Snowmobilers: The 2017 Free BRP Avalanche Skills Class Schedule is Here

For the eighth straight year, BRP is paying for snowmobilers avalanche education by sponsoring nearly 60 free seminars throughout North America. The seminars offer fresh, renewed and relevant avalanche awareness and safety content for snowmobile riders of all skill levels, and riders of all brands are welcome and encouraged to attend. Backcountry Access (BCA), one of most well-known and respected manufacturers of avalanche safety equipment and the Backcountry Ascender online education platform are joining BRP in sponsoring the events again this year.

More than 16,000 snowmobilers have taken part in Ski-Doo-sponsored avalanche awareness and avalanche avoidance seminars since 2009. The in-person avalanche courses for snowmobilers offer engaging content for riders of all skill levels, and riders of all sled brands are welcome and encouraged to attend. Those who register to attend are also encouraged to bring their friends and riding buddies to ensure people they ride with are also well informed.

“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.”


Avalanche Skills Seminars are open to owners of ALL brands of sleds.  Seminars are usually combined with an open house or specially geared mountain-riding event. Participants are encouraged to bring their snowmobile riding buddies and to register with the host dealer to help plan meeting space and ensure a spot.

BRP FALL 2017 U.S. SEMINAR SCHEDULE – Avalanche Rescue Skills Classes by State

Seminars in the U.S. will be led by BCA Ambassador Mike Duffy of Avalanche 1, a recognized snowmobile expert in avalanche awareness. Duffy has American Avalanche Association. Level I & II and AvPro Level III certification, teaches at Colorado Mountain College and Silverton Avalanche School, and has been giving snowmobile-specific avalanche classes since 1996. Duffy has more than 25 years of mountain riding and mountain rescue experience.

Free Avalanche safety 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 the USA, click the link below.

BRP FALL 2017 CANADIAN SEMINAR SCHEDULE – Avalanche Rescue Skills Classes by Province

Seminars in Canada are led by Marshall Dempster, a recognized avalanche forecaster, a Lead Instructor (AST1 and 2) and Backcountry Guide with Frozen Pirate Snow Services. 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.

Free Avalanche safety seminars in Canada will take place in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Ontario, and Manitoba. For exact dates and locations in Canada, click the link below.

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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 the International Snowmobile Manufacturer’s Association (ISMA), its member OEM manufacturers, top pro snowmobile riders, Avalanche Canada and the American Avalanche Association.