Calling all lady shredders (and aspiring lady shredders):
The deadline to apply for Jackson Hole Babe Force scholarships for the Winter 2020-21 season is this Wednesday.
Since 2015, the nonprofit Babe Force has provided area women with financial assistance and encouragement to participate in education and training that will “help them become smarter, stronger and more confident in the mountains,” a press release from the group said.
The program started small, but last year its helped 50 women gain new skills and training in both the summer and winter.
This winter, in partnership with Teton County Search and Rescue, the American Avalanche Institute and Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, the Babe Force has 28 scholarships to award to women looking to learn more about avalanches and snow safety, and to start or continue their skiing training.
The bulk of the awards will be for discounted Avalanche Level I certifications, with each recipient paying $100 for the class.
The American Avalanche Institute and Jackson Hole Mountain Guides will each put on a 12-person course in February, both made up entirely of Babe Force scholarship honorees.
The focus on avalanche education is due in part to the expected boom in backcountry skiing this year.
“With all eyes on the backcountry this season,” Babe Force board President Laurie Stern said in the press release, “our 2020-21 scholarship program seeks to maximize the number of savvy and safe women we can put into in the backcountry.”
The other four scholarships available are for the “Rad Mom” program, a day of skiing with Babe Force co-founder Crystal Wright and board member Lauren Roux.