Upcoming; Articles, Details and Documents About the Lawsuit Dodov vs Alaska Heliskiing

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  • During the course of the lawsuit Dodov vs. Alaska Heliskiing we didn’t take the insulting settlement.  We closed the lawsuit against Alaska Heliskikiing in the Federal Court as a self presented without prejudice. The lawsuit again Alaska Heliskiing in Alaska State Court was administratively closed and it can be reopen at any time with no statue of limitation. Statue of Limitation for Fraught is ten years.

 

  • Alaska Heliskiing is operating with low coverage Insufficient insurance advised by WOGA (Worldwide Outfitter & Guides Association). US Heli Association stated in 2012 on it’s own website that is part of WOGA insurance.

 

  • The non profit organization Alaska Avalanche Information Center is operating with Kevin Quinn (The President of U.S. Heli Association) as  Manager, and Eric Stevens(The Haines Avalanche Forecaster) as Secretary.

 

  • The lesson to be learn from the deadly avalanche in Haines
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The Third Annual NICKOLAY DODOV Slopestyle

Join us for  the 3rd Annual Nickolay Dodov Slopestlye March 26th 2016 at Bear Valley Mountain ❄ !!! Amazing Prizes!!!! Come out and shred the competition or hangout with Nicks Crew!!! 9 -10am $20 …

Source: The Third Annual NICKOLAY DODOV Slopestyle

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 January 23th Nickolay Dodov Foundation Presented KBYG Avalanche Awareness Program to Bear Valley Ski 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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High in the Mountains with Buurna…and Nick

John Muir

“We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us”…. with the powerful feeling that Nick is right here with us…

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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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Chilkat Valley News; “Dodovs say they’re ending heli-ski suit”

Dodovs say they’re ending heli-ski suit

Chilkat Valley News

February 12, 2015 | Volume 45, Issue 6  | View PDF

By Karen Garcia

Parents of an Alaska Heliskiing client who died in a 2012 avalanche said this week they are dropping their civil suit against the company.Natalia and Alex Dodov filed the suit in state court in February 2014, claiming Alaska Heliskiing “sought profit above safety” and failed to avoid the fatal avalanche that killed their son.The case was moved to federal district court in July.

Nick Dodov, 26, died in a Takhin Ridge avalanche while snowboarding with Alaska Heliskiing in March 2012. Company guide Rob Liberman, 35, of Telluride, Colo., also died in the accident.Natalia Dodov said she and her husband dropped the lawsuit because it wasn’t going to result in what they wanted: more rigorous and enforceable safety regulations in the largely unregulated heli-skiing industry.

Dodov said the case devolved into discussions of a settlement between her lawyer, Juneau-based attorney Mark Choate, and lawyers from Alaska Heliskiing’s insurance company. “The terms of the settlement are against our will. It only supports the insurance company to release every party involved from their responsibility,” Dodov said.“We were never after money or anything like that,” Dodov said. “We never wanted to settle this and release them from responsibility and just get money.”In September, the Dodovs sent an email to Choate telling him they weren’t interested in a settlement.

“We sued Alaska Heliskiing because we thought that it would bring to light Alaska Heliskiing’s unsafe practices which led to our son’s death and help bring much-needed safety regulations to the heli-skiing industry. We decided to drop the case when we and our lawyer disagreed about the direction of the case and we were asked to sign a settlement agreement that went against all our principles and felt to us as if we were selling out our son,” the Dodovs said in an email this week.

According to court documents, Choate said he wrote to the Dodovs on Jan. 6 and told them he could no longer represent them because of a “breakdown in communications” between his office and the Dodovs.Choate said the Dodovs needed to find themselves new legal counsel, and if he didn’t hear from them by Jan. 27, he would move to withdraw himself from the case.Choate said he sent the letter to the email address they successfully used for prior communications. He also sent the letter via mail. “I’ve heard nothing from them and cannot continue to represent them given this breakdown in communications,” he told the court.He moved to withdraw himself on Feb. 4, and the judge granted the withdrawal.

Natalia Dodov said Choate removed himself because she and her husband weren’t interested in signing the settlement. On Jan. 27, Dodov sent Choate an email telling him they wanted the case dismissed.Choate did not return calls for comment. Dodov said she hasn’t heard back from him regarding her Jan. 27 email requesting the case’s dismissal.The Dodovs don’t intend to hire a new lawyer. Dodov said she is not upset with Choate or her legal representation. “It’s all about the system. It’s nothing against the lawyer.”Dodov said the lawsuit was an avenue toward getting the heli-skiing industry to strengthen its safety standards.

The couple also launched a backcountry ski safety program and has aggressively pursued stiffer heli-skiing laws and permitting in discussions with the Bureau of Land Management, Alaska Occupational Safety and Health department, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, and U.S. senators and congressmen.“This was another way we tried,” Dodov said.Natalia Dodov said she was naive to think that filing a lawsuit would result in a more complete investigation of Alaska Heliskiing’s operations and bring focus to heli-ski safety standards.

The Dodovs claimed Alaska Heliskiing’s negligence led to their son’s death and that the company failed to properly assess snow conditions, failed to make a full disclosure of risk, marketed efforts emphasizing affordability (implying cost-cutting at the risk of safety), failed to exercise judgment required of a competent guide, failed to provide a second guide, failed to timely execute post-accident procedures and inadequately trained clients in avalanche search techniques.Tim Lamb, an Anchorage-based attorney for Alaska Heliskiing, said he hoped the case would be dismissed but that he couldn’t address details because it’s officially active.“It’s truly sad. My heart goes out to the Dodovs, as does Alaska Heliskiing’s. For everyone involved, it’s a tragedy,” Lamb said.