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Upcoming Event: Mark Ryan Winery and the David Pettigrew Foundation

Update: You can bid on the slient auction items for the event now, even if you're not attending! See the list of items here.

Mark Ryan Winery and the David Pettigrew Foundation

The David Pettigrew Foundation would like to invite you to a casual, fun night at Mark Ryan Winery where we can catch up with old friends and make new friends over a glass of wine.

With the temporary hiatus of our annual golf tournament, we know many of you were still interested in opportunities to gather and celebrate David this year.

We are fortunate to partner with the wonderful Mark Ryan Winery to setup a great, new, event for us to join together in celebration of his life, and support of The David Pettigrew foundation efforts in the future. All while enjoying some great wine, pizza, silent auction, and raffle!

Your ticket gives you 1 flight or 1 glass of wine, and pizza is included! After first flight or glass, additional wine and beer will be available for purchase.

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.

2015-16 Workshops Available for Registration

Click on the name of the workshop to read about what the workshop covers, or click on the date you'd like to attend to view and register for tickets.

Companion Rescue Jan 23rd, Jan 30th, and Feb 20th
Terrain Workshop Feb 6th and Feb 27th
Mission Ridge
Avalanche Awareness Dec 6th and Jan 9th
Companion Rescue Jan 10th and Feb 6th
Mountain Safety Dec 5th
Terrain Workshop Feb 20th and Feb 21st
Snoqualmie Pass Fire Station
Mountain Safety Dec 12th, Jan 2nd, Jan 16th and Jan 30th
Steven's Pass
Avalance Awareness Jan 9th and Feb 6th
Companion Rescue Jan 23rd and Feb 20th

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 Silent Action Pre-Tournament Bids On Now

You can bid on any silent auction item by email up until 5:00pm on August 20st, 2015. Pre-Tournament Bids are to be submitted to Laurie Givan ([email protected]). More »


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.

You can buy tickets on EventBrite. If you have feedback, or just want to share with yoru friends, please use this Facebook event. We are looking forward to seeing you all in August!

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

See More Past Updates

Support Us

Everything we do is made possible because of donations from supporters like you. Please check out our secure PayPal page to help us to keep offering free safety classes to skiers and snowboarders.

Our Foundation

The David Pettigrew Memorial Foundation promotes 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.

Complete Bio »

Contact Us

For information and questions regarding The David Pettigrew Memorial Golf Tournament, as well as donations and sponsorships.

Karin Davidson
[email protected]

For specific questions about the Foundation, and all other general questions.

E. Pettigrew
Public Relations
[email protected]
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