Winter has begun and that means more and more people will be traveling out in the backcountry. SAFE AS Clinics has just finished up another successful year of clinics at Squaw Valley, Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass and new for 2014 Copper Mountain! Over 150 women joined myself, Ingrid Backstrom, Michelle Parker, Elyse Saugstad, Lel Tone, Sherry McConkey and Robin Van Gyn at one of the six clinics we offered this December.
After some advice from AIARE trained professionals we decided to switch things up a little and really focus on human factors and the 6 heuristics traits that lead to accidents in the backcountry. They are now known as F.A.C.E.T.S.
- F -Familiarity
- I've skied this line a dozen times and it's always held.
- A - Acceptance
- I'm not going to be the one to chicken out or ruin the day. Or, I need to please my sponsors
- C - Commitment
- We've come this far we might as well go the whole way.
- E - Expert Halo
- The guide or the local guy/gal must know what he/she is doing.
- T - Tracks/Scarcity
- Let's get the good before someone else does!
- S - Social Facilitation/Proof
- Those other guys are skiing it so it must be good.
Powder magazine has a new microsite called "The Safe Zone" that has some real life stories that really take a look at what red flags may be missed when things go wrong. Take a look at the link below:
Along with avalanche education and awareness we also are raising money for local non profits so they can help up make safe decisions. This year we will be donating money to High Five's, The Sierra Avalanche Center, The North West Avalanche Center and Project Zero.
To find out more about SAFE AS Clinics visit: safeasclinics.org