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Cindy Berlack Honored for Role in Avalanche Safety

Cindy Wright Berlack (Franconia, N.H.), whose son Ronnie was one of two U.S. Ski Team athletes killed in an avalanche five years ago, was honored by U.S. Ski & Snowboard with its Russell Wilder Award for service to youth, recognizing her work in avalanche education. The BRASS 101 programs she has spearheaded have reached thousands …

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Think Before You Go!

Spring is a great time to head to the backcountry. And with ski resorts closed as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns, more and more skiers and riders are grabbing the skins and headed up for a much-needed break from the stress of daily life. Now, it’s more important than every to THINK Before you Go. …

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Snowbird Honors Bryce Astle with Ski Run

Bryce Astle was at home in Little Cottonwood Canyon. The ski runs of Snowbird and Alta were his playground until his tragic death from an avalanche in 2015 during a U.S. Ski Team training camp in Austria. Next season, Snowbird will honor Bryce’s memory, naming a run after him for future generations to remember the …

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BRASS Takes Safety Message to Resorts

The Bryce and Ronnie Snow Safety Foundation took its message of avalanche safety and education to resorts from coast to coast, attending National Ski Areas Association’s Winter Conferences and Trade Shows at both Squaw Valley, Calif. and Killington, Vt. The two conferences brought BRASS leadership in contact with leaders from resorts, industry and partners aligned …

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Unique eLearning System to Expand Avalanche Safety Awareness

Five years ago, two promising young U.S. Ski Team athletes were killed in an avalanche, not fully realizing the dangers they faced skiing off piste in Austria. Since then, the mission of the Bryce and Ronnie Athlete Snow Safety Foundation (BRASS) has been to promote greater awareness of avalanche safety through education and advocacy initiatives. …

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What Causes Avalanches? Humans.

Snow science and modern forecasting today can tell us where we’ll find the danger. Education can train us on the risks. But what ultimately causes avalanches is our own human management. Noted author Heidi Julavits explores the human psyche through her own participation in a level 1 avalanche training class in this insightful New York …

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BRASS Brings Avalanche Message to Killington

Around 70 students and coaches learned important lessons of avalanche awareness basics with a BRASS 101 presentation from the Bryce and Ronnie Athlete Snow Safety Foundation on December 9. It was part of a concerted effort from the BRASS Foundation to reach athletes and coaches with the message of avalanche safety following the 2015 deaths …

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Ski Team’s McLaughlin Named Avalanche Safety Ambassador

Rising U.S. Ski Team star Brian McLaughlin (Topsfield, Mass.) remembers the day well when his friend Ronnie Berlack died in an avalanche. Five years ago this January two promising U.S. Ski Team athletes, Berlack and Bryce Astle, were killed during a training camp in Sölden, Austria. Today, the Bryce and Ronnie Athlete Snow Safety (BRASS) …

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BRASS 101: Two Hours that could Save Your Life

What do you know about avalanche safety? A group of around 50 skiers spent two hours at Waterville Valley on October 24 for a workshop that could save their lives! BRASS 101, a free, open-to-the-public avalanche safety introduction, was presented by the Bryce and Ronnie Snow Safety Foundation (BRASS), together with Waterville Valley’s BBTS Club, …

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Congress Hears BRASS Avalanche Safety Message

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 12, 2019) – BRASS Secretary Cindy Berlack took the BRASS message of avalanche safety to Congress with a formal presentation to the bipartisan Ski and Snowboard Caucus on Wednesday, June 12. The presentation was part of a concerted effort by BRASS and other avalanche safety organizations together with the U.S. Forest Service. …

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