“Nickolay Dodov Foundation has busy year despite coronavirus” By Noah Berner, Calaveras Enterprise

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“Organizations of all kinds have been hit hard by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and local nonprofits are no exception.
After shelter-in-place restrictions went into effect in mid-March, the Nickolay Dodov Foundation (NDF) had to cancel several events, including one of its main fundraisers.
Founded by Natalia and Alex Dodov, and named after their son who died in an avalanche in Alaska, the NDF is a leading provider of free avalanche awareness training in the Sierra. Over the past seven years, the NDF has worked to educate youth and all ages of mountain enthusiasts on how to stay safe in the mountains, teaching free avalanche safety presentations and workshops to more than 10,500 people.

The Dodovs hope to save lives through their work, and attend every event themselves. While the NDF had to cancel five presentations and three workshops due to COVID-19, they still had one of their busiest seasons so far.
“Before the pandemic started, NDF was able to present 18 free avalanche educational events to more than 2,500 ski and snowboard athletes, middle, high school and university students, coaches, teachers, parents and all-age mountain enthusiasts,” Natalia Dodov said. “All the events we had this winter were by request from the benefiting groups – ski and snowboard teams and schools, colleges and universities. There has been an increased number of organizations seeing the need for avalanche education and reaching out to NDF.”
The seventh annual Nickolay Dodov Slopestyle competition at Bear Valley was canceled this year following the closure of the downhill ski resort.
“We missed the opportunity to have a fundraiser during the Slopestyle,” Natalia Dodov said. “We are hoping the current situation will improve and people will continue to contribute in the future.”

Three additional avalanche educators joined the NDF this year, bringing the total to seven.
“We have been discussing with our avalanche educators different ways how to approach youth and all-ages mountain enthusiasts with online avalanche education,” Natalia Dodov said. “Even though we are hoping for normal times to return, as we are already planning many events for the next winter season.”
Natalia Dodov said that the work of the NDF has become even more important during the current crisis.
“Resort restrictions may unleash a flood of new users with no foundation of avalanche safety education and knowledge into the backcountry next winter,” she said. “The avalanche classes were already too expensive for many. Now, with the current economic situation, even more people won’t be able to afford them. Free avalanche education will be crucial.”
The NDF was founded to help winter sports enthusiasts safely enjoy the mountains, and that’s just what the Dodovs have been doing with their time off.
“In the last two months, living in Bear Valley, we have spent our time that otherwise we would volunteer towards avalanche safety presentations and workshops to backcountry ski and snowboard and oversee the safety around our backyard,” Natalia Dodov said. “So far this season we have had over 100 ski days – only about 20 days in the ski area – the rest were in the backcountry. With the high passes open there is more spring skiing to be had.”
Those interested in supporting the NDF’s work can send checks to Nickolay Dodov Foundation, PO Box 5035, Bear Valley, CA 95223, or donate through Paypal at nickolaydodovfoundation.com/donate. Donations are tax deductible, and contributors will receive an invoice for their records.

 

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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