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    Backcountry Ascender Program will Premiere at Hay Days

    Posted by Emily Hare
    on Thursday, September 8, 2016

     This weekend at Hay Days, the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) will launch the Backcountry Ascender Program, a free and simple way for snowmobilers to educate themselves about riding in the backcountry and avalanche safety. The ISMA's goal is to make snowmobilers the most educated and prepared user group in the mountains.

    The application uses good-natured competition to help riders learn and improve their backcountry knowledge, skills, practical experience, and confidence. It's composed of an industry and peer reviewed curriculum of self-directed lessons and in-person courses.  Riders can earn points for completing lessons and courses to increase their rank as well as that of their club, state association, dealer, and snowmobile brand. Industry sponsors are encouraged to provide prizes and coupon codes that are unlocked by riders who earn higher badge ranks. 

    The Backcountry Ascender Program is not an online course but it is self-directed e-learning combined with traditional hands-on learning. The curriculum will be based on peer-approved content, starting with Avalanche Canada and the American Avalanche Association.  The curriculum will evolve as new content is continuously added and updated.

    The Backcountry Ascender Program will be introduced at the BRP/Ski-Doo booth on Saturday, Sept. 10, 9:30 a.m. The presentation will be made by Christopher Mayer, the founder of Backcountry Ascender, with introductions by Ed Klim, president of ISMA. Manufacturer representatives will be at the event, supporting the effort and answering questions.  All who are interested are invited to attend.

    For further information, call the ISMA at 517-339-7788 or email Ed Klim at EKlim@aol.com .

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