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Free Avalanche Education Weekend in Crested Butte

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Perpare for winter by applying for the 5th Annual Knox Frank Memorial Scholarship for Avalanche Education.

Knox Frank loved the mountains. He was an accomplished backcountry skier and mountaineer who always kept an easy smile and used his sense of humor to deliver an encouraging word while teaching others.

Frank died skiing with a group of friends in an avalanche in 2012. This scholarship honors Frank’s memory as a skier, community member, mentor, and friend. The chosen winner will receive a FREE avalanche education package in Frank’s beloved backcountry community of Crested Butte, Colo., including:

• Enrollment in any scheduled AIARE Level 1, Level 2, or Refresher Course with Crested Butte Mountain Guides
• Lodging from Irwin Outfitting
• Breakfast supplied by Gas Café
• Evening food and beverages provided by The Brick Oven Pizzeria and Pub
• Day pass to Crested Butte Nordic trails and rental Nordic gear

Scholarship qualifications:

Applicants are required to submit a short video (no more than three minutes) or an essay (no more than 2,000 words) describing who you are, your passion for the outdoors and for skiing, and how you will use your newfound knowledge to educate your community and/or friends. We also need to know:
• Where you live
• What course you are interested in 
• Your age (must be 18+)
• Telephone number

Upon completion of the course, the scholarship recipient will be required to provide the following:
• An essay about what you learned 
• Five pictures from the course
• A thank you note to the scholarship committee and sponsors

To apply, please send your essay or video application to: (subject: Knox Scholarship).

All applications are due on or before Dec. 31, 2016.

The winner will be announced Jan. 10, 2017, via telephone. All applicants and friends are invited to a party held in honor of Frank's birthday on Jan. 28, 2017, at The Brick Oven Pizzeria & Pub, 223 Elk Ave., Crested Butte, Colo.

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