an evening with off piste brass avalanche

Six years ago January 5, Bryce Astle and Ronnie Berlack lost their lives in a tragic avalanche. BRASS Avalanche remembered the occasion with an hourlong webinar featuring a live screening of Off Piste: Tragedy in the Alps as a part of the inaugural Bryce & Ronnie Avalanche Safety Day. If you missed the presentation, simply click here to view the hourlong video including Off Piste.

off piste tragedy in the alps

Off Piste: Tragedy in the 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 online. Reserve a date for your club, academy or school, or watch video of this season’s presentations.

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Learn About the Dangers

Danger in the Backcountry highlights the challenges faced by the sport as more and more people head to the backcountry this season. Listen to industry experts in this insightful panel featuring leading ski industry and avalanche safety experts.



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.

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