[caption id="attachment_5429" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Photo by Amie Engerbretson[/caption] Everyone s favorite season is just around the corner, and with winter s return comes the highly-anticipated return of SAFE AS--only the most fun, important, and kick-ass way to welcome the winter season! SAFE AS (Skiers Advocating and Fostering Education and Avalanche Snow Safety) invites women ages 14 and up with intermediate or better skiing or snowboarding ability to an introductory avalanche course bundled up in a fun-filled day of yoga, classroom and on-hill instruction, food, camaraderie, and an aprs-ski party with an overflowing prize raffle. The SAFE AS curriculum benefits everyone from seasoned backcountry adventurers with previous avalanche education to the merely curious, as well as backcountry and sidecountry novices and everyone in between. For the third year in a row, certified AIARE instructor, Squaw Valley avalanche forecaster, Alaskan heli guide, and Warren Miller movie star Lel Tone will lead each one-day snow safety and avalanche course, assisted by professional skiers Jackie Paaso, Michelle Parker, Elyse Saugstad, and Ingrid Backstrom and the expert yoga guidance of Sherry McConkey. We are excited to announce the addition of professional snowboarder Robin Van Gyn to the team for our Colorado stops at Copper Mountain. Their aim is to provide critical information and education in a fun, open, encouraging environment, with an emphasis on discussion, participation, and hands-on learning. [caption id="attachment_5430" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Photo by Re Wikstrom[/caption] We put the FUN back into FUNdrasier, giving back to local snow safety charities and organizations doing good things in our communities, such as HighFives Foundation s B.A.S.I.C.S Safety Program, Sierra Avalanche Center, the Northwest Avalanche Center and AIARE's Project Zero, while educating and stoking out over 150 women per year, including two scholarship winners for the Squaw Valley stops sponsored by Tahoe Mountain Sports. We hope to see you (or, if you re a guy, a woman you care about) there! December 7, 2014--Squaw Valley, CA December 8, 2014--Squaw Valley, CA December 13, 2014--Crystal Mountain, WA December 14, 2014--Stevens Pass, WA December 20, 2014--Copper Mountain, CO ****new stop for 2014!!*** December 21, 2014--Copper Mountain, CO ****new stop for 2014!!*** SAFE AS is made possible through the support of many incredible sponsors including: Summit Ford, MIPS, ABS, BCA, Nature's Bakery, Mountain Hardwear, Ortovox, Hestra, Arcade Belts, Flylow, Scott, Backcountry.com, Helly Hansen, Eddie Bauer, Moment, GoPro, AIARE, Giro, The North Face, Volkl/Marker, Hestra, Coalition Snow, Anon, Kicker, Wildflour Bakery, Tahoe Mountain Sports, and SASS Global Travel. More info and registration at www.safeasclinics.org. Hang out with us on Twitter and Instagram at @safeasclinics and on Facebook at facebook.com/safeasclinics.