An Avalanche Canada field team member in the South Rockies. File photo. (Photo by Jen Coulter)

An Avalanche Canada field team member in the South Rockies. File photo. (Photo by Jen Coulter)

‘Unprecedented’ nine bursaries awarded for avalanche safety training in Fernie

The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club awarded more avalanche bursaries than usual this year

The Fernie area now has nine more people training in avalanche safety.

“The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club (FTSTC) have finalized the 2022 Avalanche Bursary program with awards to an unprecedented nine recipients with bursaries totaling $3,400,” says a Jan. 10 news release on the FTSTC website.

The annual budget was increased this year “to cover the increased number and quality of the submissions.”

“We’re happy that our bursary program is going towards people who are pursuing a career in avalanche safety and working locally,” said Ian Stokie, president of the FTSTC.

Bursary recipients this year are: Ricardo Assuncao, Aaron Barber, Aiden Faught, Connie Henderson, Erik Mauer, Ashley Pollitt, Simon Pollock, Matt Szczepanski, and Finlay Thomson.

Every year, $2,000 is available to help further avalanche education in the Elk Valley, says the release. The program has been around for the past decade.

The 2023 bursary program will be open for applications starting on Sept. 1, and must be submitted before Nov. 30. The recipients will be advised on Dec. 15.

Those interested in applying can do so by emailing fernietrails@fernie.com.

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