Baker City, Oregon
I owe it to myself and to my fellow riders of the snow, to be a responsible rider. Avalanche education is one piece of that responsibility. Every time you prepare to ride into the backcountry, you need to properly prep your equipment, yourself and your knowledge of the environment you’ll be riding in. Use the resources provided by your local avalanche centers. Know before you go!
Lorien (LC) James
Kevin Cassidy-Outdoor Enthusiast
I find avalanche education is important to me because it gives me the knowledge that could possibly save a life, and show others the skills I have learned to encourage them to get educated.
Avalanche education is important to me because it allows me and my riding buddies an opportunity to enjoy the backcountry. It may sound crazy but I love winter and I love snow. That’s where avalanche awareness comes in handy. Knowing what terrain to avoid on the crazy deep days is important, even more important is knowing how to use the avalanche forecast and avalanche equipment we ride with in case someone needs help. I’ve lost friends to avalanches and have had other friends buried and recovered. My hope is that through education and awareness no more friends will ever be lost.
Growing up I spent all my winters snowmobiling the back country with my family. Now I am raising my children the same way. I have not missed a season in 40 years. I learned early on in my life that the mountain demanded respect. I enjoy pushing myself and my machines to the limits when I am out riding but nothing is more important than living to ride another day. I have rode sleds from Utah to British Columbia to Alaska and have seen all sorts of terrain. I have triggered avalanches, been partially buried and have had friends that paid the ultimate price. It is very important to me to help other riders understand how to read the terrain, understand the snow pack and most importantly make the right decision when they are out there in the back country. The more I can spread the avalanche gospel the safer the mountains will be for all of us.
I bought my first sled in 2008 and it quickly became more than a hobby. I love the challenge of backcountry sledding, the fact that I am constantly learning and pushing myself to become better. It challenges me mentally and physically. There is always something new to learn. It is important to me to get the proper avalanche education so I can safely share my passion for snowmobiling with my family and friends. I would like to thank WAC for selecting me as a motorized ambassador so I can help share the importance of avalanche awareness.
I would also like to thank TOBE Outerwear, Extreme Realities, Off Road Vixens, EVS Sports, Outlaw Motorsports and my family for all their support.
I grew up in the mountains of Oregon and I spent my winters riding snowmobiles from an early age. I have snowmobiled all around the northwest and in Canada on some amazing and unforgiving terrain. It is important to me to get the proper avalanche training and gear to help me make better decisions in the back county. I would like to thank the WAC for giving me the knowledge and choosing me as a Motorized Ambassador.