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BRASS Addresses U.S. Ski & Snowboard Board

The following presentation was made by BRASS Secretary Cindy Berlack to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Board of Directors May 18, 2019 in Park City, Utah. Thank you so much for having us here. And thank you for giving us our seed money to start this foundation. It’s been quite a ride. I would like …

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Kids Learn About Snow Science

Snow science and the danger of avalanches were among the more than 200 exhibits at the annual Wellesley STEM Fair (science, technology, engineering, math). It was an opportunity for the Bryce and Ronnie Athlete Snow Safety Foundation (BRASS) to both educate and entertain children. The program was organized by BRASS leader Cindy Berlack, a native …

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CNN: ‘Off Piste’ movie chronicles avalanche deaths

CNN: ‘Off Piste’ movie chronicles avalanche deaths (CNN) It was a beautiful Monday morning in the Austrian Alps when six young US ski racers set off for a day of freeskiing. But what should have been a relaxing morning on the slopes of Sölden turned into tragedy when the group skied down an unmarked, ungroomed …

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Avalanche Deaths Spawn Educational Film: Off Piste

Emotions run high in the opening seconds of Off Piste: Tragedy in the Alps, a new film released by the Bryce and Ronnie Snow Safety Foundation (BRASS). Young athletes dig frantically in the snow searching for their two friends buried under meters of heavy, compacted snow. But it’s too late. Avalanches are a powerful force …

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New Accident Report Details 2015 Avalanche Deaths

New Accident Report Details 2015 Avalanche Deaths Snow Safety Foundation Seeking Changes in Snow Safety Culture Clarity of avalanche warnings as well as lack of snow safety education and knowledge of the local ski environment by athletes and coaches were primary issues cited in a report detailing the 2015 avalanche deaths of two U.S. Ski …

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MOTHER OF VICTIM SPEAKS TO AVALANCHE WORKSHOP

MOTHER OF VICTIM SPEAKS TO AVALANCHE WORKSHOP Cindy Berlack advocates for change at global conference in Innsbruck INNSBRUCK, Austria (Oct. 12, 2018) – Avalanche forecasters, educators and scientists from around the world had a poignant reminder of the importance of snow safety in an address by Cindy Berlack, whose son and rising U.S. Ski Team …

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BRASS SNOW SAFETY FOUNDATION SEEKING CHANGE

The snow safety foundation formed following the deaths of two U.S. Ski Team athletes is advocating for global change in avalanche awareness. Cindy Berlack, the mother of Team athlete Ronnie Berlack who was killed in January, 2015, will address the largest snow safety workshop in the world on Friday, October 12 in Innsbruck. Berlack will …

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WHY U.S. SKI TEAM RACERS ARE LEARNING AVALANCHE SAFETY

Read the full article by Olivia Dwyer on Powder.com.

Minimizing Risk Through Avalanche Education

We have been working hard to make a difference by bringing avalanche education programs to the ski racing community. Read the article Minimizing Risk Through Avalanche Education, by Megan Ganim on skiracing.com to learn more about what we’re doing.             “…it’s really important that we start taking avalanche safety more seriously in …

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