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!
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
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!!!
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!
Nickolay Dodov Foundation presented the avalanche awareness program Know Before You Go to more than 2000, ski/snowboard athletes, middle, high school and university students, parents, coaches, teachers, and all ages mountain enthusiasts. The Foundation stretched its reach with presentations of the program KBYG in California from Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp, to Humboldt State University in Arcata, to REI store in Stockton, to Avery Middle School, to Kirkwood ski teams, to Squaw Valley USSA athletes, to Bear Valley ski teams, to South Tahoe High School, to China Peak ski team.
The Foundation has translated the program KBYG in Bulgarian language and organized and supported two presentations in Bulgaria.Thank you to Georgy Georgiev and Free Mountains Association for organizing and presenting The Avalanche Awareness Program Know Before You Go in Sofia, Bulgaria! Thank you for the great presentations!
Thank you to all who attended!
The Foundation hosted the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival in Bear Valley with all proceeds benefiting the Know Before You Go Avalanche Safety Program. Amazing films!… Amazing Crowd!…. Amazing Good Vibes!…Avalanche awareness! With the snow storm of the Century we had a full house!!!!!…Thank you to The Backcountry Film Festival for donating the films to support us.
The Foundation organized and support the Fourth Annual Nickolay Dodov Slopestyle Event. NICK’S SLOPESTYLE WAS ALL ABOUT SHARING GOOD VIBES WITH NICK’S TRIBE!!!…Huge shout out to all the sponsors & Nick’s crew that donated and were part of the 4th Annual Nickolay Dodov Slopestyle!! The athletes were super stoked! It was a great day! We are BEYOND grateful for another wonderful event and great memories!!
Thank you very much to all our friends from the Bear Valley community and beyond for your amazing support to Nickolay Dodov Foundation! With your help we were able to reach out to many with the avalanche awareness program KBYG, and we look forward to continue our mission to spread snow sport safety and avalanche education in the coming 2017/2018 Snow Season! Thank you to Bear Valley Mountain for all their help and support to us!
Nickolay Dodov Foundation is a part of the Nationwide Avalanche Awareness movement to educate youth and all age winter sports enthusiasts.
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
Dodovs say they’re ending heli-ski suit
Chilkat Valley News
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.