Nickolay Dodov Foundation is traveling with many free avalanche education events to youth and all ages mountain enthusiasts from the begging of the Snow season 2018/2019

In the last four years we have reached out with the avalanche awareness program “Know Before You Go” to close to 6000 ski and snowboard athletes, middle, high school and university students, coaches, teachers, parents and all age mountain enthusiasts.
NDF has started the snow season of 2018/2019 with SEVEN GREAT Avalanche Education events in the months of December and January.
December 2018 –
One day Avalanche Workshop in Santa Cruz
KBYG Avalanche Awareness Presentations to the students of South Tahoe Middle School and Mammoth Hight School
January 2019-
One day Avalanche Workshop in Bear Valley
KBYG Avalanche Awareness Presentation to the ski and snowboard teams and public at Squaw Valley
Two KBYG Avalanche Awareness Presentations to the students of Truckee Forest Charter School.
February 2019 –
KBYG Avalanche Awareness Presentation to Yosemite Ski team and public! Great event at a very special place!
NDF is scheduling many avalanche education events for March and April 2019!!!
Due to snow storm and closure of roads and the school the Forth Annual Avalanche Awareness KBYG event on February 27th at South Tahoe High School is rescheduled for March 28th
March 6th NDF will have four KBYG presentations at North Tahoe Middle School.
March 15th NDF will have 2 KBYG presentations to 7th and 8th grate students at Sonora Elementary School
March 19th and 20th we will have avalanche events at the China Lake Military base
April 11th NDF will have 2 KBYG Presentations to the students at George Whittell High School
In the snow season of 2017/2018 NDF reached out to more than 1500 ski/snowboard athletes, middle, high school and university students, coaches, teachers and parents with KBYG Avalanche Awareness Presentations.
December 2017- Heavenly ski/snowboard teams
January 2018- Kirkwood Big Mountain ski/snowboard teams and Alpine race teams, Mt Shasta ski/snowboard teams
February 2018- 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 on behalf of the Nickolay Dodov Foundation
March 2018-  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 Nickolay Dodov and Seven Rela Lakes and visitors from Macedonia! Great two day presentation and workshop!
April 2018- NDF had a special snowmobile avalanche safety workshop to our Stanislaus National Forest Rangers with Duncan Lee, who is a special motorizes AIARE avalanche educator. We had our Foundation first two day avalanche workshop at Kirkwood with the AIARE avalanche educator Michael McCarthy! We had Kyle Rasmussen and Daron Rahlves with us to take the workshop and to support the Foundation! It was great to practice search and recovery drills with two Olympians!
We have started Nickolay Dodov Foundation five years ago. The mission of our 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!

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.

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!…We are looking forward to work together with everyone who is interested to reach out with avalanche awareness education!…We are so passionate about it…. it feels like it is our life now…. it is a good feeling… and all the movement and the progress of reaching youth with free avalanche education is so meaningful for us… feels like Nick is right next to us. … with a big smile on his face. .. I am up every morning before 5am to write emails for the Foundation and organize our presentations and events….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, Paul Henrickson, Michael McCarthy,Paul Diegel, Georgi Georgiev 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 ravel 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 every winter … half of them in the backcountry… ALWAYS FIRST CHAIR on POWDER DAYS!!!… For our Nick… with our Nick!!!

Please contact us if you would like to have an avalanche education event… We have never turn down a request …. My husband Alex and I travel and attempt every event!… We have GREAT Avalanche Educators on our team!

 

Please contact us if you or your company can support our Foundation!… We are a small Foundation running from  donations of very close friends who are very passionate about backcountry skiing and avalanche education!

We are a small Foundation…. but we do believe that we are the BIGGEST provider of FREE avalanche education to youth in California!

Check our website for upcoming events and to schedule your event! SUPPORT AND DONATE TO US!

http://www.nickolaydodovfoundation.com

 

“Bear Valley, CA Resident Teaching ‘Know Before You Go’ Avalanche Awareness to Californian Schools and Ski Resorts” SnowBrains Media-AvyBrains/September 10, 2018

Chilkat Valley News – Editorial by Tom Morphet; Four heli-skiing deaths in Haines since 2012 are an unacceptable toll.

CHILKAT VALLEY NEWS

Volume XLIV Number 11 Thursday, March 20, 2014

Editorial

by Tom Morphet

Four heli-skiing deaths in Haines since 2012 are an unacceptable toll.

They’re also a black eye for our town, an unnecessary public expense

and a hindrance to the efforts of well-meaning people to make a home

for the industry here.

To protect the lives of guides and clients, government must step in

and establish reasonable safety regulations, just as it does in other

hazardous industries such as construction, mining, logging and

commercial fishing.

Here’s a proposed regulation: On commercial trips, require guides

or others leading groups to wear deployable air bags. Used properly,

the bags have proved to be highly effective at keeping skiers atop snow

during avalanches.

You can’t go near the Port Chilkoot Dock these days if you’re not

wearing a hardhat. Down at the harbor, commercial gillnetters are

required to carry a survival suit for every deckhand. But basic, lifesaving

safety gear is not required in the heli-ski industry, where workers

and clients routinely encounter risk of injury or death from avalanches.

Three of the four heli-skiers who died in Haines were guides.

The State of Alaska takes steps to protect other workers in avalanche

zones. Ten years ago, state prosecutors convicted Whitewater

Engineering of Bellingham, Wash. of criminally negligent homicide

after one of the company’s workers operating a backhoe was killed in

a 1999 avalanche near Cordova.

In that case, the state’s occupational safety office alleged that basic,

required safety procedures were not followed and the company exhibited

gross negligence after being warned of high avalanche danger. A

judge agreed and Whitewater was fined $150,000, and ordered to pay

restitution to the dead man’s family.

Is the state concerned about avalanche risk for some workers, but

not others?

Local heli-ski companies have previously made statements about

self-imposed safety improvements, but Saturday’s death testifies that

changes aren’t coming fast enough. For weeks, operators have been

aware of an elevated avalanche hazard created by this year’s uncommon

snow conditions.

In addition to deaths since 2012, there also have been heli-ski

injuries and close calls involving survival after live burials. Harrowing

footage of one such burial here was circulating on the Internet this

Self-policing by this industry does not appear to be a credible or

timely route to minimizing risk. The government has the authority to

improve safety now and the power to make those improvements stick.

If state or federal land managers aren’t interested in saving lives,

the Haines Borough could require use of air bags as part of its heli-ski

tour permit process.

For commercial guides going ahead of clients down mountains,

donning an air bag should be as automatic as strapping on a seat belt

before driving a car.

— Tom Morphet