White Mountain Avalanche Education Foundation Youth Introduction to Backcountry Skiing & Avalanche Course Application
On Saturdays, February 23rd and March 9th Blake Keogh, Beth Swartz & Geoff Wilson of the White Mountain Avalanche Education Foundation will lead an a workshop on Introduction to Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Awareness course for middle school and high school teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18. This course is in partnership with Synnott Mountain Guides. This course is designed for skiers and riders who are looking to gain basic information and skills on how to travel safely in the backcountry. This class will serve as a precursor to the full AIARE level 1 course. Our goal is to share our enthusiasm for backcountry skiing with the next generation of riders in order to provide a solid foundation from which they can begin fun, rewarding and safe careers. The White Mountain Avalanche Education Foundation strives to provide avalanche awareness and education of the youth and wilderness rescuers of the White Mountain region and those visiting this unique landscape.

Students interested in the course should fill out the application below by January 31, 2019.

The course will provide avalanche rescue gear (beacon, shovel, probe). Selected participants will be notified by February 9th and are responsible for providing their own:

Ski/snowboard outerwear and baselayers
Helmet /goggles
Backcountry skis, skins, boots and poles
These can be rented from many shops throughout New England.
Food and water

Instructor Bios:

Blake Keogh is the outdoor experience coordinator, psychology teacher, and high school advisor at the Waynflete School in Portland, ME. He is also an AIARE Level 1 course instructor with Acadia Mountain Guides. The majority of Blake’s season is spent skiing on Mt. Washington, however, he is also lucky enough to spend time each season skiing in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, exploring new lines to ski on Cascade Volcanoes and Rocky Mountain steeps. Currently, Blake is in the midst of completing his AIARE Level 3 certification and is looking forward to beginning the AMGA ski guide development program.

Beth Swartz is a Spanish Teacher at Richmond Middle School in Hanover, NH. Beth spent most of 2013-early 2015 as the Appalachian Mountain Club’s caretaker at Hermit Lake at Tuckerman Ravine where she spent many a day honing in her Avalanche skills. In addition to skiing around Mt. Washington and the Presidentials, she has skied lines on Mt. Katahdin, Quebec’s Chic Chocs and many volcanoes in California, Oregon & Washington, where she excitedly skied the Fuhrer Finger on Mt. Rainier last April! She has her AIARE Levels 1 and 2 and is an EMT and Wilderness First Responder.

Both Blake and Beth are founding board members of the White Mountain Avalanche Education Foundation

Please fill out this form and thoughtfully answer the questions below as to why you should be selected to participate in a youth avalanche awareness course on Mount Washington. Students interested in the course should fill out the application by January 31, 2019. If you have any questions, you can contact the White Mountain Avalanche Education Foundation (avalanchefoundation@gmail.com).

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