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Bursary

The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club (FT&STC) offers a bursary program with the goal of promoting avalanche safety and awareness in the Elk Valley and to assist individuals who are pursuing a career in the avalanche industry.

Awards of up to $1000 are available to successful applicants for the purpose of introductory Avalanche Safety Training courses (AST) or a Canadian Avalanche Association Industry Training Program Level I or II.

Applicants must submit a letter which outlines their experience in the winter back country, their interest in the avalanche phenomenon and their personal or professional goals with respect to avalanche safety.

Applications should be directed to fernietrails@fernie.com. Preference will be given to locals or those who have shown a commitment to living and working in the Fernie area.

The FT&STC was incorporated in 1993 and its goal is to maintain responsible, non-motorized trail and ski access on Fernie and surrounding area Crown lands and private lands. The organization also maintains and manages backcountry cabins for winter touring and hiking.

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