Ski-Doo Continues To Support Free Avalanche Awareness Seminars

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BRP with its Ski-Doo snowmobile brand continues to be a leader in promoting avalanche awareness and avoidance for snowmobilers as it enters its eighth year of sponsoring more than 40 free seminars—to riders of all brands—across North America. Backcountry Access (BCA), one of the most well-known and respected manufacturers of avalanche safety equipment, will again support these seminars with equipment and its in-depth knowledge of recreation in the backcountry.

To date more than 19,000 snowmobilers have taken part in Ski-Doo-sponsored avalanche awareness seminars since 2009. The seminars offer a mix of classroom and interactive content for riders of all skill levels, and riders are encouraged to bring their friends along even if they ride other brands. The incentive is clear—bring friends and riding buddies to ensure the people they ride with are also well informed.

In addition to sponsoring seminars, Ski-Doo and BCA also team up with Backcountry Ascender, an online backcountry education platform. It is a free, self-directed program that provides basic avalanche education and encourages traditional courses to advance to higher levels. Much of the course content can be completed online, and it will direct users to relevant in-person courses like the Ski-Doo/BCA-sponsored seminars. Backcountry Ascender is supported by the International Snowmobile Manufacturer’s Association (ISMA), of which Ski-Doo is an active member.

“Keeping backcountry safety awareness top of mind through education and exposure remains a priority for Ski-Doo, and this is why we continue to support avalanche training,” said Marc R. Lacroix, Global Ski-Doo and Sea-Doo Marketing Director. “Through our trainers, BCA and Backcountry Ascender, we’ve partnered with experts to design snowmobile-specific seminars that are educational and entertaining for participants. Together we make it authentic for our unique style of access, fast paced, fun and continue to raise the level of awareness and education even further.”

About The Seminars

Seminars in Canada are led by Marshall Dempster, a recognized avalanche forecaster, a Lead Instructor (AST1 and 2) and Backcountry Guide. Dempster is a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, professional avalanche forecaster and retired Canadian Avalanche Association Rescue dog handler. He has 17 years of mountain experience focused on safe travel as well as mountain rescue and a passion to share his knowledge.

Mike Duffy of Avalanche1.com, a certified instructor and professional member of the American Avalanche Association, leads the seminars in the United States. Duffy instructs at the American Avalanche Institute, Alaska Avalanche School and Silverton Avalanche School, and has been giving snowmobile-specific avalanche classes since 1996. As rescue team leader Vail Mountain Rescue Group, Duffy has more than 26 years of mountain riding and mountain rescue experience. He is also a Backcountry Guide/riding instructor.

Seminars are open to owners of all brands of sleds. For up-to-date information on locations and times, or to register for an avalanche awareness seminar, visit the Ski-Doo website, the Ski-Doo Blog and be sure to follow Ski-Doo on Facebook.

Most seminars are combined with an open house or mountain-riding event. Participants are encouraged to register with the host dealer so they can plan meeting space accordingly and ensure a spot.

About Backcountry Ascender

Backcountry Ascender is a free and simple backcountry and avalanche educator. The platform uses educational gamification and good-natured competition to encourage rider awareness and improve their backcountry knowledge, skills and practical experience.

The engaging and competitive platform is comprised of industry- and peer-reviewed curriculum of self-directed lessons and in-person courses. Riders earn points for completing lessons and courses to increase their rank as well as their associated club, state/provincial association, dealer and snowmobile brand.

Backcountry Ascender is endorsed and promoted by ISMA, its member OEM manufacturers, top pro riders, Avalanche Canada and the American Avalanche Association.

For information on the Backcountry Ascender program visit http://backcountryascender.com.

Canadian Seminars

 

Date

City

province

Dealership

Phone

Email

Contact

16-Oct

Prince Albert, SK

Pines Power Sports Marine

(306) 922-2159

dean@pinespsm.com

Dean

17-Oct

Saskatoon, SK

Ffun Motor Sports

(306) 934-5394

ben.ward@ffunmotorsports.com

Ben

18-Oct

Regina, SK

Regina Powersports

(306) 586-2900

chris@powersportsregina.com

Chris

23-Oct

Edmonton, AB

Martin Motor Sports

South

(780) 481-4000

laurennes@martinmotorsports.ca

Laurenne

24-Oct

Edmonton, AB

Martin Motor Sports

West

(780) 481-4000

laurennes@martinmotorsports.ca

Laurenne

25-Oct

Red Deer, AB

Turple Bros, LTD

(403) 346-5238

sales@turplebros.ca

Brenda

29-Oct

Calgary, AB

Bow Cycle & Motors

(403) 441-1299

recption@bowcyclesouth.com

Dave

30-Oct

Brooks, AB

A&E Racing

(403) 362-6401

parts@aeracing.com

Evelin

2-Nov

Prince George, BC

Forest Power Sports

(250) 563-1021

norm.brown@fpsbc.com

Norm

6-Nov

Dawson Creek, BC

Trail Blazin Power

(250) 782-6685

danes@trailblaznpower.com

Dane

7-Nov TBC

Grand Prairie, AB

Stojan Power sports & Marine

(780) 5382934

sales3@stojans.com

Jerrey

8-Nov

Edson, AB

Riderz

(780) 723-5775

brpriderz@gmail.com

Cody

13-Nov

Lloydminster, AB

Rec-Tech Power Products

(780) 870-5464

ryan@rectechpowerproducts.com

Ryan

15-Nov

Winnipeg, MB

Enns Brothers

(204) 475-3667

wpgeast@ennsbros.com

Shannon

20-Nov

Squamish, BC

No Limits Motor Sports

(604) 815-4444

sales@nolimitsmotorsports.com

Steve

23-Nov

Courtenay, BC

Courtenay Motorsports

(250) 338-1415

javan@courtenay-motorsports.com

Javan

27-Nov

Langley, BC

Greater Vancouver Powersports

(604) 888-8700

sales@gvp.ca

Mike

29-Nov

Kelowna, BC

Banner Recreation

(250) 979-2889

marketing@bannerrec.com

Morgan

30-Nov

Kamloops, BC

RTR Performance

(250) 374-3141

sales@rtrperformance.com

Kristen

 

U.S. Seminars

 

Date

City, State

Dealer

Phone

Contact

2-Oct

Anchorage, AK

Alaska Mining and Diving Service

907-277-1741

 

3- Oct

Fairbanks, AK

Compeau’s

907-479-2271

maria@compeaus.com

4-Oct

Delta Junction, AK

Delta Powersports

907-895-2006

 

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5-Oct

Eagle River, AK

Team CC

907-357-3200 x312

ads@teamcc.com

8-Oct

Honeyville, UT

Frank May Ski-Doo

435-279-8421

frankmay@frontier.com

9-Oct

Salt Lake City, UT

High Adventure

801-924-9244

info@highadventureps.com

10-Oct

Rexburg, ID

Rexburg Motorsports

208-356-4000

 

reception@rexburgmotorsports.com

11-Oct

Kamas, UT

Weller Recreation

 

435-783-8355

kim@wellerrec.com

12-Oct

Springville, UT

Utah Valley Powersports

801-491-4242

utahvalleypowersports@hotmail.com

15-Oct

Duluth, MN

Duluth Lawn and Sport

218-628-3718

sales@duluthlawnandsport.com

16-Oct

Houghton, MI

Houghton Powersports

906-483-4841

fi@houghtonpowersports.com

17-Oct

Appleton, WI

Ecklund Motorsports

920-734-7134

jeffg@ecklundmotorsports.com

18-Oct

Johnson Creek, WI

Rob’s Performance Motor Sports

920-699-3288 x102

morgan@robsperformance.com

19-Oct

Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Motorsports

844-334-9838 parts

 

20-Oct

Durango, CO

Fun Center

970-259-1070

pete@funcentercycles.com

22-Oct

Gillette, WY

Action Motorsports

307-687-0737

actionmotorsportswy@gmail.com

23-Oct

Dickinson, ND

Platinum Motorsports

701-483-3412

sledhunter@hotmail.com

25-Oct

Billings, MT

Elevated Powersports

406-252-2323

parts@elevatedpowersports.com

29-Oct

Vancouver, WA

Pro Caliber

360-892-3030

pcvleads@procaliber.com

30-Oct

Enumclaw, WA

Clem’s Enumclaw Powersports

360-825-4502

 

1-Nov

Issaquah, WA

I-90 Motorsports

425-391-4490

remko@i-90motorsports.com

2-Nov

Coeur d’Alene, ID

Specialty Recreation

208-667-3571

sales@specialtyrecreation.com

3-Nov

Granby, CO

Power World

970-887-9337

sales@powerworldsports.com

5-Nov

Sauk Centre, MN

Centre Powersports

320-351-7669

sales@centrepowersports.com

7-Nov

Madison, SD

Interlakes Sport Center

605-256-3556

interlakes@hotmail.com

8-Nov

Toronto, SD

Roelofsen’s

605-794-2131

roeimp@itctel.com

14-Nov

Mason City, IA

Mason City Powersports

641-423-3181

mcpsparts@netconx.net

15-Nov

Des Moines, IA

Hicklin Powersports

515-986-4880

Hicklinsales6@gmail.com

 

 

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