Ski-Doo Marks A Decade Of Free Avalanche Awareness Seminars For All Riders

There's still time to take in a seminar

November 2019 Feature

Ski-Doo snowmobiles continues support for backcountry rider education with free avalanche awareness and avoidance seminars for snowmobilers—to riders of all brands—for the ninth year in the U.S. and tenth in Canada.

Backcountry Access (BCA), a widely respected avalanche safety equipment manufacturer, will be supporting these seminars with equipment and its in-depth knowledge of recreation in the backcountry for the fourth consecutive season.

As the largest manufacturer of snowmobiles, Ski-Doo recognizes the importance of continuing its leadership role in advancing responsible backcountry use. With more than 20,000 snowmobilers attending Ski-Doo-sponsored avalanche awareness seminars since 2009, the community reaction to the effort has been extremely positive. The seminars use both interactive and classroom style content that is geared for riders of all skill levels, and attendees are encouraged to bring their friends along no matter what brand they ride. The incentive is clear: bring those you ride with and care about to ensure you can all track the groups’ well-being and help if a situation ever occurs.

Along with sponsoring seminars, Ski-Doo and BCA also encourage riders to use Backcountry Ascender, an online backcountry education platform. This free, self-directed program provides basic avalanche education and encourages traditional course attendance to advance to higher levels. Much of the course content can be completed online, and where needed, the program directs 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.

“With a decade of experience in facilitating these seminars, Ski-Doo continues to demonstrate our belief in the importance of backcountry safety and keeping it at top of mind for riders, which is why we continue to support avalanche training,” Marc R. Lacroix, Global Ski-Doo and Sea-Doo Marketing Director, said. “Working with experts like our trainers, BCA and Backcountry Ascender, we’re bringing snowmobile-specific content that’s educational and entertaining to our riders. We have a unique style for accessing terrain and recognize the need to be authentic with a fast paced, fun seminar that raises the levels of awareness and education.

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 18 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 is one of the most recognized snowmobile trainers in North America, he’s a certified instructor and professional member of the American Avalanche Association and leads the seminars in the United States. Duffy instructs at American Avalanche Institute, Alaska Avalanche School and Silverton Avalanche School, and has been giving snowmobile-specific avalanche classes since 1996. As rescue team leader in the Vail Mountain Rescue Group, Duffy has more than 27 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.

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

2019 Ski-Doo U.S. Avalanche Safety Seminar Schedule

Date

Time

Location

City, State

Phone

Email

Oct 8

6 pm

Frank May Ski-Doo

Honeyville, UT

435-279-8421

frankmay@frontier.com

Oct 9

6 pm

High Adventure Powersports

Salt Lake City, UT

801-924-9244

info@highadventureps.com

Oct 10

6 pm

Weller Recreation

Kamas, UT

435-783-8355

kim@wellerrec.com

Oct 11

6 pm

Rexburg Motorsports

Rexburg, ID

208-356-4000

reception@rexburgmotorsports.com

Oct 15

6 pm

Rice’s Rapid Motorsports

Rapid City, SD

605-342-2242

info@rushmoremotorsports.com

Oct 16

6 pm

Moritz Sport and Marine

Mandan, ND

701-222-2000

info@sledchatter.com

Oct 17

6 pm

G Force Powersports

Lakewood, CO

303-238-4303

thallman@gforcepowersports.com

Oct 18

6 pm

Dennis Dillon RV and Marine

Boise, ID

208-376-8324

bhorvath@dennisdillon.com

Oct 22

6 pm

Marquette Powersports

Marquette, MI

906-401-0444

ryan@marquettepowersports.com

Oct 23

6 pm

Ecklund Motorsports

Appleton, WI

920-734-7134

Jeffg@ecklundmotorsports.com

Oct 25

6 pm

Minneapolis Motorsports

Minneapolis, MN

844-334-9838

Parts Dept.

Oct 26

Hourly

Centre Powersports

Sauk Centre, MN

320-351-7669

sales@centrepowersports.com

Oct 29

6 pm

Paulsen’s Powersports

Great Falls, MT

406-761-0303

 

Oct 30

6 pm

Gull Boats and RV

Missoula, MT

406-549-6169

 

 

Nov 1

6 pm

Specialty Recreation

Coeur d’Alene, ID

208-667-3571

sales@specialtyrecreation.com

Nov 2

5 pm

Power World

Granby, CO

970-887-9337

sales@powerworldsports.com

Nov 6

6 pm

Vern Eide Motoplex

Sioux Falls, SD

605-221-4000

aohlson@verneide.com

Nov 7

6 pm

Roelofsen’s

Toronto, SD

605-794-2131

roeimp@itctel.com

Nov 8

6 pm

Jaycox Powersports

Worthington, MN

507-376-3147

dan.jaycoxpowersports@gmail.com

Nov 9

4 pm

Dockside Marine

Wilmington, IL

815-476-7802

amyf@docksidemarine.net

Nov 12

6 pm

MotoBreck

Breckenridge, CO

970-453-0353

lee@motobreck.com

Nov 13

6 pm

Wenatchee Honda BRP

Wenatchee, WA

509-663-0075

info@wenatcheehonda.com

Nov 14

6 pm

I-90 Motorsports

Issaquah, WA

425-391-4490

remko@i-90motorsports.com

Nov 15

5 pm

Rob’s Performance Motorsports

Johnson, Creek, WI

920-699-3288 xt. 102

morgan@robsperformance.com

2019 Ski-Doo Canadian Avalanche Safety Seminar Schedule 

Date-time

City/Province

Dealership

Phone

Email

Contact

15-oct/6:30 pm

Lloydminster, AB

Rec-Tech Power Products

(780) 870-5464

ryan@rectechpowerproducts.com

Ryan

16-oct/7:00 pm

Regina, SK

Regina Powersports

(306) 586-2900

chris@powersportsregina.com

Chris

18-oct/6:30 pm

Swift Current, SK

Robertson Motorsports

(306) 773-4144

 

Dustin

22-oct/6:00pm

Edmonton, AB

Martin Motor Sports

(780) 481-4000

laurennes@martinmotorsports.ca

Laurenne

23-oct/6:00pm

Edmonton, AB

Martin Motor Sports

(780) 481-4000

laurennes@martinmotorsports.ca

Laurenne

26-oct/3:00pm

Brooks, AB

A&E Racing

(403) 362-6401

parts@aeracing.com

Evelin

29-oct/6:30pm

Calgary, AB

Basecamp Motor Sports

(403) 441-5238

reception@basecampmotorsports.com

Rechel

30-oct/6:30pm

Red Deer, AB

Turple Bros, LTD

(403) 346-5238

sales@turplebros.ca

Brenda

1-nov/6:30pm

Edson, AB

Riderz

(780) 723-5775

brpriderz@gmail.com

Cody

4-nov/6:30pm

Grand Prairie, AB

Stojan Power sports & Marine

(780) 5382934

sales3@stojans.com

Jerrey

5-nov/6:00pm

Dawson Creek, BC

Trail Blazin Power

(250) 782-6685

danes@trailblaznpower.com

Dane

7-nov/6:30pm

Prince George, BC

Forest Power Sports

(250) 563-1021

norm.brown@fpsbc.com

Norm

13-nov/6:30pm

Squamish, BC

No Limits Motor Sports

(604) 815-4444

sales@nolimitsmotorsports.com

Steve

14-nov/7:00pm

Langley, BC

Greater Vancouver Powersports

(604) 888-8700

sales@gvp.ca

Mike

16-nov/5:00pm

Courtenay, BC

Courtenay motorsports

(250) 338-1415

javan@courtenay-motorsports.com

Javan

19-nov/6:30pm

Kamloops, BC

RTR Performance

(250) 374-3141

sales@rtrperformance.com

Lucas

21-nov/6:30pm

Vernon, BC

Banner Recreation

(250) 542-0418

marketing@bannerrec.com

Breen

22-nov/6:30pm

Kelowna, BC

Banner Recreation

(250) 979-2889

marketing@bannerrec.com

Breen

26-nov/6:30pm

Winnipeg, MB

Enns Brothers

(204) 475-3667

info@ennsbros.com

Rebekah

 

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