We are reaching out with avalanche education in the light of our son who was killed in avalanche in Alaska

31243_1423302913167_2751218_n.jpgOUR Nick was killed in avalanche  on Thankin Ridge, Haines, Alaska on March 13, 2012. Nick was heli snowboarding under the supervision of Alaska Heli-skiing Company out of Haines. From our investigation we discovered that AH ignored obvious red flags. Recent five feet snow storm, wind storm over night prior to the avalanche and rapid warming. Profit over safety. AH didn’t follow any of its own safety protocols. The AH Company didn’t have drug screening policy. Nick’s guide Rob Liberman, who also died in the avalanche autopsy reveled that his THC levels were 3 times higher than normal background. Therefore he was stoned. Nick was buried under the snow for 1 hour and 27 minutes. Search and rescue began 47 minutes after the avalanche happened. Nick had an Avalung in his mouth, if they would recover Nick under 1 hour and 15 minutes he would survived. He also carried an Air backpack, unfortunately he couldn’t use it, the rip cord was zip in. The AH guides didn’t wear air backpacks and were talking sarcastically about them and quoting that when there time comes this is fine by them. This why they didn’t have the practice t check the readiness after get out of the helicopter. On the top of the fatale run the group of clients was insured that they should not worry everything will be fine this is just an open alpine bowl with rolling hills with steepness between 35-45*…. in considerable conditions. We have a go pro footage of the time frame from all the events and the witnesses stamens. There were two groups of clients and two guides at the scene. Only the two guides end four survivals from Nick group took place in the search and rescue.  After they recovered Nick he still had a heart beat, they didn’t fly Nick to the medical center, he was dropped at the base at AH , 33 miles from Haines to wait for Paramedic car… and the most cruel thing AH, Medical center, VOGA Insurance and the Trooper Department and Haines Bureau did  it was to cover up their mistakes by sending Nick to Seattle to die in another state to prevent investigation. AH didn’t file an accident report neither to the  of Alaska or to the National Avalanche Center until six month later and it was falsified. We started with free avalanche educational project with the hope that by educating the next generation we can prevent future fatalities

It is very hard to find the words to describe our lost.

Nickolay was not our only son, he was our best friend, our beast team made, our teacher in many ways. He was very special young man, his light was so bright, everyone who had the opportunity to know him, was amazed of his talents, wisdom, his big smile and huge heart, always ready to help everyone.

My husbands Alex and I with the help of good friends have started Nickolay Dodov Foundation four years ago… We started reaching out with free avalanche educational programs with the hope that by educating the next generation we can prevent future fatalities… and save lives!

The mission of the Foundation is to spread avalanche awareness to all who enjoy the snow mountains… but the most to our youth… Our Foundation is brought up from our love for Nick!… From our love for the mountains!… From our love for skiing in the backcountry!
In the last three years we have reached out with the avalanche awareness program KBYG to close to 6000 ski and snowboard athletes, middle, high school and university students, coaches, teachers and parents…..With the hope that by being able to reach out with avalanche education we will save lives!

The movement and the progress of reaching to youth with free avalanche education is so meaningful for us… feels like Nick is right next to us. … with his big beautiful smile….The Foundation gives Alex and me a huge powerful positive purpose…We are VERY THANKFUL to be connected with Karl Birkeland, Doug Chabot, Craig Gordon, Richard Bothwell, Bruce Tremper, Paul Diegel, Don Triplet and all avalanche educators… we feel like Nick is orchestrating it all.. Powerful good feeling!…We are so very passion about spreading avalanche education especially to youth…. we feel like all the kids we reach out to with KBYG are our kids now .. and we always will encourage them to go and play on the mountains…and will continue spread avalanche awareness and educate them to travel safe in the snow…especially to youth….together with our love for the mountains…for life… for hikes, skiing, snowboarding, windsurfing, skateboarding…sharing good moments… good food with friends..as our Nick did…

We live in a small ski resort Bear valley, California and we ride the mountain every given day. We have 100+ ski days … half of them in the backcountry… ALWAYS FIRST CHAIR on POWDER DAYS! My husband Alex was a professional athlete in ski and snowboarding, rock climbing and mountaineering. He was for two years in Mountain Alpine Division. We used to run private ski and snowboard school and Alex worked with the first heli ski company in Bulgaria. In the Summer time Alex had a Sky Genie business; working on sky scrapers, factory chimney, power towers and bridges using his climbing belaying skills. Our son Nick was a member of Bulgarian National Snowboard Team. He competed in the Junior World Cup in Telluride in 1999. After we moved to California, Nick competed in Tahoe Series, US National Series and US Open in slalom, boarder cross, slope style. For over seven years Nick was living in Truckee in the heart of the snowboard industry. He was sponsored by different companies, having 100+ snowboard days half of the days snowmobiling and split snowboarding backcountry adventures. Nick was very well know as a very good snowboarder and the one always looking for the safety for himself and everybody else. Nick was also an avid surfer and amazing artist…..We will continue to encourage and teach as many as we can to play on the snow and be safe!…We will continue our Foundation work in the light of our Nick!…www.nickolaydodovfoundation.com

Support Avalanche Safety and Dodov Foundation

 

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!

https://www.gofundme.com/avalanchedodov

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.

http://www.nickolaydodovfoundation.com

501c3 nonprofit organization 46-3764229
© 2013-2016 Nickolay Dodov Foundation | All Rights Reserved.

 

Know Before You Go

 

The Winter Season of 2015/2016  Nickolay Dodov Foundation had 15 presentations of the  Avalanche Awareness program “Know Before You Go” to more than 1200 ski and snowboard racers, middle and high school students, coaches, parents and public!

November 8th – Nickolay Dodov Foundation had a presentation of KBYG to the Squaw Valley Race teams, coaches and parents
December 6th – Nickolay Dodov Foundation had a presentation of KBYG to the Sierra at Tahoe Race teams, coaches and parents
December 12th -Nickolay Dodov Foundation had a presentation of KBYG the Bear Valley Public. Utah Avalanche Center presented. The Founders of the program Craig Gordon and Paul Diegel came to Bear valley to present from the name of the Foundation.
December 18th – Nickolay Dodov Foundation had 6 presentations of KBYG to the 7th and 8th grades students at Avery Middle School
December 29th – Nickolay Dodov Foundation had a presentation of KBYG to the Kirkwood race teams, coaches and parents
January 24th – Nickolay Dodov Foundation had a presentation of Know Before You Go to our Bear Valley race and Devo teams, coaches and parents.
February 20th – Nickolay Dodov Foundation had a presentation of KBYG to the Dodge Ridge race teams, coaches and parents

March 22nd – Nickolay Dodov Foundation had three presentations of KBYG to more that 200 students at South Tahoe High School 

In the month of December with the help of the Director of The National Avalanche Center, Karl Birkelnad and the help of the mountain guide and avalanche educator Georgi Georgiev from The Free Mountains Associations the Avalanche Safety brochure was translated and printed in Bulgarian language and spread over the mountain resorts in Bulgaria.

 

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On December 12th  Nickolay Dodov Foundation presented  Know Before You Go to Bear Valley Public. The Founders of the program Craig Gordon and Paul Diegel came to Bear Valley to present from the name of the Foundation.

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On December 12th The Annual Winter Sports History Night honored Nickolay Dodov Foundation with the Ebbetts Pass History Annual Award

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On December 18th The Nickolay Dodov Foundation Presented the Avalanche Awareness Program KBYG to Avery Middle School. The Foundation avalanche educator Paul Henrickson presented six presentations of Know Before You Go to 150 students from 7th and 8th grade in their science class.

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On December 29th Nickolay Dodov Foundation Presented  KBYG Avalanche Awareness Program to Kirkwood race teams, coaches and parents

 

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On February 20th Nickolay Dodov Foundation Presented KBYG Avalanche Awareness Program to the Dodge Ridge race teams, coaches and parents

 

 

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Nickolay Dodov Foundation Future Presentations of “Know Before You Go”


Kick the season off right with the California Premiere of the new “Know Before You Go” Avalanche Awareness Program on Saturday, December 12th at 4pm in the Cathedral Lounge,Bear Valley Lodge in Bear Valley!

Come to learn the basics of where to go, when to go and what to bring when you are headed into the wild white yonder!
The program will be presented by Craig Gordon and Paul Diegel from Utah Avalanche Center
This event is organized and host by Nickolay Dodov Foundation for Snow Sports Safety Awareness with support from Theo Meiner Snow Safety Foundation.

We are dedicating our Second Annual Safety Awareness Presentation in loving memory of the US Ski members Bruce Astle and Ronnie Berlack

Utah Avalanche Center worked on the complete revision of the program as a collaborative project in partnership with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Avalanche Canada, Red Bull, Brain Farm, American Avalanche Association, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, Forest Service National Avalanche Center, Sierra Avalanche Center, Backcountry Access, Sherpa Cinema, and many others.

The project features a new video with interviews from athletes like Mikaela Shiffrin, Jimmy Chin, Travis Rice, Jeremy Jones and Chris Davenport.

 The avalanche centers in the U.S. and Canada are adopting the new program into their educational programs. KBYG is poised to launch across North America this coming winter season

Our good friends from Bear Valley Real Estate and Vacation Rentals have graciously invited all of us for food and drink at  their Annual Open House held in their office following the Avalanche Awareness Presentation. Then at 7 p.m. head back to the Cathedral Lounge for the Annual Winter Sports History Night honoring Nickolay Dodov Foundation, Bear Valley’s National Ski Patrols and ex ski patroller Peter Hayes with Ebbetts Pass History Association Annual award.

Get this on your calendar! It’s a not to miss event! Come out and enjoy a great educational event, wine and food reception and the Annual Sports History nigh in Bear Valley!

 

Nickolay Dodov Foundation Future Presentations of “Know Before You Go”

December 6th to Sierra At Tahoe race teams and instructors

December 12th to Bear Valley locals and guests

Late December to Kirkwood race teams

Late December to Avery Middle School

Late December to the backcountry enthusiasts in Sofia, Bulgaria

Early January to Bear Valley race teams and staff

Late January to Dodge Ridge race teams

Nickolay Dodov Foundation is 501c3 Non-Profit Charitable Corporation #46-3764229. We are registered with Schwab Charitable.

Please come to our event in Bear Valley on December 12th!

Donation are always welcome. Thank you for your support!

Nickolay Dodov Foundation Premiere of “Know Before You Go” at Squaw Valley for Far West Skiing Fall Convention

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Nickolay Dodov Foundation first presentation of the Avalanche Awareness Program “Know Before You Go” was on November 8th at Squaw Valley for the Far West Skiing Fall Convention ski racing teams and their parents The presentation was with the support of John Jackson, Matty Massaglia, Daron Rahlves, The Director of Sierra Avalanche Center Don Triplat, Bear Valley locals Nancy and Greg Page, Ellen Hoffman and our avalanche educator Paul Henrickson. Our presentation was part of Sierra Avalanche Center Avy weekend.

 From John Jackson; “The @nickolaydodovfoundation did a great job today educating the kids on how to play safely in the mountains. Being aware of Avalanche danger is so important. Check forecasts, communicate with your crew, practice using your safety equipment, and be patient for good conditions! I’m very honored to be a part of this program. Thanks to the #sierraavalanchecenter @savycenter and @utavy for the support.”240103242137124

WHITEROOM SNOWBOARDING MAGAZINE; Три години по-късно – „NICKOLAY DODOV FOUNDATION“

168959_1727317553343_2073970_n Минаха 3 години от нелепия инцидент, сполетял нашия приятел Ники Додов в Аляска. Ние от Whiteroom, както и всички негови приятели, го приехме много тежко. Трудно ни е дори да говорим за това, но наистина загубихме ценен и добър човек. Той бе от най-позитивните и скромни хора, които сме срещали. В тази статия обаче няма да скърбим, а ще ви запознем с Наталия-Нани и Александър-Шошо, неговите родители, които създават Nickolay Dodov Foundation.
Няколко думи за тях Докато още живее в България Александър се запалва по зимните спортове – дълги години e инструктор на Витоша, Боровец и Банско, а освен всичко това успява да намери време за алпинизъм и ски рали. Обиколил е спортните школи на Славия и ЦСКА, а към Кремиковци работи като професионално платен планинар. Той е един от първите, които прокарват сноуборда в България и дори е от хората, които помагат за създаването на Сноуборд федерация в нашата страна. Шошо успява да предаде страстта към планината на своето семейство – Нани и малкия Ники. Заедно, със старото трабантче обикалят всички възможни точки на България, където може да се кара и изживяват страхотни мигове. Самите те споделят, че са „като един отбор“ – винаги заедно. Синът им Ники попива от опита на баща си и за кратко време става много добър с дъската и твърдите автомати. Той участва в почти всички бордъркрос състезания.
Напускането на родината След тежката инфлация през 1997 г. Шошо и семейството му решават да напуснат България. Те заминават за Америка и се установяват в Bear Valley – малко планинско градче, където зимата буквално не си отива и сняг има до юни месец. Като хора отдадени на зимните спортове, те се влюбват в прекрасното местенце, което е с малко население и е доста спокойно, а най-големият плюс е, че снегът се трупа за отрицателно време. За една нощ, споделя Нани, се събира сняг колкото един „човешки ръст“. Какво по-хубаво от това, бихме казали ние. 580777_10200495182492664_1563412420_n Не след дълго младото семейство отваря бояджийско студио, с което да се изхранват – боядисвайки къщи. Ники, освен че помага на татко си, бързо намира приятели в снежното градче, които също се включват в работата. В замяна на тяхната помощ Наталия им готви, а работата заприличва на детските лагери, които само сме гледали в американските филми. Тримата обикват все повече планинския град и се чувстват чудесно. Не изпитват никакви затруднения с адаптацията към мястото и се радват на един спокоен и нормален живот. В същото време Ники решава да спре със състезанията, тъй като смята, че това не е за него. Маха твърдите автомати, слага меките и влиза в powder-a, който го привлича страшно много. Събира се със своите приятели и започват да карат извън пистите. Майка му също се запалва по извънпистовото каране, но за начало се пуска само под лифтовете, карайки под окуражаващите викове на Ники и неговата компания. Днес, с годините опит, “Powder Mom” може да кара откъдето си пожелае и не се страхува от нищо. unnamed (3) unnamed И тримата стават много добри в това, което правят, но никога не си дават зор. Не търсят публичната изявата или чуждото признание, а просто се радват на хубавите мигове. Винаги гледат да са заедно и да изпитват удовлетворение от най-малките неща. Нани описва начинът им на живот много точно – “Go with the flow”.
Създаване на фондацията След трагичния инцидент на 13.03.2012 г. в Аляска се установяват много грешки от страна на водача на групата. Нани и Шошо започват свое разследване и се опитват да намерят причините, довели до смъртта на техния син. Оказва се обаче, че корупцията в Аляска е голяма и всички си затварят очите, а организациите се интересуват единствено от „печеленето на пари“. Наталия сподели с нас, че там голяма част от хората не гледат с респект към планината, а по-скоро с насмешка към опасностите, които крие и имат така нареченото “Cowboy attitude”. Нередностите, които откриват се опитват да разпространят и по този начин да предпазят много други, които също биха тръгнали по пътя на Ники. Работят със сенатора на Калифорния, с National Forest (федерална инстанция), Националния център за лавинна безопасност за цяла Америка и всякакви други лавинни центрове, и се опитват да променят положението. Разбира се получават много подкрепа от приятели, от непознати хора и заедно с тях се борят срещу другата страна – голямата машина за правене на пари. И макар всичко това да не е лесно Нани и Шошо не се отказват и продължават напред. Резултатът не закъснява и след като минават през цялата бюрокрация и документи успяват да отварят Nickolay Dodov Foundation през есента на 2013 г. Освен те двамата, в оснавата й стои и John Jackson – добър приятел на Ники. 1012604_1494449897451944_3904931873635448064_n Чрез нея те провеждат две слоупстайл състезания.905842_1515657808664486_1686238089968243734_o Много спонсори се отзовават и много малки деца участват в тях. Организират се безплатни лекции по лавинна безопасност, насочени към деца под програмата “Know before you go”. А най-голямото признание идва от това, че директорът на Националната служба за лавинна безопасност на Юта участва като лектор на семинарите. unnamed (4) Това е и основната идея на фондацията – разпространяване на безплатни лекции и курсове по лавинна безопасност за деца и тийнейджъри. Най-хубавото е, че има силен отзвук – доста ски и сноуборд отбори, учители, дори работници в планините присъстват на тези лекции. 10410348_1607456882817911_7155951804101042658_n unnamed (6) Следващата стъпка на фондацията е да организира и безплатен, тридневен Level 1 лавинен курс за децата, които не могат да си го позволят. Работят и по въпроса тази програма да се предложи на всички професионални и национални отбори, за да може малчуганите още от ранна възраст да се запознаят с опасностите в планината. Другата идея, която искат да реализират е свързана със сноуборд и ски филмите. Целта им е след края на всеки филм водачът на групата да разкаже за опасностите, които съществуват и да обясни как са ги избегнали, тъй като всички сме гледали какви склонове и улеи пускат професионалните карачи.
Посланието Казват, че все още са новаци в организирането на тези събития, но вярват и знаят че Ники е с тях и им помага. Планината е техният живот, но в същото време се учат всеки ден от нея, имат респект и искат да го предадат на другите чрез Nickolay Dodov Foundation. „Колкото повече знаят децата, толкова по-добре“ казват Нани и Шошо в един глас. Ние също като тях смятаме, че всеки, който излиза в планината трябва да бъде добре подготвен. Поради тази причина подобни лекции за лавинна безопасност трябва да се изнасят навсякъде по света и винаги първо да мислим за безопасността, а след това за всичко останало. 563235_1457278397835761_729382623_n unnamed (9) Нани и Шошо Благодарят на абсолютно всички, които ги подкрепят! Ние от Whiteroom искрено се прекланяме пред инциативата на Нани и Шошо. Само много силни хора, като тях, могат да се захванат с подобно дело. А Ники – ти, братле, покарай в пудрата там горе! 10302101_1494859557410978_180539298684135085_n

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Nickolay Dodov Foundation First Presentation of The Avalanche Awareness Program “Know Before You Go”

Our first presentation of the Avalanche Awareness Program “Know Before You Go” was to members of the Bear Valley Racing teams! Thank you to all of you for helping the Nickolay Dodov Foundation to bring out snow sports safety awareness.