Primo Snow and Avalanche

Performance Snow Saws
Ski/Splitboard Guiding

Snow saws

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El Profesional

El Profesional (El Pro-feh-see-oh-nal) A lightweight, high performance snow saw designed to increase your craftsmanship and deliver clean and repeatable snowpack tests.


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La Minimalista

For those who want to carry the absolute minimum, but want a dedicated saw for clean snowpack tests. It will fit in your pack at just under 17", and you'll hardly notice it at a scant 2.8oz...lightest snow saw out there? It may just be.



Photo Prints

13 x 19 print of your favorite from the gallery on high quality mat photo paper. Just lemme know which one(s)! Prints will be hand labeled and signed. Printed here in Leavenworth, WA.



I am a certified Ski and Splitboard guide through the American Mountain Guide Association and spend lots of time on snow, often exploring places new to me. Over the years I've logged some first descents on both skis and a splitboard in Washington, Colorado, Utah, Chile and Argentina. 

I'd love to take you into the mountains, and can set up customized trips throughout the North and Central Cascades from late April through June each year. In July and August, I work as an alpine guide in Grand Teton National Park. Example trips are:

-Ski descents of peaks big and small, steep or mellow, classic or obscure: (Mount Shuksan, Komo Kulshan (Mt Baker), Klickitat (Mt Adams), Mount Stuart, Mount Buckner, etc.

-Ski traverses (Isolation Traverse, Stuart Range Traverse, Forbidden Tour, Ptarmigan Traverse, Chiwaukum Traverse, Pickets Traverse).

-Skills clinics (Glacier navigation and crevasse rescue, Steep ski/riding techniques, etc)

-Climb the Grand Teton, the Grand Traverse, and the Cathedral Traverse

Send me a note for more details and to plan the trip of your dreams!

Over the seasons, I've had the privilege of working with many a professional pit digger, taught avalanche courses to hundreds of skiers, splitboarders, snowmobilers, and backcountry enthusiasts, and performed thousands of snowpack tests in the process. The snow saw is one tool that I've found important to perfect. Snow saws are usually too heavy, too flimsy, too expensive, not the right shape, don't have a good sheath, etc. I like to think of this as my "pro model" snow saw. It wasn't designed by some engineer in LA. It was designed by an avalanche professional who has been digging snow profiles as part of his job for years, doesn't want to carry extra weight, slices up lots of snow, and understands the intricacies of what makes a good saw. The snow saw is a fairly simple design with a few key features, because the snowpack can be complex, and its all about helping us to perform standardized tests so that we can better wrap our heads around that.
Thanks for reading, thanks for your support, and happy snowpack testing!
Additional info about me on NWAC blog: 

-Matt Primomo
Avalanche Specialist at the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC)/ AMGA Certified Ski+Splitboard Guide

  • Leavenworth, WA, USA