Chilkat Valley News - Serving Haines and Klukwan, Alaska since 1966

Account established for skier’s family


Nick Dodov died here recently in an avalanche while fulfilling a dream of heli-skiing in Alaska (with friends who were hosting him). We want to thank all local emergency providers for their efforts to revive him. His organs were donated in Seattle to help others.

Nick’s parents, Alex and Natalia, are old friends of ours who moved to the mountains in California from Bulgaria when Nick was 12. We spoke with Alex shortly after Nick’s death. He too is a mountaineer and they said they were quite aware of the dangers inherent in the sport, and that there is no one to blame. He said Nick was a happy, positive person doing what he loved most when his luck ran out. Their only child is gone.

Nick has been cremated. His parents feel they must take some of his ashes back to Bulgaria, and bring some here to spread over the mountains where he perished. They want to see the place Nick spent his last days.

If you have excess frequent flier miles to donate to help make this trip possible, call Donna at 766-2707. It is rare enough for them to make the expensive trip to Bulgaria to see family, so we have seeded an account at the local bank to help fund a trip to Haines for them. If sympathetic heli-skiers or locals wish to make a donation, it would be greatly appreciated. The account: Nick Dodov Memorial. There is a card to sign if you wish.


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