To enter the essay contest, submit an essay 700-1000 words in length that is a gift to other women in the backcountry ski community. We’re looking for pieces of writing that inspire others, share the love of backcountry skiing, the feeling of the wilderness, tech tips, travel tips, and more. Suggested Topics include Storytelling; Technique Tips & Destination Tips or Packing Lists. Below are some prompts to describe the types of essays we’re looking for and to help get your ideas flowing. If your essay is selected, it may be posted on the Backcountry Babes Blog!
1. Storytelling Prompts: A time when you overcame challenge in the outdoors. A time when a friend or mentor helped you through a situation in the outdoors. A time when you learned a life lesson while in the backcountry. A cultural life lesson learned on an international (or domestic!) adventure. What wilderness means to you. A conservation project you were involved in. Trip leading young people in the outdoors. A non-profit org that is meaningful to you. An epic mistake or an epic narrowly avoided. A risk management near miss. An avalanche accident; or one that was avoided with good decision making or just good luck. Think: The Slide Podcast. Think: Dirtbag Diaries. Think: The Moth. Example: Dear Backcountry Babes….
2. Technique Tips: Steps to get started on a Ski Guide Certification? What’s it like to be an AIARE course instructor? Top 5 backcountry ski tips. What are some unusual ski touring tips you have? Five things you should know before your first British Columbia Ski Trip. 10 things you should know before you first Colorado Hut Trip. Tips for transitioning into splitboard set up for the first time. “What is backcountry skiing?? A guide for the pure beginner.” Winter Backcountry Safety Tips. What to keep in your car all ski season long. Best Backcountry Ski Outfit of All Time. What really goes in your backcountry backpack? Best Podcasts to Listen to On Your Drive to the Mountains
3. Destination Tips or Local Beta: Share some of your favorite tips from a ski destination you visited lately. How to Backcountry Ski South America. Or Think Locally: Best local coffee shop to check the avy forecast in, best trailheads for backcountry skiing, local’s perspective on an avalanche path, most affordable and best places for post-ski meals. An example from one of our Lead AIARE course instructors: Sarah’s Trip Report on New Zealand An example from a Backcountry Babe’s trip to Japan Five Things You Should Know for your First Ski Trip to Hokkaido, Japan
1. Choose a prompt from above. (Name the prompt you used in your application)
2. Share your story in an essay 700-1100 words long. Winning essays will read as a gift to others in the community and have the spirit of giving back.
3. Include 1, 2 or 3 original photos that accompany your story.
4. Email your final version to firstname.lastname@example.org when you submit your application below.
5: Optional, post a photo to go with your story on instagram and #Backcountry Babes. That way we can include your photo if your essay is published.
We may publish entires on our blog on Backcountry Babes.com; facebook, instagram or other accounts.
Please respect that the money for these scholarships was raised by the goodness of many others and lots of fundraising efforts. We have a limited number of small scholarship to offer.
The scholarship will be awarded toward the cost of attendance to one of our avalanche courses. We fundraise and absorb the extra costs not met by our fundraising through our program, therefore we cannot give scholarships to people wanting to attend courses at other organizations. Preference will be given to those women with financial need who describe their meaningful contributions to their communities.
Please apply at least 3 weeks prior to the course that you intend to take. We aim to notify scholarship recipients 2 weeks before their course.
Value of scholarships may vary depending on current applicant pool, available funding, and quality of application determined by Backcountry Babes. Please don’t tell us you need a scholarship because your brand new backcountry set up was very expensive. We want to hear about you, and what makes you unique, so please don’t copy and paste any part of our scholarship directions into your responses.
We are exploring creative ways to support the mothers in our courses, both instructors and students. If you are interested in volunteering for childcare on a different weekend than your course takes place, please note that in your application. Your answer to this question will not affect your scholarship.
We are also looking for volunteers to help in our fundraising efforts for our scholarship program. If you are interested in attending avalanche conferences, backcountry galas, slideshows and film festivals on behalf of Backcountry Babes, please let us know in the application. Again, your answer to this question will not affect your scholarship.