Avalanche Education Scholarships in the San Juan Mountains
The Peter Inglis Avalanche Education Fund is proud to help sponsor scholarships pertaining to avalanche awareness and safety. The idea behind the scholarship fund is to increase avalanche awareness, safety, and education in the San Juan Mountains. The scholarship recipients will receive partial tuition reimbursement to take their desired avalanche education course.
Applications are now OPEN for the 2020-2021 season.
In order to apply, please create a word document with the following questions and answers (or download it here: PI Fund-Application) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org when you are ready to submit. Questions and answers must be received by Tuesday, December 15, 2020, for consideration during the 2020-2021 winter season. You will hear back from the PI Fund by Tuesday, December 22, 2020, in regards to your partial course reimbursement. Please note, you may not receive the full amount you apply for. How many applications we receive is a factor in your total awarded scholarship amount.
How does it work? Scholarship funds will be partially reimbursed directly to the course participant after they have successfully completed the course. We will require a letter from your course provider stating you have finished the course in its entirety or a certificate of completion from the course you applied for. Please email email@example.com when you have this documentation and are ready to be reimbursed post-course. We will send you an email with the amount you will be receiving prior to your course education. If you ever have questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PI FUND SCHOLARSHIP QUESTIONS:
Employer Contact Info (for Pro Course scholarship requests only):
What course are you interested in taking and with what provider?
When do you want to take it?
How much financial assistance are you applying for?
What is the original cost of the course?
Essay Submission (500 words or less): Please answer the following question: Why would you like to take this course and why are you applying for funding support?
Past Scholarship Assistance
During the 2019-2020 season, the PI Avy Fund awarded $3,000 in scholarships to 17 individuals for avalanche education courses. Scholarships were given for companion rescue courses, Avy 1 courses and Avy 2 courses.
During the 2018-2019 season, the Pi Avy Fund awarded $3,160 in scholarships to 20 individuals for avalanche education courses. Scholarships were given for companion rescue courses, Avy 1 courses and Pro 1 Avy Courses.
The Peter Inglis Avalanche Education Fund is working in conjunction with the Telluride Mountain Club to come up with a Code of Ethics for backcountry skiing and snowboarding in the Telluride region. We have been working with various avalanche professionals to come up with our first draft, below. We are seeking your feedback – what should be added, deleted, etc. – in order to make this a code that all skiers and snowboarders in our region can follow.
Please take our short feedback survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NSV823P.
Draft: Tentative Telluride Backcountry Code of Ethics
If you don’t know, don’t go. AND When in doubt, don’t go out.
If you decide to head into the backcountry:
- Beacon, Shovel, Probe, Radio, Avalanche Airbag Pack
- Always have uphill travel capabilities
- Be cool at the rope drop
- Don’t drop in on other parties, use your radio if you can’t see your line to make sure other skiers aren’t below you.
- If you are skiing/boarding a line, communicate with the parties above you.
- Have an alternate plan for the day in case your line is crowded with other parties.
- Uphill traffic (hikers) on Bear Creek Trail have the right of way. Slow down, be cool.
Continue your education with snow safety courses on a regular basis. Stay in school and never stop learning.
Help us by giving your feedback here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NSV823P!
The Peter Inglis Avalanche Education Fund is proud to present a series of Telluride Backcountry Chats during the 2017-2018 winter season.
Our hope is that active backcountry users and those getting into the sport will come out and learn to make our regional backcountry a safer place to ski and snowboard. We look forward to seeing you this winter!
February Event – Feb. 11
Sunday, February 11
6:30pm at Jagged Edge Mountain Gear
Risk Management with Special Guest Doug Krause
- What is personal risk management?
- How does this affect your decision making in the backcountry?
- How should this affect your decision making in the backcountry?
Doug will be covering many topics in relation to personal risk management. Doug encourages questions from you, so come prepared. BYOB and camp chair!
December 2017 Event:
Monday, December 18
6:30pm at Jagged Edge Mountain Gear
Getting Your Head Ready for Avalanche Season
- Medical Refresher
- Gear Prep: what you should always carry in your backpack
- Current State of the Snowpack
- CAIC Updates
- State of the Ski Resort
- Current Events
January Event – Jan. 24
Wednesday, January 24
6:30pm at Jagged Edge Mountain Gear
* Matt Steen – Telluride Helitrax
* Jon Tuckman – TSP
* Bill Allen – Mountain Trip
* Brian “Speed” Miller – Helitrax Founder/Guide
* Preparation and Evaluation
* Backcountry Teamwork
* Action and Reflection
We will also be integrating questions from the public into the chat. BYOB, camp chair and questions for the panel.
Ski season will be here before we know it. We’ll be hooting and hollering through deep snow, enjoying all that winter has to offer. In the meantime, here are some reminders to put on your radar for ski season.
Group Monitoring Channels
- Lower Bear Creek: 1-0 (Channel A)
- Upper Bear Creek: 5-10 (Channel B)
- Wasatch: 4-20 (Channel C)
- Ophir Channel: 8-10 (Channel D)
- Rescue Channel, when a rescue is underway: 9-11 (Channel E)
(Channels are associated with the BCA preset channels)
Radio Rental Program
Through the Peter Inglis Avalanche Education Fund, the Telluride Mountain Club is helping to promote the rental of 6 BCA radios at Jagged Edge Mountain Gear (970.728.9307). Radios can be checked out by visiting their shop, located on the corner of Willow Street and Colorado Ave. In order to rent out a radio, you will be required to provide your name and credit card information. Length of rental is determined on a case by case basis.
Jagged Edge Mountain Gear will again provide BCA radios to Telluride Mountain Club members at the reduced rate of 30% off. Thank you Jagged Edge!
Telluride’s Backcountry Radio Program in the News
Our local backcountry radio program is making big waves in the ski industry. Matt Steen recently presented Telluride’s radio program at the Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop (CSAW) and the following two articles were written. It’s worth checking them out.
Wild Snow: 2-Way Radio Talk at the Avalanche Safety Event
BCA: Telluride Takes Backcountry Radio Program to the Next Level
Telluride Avalanche School: The Telluride Avalanche School offers several avalanche education opportunities throughout the winter. Check their website for more information on Level I & II Avalanche Courses and their Monday Night Avalanche Awareness Forum Series here.
San Juan Mountain Guides: These guys host various avalanche courses throughout the San Juan Mountains, including hut-based trips. Learn more on their website here.
Silverton Avalanche School: The Silverton Avalanche School offers mainstream avalanche courses as well as professional courses. View more here.