Despite the Pandemic the Nickolay Dodov Foundation Was Able to Present 21 Free Avalanche Safety Educational Presentations in Winter 20/21

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Despite the uncertain times during Covid 19 Pandemic Nickolay Dodov Foundation was able to present 21 Free Avalanche Safety Educational Presentations!!!

The Nickolay Dodov Foundation has adapted to the quarantine’s challenges, going from 18 in-person Free Avalanche safety presentations and workshops benefitting more than 2,500 youth and adults last Winter season to 21 Free Avalanche Safety events this Winter season benefiting thousands of youth and all ages mountain enthusiasts; 17 virtual events and 4 one on one workshops taught by the NDF professional avalanche educators. NDF reached out to ski and snowboard athletes, middle, high school, and university students, coaches, teachers, parents, and all age mountain enthusiasts from climbers, backcountry skiers/splitboarders, snowmobilers/ snow bikes, and snowshoers.

As Founders of NDF, we volunteered our time to help the Foundation. We organized, scheduled, and were present at most of the events. We skied human-powered in the backcountry for 100+ days.

Thank you to our dedicated donors! We were able to provide all the free classes with an exceedingly small budget without major grants or sponsors.

We are very thankful to our eleven avalanche educators (7 in the US and 4 International) for their passion and professionalism.

Have a very nice Summer! Climb a rock, bike a trail, surf a wave, ride some white waters… Admire the wildflowers… Keep your screws loose! We already got busy with our Summer jobs…Looking forward to seeing you in the Fall!

To read more about the NDF work and reviews, to support our mission, to donate to the NDF visit www.nickolaydodovfoundation.com

NDF EVENT LIST OF AVALANCHE SAFETY EVENTS FOR WINTER 2020/2021

  • December 15th – FREE Virtual KBYG Avalanche Safety Presentation to the students of Truckee Forest Charter School presented by Jason Bilek – NDF Avalanche Educator, Heli- Snowboard guide, Sierra Avalanche Center Forecaster. This is NDF Second Annual Avalanche Educational Event at Truckee Forest Charter School
  • December 17th – FREE Virtual KBYG Avalanche Safety Presentation to the students of Elevated Digital Learning Academy presented by Educator Jason Bilek – NDF Avalanche Educator, Heli- Snowboard guide, Sierra Avalanche Center Observer
  • December 28th – FREE Virtual KBYG Avalanche Safety Presentation to PUBLIC! The event will be presented by Casey Glaubman – NDF Avalanche Educator, Executive Director Friends of Mount Shasta Avalanche Center, Lead Guide for Shasta Mountain Guides. The program is designed for youth, all ages mountain enthusiasts are invited! No registration need, Go to Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/98399401732
  • January 9th -6pm-7.30 pm – FREE Virtual KBYG Avalanche Safety Presentation to the Bear Valley Ski/Snowboard teams, coaches, and parents presented by Jason Bilek -NDF Avalanche Educator, Heli- Snowboard guide, Sierra Avalanche Center Forecaster. This is NDF Seventh Annual Avalanche Educational Event to Bear Valley teams!
  • January 15th, 6 pm -7.30 pm(PST) – FREE Virtual KBYG Avalanche Safety Presentation to PUBLIC! The event will be presented by Craig Gordon, NDF Special Adviser, Utah Avalanche Center Forecaster, Founder of the Know Before You Go Program! Zoom Webinar Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84953957060
  • January 22nd, 6 pm-7.30 pm (PST) – Free Virtual Avalanche Safety Workshop with Karl Birkeland – NDF Special Adviser, Director Forest Service National Avalanche Center, Craig Gordon – NDF Special Adviser, Utah Avalanche Center Forecaster, Founder of the Know Before You Go Program, Nick Meyers – Director of Mount Shasta Avalanche Center, Brandon Schwartz – Sierra Avalanche Center Lead Forecaster and Simon Trautman – Northwest Avalanche Center Forecaster, National Avalanche Specialist Zoom Webinar link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86325042516

  • January 27th, 4 pm-5.30 pm – Free Virtual Avalanche Awareness Clinic to the SAC State Ski and Snowboard Team and Club on Wednesday, January 27th, 4-5.30 pm presented by Casey Glaubman, NDF Avalanche Educator, Executive Director of the Friends of the Mt Shasta Avalanche Center and Lead Guide for Shasta Mountain Guides! The event is OPEN to PUBLIC Here is the Zoom link ZOOM Link: https://csus.zoom.us/j/81200003332EVENT RESCHEDULED due to storm and internet down; NEW DATE February 16th, 4 pm-5.30 pm. This is the Second Annual Avalanche educational event for SAC Students.
  • February 13th, 6 pm-7.30 pm FREE Virtual KBYG Avalanche Safety Presentation to the Heavenly Ski/Snowboard teams, coaches, and parents presented by Jason Bilek -NDF Avalanche Educator, Heli- Snowboard guide, Sierra Avalanche Center Forecaster. This is NDF Third Annual Avalanche Educational Event to the Heavenly teams!
  • February 15th NICKOLAY DODOV BIRTHDAY!!! 6 pm-7.30 FREE Virtual KBYG Avalanche Safety Presentation to the Squaw Valley Ski/Snowboard teams, coaches, and parents presented by Casey Glaubman -NDF Avalanche Educator, Executive Director of the Friends of the Mt Shasta Avalanche Center, and Lead Guide for Shasta Mountain Guides! This is NDF Fifth Annual Avalanche Educational Event for the Squaw Valley teams!
  • February 19th 8.45-9.45am FREE Virtual KBYG Avalanche Safety Presentation to the students of Avery Middle School presented by Casey Glaubman – NDF Avalanche Educator, Executive Director Friends of Mount Shasta Avalanche Center, Lead Guide for Shasta Mountain Guides. This is the NDF’s Seventh Annual Avalanche Event for Avery students!
  • March 4th, 9 am (PST), 19:00 Bulgarian time FREE Virtual INTERNATIONAL Avalanche Safety Event, KBYG Special Edition for the Snow Mountains enthusiasts from the Balkan Peninsula Countries; Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Rumania, Greece, and Turkey organized by Nickolay Dodov Foundation, presented by Casey Glaubman, NDF Avalanche Educator, Executive Director of Friends of Mount Shasta Avalanche Center, a Lead guide for Shasta Mountain Guides. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THE MOUNTAIN ENThUSIASTS FROM OUR HOME COUNTRY BULGARIA and neighboring countries!
  • March 6th and March 7th NDF First for the season IN-PERSON “Know Before You Go” Presentation and Beacon Search Practice for the Ski/Snowboard teams in Bansko, Bulgaria with the NDF International Avalanche Educators Georgi Georgiev and Milena Padalska.
  • March 10th, 7 pm (PST) FREE Virtual Motorized Avalanche Awareness Clinic organized by Nickolay Dodov Foundation with Duncan Lee, NDF Avalanche Educator, Professional Backcountry Snowmobiler, Sierra Avalanche Center Adviser. Snowmobiles apply 2.5 to 5 times more stress on the snowpack than a skier or rider. The stress bulb of the snowmobile reaches deeper into the snowpack. Additionally, snowmobilers can cover much more ground on a given day on our snowmobiles effectively applying that stress to more areas. With the increased power and capabilities of snowmobiles and snow bikes, motorized travelers are able to climb higher and further than human-powered backcountry travelers. This puts motorized travelers at a greater risk of entering avalanche terrain unaware of their surroundings and the potential dangers in the backcountry. Avalanche education is essential for motorized backcountry travel! DON’T MISS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT MOTORIZED AVALANCHE SAFETY! Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/93625798890
  • March 27th, 6 pm – FREE Virtual Avalanche safety event for YOUTH! Know Before You Go Avalanche Awareness Presentation to the Sierra at Tahoe, Mt Rose, Kirkwood and Sugar Bowl Academy Ski/Snowboard teams presented by Casey Glaubman, NDF Avalanche Educator, Executive Director of Friends of Mount Shasta Avalanche Center, a Lead guide for Shasta Mountain Guides, THE EVENT IS OPEN TO PUBLIC! Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/96191825926

  • March 31st, 9 am (PST) – FREE Virtual Avalanche Safety Event 19:00-20:30 Bulgarian time for the KNOW BEFORE YOU GO Avalanche Awareness Presentation to the Bulgarian Free Riders and Ski and Snowboard Mountaineers, organized by Nickolay Dodov Foundation, presented by Casey Glaubman, NDF Avalanche Educator, Executive Director of Friends of Mount Shasta Avalanche Center, a Lead guide for Shasta Mountain Guides. With Cohosts Stanimira Karadocheva, NDF International Organizer, Wild-berries Founder, and Simona Kamberova, Freeride Team BG. With Special Guest Momchil Panayotov, University of Forestry Associate Professor, Bulgarian Extreme and Freestyle Skiing Association.Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/92584675944
  • April 4th, 12.30- 2.30 pm – Third Annual Beacon Search Practice for the Bear Valley Ski/Snowboard teams with NDF Avalanche Educator Paul Henrickson
  • April 7th – 8.50- 10.20 am – Know Before You Go Presentation to the students of Orchard View Charter School in Sebastopol presented by Casey Glaubman, NDF Avalanche Educator, Executive Director of Friends of Mount Shasta Avalanche Center, a Lead guide for Shasta Mountain Guides.
  • April 8th – 12 pm – Second Annual Know Before You Go Presentation to the students of George Whittell High High School presented by Jason Bilek, NDF Avalanche Educator, Heli- Snowboard guide, Professional Observer for Sierra Ranch center.
  • April 10th – 12 pm Bulgarian Time – Second Avalanche Safety Workshop in Bansko, Bulgaria with the NDF International Avalanche Educators Georgy Georgiev and Milena Padalska! A one-day workshop with a classroom session and beacon search practice on the snow!
  • May 1st – Motorized Avalanche Workshop for the HCO Sled Fest at Bear Valley Resort 10.30 am Beacon Search Practice with Tasha Thomas, Motorized Avalanche Educator, Sierra Avalanche Center Board of Directors6.30pm Motorized Avalanche Safety Presentation presented by Duncan Lee, NDF Avalanche Educator, Professional Backcountry Snowmobiler, Sierra Avalanche Center Adviser
  • May 4th – 5 pm – Free Virtual Youth Avalanche safety event to the athletes of Bend Endurance Academy presented by Casey Glaubman, NDF Avalanche Educator, Executive Director of Friends of Mount Shasta Avalanche Center, a Lead guide for Shasta Mountain Guides. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

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