December 2016, Squaw Valley, US

    Helly Hansen Sponsors 5th Annual SAFE AS Clinic

    With core values anchored in helping people stay and feel alive, Helly Hansen is set to return as a sponsor of the 5th annual SAFE AS clinic.

    SAFE AS (Skiers Advocating and Fostering Education and Snow Safety) is an all-women’s avalanche clinic with the purpose of educating and inspiring female skiers and snowboarders in unique, professionally taught avalanche clinics. In its fifth year, SAFE AS is conducting four women’s specific clinics as well as its first class open to guys.

    Jackie Paaso lecturing

    Jackie Paaso sharing her experience. Photo: @jenschmidtphoto

    On December 11th in Squaw Valley, CA, professional skier Cody Townsend will be on hand to share his experiences and to provide a fresh perspective on decision-making in the backcountry. Special guest professional snowboarder Kimmy Fasani will join the Squaw Valley women’s clinics December 10th and December 12th, and returning favorite pro snowboarder Robin Van Gyn will be joining the Washington events December 17th at Crystal Mountain and December 18th at Stevens Pass.

    The clinic, founded by professional skiers Elyse Saugstad, Ingrid Backstrom, Michelle Parker, Lel Tone, and Helly Hansen Ambassador Jackie Paaso, plus philanthropist and yogi Sherry McConkey, aims to empower backcountry snow enthusiasts 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, beacon and group rescue practice, and an apres party and fundraiser with refreshments and tons of raffle prizes.


    Photo: @jenschmidtphoto


    Since its inception in 2011, the SAFE AS tour has traveled to four different states, reached over 600 participants ranging in age from 15-70, and raised nearly $20,000 for local non-profits including the High Fives Foundation and Sierra Avalanche Center.
    SAFE AS offers a range of partial and full scholarships to help ensure that all enthusiasts are able to take part. In 2015 alone, 17 full and partial scholarships were awarded.

    For more information on scholarships, discounts, dates and sign-ups, go to For direct contact:


    Photo: @jenschmidtphoto


    Photo: @jenschmidtphoto


    Photo: @jenschmidtphoto


    Photo: @jenschmidtphoto


    Photo: @jenschmidtphoto


    Photo: @jenschmidtphoto


    Photo: @jenschmidtphoto


    Photo: @jenschmidtphoto