BCA tech rep (& goddess) Lel Tone featured in Freeskier mag

Posted on November 30th, 2012 by | 0 Comments

Have you seen the “backcountry” issue of Freeskier mag? It just came out and doesn’t disappoint. They’ve nailed it two years in a row, capturing the exploding North American backcountry scene from the perspective of the young, aggro freeskier. In one section, called “Things I’ve Learned: Lessons from the Field,” Freeskier writers mine backcountry industry veterans for valuable insights that readers should take to heart. In addition to Lel, the list includes Points North Heli-Skiing founder (and former pro hockey enforcer) Kevin Quinn, American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) president Margaret Wheeler, and one other person from BCA (you’ll have to buy the mag to find out) .

Lel is an avalanche forecaster at Squaw, a guide at Chugach Powder Guides, an AIARE-qualified avalanche instructor, a sponsored First Ascent/Eddie Bauer athlete, and she’s recently been filmed both skiing and guiding for Warren Miller. Lel has been representing BCA in the Tahoe area for over ten years (she was an early adopter of both the Tracker avalanche transceiver and Float avalanche airbag). She embodies everything we strive for and believe at BCA regarding the importance of avalanche education, as exemplified in this quote from Freeskier:

“I’m not even close to an expert. I’ve had 17 years as an avalanche apprentice, but I will never stop being one. You are never the master with Mother Nature.”

Despite her huge industry cred, a blossoming career, and drop-dead good looks, Lel is as humble as she was when we met her in the Squaw patrol locker room a decade ago (she digs PBR). Here are a few of her insights:

Lel Tone in Freeskier magazine.