On January 5, 2015, Bryce Astle and Ronnie Berlack skied down a mountain of powder snow with a group of friends. It would be their last run. If only Bryce and Ronnie had a few pieces of information, they would not have died. Since then, BRASS Avalanche has helped an entire generation of skiers and riders learn about the dangers of avalanches. BRASS Avalanche has reached over a million skiers and riders and has engaged them in education to prevent that from happening again. Your support of BRASS Avalanche, in the name of Bryce and Ronnie, will help bring the message to others.

Watch for a BRASS avalanche safety webinar coming up mid-season.

off piste tragedy in the alps

Off Piste: Tragedy in Alps

Ski racers Bryce Astle and Ronnie Berlack had no idea of the danger they faced when they ventured off trail with U.S. Ski Team teammates. The January, 2015 avalanche that took their lives is the heart of an emotional new educational film Off Piste: Tragedy in the Alps.

BRASS 101 avalanche safety education


BRASS 101 is designed to educate ski and snowboard athletes about dangers outside the gates! It’s a 90-minute introductory presentation available free online.


BRASS Avalanche

BRASS Avalanche, the Bryce and Ronnie Athlete Snow Safety Foundation (BRASS), was born out of the tragic avalanche deaths of U.S. Ski Team athletes Ronnie Berlack and Bryce Astle to create a legacy of change in the culture of avalanche education and safety in the competitive and recreational ski and snowboard community. Its mission is to advocate for greater penetration of avalanche education and to lobby for the evolution of snow safety systems.

2022-23 U.S. Avalanche Deaths

2023-24 US Avalanche Deaths

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