Ski-Doo Continues To Support Free Avalanche Awareness Seminars

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Ski-Doo has been a leader in promoting avalanche awareness and avoidance for snowmobilers the past seven years and will continue to promote the well received seminars again for 2017.

Ski-Doo will sponsor more than 40 free—to riders of all brands—seminars throughout North America and two strong partners will return to enhance the effort with Backcountry Access (BCA), one of most well-known and respected manufacturers of avalanche safety equipment and Backcountry Ascender an online education platform.

More than 16,000 snowmobilers have taken part in Ski-Doo-sponsored avalanche awareness seminars since 2009. The in-person seminars offer engaging content for riders of all skill levels, and riders of all brands are welcome and encouraged to attend. Those attending are also encouraged to bring their friends and riding buddies to ensure 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.

“Backcountry safety awareness and education is a priority for Ski-Doo, and this is why we are so involved in the promotion of avalanche training,” said Marc R. Lacroix, Global Ski-Doo and Sea-Doo Marketing Director. “We’ve partnered with experts to design snowmobile-specific seminars that are educational and entertaining for participants. With endorsement from Backcountry Ascender and BCA again this year, we continue in our commitment to raising 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 forecaster and certified Canadian Avalanche Rescue dog handler. He has 16 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 American Avalanche Institute, Colorado Mountain College 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 25 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

Dealer

Phone

Contact

10/3

St. Paul, AB

Power Merchants

780-646-2499

Jerry

10/5

Prince Albert, SK

Pines Power Sports Marine

306-922-2159

Dean

10/6

Saskatoon, SK

Ffun Motor Sports

306-934-5394

Jennifer

10/10

Regina, SK

Powersports Regina

306-586-2900

Chris

10/16

Dawson Creek, BC

Trail Blazin Power, Ltd

250-782-6685

Dane

10/21

Red Deer, AB

Turple Brothers Ltd.

403-346-6869

Brenda

10/23

Edson, AB

Riderz

780-723-5775

Jason B/Cody

10/24

Edmonton, AB

Martin Motorsports

780-481-4000

Laurenne

10/25

Edmonton, AB

Martin Motorsports

780-481-4000

Laurenne

10/27

Brooks, AB

A & E Racing

403-362-6401

Evelin

11/1

Winnipeg, MB

Enns Brothers

204-475-3667

Lisa-Marie

11/3

Prince George, BC

Forrest Power Sports

250-563-1021

Norm

11/7

Squamish, BC

No Limit Motor Sports

604-817-9453

Steve

11/8

Langley, BC

Greater Vancouver Powersports

604-817-9453

Mike

11/10

Courtenay, BC

Courtenay Powersports

877-338-1415

 

11/15

Kelowna, BC

Banner Recreation

250-979-2889

Jeff

11/17

Kamloops, BC

RTR Performance

250-374-3141

Adrian

US Seminars

Date

City, State

Dealer

Phone

Contact

10/9

Kamas, UT

Weller Recreation

435-783-8355

kim@wellerrec.com

10/10

Salt Lake City, UT

High Adventure

801-924-9244

info@highadventureps.com

10/11

Rexburg, ID

Rexburg Motorsports

208-356-4000

 

reception@rexburgmotorsports.com

10/12

West Haven, UT

ADS Motorsports

801-393-4561 x105

steph@adsmotorsports.com

10/13

Honeyville, UT

Frank May Ski-Doo

435-279-8421

frankmay@frontier.com

10/17

Houghton, MI

Houghton Powersports

906-483-4831

fi@houghtonpowersports.com

10/18

Appleton, WI

Ecklund Motorsports

920-734-7134

jeffg@ecklundmotorsports.com

10/19

Johnson Creek, WI

Rob’s Performance Motor Sports

920-699-3288 x102

morgan@robsperformance.com

10/20

Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Motorsports

844-334-9838

info@mplsmotor.com

10/23

Casper, WY

Driven Powersports

307-237-7680

barry@drivenpowersports.com

10/24

Gillette, WY

Action Motorsports

307-687-0737

actionmotorsportswy@gmail.com

10/25

Mandan, ND

Moritz Sport and Marine

701-222-2000

info@sledchatter.com

10/26

Dickinson, ND

Platinum Motorsports

701-483-3412

sledhunter@hotmail.com

10/30

Vancouver, WA

Pro Caliber

360-892-3030

pcvleads@procaliber.com

11/1

Wenatchee, WA

Wenatchee Honda BRP

509-663-0075

info@wenatcheehonda.com

11/2

Issaquah, WA

I-90 Motorsports

425-391-4490

remko@i-90motorsports.com

11/3

Coeur D’alene, ID

Specialty Recreation

208-667-3571

sales@specialtyrecreation.com

11/4

Granby, CO

Power World

970-887-9337

sales@powerworldsports.com

11/6

Grand Rapids, MN

Ray’s Sport and Cycle

800-799-7297

sales@rayssportandcycle.com

 

11/8

Toronto, SD

Roelofsen’s

605-794-2131

roeimp@itctel.com

11/9

Sioux Falls, SD

Vern Eide Motoplex

320-808-8828

aohlson@verneide.com

11/10

Worthington, MN

Jaycox Powersports @Comfort Suites Conference Ctr

507-376-3147

Carissa.jaycoxpowersports@hotmail.com

11/13

Enumclaw, WA

Clem’s Enumclaw Powersports

360-825-4502

 

11/14

Great Falls, MT

Paulsen’s Powersports/ VFW Club at 4123 10th Av S

406-761-0303

 

11/15

Missoula, MT

Gull Boats and R.V.

406-549-6169

rl@gbrv.net

11/16

Steamboat Springs, CO

Steamboat Powersports

970-879-5138

info@steamboatpowersports.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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