The Joe Philpott and Peter Carver Avalanche Scholarship aims to bring awareness and education to the backcountry skiing setting. As Durango natives Joe and Peter grew up around the San Juans Moutains and they were both adept and well traveled backcountry skiers. In 2013 in two separate, tragic events, Joe and Peter lost their lives to avalanches. Their families want to continue these young men's passion for snow safety and skiing through the scholarship.
We offer scholarships to AIARE Certified Level 1 classes in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Our recipients are dedicated to the community and they show this through service, volunteering, and using their education to make wise and informed decisions in the backcountry. We reserve a certain number of scholarships specifically for youth who show outstanding commitment to their education, community, and safety.