The Ronnie Berlack Center is a $2.8 million indoor training facility at Burke Mountain Academy. The photo in the banner is of Berlack forerunning the 2014 Birds of Prey World Cup at Beaver Creek weeks before his death on January 5, 2015. PHOTO: Olivia Dwyer
A nonprofit founded by the parents of avalanche victims pushes for snow safety education in ski racing
On October 19th, five dozen ski racers entered Burke Mountain Academy’s indoor training facility. Instead of sweating through a core workout or weight session, the Vermont ski academy’s students sat cross-legged on fake turf for a two-hour avalanche safety clinic with big mountain skier Jackie Paaso and IFMGA guide Michael Silitch.
The snow safety course was a first for the 47-year-old ski racing prep school, and an indicator of a larger shift to embrace avalanche education in the ski racing community at large.