To: The Friends and Supporters of the David Pettigrew Memorial Foundation

After 15 successful and rewarding years, the Foundation is coming to a conclusion. We are certain that our safety classes and other activities have saved lives. Much of what we taught in our safety classes is being carried on by the dedicated snow patrollers at Alpental and Mission Ridge. We want to thank all of the wonderful ski patrollers who helped teach our safety classes, especially Rob Gibson, John Stimberis, Bram Thrift and Jay Wiseman from Alpental; Ryan Forbes and Angela Seidling from Stevens Pass; and Brad Whiting and Tessa Morris from Mission Ridge, all of whom spent hundreds of hours teaching our classes and spreading the importance of safety to thousands of snowboarders and snow skiers. We also want to thank the members of the Foundation's Advisory Board, all of whom have been dedicated to our goals.

We have distributed our remaining $60,000 plus to (1) the American Avalanche Association, which is establishing scholarship funds in David' s memory for avalanche workers to obtain sophisticated advanced training, (2) the Northwest Avalanche Center to further its Youth Ambassador Program in David's memory and for its Trailhead Outreach Program, and (3) the International Snow Science Workshop Steering Committee to improve its website and digital library. Each of these fine organizations abides by the Foundation's Mission of promoting awareness, safety and education for participants in outdoor activities in the Pacific Northwest.

The Foundation's success was attributable to all of its friends and supporters who have cared about our Mission and to those of you who knew and loved David. Thank you.

From the officers and Directors of the Foundation

David Pettigrew Foundation Status Report (Fall, 2020)

Last Winter's mountain safety workshops sponsored by Alpental and Mission Ridge in David's memory were generally a success, although there were some cancelations due to inclement weather. The Foundation assisted in organizing sign-ups and supported the workshops. The 2020-2021 workshops are on hold for the season due to Covid-19. Hopefully we will experience some safe skiing and the Passes will be able to sponsor our workshops in David's memory in the future.

The annual Foundation fundraiser was cancelled for 2020 due to Covid-19. We missed the fellowship and purpose of that event and hope to someday gather together again in David's Honor. Most of the organizations with similar missions to our Foundation and to which our Foundation has made donations over the years have been cancelled or are currently inactive. The International Snow and Science Workshop, one of our favorites will not be gathering in Fernie, BC as we all had hoped. Since the wonderful ski patrollers who teach the workshops in David's memory will not be able to attend this advanced training this year, we will not be granting any scholarships this year.

Our future at this point is unpredictable. However, we do have funds available and continue to receive donations. As we move forward into uncharted times, we will always be on the lookout for opportunities to forward our mission of promoting awareness, safety, and education for participants in outdoor recreation and sporting activities in the mount wilderness areas of the Pacific Northwest.

Additional Workshops Added

We are happy to announce we've added four more workshops to this years schedule. Two Companion Rescue and two Avalanche Awareness workshops, all hosted at Mission Ridge. Click the links for exact dates.

2020 Fundraiser, Save the Date!

Our next fundraiser will be held in the Spring of 2020. Stay tuned for information about the date, location, and how to purchase tickets.

Learn More About Us

This foundation is deeply committed to keeping people safe on the mountain. If you haven't before, please take a moment to learn about the legacy David Pettigrew has left behind, and what our organization strives to accomplish.

2018 Fundraiser a Great Success

On October 29, 2018 almost 100 people gathered at Kerloo Cellars in Seattle for The David Pettigrew Foundation's annual fundraiser. The venue was perfect. Kerloo Cellars is not only a tasting venue but also where its wines are actually made and aged. Owner Ryan Crane was the bartender throughout the evening offering sage words of advice about wine making and the winery industry in Washington.

As usual, the raffle was a highlight. It seems that everyone loves a raffle, and there were a a lot of participants in this one. The prizes included annual ski passes at Alpental, Stevens Pass and Mission Ridge. The silent auction was probably the best we've had and generated considerable interest. Items included 2 passes to ski anywhere in the United States donated by the National Ski Areas Association, a private "companion rescue" workshop plus pizza lunch to be held at Alpental and presented by some of the Foundation's safety instructors, a stunning pair of pearl earrings, a double chair lift from Stevens Pass and numerous golf and wine related items.

Our featured speaker was Brad Whitting. Brad runs Mission Ridge Ski Resort outswide of Wenatchee and was formally its ski patrol director. He was helpfup in forming the Foundtion in the first place.

The Foundation thanks everyone who participated in this year's event. We also would like to remind anyone who is interested in donating to the Foundation to please do so by sending your donation to the Foundation care of its President, Karin Davidson at P.O. Box 438, Mercer Island, WA 98040. Donations are always a major part of our fundraising and help support our mission of saving lives.

2018 Silent Auction Items

2017-18 Safety Workshops

Thank you for all the support at our fundraiser this year.

2016 and 2017 Foundation Fundraisers

In November 2016 and 2017 the Foundation sponsored highly successful wine tasting and pizza parties at Mark Ryan Wineries' tasting room in Woodinville, WA, Over 100 people attended. As with the golf tournament, we had an outstanding raffle in which virtually everyone in attendance participated. Raffles are fun, and ours is both that and exciting. Of course, we continued our silent auction.

Our featured speakers in 2016 were John Stimberis and Steve kunnen. John has taught in our free safety workshops at Alpental for many years. He is an incredible person who is deeply engaged in avalanche control and prevention. He works year around for the Washington State Department of Transportation, where he is currently supervisor of the Avalanche Forecasting and Control programs. John is the author of the syllabi for all four of the Foundation's free safety workshops. He is currently the president of the American Avalanche Association.

Steve has been a Stevens Pass professional ski patroller for almost twenty years. He is an AIARE Avalanche instructor and is very active in the American Avalanche Association and AIARE. He has been a teacher for the Foundation's free safety workshops at Stevens Pass.

The wine tasting and pizza parties was not only fun and entertaining, but they also helped raise money for our continued free mountain safety workshops, the Foundation's scholarships to qualified ski patrollers to attend advanced training and sponsorships of other safety orientated organizations that the Foundation supports. Like our golf tournaments over the last ten years, the wine tasting and pizza party was a success because of many volunteers.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

One of our top instructors, John Stimberis, sat down with Stuart Miller from the SnoValley Star newspaper to talk about avalanches, Alpental, and a few of our workshops available to skiiers and snowboarders to help keep them save on the mountain.

2015-16 Season Wrap Up

The Foundation has been active pursuing our mission since our fundraiser last August.

Mountain Safety Workshops

The Foundation sponsored FREE mountain safety workshops for the 8th consecutive year. We continued our relationship with The Association of Pro Patrollers("APP"), which has been training ski patrollers since the late 1960s. The Foundation and the APP have a wonderful informal coalition with the ski patrols at Alpental, Stevens Pass and Mission Ridge. This year we conducted 20 workshops in basic mountain safety, avalanche awareness, companion rescue, and avalanche terrain observation.

Fortunately, the snow was great and our workshops were wonderful. Almost 200 students signed up to take the courses, and virtually everyone showed up and participated. Students called the workshops "great", "fun" and of course "cool". In addition, they contributed over $700 to the Foundation. Our instructors are the best in the business. They are dedicated to our Foundation and to educating the public about safety in the mountains. The Foundations brochure for 2015-16 season is on our website, and we encourage you to take a look.


The Foundation continues to support through donations to organizations with similar missions. Last year we made financial contributions to the APP, the International Snow and Science Workshop, the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center, Alpental and Steven's Pass B.A.R.K., the National Ski Area Association and the American Avalanche Association. One of our most dedicated and professional instructors, John Stimberis, is the current president of the American Avalanche Association. See his article on avalanches at


Again this past year we granted local ski patrollers to attend courses and workshops to advance their skills. Each year we select one or more patrollers who have taught our workshops to attend other courses to further their training that they then can use in our workshops. We also donate to the APP, which in turn grants scholarships with our donation to qualified APP patrollers for special APP training.

Future Events

The Foundation is considering future events for all of our wonderful supporters. We will keep you advised. Thank you for your dedication and support.

Backcountry Safety Talk with John Stimberis

Before the snow returns and you begin to venture into winter wonderlands, join John Stimberis with the David Pettigrew Foundation for a refresher course on backcountry safety and companion rescue skills.

Get inspired for the upcoming ski season and get the basic skills and awareness to be safe all season. Basic avalanche awareness, companion rescue, emergency skills for winter backcountry travel.

Nov 18 6:30pm at The Bergschrund, taproom for NW Peaks Brewery in Ballard.
4818 17th Ave NW, Seattle WA 98107

John Stimberis backcountry safety talk

Northwest Snow & Avalanche Workshop

John Stimberis backcountry safety talk

2015 Golf Tournament Scheduled

It's a milestone year for the David Pettigrew Memorial Foundation as we prepare to host our 10th annual golf fundraiser.

Time to dust off the clubs and start getting some practice in because the 10th Annual David Pettigrew Golf Tournament will be held August 22nd, 2015

It's a milestone year for the David Pettigrew Memorial Foundation as we prepare to host our 10th annual golf fundraiser and we are shaking it up a bit. For starters, we will tee off shotgun style at 11am!

We have tons of great things in the works for this wonderful event celebrating our friend David and supporting our cause.

2014/2015 Workshops Announced!

22 workshops, 11 instructors, 8 topics at 3 locations. Get a headstart and get registered for one of our great winter mountain safety workshops today. Learn more about our workshops.

Or, head straight to Eventbrite and view our safety workshop dates.

See Our Safety Workshops Download 2015 Brochure PDF

Northwest Snow and Avalanche Workshop

We are excited to help sponsor this years NSAW at the UW HUB Ballroom.

Northwest Snow and Avalanche Workshop Flyer

You Did It!

Thanks to your support, we had another great annual Tournament and dinner. Thank you to all who attended and the wonderful sponsors who help make the event possible.

Were you out of town this year, or just had such a great time you can't wait to do it again? Well don't fret, we already have next year's Tournament on the books. Circle August 22nd 2015 on your calendars!

We are currently assembling our free winter workshop dates, and will have those available for sign up as soon as we can.

About David Pettigrew

Emily's Story

PNSAA Safety Video

About David & What We Do

Recordings from the annual David Pettigrew Golf Tournament, and a little glimpse into who David was and what the Foundation does in his memory.

Past Foundation News

Special Event: Dean Cummings' Steep Life Protocols Presentation

Avoiding avalanches through practical terrain management, and a screening of "Chugach", a film documenting the implementation of protocols to achieve first-descent lifelong endeavors.

Pybus Public Market from 5:30-9pm on Friday, January 3 2014

Cost: Free, a $5 suggested donation benefits the Northwest Avalanche Center & The David Pettigrew Memorial Foundation

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Our Foundation

The David Pettigrew Memorial Foundation promoted awareness, safety and education for participants in outdoor recreation and sports activities, especially in the mountains and wilderness areas of the Pacific Northwest.

About David

David Pettigrew was born September 15, 1976 he grew up on Mercer Island, Washington. He attended the University of Montana, which was only minutes away from his beloved Rock Creek where he spent many hours fly fishing. He did everything with energy and enthusiasm.

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