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Avalanche education and backcountry user awareness.

PI Avy Fund

The mission of the Peter Inglis Avalanche Education Fund (PI Fund) is to create opportunities for avalanche education and backcountry user awareness.

The PI Fund helps fund free avalanche education forums (Telluride Backcountry Chats), backcountry awareness events, scholarship assistance for individual avalanche education courses, avalanche education for kids in the community, Telluride’s backcountry radio program, and other avenues that positively contribute to and influence avalanche education and user awareness in the Telluride region.

Before heading into the backcountry, be sure to check the Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s forecast and learn more about backcountry awareness at NoBlackoutDays.com.

The PI Fund has been set up in memory of Peter Inglis. Peter “PI” Inglis was one of the original founders of the Telluride Mountain Club in 1986, a Telluride Ski Patroller for over 20 years and a long­time San Miguel County Search and Rescue volunteer. Inglis also was a huge supporter of avalanche education in Telluride, and organized forums and taught classes to help keep others safe and aware. PI was tragically killed on 4/1/15 when a cornice collapsed while ski guiding in Alaska’s St. Elias Range.

Donate to the PI FUND here.

Avalanche Education Scholarships

The reason the PI Fund set up scholarships to help fund avalanche education is to help increase avalanche awareness and safety in the San Juan Mountains.

We believe that you can never have enough knowledge in the backcountry and one of the best ways to stay safe is to keep your education fresh.

Are you interested in applying for a scholarship? Learn more and apply here:

PI Fund Scholarships

Backcountry Awareness Events

The PI Fund organizes various Telluride Backcountry Chats throughout the winter season.

These events are free and open to the public. They address avalanche safety topics that we believe will resonate with backcountry skiers and snowboarders. They vary in education level and are the perfect way to keep your head in the game during the winter.

You can find a list of upcoming events and learn more about the Telluride Backcountry Chats here:

Telluride Backcountry Chats

Backcountry Radios

The PI Fund purchased several radios that can be checked out by Telluride locals or visitors.

Rental radios (and radios for purchase) are available at Jagged Edge Mountain Gear located on the east side of main street in Telluride.

If you already have a backcountry radio, you can learn more about channels, intended use, and protocol here:

Backcountry Radio Protocol

Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding Resources

Here is a list of some of our favorite backcountry resources.

• Colorado Avalanche Information Center – Get the Forecast!

• NoBlackoutDays.com – San Juans Backcountry Awareness Repository

• Telluride Backcountry Radio Channels

• Backcountry Bookmarks

• Telluride Avalanche School Education Courses

• Silverton Avalanche School Education Courses

• Know Before You Go Avalanche Safety Info

• Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search & Rescue Card

NEW Backcountry Awareness Repository

The PI Avy Fund and TMtC have partnered with the Silverton Avalanche School and Friends of the San Juans on a backcountry awareness repository to give you the tools and resources you need to help create a safer backcountry community.

Learn more and start exploring at noblackoutdays.com.

Help Provide Backcountry Education

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Telluride Mountain Club advocates for safe, accessible, enjoyable and respectful opportunities for human-powered recreational activities in the Telluride region, through education, awareness and collaboration.

Telluride Mountain Club is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.