Summary of Nickolay Dodov Foundation Avalanche Educational Work for Winter 2017/2018

 

 

For the months of December, January, February and March Nickolay Dodov Foundation presented 12 presentations of the avalanche awareness program Know Before You Go to more than 1500 ski/snowboard athletes, middle, high school and university students, coaches, teachers and parents. In April the Foundation had two educational avalanche workshops.

December – Heavenly ski/snowboard teams

January – Kirkwood Big Mountain ski/snowboard teams and Alpine race teams, Mt Shasta ski/snowboard teams

February – Avery Middle School, Bret Harte High School, two presentations at South Tahoe High School, Bear Valley ski/snowboard teams, two presentation at Squaw Valley to Big mountain ski/snowboard teams and Alpine race teams,

Montana State University to the Backcountry Club -with the help and support of the Forest Service National Avalanche Center, Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center and Montana State University Backcountry Club presented KBYG to Montana State University Students. Karl Birkeland /The Director of the Forest Service National Avalanche Center, Doug Chabot /The Director of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center and Jordy Hendrikx /The Director of the Snow and Avalanche Lab at MSU for presented KBYG in behalf of the Nickolay Dodov Foundation

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March – Bulgaria, mountain hut Skakavica, Free Mountain Association and their mountain guides and avalanche educators Georgi Georgiev, Jordan Smolitchki and Hristo Ivanov presented the Avalanche Awareness Program “Know Before You Go” in behalf of Nickolay Dodov Foundation to the mountain enthusiasts, guides and search and rescue from the mountaineering clubs Nickola Dodov and Seven Rela Lakes and visitors from Macedonia! Great two days presentation and workshop!

April – Snowmobile Avalanche Safety workshop to the Stanislaus National Forest Rangers with Specialized motorized AIARE Avalanche Educator Duncan Lee and our Foundation first two day AIARE Avalanche workshop for Kirkwood coaches and mountain enthusiasts with AIARE Avalanche Educator Michael McCarthy. We had the two Olympians Kyle Rasmussen and Daron Rahlves who came to take the workshop and to Support our Foundation!!!

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Two years ago with the help of Karl Birkelnad, Director of The National Avalanche Center, Craig Gordon and Paul Diegel from Utah Avalanche Center, and Georgi Georgiev, mountain guide and avalanche educator from The Free Mountains Associations Nickolay Dodov Foundation has translated KBYG Program in Bulgarian language and has been organizing presentations in Bulgaria! We also have translated the Avalanche Safety brochure into Bulgarian language to be distributed to the mountain resorts, ski and snowboard teams and mountain huts in Bulgaria.

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!…

Our Foundation goal for the next year is to bring Avalanche workshops to all of the ski and snowboard teams we had been with KBYG to prepare them for Level 1 Avalanche classes and to bring KBYG to ski and snowboard teams and schools where we haven’t been yet!

 

 My husbands Alex and I have started Nickolay Dodov Foundation four years ago…

The mission of the Foundation is to spread avalanche awareness to all who enjoy the snow mountains… but the most to our youth…. ….With the hope that by being able to reach out with avalanche education we will save lives!…

Our Foundation is brought up from our love for Nick!… From our love for the mountains!… From our love for skiing in the backcountry!… 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!…

If you would like to support the Nickolay Dodov Foundation we are charitable 501c3 nonprofit organization #46-3764229. All donations are tax deductible (you will receive a NDF invoice) You can donate at our website www.nickolaydodovfoundation.com You can send us a check to Nickolay Dodov Foundation, PoBox 5035, Bear Valley Ca 95223 You can support us through your charitable organization

We will be very thankful if you can help and support our Foundation to reach out with avalanche education!

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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

Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop – NTERNATIONAL AVALANCHE SAFETY AWARENESS DAY In Memory of U.S. Ski Team Members Ronnie Berlack and Bryce Astle

Note from Cindy Berlack;

Dear friends,

IN memory of Bryce and Ronnie, there will be a large avalanche event at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort , NH on 11/7.

 I am now sending out notification about this event to any and all people whose lives have been touched by avalanches.
 
 It would be wonderful if you could forward this to:
ski area season pass offices (who can email it out to their pass holders)
organization membership (which may be interested in avalanche safety or snow sport in general)
friends who are interested, whether they can attend or not.
 
Any and all US ski team members, or ski racers, are encouraged to attend as it will hold excellent information about how to stay safe in avalanche prone areas.
 
Thank you so much for your help.
 
Cindy
 

Schmidt Award

Each year Nickolay Dodov Foundation gives away an award to an organization providing snow safety awareness. This award is dedicated to the memory of Marty and Denali , father and son, and Bear Valley local climbers, who were killed while climbing K2, 2 years ago. This year we would like present the Award to Sierra Avalanche Center, for their efforts to inform and educate the public about backcountry avalanche conditions.

Natalia Dodova’s New Paintings Inspired by and in Honor of Nick

The paintings are for sale to raise money for the Nickolay Dodov Foundation to continue spreading  the free avalanche awareness program  “Know Before You Go” to middle and high school students, and race teams.