BRASS 101 is back for another season, offering skiers and riders a free online educational program to help prepare you to be safe in the season ahead. There’s just one more session remaining – Wed., Nov. 30 with legendary Palisades Tahoe patroller and mountain guide Lel Tone. This year’s BRASS 101 features new content, built around the recently-released upgrade to Know Before You Go. Register now to take part in one of the free BRASS 101 online sessions in November. And as a special bonus, each BRASS 101 will feature a U.S. Ski Team athlete Q&A with Nina O’Brien.

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 75-minute introductory presentation available free online. If you missed BRASS 101 this fall, you can watch any past presentations in the BRASS Avalanche video archive.


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.

2021-22 U.S. Avalanche Deaths

2022-23 US Avalanche Deaths

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