Scholarship available for local students

Principles, Superintendents, Coaches, Directors, Deans, Educators, and Staff,

Two years ago the White Mountain Avalanche Education Fund was established by the White Mountain National Forest’s Mount Washington Avalanche Center to educate kids in the Northeast about avalanches.  (See the link below for a full description.)  In this vein we are giving 15 scholarships to High School aged kids to this year’s Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop (ESAW) on November 10th.  We are focusing the awards towards students in the general White Mountain Region.  In particular, students of yours who have aspirations to take their sport into avalanche terrain in the upcoming years.  It is proven that getting to kids young, prevents avalanche accidents in the future.

The Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop was started not to be an avalanche class, but a higher level one day symposium that encompasses new science, useful practical skills for the field, and interesting presentations about avalanche problems around eastern North America.  High school students will not be bored, but a motivated individual eager to learn is the best candidate.  Based on response from the different schools we would like to spread out the opportunities across the region.  We may also be able to offer more scholarships depending on the normal registration numbers.

Please let me know if your school is interested in participating and how many scholarships you have interest in, up to 5 slots.  You know your students, their history, their motivations and desires best so we are leaving the selections for scholarship slots to your school and staff.  Once you let me know how many slots you are interested in (1-5) I will respond with how many are available for you.  To help perk their interests we will have some gear give-aways through the day and a number of commercial vendor booths in the evening.  See the general ESAW announcement below, our website and the avalanche fund specifics at

I look forward to meeting your kids!

Christopher  P. Joosen

Forest Safety Manager

Lead Snow Ranger/Director-Mount Washington Avalanche Center

White Mountain National Forest

603-466-2713 ext. 215

Location Finalized!

The final paperwork is complete. Grab your book bags and pencil boxed, this years 2012 ESAW event will be held at the John Fuller Elementary School. Plenty of parking, just around the corner from IME, and last years venue, the Mount Washington Observatory and Science Center. Directions are updated here. Spread the word, we’ve got more room this year, but space is filling up fast.

Thank you sponsors!

As we get closer and closer to November 10th, more and more folks are registering and more sponsors are coming forward to get behind us. We just added a page for our sponsors . There is going to be a silent auction at the end of the event and the list of gear being donated by these guys is impressive. Once the learning is over, we will be moving over to International Mountain Equipment. Like last year you’ll be able to enjoy a cold beverage and get to see, close up, some of the new gear out there from BD, Viole, Ortovox and the rest of our sponsors. More to come about the silent auction and the goodies to be had.