Fernie avalanche industry bursary program announced

The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club is sponsoring a bursary program promoting avalanche safety and awareness.

The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club is sponsoring a bursary program with the goal of promoting avalanche safety and awareness in the Elk Valley and assisting individuals who are pursuing a career in the avalanche industry.

Awards of up to $1,000 are available to successful applicants for the purpose of introductory Avalanche Safety Training courses (AST) or a Canadian Avalanche Association Industry Training Program Level I or II.

Preference will be given to locals or those who have shown a commitment to living and working in the Fernie area.

Applicants must submit a letter which outlines their experience in the winter backcountry, their interest in the avalanche phenomenon and their personal or professional goals with respect to avalanche safety.

Applications should be directed to Gord Ohm at Box 501, Fernie, B.C. or to fernietrails@fernie.com by August 15. The awards will be announced by September 1.

The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club was incorporated in 1993 and its goal is to maintain responsible, non-motorized trail access on Fernie and surrounding area Crown lands and private lands, including stewardship of Fernie Mountain Park trails. The organization also maintains and manages backcountry cabins for winter touring and hiking. See more at fernietrails.com.