Blackbird Mountain Guides, a provider of innovative avalanche courses and expertly guided mountain adventures, 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 make backcountry skiing more accessible and representative of our population.
Related: October Powder Skiing in Mt. Rose, NV Backcountry with BlackBird Mountain Guides: Best October Turns Ever?
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.”
– Zeb Blais
The chosen recipient may select an AIARE 1, Women’s AIARE 1, or AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course in the Truckee / Lake Tahoe area.
The application period ends on November 15. Applicants will be notified via email once the scholarship decision has been made on November 20.
Blackbird Mountain Guides is a ski and mountain adventure guiding company based in Truckee, CA. Founded in 2020, Blackbird’s IFMGA / AMGA trained guides offer innovative avalanche courses and expertly guided backcountry skiing, mountaineering, and climbing adventures in Tahoe and around the world.