SAN CLEMENTE, CA (November 27, 2013) – POWDER is proud to announce the official launch of The Safe Zone, a new microsite dedicated to avalanche education and backcountry resources. In conjunction with the new site, the first ever avalanche awareness and snow safety clinic, called The Safe Zone Clinic, hosted by POWDER will take place at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort Dec. 13-15, 2013.

The Safe Zone provides skiers a clearinghouse of information with a simple goal of offering the best resources available for backcountry skiers. Providing relevant, quality content regarding general safety techniques, recent news from the field, gear reviews as well as direct links to every avalanche center in North America, The Safe Zone is the most complete online resource available.

“For years, POWDER has advocated avalanche awareness and education,” says POWDER Editor John Stifter. “With The Safe Zone, we now have a dedicated space to continue the conversation more emphatically while also acting as a resource for avalanche centers and brands to promote events, content, and gear we feel best enables our community to stay safe skiing inbounds and beyond the ropes.”

From December 13-15, The Safe Zone Clinic will focus on human factors in avalanche terrain-specifically, group dynamics and decision-making. It will include a standard avalanche awareness curriculum, rather than a heavy snow-science-based avie I program, with a 10:1 teacher/student ratio.

Led by Snowbird Supervisor of Snow Safety and President of Wasatch Backcountry Rescue Dean Cardinale, in addition to Snowbird ski patrollers and avalanche professionals, the clinic is available to the skiing public, including those looking to travel to Little Cottonwood Canyon for the first time as well as locals. The number of spots available to the public is capped at 50 to ensure proper instruction. Go to the Powder Store to find pricing for the class and Snowbird lift tickets and accommodation.