California Avalanche Workshop

Nickolay Dodov Foundation is proud to be one of the sponsors for the California Avalanche Workshop. This is a great early season workshop for backcountry enthusiast. The California Avalanche Workshop is a preseason gathering of the backcountry tribe. This is an opportunity to learn from pros, analyze accidents, and network. To all of the  Backcountry Tribe please contact us. The Foundation will get you a ticket!  Join us for a great event! !!! The CAW runs from 9-5 on Saturday October 20th at the North Tahoe Event Center…. We are looking forward for it.. and to see you there!!!

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

We are reaching out with avalanche education in the light of our son who was killed in avalanche in Alaska

31243_1423302913167_2751218_n.jpgOUR Nick was killed in avalanche  on Thankin Ridge, Haines, Alaska on March 13, 2012. Nick was heli snowboarding under the supervision of Alaska Heli-skiing Company out of Haines. From our investigation we discovered that AH ignored obvious red flags. Recent five feet snow storm, wind storm over night prior to the avalanche and rapid warming. Profit over safety. AH didn’t follow any of its own safety protocols. The AH Company didn’t have drug screening policy. Nick’s guide Rob Liberman, who also died in the avalanche autopsy reveled that his THC levels were 3 times higher than normal background. Therefore he was stoned. Nick was buried under the snow for 1 hour and 27 minutes. Search and rescue began 47 minutes after the avalanche happened. Nick had an Avalung in his mouth, if they would recover Nick under 1 hour and 15 minutes he would survived. He also carried an Air backpack, unfortunately he couldn’t use it, the rip cord was zip in. The AH guides didn’t wear air backpacks and were talking sarcastically about them and quoting that when there time comes this is fine by them. This why they didn’t have the practice t check the readiness after get out of the helicopter. On the top of the fatale run the group of clients was insured that they should not worry everything will be fine this is just an open alpine bowl with rolling hills with steepness between 35-45*…. in considerable conditions. We have a go pro footage of the time frame from all the events and the witnesses stamens. There were two groups of clients and two guides at the scene. Only the two guides end four survivals from Nick group took place in the search and rescue.  After they recovered Nick he still had a heart beat, they didn’t fly Nick to the medical center, he was dropped at the base at AH , 33 miles from Haines to wait for Paramedic car… and the most cruel thing AH, Medical center, VOGA Insurance and the Trooper Department and Haines Bureau did  it was to cover up their mistakes by sending Nick to Seattle to die in another state to prevent investigation. AH didn’t file an accident report neither to the  of Alaska or to the National Avalanche Center until six month later and it was falsified. We started with free avalanche educational project with the hope that by educating the next generation we can prevent future fatalities

It is very hard to find the words to describe our lost.

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.

My husbands Alex and I with the help of good friends have started Nickolay Dodov Foundation four years ago… We started reaching out with free avalanche educational programs with the hope that by educating the next generation we can prevent future fatalities… and save lives!

The mission of the Foundation is to spread avalanche awareness to all who enjoy the snow mountains… but the most to our youth… Our Foundation is brought up from our love for Nick!… From our love for the mountains!… From our love for skiing in the backcountry!
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!

The movement and the progress of reaching to youth with free avalanche education is so meaningful for us… feels like Nick is right next to us. … with his big beautiful smile….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, Bruce Tremper, Paul Diegel, Don Triplet 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 travel 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 … half of them in the backcountry… ALWAYS FIRST CHAIR on POWDER DAYS! My husband Alex was a professional athlete in ski and snowboarding, rock climbing and mountaineering. He was for two years in Mountain Alpine Division. We used to run private ski and snowboard school and Alex worked with the first heli ski company in Bulgaria. In the Summer time Alex had a Sky Genie business; working on sky scrapers, factory chimney, power towers and bridges using his climbing belaying skills. Our son Nick was a member of Bulgarian National Snowboard Team. He competed in the Junior World Cup in Telluride in 1999. After we moved to California, Nick competed in Tahoe Series, US National Series and US Open in slalom, boarder cross, slope style. For over seven years Nick was living in Truckee in the heart of the snowboard industry. He was sponsored by different companies, having 100+ snowboard days half of the days snowmobiling and split snowboarding backcountry adventures. Nick was very well know as a very good snowboarder and the one always looking for the safety for himself and everybody else. Nick was also an avid surfer and amazing artist…..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!…www.nickolaydodovfoundation.com

Summary of Nickolay Dodov Foundation Avalanche Educational Work for Winter 2017/2018

 

 

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

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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!!!

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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!

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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

– See more at: http://www.whiteroom.bg/tri-godini-po-kusno-nickolay-dodov-foundation/#sthash.r6x0yoEI.dpuf

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.