Ski-Doo Marks a Decade of Free Avalanche Awareness Seminars

Snowmobile manufacturer partners with BCA to offer safety education in U.S. and Canada
Ski-Doo Avalanche Awareness Safety course
Ski-Doo announced that it will continue to support backcountry rider education with free avalanche awareness and avoidance seminars for snowmobilers. It is Ski-Doo's ninth year offering seminars in the U.S., and its 10th year in Canada. Backcountry Access (BCA), a widely respected avalanche safety equipment manufacturer, will also be supporting these seminars by providing equipment and in-depth knowledge of the backcountry for the fourth consecutive season.

More than 20,000 snowmobilers (riders of all brands) have attended Ski-Doo-sponsored avalanche awareness seminars since 2009, and the community reaction to the effort has been extremely positive. The seminars employ both interactive and classroom-style content that is geared toward riders of all skill levels. Attendees are encouraged to bring their friends along.

Along with sponsoring seminars, Ski-Doo and BCA 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).

“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,” said Marc R. Lacroix, Global Ski-Doo and Sea-Doo Marketing Director. “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."

Ski-Doo Avalanche Awareness Safety course
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 leads the seminars in the U.S. One of the most recognized snowmobile trainers in North America, he’s a certified instructor and professional member of the American Avalanche Association. Duffy instructs at the American Avalanche InstituteAlaska Avalanche School and Silverton Avalanche School, and he's been teaching 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.

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.

Seminars are open to owners of all snowmobile brands. For up-to-date information on locations and times, or to register for an avalanche awareness seminar, visit the Ski-Doo website.

For information on the Backcountry Ascender program, visit
2019 Ski-Doo Avalanche Safety Seminar Schedule (by state)

  • Lakewood - G Force Powersports, Oct. 17th, 6 p.m., 303-238-4303,
  • Granby - Power World, Nov. 2nd, 5 p.m., 970-887-9337,
  • Breckenridge - MotoBreck, Nov. 12th, 6 p.m., 970-453-0353,
  • Rexburg - Rexburg Motorsports, Oct. 11th, 6 p.m., 208-356-4000,
  • Boise - Dennis Dillon RV and Marine, Oct. 18th, 6 p.m., 208-376-8324,
  • Coeur d’Alene - Specialty Recreation, Nov. 1st, 6 p.m., 208-667-3571,
  • Wilmington - Dockside Marine, Nov. 9th, 4 p.m., 815-476-7802,
  • Marquette - Marquette Powersports, Oct. 22nd, 6 p.m., 906-401-0444,
  • Minneapolis - Minneapolis Motorsports, Oct. 25th, 6 p.m., 844-334-9838 (parts)
  • Sauk Centre - Centre Powersports, Oct. 26th, 9 a.m. and on the hour all day - transceiver training, 320-351-7669,
  • Worthington - Jaycox Powersports, Nov. 8th, 6 p.m., 507-376-3147,
  • Great Falls - Paulsen’s Powersports, Oct. 29th, 6 p.m., 406-761-0303
  • Missoula - Gull Boats and RV, Oct. 30th, 6 p.m., 406-549-6169
North Dakota
  • Mandan - Moritz Sport and Marine, Oct. 16th, 6 p.m., 701-222-2000,
South Dakota
  • Rapid City - Rice’s Rapid Motorsports, Oct. 15th, 6 p.m., 605-342-2242,
  • Sioux Falls - Vern Eide Motoplex, Nov. 6th, 6 p.m., 605-221-4000,
  • Toronto - Roelofsen’s, Nov. 7th, 6 p.m., 605-794-2131,
  • Honeyville - Frank May Ski-Doo, Oct. 8th, 6 p.m., 435-279-8421,
  • Salt Lake City - High Adventure Powersports, Oct. 9th, 6 p.m., 801-924-9244,
  • Kamas - Weller Recreation, Oct 10th, 6 p.m., 435-783-8355,
  • Wenatchee - Wenatchee Honda BRP, Nov. 13th, 6 p.m., 509-663-0075,
  • Issaquah - I-90 Motorsports, Nov. 14th, 6 p.m., 425-391-4490,
  • Appleton - Ecklund Motorsports, Oct 23rd, 6 p.m., 920-734-7134,
  • Johnson Creek - Rob’s Performance Motorsports, Nov 15th, 5 p.m., 920-699-3288 x102,
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