Thanks to all who joined us for our 2022 Bryce & Ronnie Avalanche Safety Day program with Chris Davenport, Dan Egan and Daron Rahlves.
Bryce Astle and Ronnie Berlack lost their lives in a tragic avalanche on January 5, 2015. Each year, the BRASS Avalanche Safety Foundation remembers their deaths with Bryce & Ronnie Avalanche Safety Day, to bring the message of snow safety to others. The hourlong free public webinar featuree a panel of athletes, coaches and avalanche safety experts, along with a live screening of Off Piste: Tragedy in the Alps.
If you missed the program, please check out the video of the hourlong presentation.
Bryce & Ronnie Avalanche Safety Day Webinar
- Welcome from athletes’ families led by BRASS Avalanche chair Steve Berlack
- Panel discussion on avalanche safety featuring Chris Davenport, Dan Egan and Daron Rahlves
- Introduction to Off Piste by Utah Avalanche Center Executive Director Chad Brackelsberg.
- Live screening of Off Piste, the film produced by BRASS with Utah Avalanche Center, documenting the 2015 accident.
Bryce & Ronnie Day Panelists
Our three panelists for the 2022 Bryce & Ronnie Day are among the most experienced skiers of their generation – each one a member of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame. Dan Egan, Chris Davenport and Daron Rahlves have lived every conceivable big mountain experience as athletes and stars of ski films. They explore their own accomplishments and what they have learned along the way that has helped them stay safe in the backcountry.
Two-time world champion skier Chris Davenport is widely regarded as one of the premier big mountain skiers in the world today, known for his many first descents. He has been featured in over 30 ski films from Warren Miller and Matchstick Productions. Among his credits is bagging all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in less than a year. A 2014 inductee into the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of fame, he has also translated his big mountain experiences into presentations on risk management for both business and mountain sports. When not globetrotting, he’s at home in Aspen with his wife and three boys.
A world-renowned skier and pioneer of extreme sports, Dan Egan has appeared in13 Warren Miller ski films and is known for skiing the most remote regions of the world with his brother John Egan. Powder Magazine named him one of the most influential skiers of our time. In 2016, he was inducted into the US Skiing & Snowboarding Hall of Fame. His 2021 book, Thirty Years in a White Haze chronicles his global adventures and the evolution of extreme skiing. Today, he splits his time between ski mountains in his New Hampshire home, Big Sky, Mont., Valle Nevado, Chile and Val d’Isere, France
One of the most decorated downhillers in U.S. Ski Team, Daron Rahlves is as much at home on the icy piste of the Hahnenkamm in Kitzbühel as he is arcing his skis through a deep powder couloir in the backcountry. As a legendary ski racer, Rahlves achieved 28 World Cup podiums including 12 victories. Among them was a 2003 win in the legendary Hahnenkamm downhill. He won three World Championship medals including a stunning super-G gold at St. Anton in 2001. Now 15 years retired from downhill racing, Rahlves remains one of the most active athletes in skiing, from filming to giving back with his knowledge of the sport as well as guiding his own 14-year old twins in the backcountry.
Since its release in 2018, Off Piste: Tragedy in the Alps has been seen by over a million viewers. Produced by the Utah Avalanche Center in partnership with BRASS Avalanche, the 13-minute film documents the 2015 avalanche providing both the deep emotion of the tragedy as well as providing invaluable education to the next generation on how it could easily have been avoided.
Utah Avalanche Center Executive Director Chad Brackelsberg will provide an introduction, speaking to the value of Off Piste as a vital educational tool for avalanche safety. UAC is widely recognized as a leader in its innovative approach to avalanche safety eduation.