For the fifth straight year, we are working with Ski-Doo dealers to deliver snowmobile-specific avalanche awareness and safety education courses throughout North America. This year’s schedule features more than 55 free events in Rocky Mountain states and provinces. There are alos seminars in the Midwest, due to demand by sledders who often travel to ride out West in avalanche country. The seminars start in late September and run through December, are usually combined with an open house or special mountain-riding event.
If you are interested in attending a class, we encourage you to register with the host dealer so they can be sure to have enough space and chairs. CLICK HERE for the schedule of seminars. Be sure to choose AVALANCHE SEMINAR from the “Type of Event” Drop down menu.
The content for this fall’s seminars has been updated with the latest information and techniques. In areas where attendance has been strong for the past few years, a more advanced, hands on event will be offered. Seminars like these would cost $50 or more to attend, but because BRP and its dealers believe strongly in their value, they sponsor the effort so they’re free to owners of all brands of sleds.
With mountain snowmobiles, especially the Ski-Doo Summit, becoming extraordinarily more capable in the past few years, BRP recognized the need for snowmobile-specific outreach and education. Most classes up to that point were geared towards ski or snowshoe access and taught by instructors with those same backgrounds. So BRP partnered with avalanche experts in Canada and the US to design and deliver courses effective at engaging and educating snowmobilers.
Seminars in Canada will be given by Jeremy Hanke, a member of the Canadian Avalanche Centre‘s advisory board and one of the creators of Throttle Decisions, a comprehensive snowmobile avalanche safety awareness video. Jeremy is an AST 2 certified instructor.
Mike Duffy of Avalanche 1 has more than 25 years of mountain riding and mountain rescue experience and leads the United States classes. Mike has American Avalanche Association Level I and II and AvPro level III certifications. He teaches at Colorado Mountain College and Silverton Avalanche School and has given snowmobile-specific avalanche classes since 1996.
SnoWest magazine editor Ryan Harris hung out with a few of our Ski-Doo Backcountry Experts at Hay Days, including Bret Rasmussen, Carl Kuster, Rob ALford and Dave Norona. This podcast [about 25 minutes] has great insight into mountain riding and sleds, including their take on the Summit X with T3, their best riding tips and what modifications they make to their sleds.
by Ski-Doo Backcountry Expert Ashley Chaffin
I hope everyone has been having a blast this summer! My focus since the season has ended is to stay fit and enjoy every bit of sunshine that Valdez has to offer. I can’t believe it’s already July. I have been having so much fun outdoors that the time has really flown by. I’m ok with that because as every summer day that passes just means I’m getting closer to winter.
by Ski-Doo Backcountry Expert Dave Norona
Well, believe it or not, the only snow left in British Columbia is high up on the tippy tops of the glaciers. Yes that is right. The deep pow has been replaced with sick single track that snakes through colorful wildflowers that stretch as far as the eye can see.
by Stephanie Schwartz
I spend a lot of time each winter giving clinics and attending rides to help people become better mountain riders. Most events are packed with men – after all, most mountain sledders are guys. So I really get excited when I’m asked to do events to help the growing numbers of women riders improve their boondocking and riding skills. This Spring, I was asked to teach the XX Women’s International Freeride Camp…in SWEDEN! (XX = the two chromosomes that make a female..get it?)
Ski-Doo backcountry expert Dave Norona headed up to Valdez, Alaska to take in the Tailgate Alaska event this Spring. This is in fellow backcountry expert Ashley Chaffin’s backyard, so we got them together and had them each give their take on the event.
Prototype 2015 Summit X sleds with the T3 are making their way through the West. Hear what real riders like you think of the new benchmark after riding in Mt. Baker, Wash.
Build your Summit X with T3 package now…and remember, the pnly way to ride one next winter is to order from your dealer before April 22, 2014.
by Ashley Chaffin, Ski-Doo Backcountry Expert
It has been a tough tough winter here in Alaska, with warm temps, little snow and lots of rain. If you were watching the news, you might have seen the massive avalanche that actually blocked the road to Valdez where I live – we were stranded for several days!
Even though I have’t done TOO much riding (with so little light, we do most of our riding in the Spring anyway), I have set up my Freeride and taken it for some great rips. I’m trying a few new things this year, esepcially to reduce weight (I’m small!) so check it out: