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BRASS 101, Intro to Avalanche Safety

By Rebecca Bell, 12/10/19, 2:00PM EST


The Bryce and Ronnie Athlete Snow Safety Foundation (BRASS) was born out of the tragic avalanche deaths of U.S. Ski Team athletes Ronnie Berlack (a former FSC athletes) and Bryce Astle to create a legacy of changes in the culture of avalanche safety. Its mission is to lobby for the evolution of snow safety systems and to advocate for greater penetration of avalanche education. It works closely with avalanche industry organizations in the USA and around the world. 

The two-hour introductory BRASS 101 program will touch on the basics of avalanche safety with important Know Before You Go tips. The session is designed to make skiers and snowboarders aware of the dangers they could face and how to be better prepared before heading out into the backcountry.

“Introductory programs like BRASS 101 are important for any skiers or snowboarders,” said Ronnie's mother Cindy Berlack,  “but especially so for competitive athletes who train and compete in more stable snow conditions but may often be enticed to venture into the backcountry, like our sons, and not fully understand the dangers.”