BRP Offers Free Avalanche Awareness Courses In Canada, U.S.

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Valcourt, QC - BRP is continuing its leadership role in bringing avalanche awareness courses to snowmobilers throughout North America in the fall of 2012.

Starting in September and running through November, snowmobilers will be able to attend an avalanche awareness course free of charge at 21 Ski-Doo dealerships in Canada, 28 in the lower 48 United States and five in Alaska. The courses are unique in that they are snowmobile focused and led by qualified snowmobilers from a perspective that informs, entertains and engages the audience. Most sessions will be combined with in-store special events and are open to owners of all snowmobile brands.

"We are partnering with some of the best resources for addressing avalanche awareness in North America to further educate the mountain snowmobiling community," Philippe Normand, marketing director, Ski-Doo snowmobiles, said. "These instructors have the credentials and experience both in the field and classroom to deliver a message that resonates with snowmobilers."

The Canadian sessions are led by Carole Savage, the snowmobile program coordinator for the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC). The CAC is world renowned for providing quality education and public information for those seeking backcountry access. Savage is AST 2 certified and has been working with BRP on outreach programs for three years across British Columbia and Alberta.

Classes conducted in the western United States are led by Mike Duffy of Avalanche 1, a recognized snowmobile expert in avalanche awareness. Duffy is an American Avalanche Association Level I, Level II and AVPRO Level III qualified instructor, teaches at Colorado Mountain College and has been involved in snowmobile specific avalanche awareness courses since 2005.

In Alaska seminars are conducted by the North America Outdoor Institute (NAOI) based in Wasilla, AK. NOAI has certified professional instructors who are American Avalanche Association Level I, II and Professional members, AIARE certified trainers with Avalanche Level I and II, SOLO Wilderness First Aid, First Response and WEMT trainers. All instructors are long time riders with more than 10 years experience riding and teaching. This will be NAOI's second season working with BRP and Ski-Doo dealers.

For more information on the program or the schedule for avalanche awareness courses, visit, the Ski-Doo Elevation Mountain Blog or Ski-Doo Mountain Facebook page.

Canadian Avalanche Awareness Seminar schedule

October 16 - Edmonton, AB, Martin Motor Sports -West side store

October 17 - Edmonton, AB, Martin Motor Sports - South side store

October 23 - St. Paul, AB, Power Merchants

October 24 - Lethbridge, AB, Mr R's Ltd.

October 25 - Brooks, AB, A & E Racing and Marine

October 29 - Grassland, AB, Grassland Trailer and Ski-Doo

October 30 - St. Albert, AB, Riverside Honda & Ski-Doo

November 1 - Grand Prairie, AB, Stojan's Power Sports and Marine

November 8 - Saskatoon, SK, FFun Motorsports

November 12 - Prince Albert, SK, Pines PSM

November 14 - Alberta Beach, AB, Ecko Marine

November 15 - Red Deer, AB, Turple Brothers

November 16 - Cochrane, AB, Bow Ridge Sports

November 20 - Kelowna, BC, Banner Recreation & Marine

November 21 - Vernon, BC, Banner Recreation & Marine

November 22 - Chilliwack, BC, Greater Vancouver Powersports

November 23 - Surrey, BC, Greater Vancouver Powersports

November 27 - Kamloops, BC, RTR Performance

November 28 - 100 Mile House, BC, Performance All Terrain & Rentals

November 29 - Prince George, AB, Forest Power Sports

November 30 - Terrace, BC, Kickstart Motorsports

U.S. Lower 48 Avalanche Awareness Seminar schedule

October 9 - Kalispel, MT, Jesco Marine & Power Sports

October 10 - Missoula, MT, Gull Boats & RV

October 11 - Butte, MT, Staack's Motorsports

October 12 - Coeur D' Alene, ID, Specialty Recreation &Marine LLC

October 15 - Plymouth, MN, Crowne Royale Hotel

October 16 - Worthington, MN, Jaycox Implement Inc.

October 17 - Madison, SD, Interlakes Sports Center

October 18 - Toronto, SD, Roelofsen Implement, Inc.

October 20 - Loveland, CO, Felker Motorsports Inc.

October 25 - Yakima, WA, Premier Powersports

October 26 - Lynwood, WA, Lynwood Motoplex

October 27 - Longview, WA, Pro Caliber Motorsports Inc.

October 30 - Steamboat, CO, Steamboat Powersports

November 1 - Rexburg, ID, Rexburg Motor Sports

November 2 - Caldwell, ID, Birds of Prey Motorsports

November 5 - (Brigham City) Honeyville, UT, Frank May Ski-Doo & ATV Inc

November 7 - Kamas, UT, Weller Recreation Inc

November 8 - (Springville) Provo, UT, Utah Valley Powersports

November 9 - Mandan, ND, Moritz Sport & Marine

November 13 - Cody, WY, Roger's Sport Center

November 14 - Gillette, WY, Action Motorsports Inc

November 15 - Casper, WY, Driven Powersports Inc

November 16 - (Lakewood) Denver, CO, RPM Motorsports

November 17 - Issaquah, WA, I-90 Motorsports

November 20 - Durango, CO, Fun Center Inc

December 5 - Johnson Creek, WI, Rob's Performance Motorsports

December 8 - Granby, CO, Powerworld LLC

December 13 - Montrose, CO, Montrose Implement

Alaska Avalanche Awareness schedule

October 13 - Anchorage, AK, Alaska Mining and Diving Supply

October 13 - Soldotna, AK, River and Sea Marine

October 27 - Eagle River, AK, Team CC, Inc.

November 11 - Wasilla, AK, Team CC, Inc.

November 10 - Fairbanks, AK, Compeau's Inc

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