Apply for the 2016 Berlack - Astle Memorial Fast Skier.
The Thelma Berlack Boozer Scholarship for Academic Excellence is offered annually by the Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, to students in Manhattan.
On Saturday, Berlack and Astle were named posthumously to the US Ski Team for 2015-2016. Carolyn (left), a competitive skier as well, and Cindy Berlack continue to mourn the loss of Ronnie Berlack.
Two prospects from the U.S. Ski Team were killed in an avalanche Monday while skiing near their European training base in the Austrian Alps.
Finally, though there can be no easy solace for the Berlack and Astle families, I hope there is some very small amount of comfort in knowing that Ronnie and Bryce died doing two things that meant so much to them. First, challenging themselves in some really demanding conditions. Second, pursuing their dreams of becoming world-class ski racers.
Ronnie Berlack's Obituary Ronald Grover Berlack was born on April 21, 1994 in Winchester, Mass., and died in a skiing accident in Soelden, Austria, on January 5, 2015. He was a warm, kind, and caring young man, in addition to being an accomplished ski racer and a member of the U.S. Ski Team. Ronnie was adopted at birth by his parents, Cindy Wright Berlack and Steve Berlack of Franconia, N.H.
The BRASS Foundation, formed in 2016, was born out of the tragic avalanche deaths of Ronnie Berlack and Bryce Astle to create a legacy of changes in the culture of avalanche safety. Its mission is to lobby for the evolution of snow safety systems and to advocate for greater penetration of avalanche education.
At the end of the 2014-15 season, the U.S. Alpine Championships took place on an uncharacteristically warm day at Sugarloaf in Maine. World Cup winner and longtime U.S. Ski Team member Steven Nyman sat in first at the super G after 29 racers. The crowd at Sugarloaf, the TV audience and those watching live timing all assumed Nyman had taken yet another national title and had started to pay.