Legendary big mountain skier, mountain guide, and Alaska heli-skiing pioneer Dean Cummings launches his annual Steep Life Protocols avalanche education tour in Washington state this Friday. Dean is a prominent leader in outdoor safety and avalanche awareness education and won Avalaunch Educator of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He was also selected by his peers in Powder Magazine as one of the 48 most influential skiers of our time. His tour continues onto Montana, California, Colorado, Alaska, Texas and Utah in November and December. During the tour, Cummings will present his award-winning Steep Life Protocols and his new film “Chugach” at ski shops and other select venues, with gear and swag giveaways from The Steep Life sponsors AKKA Rugged Locating Systems, Grivel, H2O Outdoor Gear, iON Camera, Scott Sprots and SCARPA. Cummings also joins the Warren Miller Entertainment’s Ticket to Ride tour in select locations to talk about The Steep Life and sign posters. The Steep Life Protocols equips skiers, snowboarders, and other mountain travelers with the knowledge to stay safer in the mountains by avoiding avalanches through practical terrain management. “The Steep Life is about the risks we take as humans who are committed to getting in touch with nature and ultimately the protocols that help keep us safe allowing us that sweet privilege,” said Cummings. “It’s the privilege of living in the moment, filling your lungs with fresh air, feeling your heart pounding, blowing your mind with visuals, hearing the sounds of nature, getting after it, loving it, benefiting from it, and recognizing that we need to give back to it, protect it and respect it.”
“Chugach” documents the implementation of protocols to achieve first-descent lifelong endeavors. The film features Cummings’ stunning technical descents in the Chugach Range of Alaska – one of the snowiest, most glaciated mountain ranges on Earth, that are only possible through protocols – including a first descent of Mount Francis and the peaks known as Godzilla and Hourglass. “Chugach” also shows Cummings’ first descent of the Dragon’s Back spine on Meteorite Mountain which won Powder Magazine’s 2012 Line of the Year and a descent of the Tusk proper, both iconic peaks near Valdez.
Come meet Dean Cummings this weekend:
Friday, November 1
-6:30pm – Mountain to Sound Outfitters in West Seattle (www.m2soutfitters.com)
-7:30pm – Chugach film screening at VFW Hall across the street
-After party follows the film – $5 at the door – all proceeds go to the Northwest Avalanche Center
Saturday, November 2
-Noon-2pm -EVO Seattle (www.evo.com/seattle)
-6pm & 9pm – Pantages Theater in Tacoma – Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride (www.broadwaycenter.org)
Arrive early to meet Dean and get a signed poster
Sunday, November 3
-6pm -Sturtevant’s in Bellevue – Steep Life Protocols (www.sturtevants.com)
Additional tour dates and locations are listed here.