SAFE AS Offers Welcoming Environment for Female Skiers and Riders Looking to Learn Avalanche Safety Skills

SAFE AS Avalanche Safety Clinic Coming to Sunday River This Weekend

NEWRY, ME (December 14, 2020)—This weekend, December 19, and 20, Sunday River will host two avalanche safety clinics in partnership with SAFE AS Clinics. SAFE AS, which stands for Skiers and Snowboarders Advocating and Fostering Avalanche & Snow Safety, is a women’s tailored and women-designed avalanche clinic for both beginners and experienced backcountry skiers. The clinic was founded by a group of pro skiers and avalanche instructors, including Bethel, Maine, native and Gould Academy graduate, Jackie Paaso.

SAFE AS comes to mountains across the country each year, but the Sunday River clinics are the only ones offered on the east coast for 2020-21 season. The program is divided into two parts, with one section offered as live (or recorded, if you can’t make the session) digital instruction with an optional yoga class, and the other as a day on-snow, with participants using avalanche gear and running through actual snow safety scenarios.

There are two options for the SAFE AS Clinics at Sunday River – Saturday, December 19 is the women’s-only class, and Sunday, December 20, is co-ed. While both clinics are currently sold out, those interested in attending should sign up for the waitlist, in case a spot opens up.

About Sunday River Resort: Sunday River Resort is located minutes from picturesque Bethel Village in western Maine’s Mahoosuc Mountains. A true four-season destination, Sunday River offers eight interconnected peaks of world-class skiing and snowboarding, an 18-hole golf course at the Sunday River Golf Club, two resort hotels and an inn, and numerous events throughout the year. Sunday River is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.


Media Contact: Karolyn Castaldo, Director of Communications