BIPOC AIARE Avalanche Course Scholarship - Deadline extended!

 John Littleton, an avalanche course leader for Blackbird Mountain Guides, skiing the Alaska Backcountry.
John Littleton, Blackbird Mountain Guides' Lead Avalanche Course Instructor, enjoying the rewards of backcountry skiing in Alaska.

 

Blackbird strives to be more than a provider of innovative avalanche courses and expertly guided mountain adventures.  We are excited to announce a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Avalanche Course Scholarship.

The purpose of the scholarship is to acknowledge structural racism that has contributed to a lack of representation in the ski industry and to make backcountry skiing more accessible and representative of our population as a whole.

 John Littleton, Blackbird Mountain Guides' AIARE avalanche course leader, showing how to test the snowpack in a recent Truckee avalanche course.
John Littleton, Blackbird Mountain Guides' Lead Avalanche Course Instructor, enjoying the rewards of backcountry skiing in Alaska.


Zeb Blais, the founder of Blackbird Mountain Guides, set up the scholarship program because “the ski industry has a problem with inclusion and diversity. We need to start addressing that.”


The chosen recipient may select from the following programs: AIARE 1 Avalanche Course, Women's AIARE 1 Avalanche Course or AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course in the Truckee / Lake Tahoe area.


APPLICATION PERIOD ENDS December 20th. Applicants will be notified via email once the scholarship decision has been made after December 20.

Apply Here.

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