Blog Post Submissions & Directions:
To enter the blog post contest, submit a blog 700-1000 words in length that is a gift to other women in the backcountry ski community. We’re looking for original pieces of writing that inspire others, share the love of backcountry skiing, the feeling of the wilderness, tech tips, travel tips, and more. Below are some prompts to describe the types of essays we’re looking for and to help get your ideas flowing. Hints for getting your essay selected: Write about something you know well, write about something you love, and write something that is a useful information and giving to others who are getting started backcountry skiing, splitboarding etc. If your piece is selected, it may be posted on the Backcountry Babes Blog.
1. Technique Tips:
Invent your own technique tip blog, or use one of our suggested topics here: Top 5 backcountry ski tips. Steps to get started on a Ski Guide Certification. What’s it like to be an AIARE course instructor? 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. Winter Backcountry Safety Tips. What to keep in your car all ski season long. How to layer clothing for the backcountry. Best Podcasts to Listen to On Your Drive to the Mountains. Top 10 things I learned in my AIARE Level 1 Course.
2. Destination Tips or Local Beta:
Share some of your favorite tips from a ski destination you visited lately. Give people tools and tips to plan their own trips. For example: How to Backcountry Ski South America. Think Locally: Best local coffee shop to check the avy forecast in. Best Trailheads for Backcountry Skiing. Most affordable and best places for post-ski meals. Tips for Parking & Public Transportation from a seasoned local. 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. Best places to park for backcountry trailheads in Summit County.
1. Choose a prompt based on the above suggestions. Write a blog about 700-1000 words long. Winning essays will read as a gift to others in the community with useful information. (We are not accepting personal narrative essays at this time.) Email your finished blog to [email protected]
2. Email us 3 original photos that accompany your blog. Must be full resolution, .jpg files. (They must be your own photos or you must have permission to give them to us so we can publish on our website and other outlets. Please name the photo location and photographer credits in the title of the .jpg)
3. Fill and submit our application below. Feel free to draft in a word editor and then copy and paste back into the form for submission.
We may publish entires on our blog on Backcountry Babes.com; facebook, instagram or other accounts. We may share entries with some of our sponsors, too!
4. We have a limited amount of partial scholarships available in the range of $25 to $125 off the cost of a course. If your scholarship application is selected, you will receive a partial refund after earning your AIARE Level 1 Certificate of Completion with Backcountry Babes. Please apply at least 4 weeks before your course so that we can have time to process scholarship applications.
Our scholarships are intended to support women who:
- Work to make a difference in their communities. Examples of past scholarship recipients include people who work at Adaptive Ski Centers, take students on field trips, work at English Language Learning Centers, teach ski school, work with underserved groups, volunteer at senior centers, and many more. We’re looking for applicants who share their love of skiing safely in the mountain with others and will spread the knowledge to groups they lead.
- Are career avalanche educators and Backcountry Babes instructors looking for partial financial assistance to take the next step in their training.
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 4 weeks prior to the course that you intend to take. We aim to notify scholarship recipients 2 weeks before their course.
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 or email [email protected] to look for season-long internship opportunities.