instructor at the Copper events December 2nd and 3rd. Professional skier Cody Townsend will be our guest male instructor for our Co-Ed event at Squaw Valley December 9th.


Copper Mountain, CO

  • WOMEN ONLY: Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
  • CO-ED CLINIC: Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Squaw Valley, CA

  • CO-ED CLINIC: Saturday, December 9th, 2017
  • WOMEN ONLY: Sunday, December 10th, 2017


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.)

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY: If a participant cancels 7 days prior to the start date of the clinic a full refund will be issued. If a student cancels within the 7 days prior to the course the tuition is non-refundable. The participant will, however, have the opportunity to transfer to another scheduled clinic if space is available. The registration fee may not be forwarded to the following calendar year. IF SAFE AS Clinics cancels the course for any reason a full refund will be given. This cancellation and refund policy pertains to all clinic participants. No exceptions to the policy can be made.

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