Join the Snow Troopers on New Year’s Day, 6pm, at Pro Ski Service in North Bend, WA to meet Alaska’s legendary big mountain skier and mountain guide Dean Cummings. He will be presenting his award-winning Steep Life Protocols and new film “Chugach” starting at 7pm at the North Bend Theatre. All skiers, snowboarders and backcountry travelers should plan to attend. Dean’s Steep Life Protocols presentation offers an opportunity to learn Dean’s sensible approach to staying safer in the mountains and avoiding avalanches through practical terrain management. Dean refined Steep Life Protocols during his last 24 years of guiding in the Chugach Range of Alaska, Wasatch Range of Utah, and Andes Mountains of South America, and pioneering thousands of first descents in mountains all over the world. Guy Lawrence, head of Marketing at the Summit at Snoqualmie, calls the Steep Life Protocols “hands down one of the best, most practical snow safety presentations I’ve seen! Way impressed.” While there, be sure to talk to Martin Volken, UIAGM certified Swiss Mountain Guide and owner of Pro Ski Service and Pro Guiding Service about their extensive offering of AIARE avalanche education, ski touring, ski mountaineering, steep skiing, alpine climbing, ice climbing and rock climbing courses and trips.
Start 2014 off right and join us for an evening of celebrating The Steep Life and learning protocols for staying safer while doing what we love: Live to ski another day. Happy New Year!
More about Steep Life Protocols
Dean Cummings’ Steep Life Protocols is grounded on practical terrain management for skiers, snowboarders, and other mountain travelers who travel in avalanche terrain. Dean teaches and illustrates through his knowledge and experiences:
- On-the-go snow assessment from the top down
- Digging hasty pits
- Constant visual-verbal communication with partners
- Group-team emphasis
- Skiing/riding safe zone to safe zone until totally clear of potential avalanche paths
- Skiing/riding ridgelines, apexes and high points
- Avoiding convex/concave terrain, chutes and gullies, unsupported slopes, and steeps to flats
- 3 strikes methodology – identify potential avalanche warning signs, gauge risk, and decide
when to move to safer locations or call it off and head to the bar.