BRASS avalanche safety instructor Lindsay Mann reviews contents of a typical avalanche safety pack.

The BRASS Avalanche education team presented the most comprehensive avalanche safety program ever to nearly a hundred U.S. Ski & Snowboard coaches and athletic staff. The groundbreaking program was an integral part of the organization’s annual Athletic Summit in late May.

The program included both a 90-minute classroom session on snow safety basics, followed by a two-hour rotational hands on workshop to learn transceiver operation, probe and shovel rescue operations plus a review of what should be in your avy kit.

The new Coach and Athlete Snow Safety (CASS) workshop debuted last November at Copper Mountain. 

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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