Nickolay Dodov Foundation Summary for the Winter 2016/2017

 

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

 

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WHITEROOM SNOWBOARDING MAGAZINE; Три години по-късно – „NICKOLAY DODOV FOUNDATION“

168959_1727317553343_2073970_n Минаха 3 години от нелепия инцидент, сполетял нашия приятел Ники Додов в Аляска. Ние от Whiteroom, както и всички негови приятели, го приехме много тежко. Трудно ни е дори да говорим за това, но наистина загубихме ценен и добър човек. Той бе от най-позитивните и скромни хора, които сме срещали. В тази статия обаче няма да скърбим, а ще ви запознем с Наталия-Нани и Александър-Шошо, неговите родители, които създават Nickolay Dodov Foundation.
Няколко думи за тях Докато още живее в България Александър се запалва по зимните спортове – дълги години e инструктор на Витоша, Боровец и Банско, а освен всичко това успява да намери време за алпинизъм и ски рали. Обиколил е спортните школи на Славия и ЦСКА, а към Кремиковци работи като професионално платен планинар. Той е един от първите, които прокарват сноуборда в България и дори е от хората, които помагат за създаването на Сноуборд федерация в нашата страна. Шошо успява да предаде страстта към планината на своето семейство – Нани и малкия Ники. Заедно, със старото трабантче обикалят всички възможни точки на България, където може да се кара и изживяват страхотни мигове. Самите те споделят, че са „като един отбор“ – винаги заедно. Синът им Ники попива от опита на баща си и за кратко време става много добър с дъската и твърдите автомати. Той участва в почти всички бордъркрос състезания.
Напускането на родината След тежката инфлация през 1997 г. Шошо и семейството му решават да напуснат България. Те заминават за Америка и се установяват в Bear Valley – малко планинско градче, където зимата буквално не си отива и сняг има до юни месец. Като хора отдадени на зимните спортове, те се влюбват в прекрасното местенце, което е с малко население и е доста спокойно, а най-големият плюс е, че снегът се трупа за отрицателно време. За една нощ, споделя Нани, се събира сняг колкото един „човешки ръст“. Какво по-хубаво от това, бихме казали ние. 580777_10200495182492664_1563412420_n Не след дълго младото семейство отваря бояджийско студио, с което да се изхранват – боядисвайки къщи. Ники, освен че помага на татко си, бързо намира приятели в снежното градче, които също се включват в работата. В замяна на тяхната помощ Наталия им готви, а работата заприличва на детските лагери, които само сме гледали в американските филми. Тримата обикват все повече планинския град и се чувстват чудесно. Не изпитват никакви затруднения с адаптацията към мястото и се радват на един спокоен и нормален живот. В същото време Ники решава да спре със състезанията, тъй като смята, че това не е за него. Маха твърдите автомати, слага меките и влиза в powder-a, който го привлича страшно много. Събира се със своите приятели и започват да карат извън пистите. Майка му също се запалва по извънпистовото каране, но за начало се пуска само под лифтовете, карайки под окуражаващите викове на Ники и неговата компания. Днес, с годините опит, “Powder Mom” може да кара откъдето си пожелае и не се страхува от нищо. unnamed (3) unnamed И тримата стават много добри в това, което правят, но никога не си дават зор. Не търсят публичната изявата или чуждото признание, а просто се радват на хубавите мигове. Винаги гледат да са заедно и да изпитват удовлетворение от най-малките неща. Нани описва начинът им на живот много точно – “Go with the flow”.
Създаване на фондацията След трагичния инцидент на 13.03.2012 г. в Аляска се установяват много грешки от страна на водача на групата. Нани и Шошо започват свое разследване и се опитват да намерят причините, довели до смъртта на техния син. Оказва се обаче, че корупцията в Аляска е голяма и всички си затварят очите, а организациите се интересуват единствено от „печеленето на пари“. Наталия сподели с нас, че там голяма част от хората не гледат с респект към планината, а по-скоро с насмешка към опасностите, които крие и имат така нареченото “Cowboy attitude”. Нередностите, които откриват се опитват да разпространят и по този начин да предпазят много други, които също биха тръгнали по пътя на Ники. Работят със сенатора на Калифорния, с National Forest (федерална инстанция), Националния център за лавинна безопасност за цяла Америка и всякакви други лавинни центрове, и се опитват да променят положението. Разбира се получават много подкрепа от приятели, от непознати хора и заедно с тях се борят срещу другата страна – голямата машина за правене на пари. И макар всичко това да не е лесно Нани и Шошо не се отказват и продължават напред. Резултатът не закъснява и след като минават през цялата бюрокрация и документи успяват да отварят Nickolay Dodov Foundation през есента на 2013 г. Освен те двамата, в оснавата й стои и John Jackson – добър приятел на Ники. 1012604_1494449897451944_3904931873635448064_n Чрез нея те провеждат две слоупстайл състезания.905842_1515657808664486_1686238089968243734_o Много спонсори се отзовават и много малки деца участват в тях. Организират се безплатни лекции по лавинна безопасност, насочени към деца под програмата “Know before you go”. А най-голямото признание идва от това, че директорът на Националната служба за лавинна безопасност на Юта участва като лектор на семинарите. unnamed (4) Това е и основната идея на фондацията – разпространяване на безплатни лекции и курсове по лавинна безопасност за деца и тийнейджъри. Най-хубавото е, че има силен отзвук – доста ски и сноуборд отбори, учители, дори работници в планините присъстват на тези лекции. 10410348_1607456882817911_7155951804101042658_n unnamed (6) Следващата стъпка на фондацията е да организира и безплатен, тридневен Level 1 лавинен курс за децата, които не могат да си го позволят. Работят и по въпроса тази програма да се предложи на всички професионални и национални отбори, за да може малчуганите още от ранна възраст да се запознаят с опасностите в планината. Другата идея, която искат да реализират е свързана със сноуборд и ски филмите. Целта им е след края на всеки филм водачът на групата да разкаже за опасностите, които съществуват и да обясни как са ги избегнали, тъй като всички сме гледали какви склонове и улеи пускат професионалните карачи.
Посланието Казват, че все още са новаци в организирането на тези събития, но вярват и знаят че Ники е с тях и им помага. Планината е техният живот, но в същото време се учат всеки ден от нея, имат респект и искат да го предадат на другите чрез Nickolay Dodov Foundation. „Колкото повече знаят децата, толкова по-добре“ казват Нани и Шошо в един глас. Ние също като тях смятаме, че всеки, който излиза в планината трябва да бъде добре подготвен. Поради тази причина подобни лекции за лавинна безопасност трябва да се изнасят навсякъде по света и винаги първо да мислим за безопасността, а след това за всичко останало. 563235_1457278397835761_729382623_n unnamed (9) Нани и Шошо Благодарят на абсолютно всички, които ги подкрепят! Ние от Whiteroom искрено се прекланяме пред инциативата на Нани и Шошо. Само много силни хора, като тях, могат да се захванат с подобно дело. А Ники – ти, братле, покарай в пудрата там горе! 10302101_1494859557410978_180539298684135085_n

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Chilkat Valley News; “Dodovs say they’re ending heli-ski suit”

Dodovs say they’re ending heli-ski suit

Chilkat Valley News

February 12, 2015 | Volume 45, Issue 6  | View PDF

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.

 

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.

 

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 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!!!

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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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Overview  Watch the video
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

NICKOLAY DODOV FOUNDATION

OUR MISSION:

Our mission is to promote snow sport safety and awareness through fun, hands on educational programs and events. Our goal is to inspire children and enthusiasts of all ages to explore the beauty of the mountains and ocean, while maintaining a healthy and positive lifestyle.

The Nickolay Dodov Foundation is committed to carrying on Nick’s legacy and spirit with the hope of preventing future accidents.

The Nickolay Dodov Foundation is a registered 501 Non-Profit organization.

www.nickolaydodovfoundation.com

OUR INSPIRATION:

NICKOLAY DODOV


At age three, Nickolay Dodov started skiing. By six and a half, he could handle the runs of his home mountains by himself. At eight, he strapped on a snowboard and fell in love. Nick’s passion led to competition both in Bulgaria, where he was born and lived until age thirteen, and in the United States, after his family settled in the small, mountain community of Bear Valley, California. Eventually, Nick brought his passion and skills to the backcountry, sharing experiences, encouragement and the amazing outdoors with kindred spirits in stunning terrain.

In March of 2012, Nick was killed in an avalanche while snowboarding in Haines, Alaska.The loss of his life has borne the Nickolay Dodov Foundation and prompts us to look with great care and deliberation at snow sports industry safety standards, as well as “the human factor” in extreme sports. We believe that through continuing snow sports safety awareness education, an individual strengthens his or her ability to assess situational safety in snow sports activities.

Nickolay was a beloved son, athlete, teammate, artist and teacher. A shining light with a great passion for life, Nickolay lived with heart. We wish you the same and strive to help provide access to information and skills that will enable you to participate in activities equipped with outdoor readiness.

OUR UPCOMING EVENTS:
With your support, the Nickolay Dodov Foundation will participate in school and mountain-based educational programs focusing on snow sports safety and backcountry avalanche awareness.

*Check our website for additions & updates!

www.nickolaydodovfoundation.com

Events:

*Bear Valley Mountain Safety Week: January 18-24
Snow Sports Safety Talk & Information Booth
at Bear Valley Mountain’s Winter Explosion!

*Avalanche training with Mountain Adventure Seminars.

2nd Annual Nickolay Dodov
SlopeStyle Competition
March 8, 2014
Along with great prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, there will be a silent auction benefiting the Nickolay Dodov Foundation!

Tax-deductible donations accepted online or at the mailing address below!

Thank you for your support.

PO Box 5035
Bear Valley, CA  95223
209.753.2828
www.nickolaydodovfoundation.com

We presented Nickolay Dodov Foundation at the Annual Winter Fest in Bear Valley Ski Resort, California the weekend of November 29th and 30th, 2013. Thank you to the great team of board members; Joel Barnett, Lauren Schimke, Stephanie Forbes, John Jackson, Cate Wallenfels and Mike Page! Thank you to John Jackson  who was signing autographs in support of the Foundation and sharing his love for snowboarding. Great to share the Foundation with so many people and see so many kids’ smiling faces! Thank you for all the love and support! Keep sharing our mission! The Foundation is grateful for all the support!

www.nickolaydodovfoundation.com

 Couple of days after the event start snowing