Nickolay Dodov Foundation First Presentation of The Avalanche Awareness Program “Know Before You Go”

Our first presentation of the Avalanche Awareness Program “Know Before You Go” was to members of the Bear Valley Racing teams! Thank you to all of you for helping the Nickolay Dodov Foundation to bring out snow sports safety awareness.

 

NICKOLAY DODOV FOUNDATION AVALANCHE AWARENESS SUMMIT

 
NICKOLAY DODOV FOUNDATION AVALANCHE AWARENESS SUMMIT IS GOING TO BE HELD ON DECEMBER 9th  at 1:00pm in The Cathedral Lounge at the Bear Valley LodgeIN BEAR VALLEY!
The Free Avalanche Awareness Program Know Before You Go will be presented by its Founder Craig Gordon, an Avalanche Educator from Utah Avalanche Center.
PLEASE COME AND JOIN US AND SPREAD THE WORD TO YOUR FRIENDS AND COMMUNITY! We will have more details about the time and the place soon.
The Foundation is very thankful to all our sponsors, to Karl Birkeland, The Director of the National Avalanche Center and to Craig Gordon from Utah Avalanche Center for all of their help us to host this event.
Nickolay Dodov Foundations goal is to implement the Know Before You Go Program to Middle and High Schools in California and junior ski and snowboard teams.
Craig Gordon developed the Know Before You Go avalanche awareness program for young adults in 2004.  The  one-hour program includes a 15-minute video and slide show presentation.  The program has directly reached over 175,000 students in Utah to date and has spread around North America. Craig’s legendary enthusiasm and communication skills keep him in high demand on the avalanche lecture circuit and television appearances.
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.
The KBYG program was created for middle and high school students and can be presented in a 50 minute school assembly. The high energy video and the jaw-dropping slide show, along with the Q&A chat with an avalanche professional, takes the breath away from adults as well.
The KBYG program has 3 parts, an 15 minute video, a slide show, and a Q&A session, all led by a local avalanche professional.  The images are eye-catching and pack a punch.  Viewers see the destructive power of avalanches, how people get in trouble, and the basics of how to avoid them, all through the eyes of avalanche professionals, pro athletes, accident victims and rescuers, and their peers.  We don’t preach and we don’t tell skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers to stay home – we encourage them to get some education to get out and have fun safely.
On December 26, 2003, a massive avalanche swept off Mt. Timponogos.  14 people out  hiking and snowboarding the day after Christmas were caught up in the slide and 3 died.  This didn’t have to happen – the danger signs were obvious to those who understood avalanche danger.  In the aftermath of this tragedy, the Know  Before You Go program was born.

Mountain Town Throw Down Honoring Denali and Marty Schmidt

 

THE Nickolay Dodov Foundation WAS HONORED TO DEDICATE OUR SUMMER EVENT TO DENALI & MARTY SCHIMDT, WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN AN AVALANCHE CLIMBING K2 JULY 27TH, 2013. THEY BOTH ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO OUR BEAR VALLEY COMMUNITY AND ARE RECOGNIZED AROUND THE WORLD.

WE HAD A WONDERFUL, FUN, EDUCATIONAL EVENT CELEBRATING & REMEMBERING DENALI AND MARTY.

Positive vibes, good food, grooving music and good memories! Thank you to everyone for coming, sharing the day with us and supporting the event! Thank you to all of our sponsors, board members, volunteers and friends for making it happen!!!

The Schmidt Award was given to Bear Valley Ski Patrols for their efforts providing snow safety awareness to our community through exemplary management and practices.  

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Video from the Second Annual Nickolay Dodov Slopestyle

Here is the video from the 2nd Annual Nickolay Dodov Slopestyle! Sponsored by Bear Valley Mountain and the Nickolay Dodov Foundation!! This was a great event!! We had so many people show up to ride, hangout, celebrate and remember NICKOLAY!!! Please share and let’s generate some energy for the 3rd Annual Nickolay Dodov Slopestyle!!

 

 

Second Annual NICKOLAY DODOV SLOPESTYLE was held at Bear Valley Mountain

March 8th was a beautiful sunny day at Bear Valley Mountain Resort where the 2th Annual Nickolay Dodov Slopestyle was held. The event was spectacular!!! Fun day riding, fun day on the Mountain remembering Nick!!!

Thank you to everyone for coming, sharing the day with us and supporting the foundation!  So many of Nickolay’s friends came from far away to be with us!!!!! We had a lot of competitors signing up!! Big jumps, little kids and a few pro caliber riders mixed in…positive vibes all around for Nickolay Dodov annual gathering at Bear Valley Mountain!!! DJ Freedom Fighter Sound was spinning great music all day long!!! Andy Anderson and Denny Hogan from Sierra Avalanche Center came from Truckee, to help support the Foundation and spread backcountry awareness!  A great turn out for the Award ceremony!!! The crowd was loving the show and the athletes were STOKED! They got cash and great prizes!! It was a memorable day and competition!!  We are already looking forward to next year’s event!!! Thank you everyone for helping us raising funds to spread awareness for snow sports safety! Thank you to all of our sponsors, board members, volunteers and friends for making it happen!!!Thank you to Bear Valley Mountain for putting on such a awesome event with the foundation!!!  1146607_1457989057764695_1537163150_n

NICKOLAY DODOV FOUNDATION Safety Presentation at Bear Valley Mountain

The Nickolay Dodov Foundation had a successful presence at Bear Valley Mountain for the Annual Safety Week.The Foundation had a booth with tee-shirts, stickers, books, brochures, hand outs and safety DVD to help educate people about snow sports safety and awareness. The Foundation Safety DVD “To Send It Safe Educate Yourself”  futures safety tips from Professional Snowboarder John Jackson, Bear Valley Terrain Park Manager Mike Schimke and Bear Valley Ski Patrol Director Mattly Trent. The presenation of the safety video with the lecture by the Mountain Guide and Avalanche Educator Paul Henrickson made a great impact to the audience of kids and parents.

This was our first snow sports safety event. It was a extra special day because it was Nicks Birthday.

We would like to say thank you to everyone who helped us with the Safety Presentation. Thank you to Karl Birkeland, Director of USDA Forest Service National Avalanche Center for his great support and sending an avalanche safety brochures and the “Snow Sense” books. Thank you to Craig Gordon for his support and being open to work together with the Foundation with his program “Know Before You Go”. Thank you to Dennis Hogan and the Sierra Avalanche Center for their support and being open to come to our March 8th even to do a safety presentation. .

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NICKOLAY DODOV Snow Sports Safety Foundation Upcoming Events

FEBRUARY 15th, 2014

BEAR VALLEY MOUNTAIN SAFETY WEEK

NICKOLAY DODOV FOUNDATION Snow Sports Safety and Awareness Booth and Children Snow Sports Safety Talk

Stop by Nickolay Dodov Foundation booth at Bear Valley Mountain this Saturday the 15th. The foundation booth will be set up from 11am -8pm in the Sun Room. We will be sharing information to help educate people about snow sports safety and awareness!! We have stickers, shirts, handouts, a foundation safety DVD and more…. available for anyone looking to take home snow awareness goodies! Our safety video features safety tips from Professional Snowboarder John Jackson, Bear Valley Terrain Park Manager Mike Schimke and Bear Valley Ski Patrol Director Mattly Trent. It should be a great weekend on the mountain, with an awesome firework show in the evening!!!

Nickolay Dodov  Foundation Safety DVD

 

MARCH 8th, 2014

DON’T MISS OUT THE SECOND ANNUAL NICKOLAY DODOV SLOPESTYLE MARCH 8TH! PLEASE SHARE! HELP SPREAD THE WORD! WE WANT LOTS OF ATHLETES SIGNING UP AND SHREDDING THE SICK COURSE WE ARE HELPING TO DESIGN, WITH THE BEAR VALLEY TERRAIN PARK MANAGER!! THIS EVENT WILL BE GOING OFF! WITH MUSIC FROM DJ FREEDOM FIGHTER SOUND, EPIC SLOPESTYLE PRIZES AND A SILENT AUCTION!!

If anyone would like to help us by becoming a sponsor, donating and or gathering items for the slopestyle prizes we would greatly appreciate it. If you would like to help us please send a message to info@nickolaydodovfoundation.com Thank you!

MARCH 10th, 2014

AVALANCHE LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION COURSE

NICKOLAY DODOV FOUNDATION will participate in school and mountain-based educational programs focusing on snow sports safety and backcountry awareness. The Foundation would like to implement the program “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO” to middle and high schools in California and to have the program available to backcountry enthusiasts of all ages.

Know Before You Go

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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.The KBYG program was created for middle and high school students and can be presented in a 50 minute school assembly. The high energy video and the jaw-dropping slide show, along with the Q&A chat with an avalanche professional, takes the breath away from adults as well.  Want to attend a free KBYG presentation?  Check out the schedule hereWant to host a presentation for your school, scout troop, shop, employees, or community group? Contact us. Think you know your stuff and want to test your knowledge online?  Pass this quiz and receive a discount on BCA avalanche gear from our friends at Backcountry.com
The KBYG program has 3 parts, an 18 minute video, a slide show, and a Q&A session, all led by a local avalanche professional.  The images are eye-catching and pack a punch.  Viewers see the destructive power of avalanches, how people get in trouble, and the basics of how to avoid them, all through the eyes of avalanche professionals, pro athletes, accident victims and rescuers, and their peers.  We don’t preach and we don’t tell skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers to stay home – we encourage them to get some education to get out and have fun safely.

Participate in KBYG

If you would like us to present KBYG for your school class, scout troop, customers, or community in Utah, please contact us and we will arrange a free presentation.  Do you have safety meetings for your employees?  A KBYG talk is more exciting and engaging than talking paper cuts and ladder safety and helps keep your employees happy and safe. You provide a time and place and help us promote the event and we will do the rest.  If you are outside Utah and would like to present the KBYG program, all the program materials are available free.  Contact us for a free DVD copy of the video*, slide deck that you can modify to suit your local conditions, and some hints and advice on best practices. The KBYG program was developed with a series of grants on an open-source basis and the program has successfully been adopted in a number of other regions and by the National Ski Patrol.

*Copies of the video are for avalanche educators only and may be reproduced but not sold or used for any commercial purpose

We can also build custom avalanche awareness programs based on KBYG for your group.  Example programs:

  • An extended presentation in the snow, either in the mountains or in a snowy playground, in which students learn to use rescue gear and see snow layering
  • KBYG talks modified to highlight the practical and exciting application of science
  • Shop employee learning sessions to familiarize retail employees with local avalanche issues

Background

Utah has the Greatest Snow on Earth.  Utah also has some of the greatest avalanche danger in the world, within sight and only minutes away from where most of us live.  Avalanches kill more people each year than any other natural event in Utah.

On December 26, 2003, a massive avalanche swept off Mt. Timponogos.  14 people out  hiking and snowboarding the day after Christmas were caught up in the slide and 3 died.  This didn’t have to happen – the danger signs were obvious to those who understood avalanche danger.  In the aftermath of this tragedy, the Know  Before You Go program was born.

Most of the avalanche fatalities in the U.S. and Canada occur to people who don’t know they are in avalanche danger and are unprepared to deal with an avalanche.  Just as those in Hawaii learn about the dangers of rip tides and shore breaks at an early age, students in Utah need to learn about avalanches. What  they learn can save their lives.  The Know Before You Go program was created to teach Middle and High School students the basics of avalanches –  how  destructive they are, when and where avalanches happen, and what they can do to protect themselves.

KBYG was presented state-wide 126 times to about 15,000 people in winter 2011-12, About 2/3 of those presentations were for youth groups and the remainder open to the public. KBYG has been presented to over 160,000 people since inception in 2004.  The Utah Board of Education has approved the KBYG program as a PE elective. Teachers are encouraged to utilize our on-line curriculum as well as the free, state-wide, assembly presentation.

“This assembly has made an everlasting impression in my mind.  I will never forget the message that was put across.  This assembly should be mandatory for all schools to see—6th through 12th grades, along with their parents, too.  It can and will save people’s lives.  The footage shown in the avalanche video is phenomenal!  The educational value placed upon this assembly is priceless.”

–Raquel Fuller, Health/P.E./Dance Educator

MESSAGE FROM NICKOLAY DODOV FOUNDATION

Nickolay Dodov  Foundation Safety DVD