by Carol Arvidsson;
Every little bit we do, can help people learn about avalanche danger, especially THIS year in the West.
Our son Erik was in an avalanche last winter in Austria. Two amazing men, his teammates, Bryce Astle from Sandy, Utah and Ronnie Berlack, from Franconia New Hampshire, athletes on the US Ski Team, did not survive. The loss is shared by the ski racing community, their friends and neighbors and most deeply of course felt by their families. After a year, it seems we miss them even more.
In Bear Valley, our family’s original ski town, Natalia and Alex Dodov, lost their only son in an avalanche, almost 3 years ago. The Nicolay Dodov Foundation was begun by the Dodovs and their extended Bear Valley community to bring education and awareness to youth in memory of Nic. The work they are doing is amazing!
Please click on the link and support with donation!
The goal of this campaign is to raise funding for avalanche education and safety in the snow to youth in the Sierra Nevada region and beyond.
Nicolay Dodov Foundation was begun as a tribute to Nickoay Dodov who was killed while Snowboarding in Haynes Alaska 2012. Nick was the only child of Alec and Natalia Dodov who live in Bear Valley California, and are originally from Bulgaria. The Dodovs have devoted their lives to the Mission of the Foundation in memory of Nicolay:
“To promote snow sports safety and awareness through educational programs and events. To encourage children and enthusiasts of all ages to safely explore the beauty of the mountains and to inspire a healthy and positive lifestyle in the light of Nickolay Dodov.
In the past 2 years, with only a small budget from friends and family , the Foundation has been able to :
-Provide funding for the new Know Before you Go Avalanche Video produced by Utah Avalanche Center and Colorado Avalanche Information Center
-Provide Funding to the Sierra Avalance Center
-Present an Avalanche Safety Program including Know Before you Go to clubs and schools in California including, USSA Far West skiers and coaches, Kirkwood Ski team, Sierra at Tahoe Race Team, Bear Valley Community and Race teams and Avery Middle Schools. All of these sessions have been given free of charge.
Currently the Foundation has more requests for sessions then their budget allows. The program is unique in that it blends youthful energy with important education about winter safety. Avalanche expertise requires detailed training both in a classroom and on snow, but the first step is understanding what to look for on a daily basis, and how to minimize risk. “Know Before You Go is a free avalanche awareness program. Not much science, no warnings to stay out of the mountains, no formulas to memorize. In 1 hour, you will see the destructive power of avalanches, understand when and why they happen, and how you can have fun in the mountains and avoid avalanches.” (KBYBG video introduction)
The Dodov Foundation’s session provides the first step in education. Additionally, the Foundation will continue to support larger non profits who share their mission, specifically: Sierra Avalanche Center, Avalanche.org, Utah Avalanche Center , and Colorado Avalanche Information Center as a way to honor others who have lost loved ones in avalanches.
The foundation needs help to fund more seminars, and to complete a new goal: to take the next step in safety by providing one set of avalanche safety equipment and basic training to a core team at every club and organization that they visit. The costs incurred to the foundation for each session range from $50-250, and the cost of basic avalanche equipment
( beacon, probe and shovel) that they would like to give to each club for on-site training is $325.00 plus expenses for a certified Avalanche instructor .
This campaign is for $10,000 , so the Dodovs can plan a year of 10-15 additional sessions and provide grants to the organizations listed above .
There have been 7 avalanche fatalities in 2016 already in the United States, and over 40 listed avalanche incidents by the Sierra Avalanche Center in California alone. This is the year to Know before you GO!
Thanks for your support.
501c3 nonprofit organization 46-3764229
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