Gear Giveaways, Ski Movie & Big Mountain Legend Coming to a Town Near You

1st November 2013 | OTS Staff

News Regions: Alaska

Dean Cummings' first descent Mount Francis near Valdez, AK, April 2012

Dean Cummings' first descent Mount Francis near Valdez, AK, April 2012

Copyright: Eric Layton

Legendary big mountain skier, mountain guide and Alaska heli-skiing pioneer Dean Cummings visits more than 20 locations in seven states—Alaska, California, Colorado, Montana, Texas, Utah and Washington—during his annual Steep Life Protocols avalanche education tour this November and December. 

Cummings presents his award-winning Steep Life Protocols and screens 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 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.

“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. Cummings’ has pioneered thousands of first descents during the last three decades—part of his passion for The Steep Life.

“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” features Cummings’ descents of several colossal peaks in the Chugach Range during the past two seasons, including a first descent of Mount Francis—within sight of downtown Valdez—and the peaks known as Godzilla and Hourglass, deep within the range and only accessible by helicopter. “Chugach” also shows Cummings’ first descent of the Dragon’s Back spine on Meteorite Mountain, and a descent of the Tusk proper, both iconic peaks near Valdez.

DEAN CUMMINGS’S THE STEEP LIFE FALL 2013 TOUR STOPS


Washington State

Mountain to Sound Outfitters in West Seattle

www.m2soutfitters.com

6:30 p.m., Friday, November 1

Chugach film screening starts 7:30 p.m. at VFW Hall across the street

After party follows the film - $5 at the door - all proceeds go to the Northwest Avalanche Center

 

evo Seattle

www.evo.com/seattle

Noon - 2 p.m., Saturday, November 2

 

Pantages Theater in Tacoma - Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride

www.broadwaycenter.org

6 p.m. and 9 p.m., Saturday, November 2

Arrive early to meet Dean and get a signed poster

 

Sturtevant’s in Bellevue - Steep Life Protocols

www.sturtevants.com

6 p.m., Sunday, November 3

 

Montana

University of Montana, Urey Underground Lecture Hall

6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, November 4

Contact: Travis Goodkind, Backcountry Racks & Skis, 406-532-RACK 

Brought to you by: UMT Outdoor Recreation Program, Missoula Avalanche Center, Montana Snowbowl Ski Patrol, Omnibar and Trail 103.3, Montana’s quality rock station

Bonus: Enter to win a pair of H2OG Kodiak Skis; gear and swag giveaways from AKKA Rugged Locating Systems, Grivel, H2O Outdoor Gear, iON Camera, SCARPA, and poster signings by Dean. More info available here. 

 

California

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco - Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride

www.palaceoffinearts.com

8 p.m., Wednesday, November 6

Arrive early to meet Dean and get a signed poster

 

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco - Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride

www.palaceoffinearts.com

8 p.m., Thursday, November 7

Arrive early to meet Dean and get a signed poster

 

Sports Basement Presidio in San Francisco

www.sportsbasement.com

6 p.m., Friday, November 8

Complimentary beer and snacks - PLEASE RSVP josh@h2oguides.com

Attendees will also receive 20% off gear purchases before and after the event (some exclusions apply)

 

Crest Theatre in Sacramento - Ticket to Ride

www.thecrest.com

7:30 p.m., Saturday, November 9

Arrive early to speak with Dean and get a signed poster

 

Colorado

Bonfire Brewing in Eagle

www.bonfirebrewing.com

6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Thursday, November 14

 

Wilderness Sports in Dillon - Steep Life Protocols

www.wildernesssports.com

Time TBD, Friday, November 15

 

Dillon Dam Brewery in Dillon - “Chugach” film

www.dambrewery.com

Presented by KSMT The Mountain

Time TBD, Friday, November 15

 

Double Diamond Ski Shop in Vail

www.doublediamondvail.com

6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday, November 16

Arrive at 5 p.m. to meet & mingle and enjoy complimentary snacks

 

Boulder Theater in Boulder - Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride

www.bouldertheater.com

2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Sunday, November 17

Arrive early to speak with Dean and get a signed poster

 

Bent Gate Mountaineering in Golden

www.bentgate.com

6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Wednesday, November 20

Chugach film starts at 6 p.m., Steep Life Protocols follows

 

Paramount Theatre in Denver - Ticket to Ride

www.paramountdenver.com

8 p.m.,Thursday, November 21

Arrive early to speak with Dean and get a signed poster

 

Confluence Kayak in Denver

www.confluencekayaks.com

Time TBD, Friday, November 22

 

Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder

www.neptunemountaineering.com

Time TBD, Saturday, November 23

 

Alaska

Prince William Sound Community College Winter Fest in Valdez

www.pwscc.edu

Time TBD, December 7

 

Sitzmark Bar & Grill at Alyeska Resort

www.alyeskaresort.com

Time and Date TBD


Texas

Lakewood Theater in Dallas - Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride

www.lakewoodtheater.com

8 p.m., Thursday, December 12

Arrive early to speak with Dean and get a signed poster

 

Paramount Theatre in Austin - Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride

www.austintheatre.org

8 p.m., Friday, December 13

Arrive early to speak with Dean and get a signed poster

Additional tour stops to be announced in Texas and Utah. 

 

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