BRP Offers Free Avalanche Awareness Seminars this Fall
September 30th, 2017

BRP Offers Free Avalanche Awareness Seminars this Fall

Today’s manufacturers produce snowmobiles capable of transporting their riders high up into the snowy mountains. As such, BRP recognizes that avalanche safety is a number one priority for the users of its products. That’s why, since 2009, the company has provided free avalanche awareness seminars throughout Canada and the United States.

This year is no different. BRP is offering avalanche awareness seminars in 17 locations in Canada throughout October and November, with 25 locations scheduled in the Unites States. The avalanche awareness seminars are open to anyone interested—not only BRP customers.

While the seminars don’t replace formal training, they are a great way to brush up on some of the concepts of avalanche safety. Learning about avalanche safety is a life-long pursuit. Regardless of a rider’s level of experience, there is always some valuable knowledge that can be gleaned from this kind of learning opportunity. For those that have no experience or knowledge, it’s a great way to learn something new at no cost.


BRP Avalanche Awareness Seminars

Seminars in Canada will take place in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. For exact dates and locations in Canada, check the link below:


Seminars in the United States will take place in Utah, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Idaho, Colorado and Montana. For exact dates and locations in USA, click the link below:


The BRP press release about the seminars and the Backcountry Ascender program can be found below.

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Ski-doo continues to support FREE avalanche awareness seminars

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. The brand 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, 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: