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Kate Devine, a mountain guide certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, leads a group of women practicing efficient avalanche rescue techniques in the Selkirks, British Columbia, in 2015. A fully-paid Avalanche Institute of America course is among the scholarship opportunities the Jackson Hole Babe Force is providing this year.

There’s a group in town whose sole purpose is to get women outdoors, and a quickly growing scholarship program looks to ensure that purpose is fulfilled for Jackson Hole women.

The Jackson Hole Babe Force is a nonprofit that aims to empower women to seek adventure in the mountains. Its scholarship program was launched in 2015 when it awarded two women the funds to complete avalanche education courses. In 2018-19 its impact increased dramatically with 28 scholarships awarded.

This year Babe Force is partnering with a number of community organizations for its scholarship offerings, including Teton County Search and Rescue and Coombs Outdoors.

“We feel fortunate to be leveraging the power of partnerships with our 2019-20 scholarship opportunities,” Babe Force board member Laurie Stern said in a news release. “It has been incredible to see the impact that we can have when we work together.”

This year’s round of scholarship opportunities include avalanche courses, mom gatherings, backcountry skills, a ski and snowboard camp and open-ended choose-your-own-activity opportunities.

For more information about scholarships and to apply, visit JacksonHoleBabeForce.com/scholarships. The deadline for applications is Nov. 27. The scholarship winner will be announced at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Roadhouse Tap Room.

Below is a description of the scholarships.

Avalanche level 1 course: This scholarship includes a fully paid spot in an avalanche level 1 course through the Avalanche Institute of America. Twelve scholarships will be awarded. The course will be held March 20-23 in Jackson.

Choose your own education: This open-ended scholarship allows applicants to choose what course, class or other seminar they want to participate in, with the scholarship covering the costs. The funding and number of scholarships awarded is dependent on the applications received.

Choose your own adventure: The proposed adventure can be almost anything that aligns with the Babe Force’s values of pushing comfort zones, trying new things and becoming more knowledgeable in the mountains. The funding and number of scholarships awarded depends on the applications received.

Rad mom gathering: This scholarship is an opportunity for moms to connect with other women while advancing their skiing abilities. Four “Rad Mom” scholarships will be awarded with recipients receiving a a day of skiing with accomplished freeskiier Crystal Wright on Jan. 19.

Arc’teryx Academy: One scholarship will provide a fully paid spot in the Arc’teryx Academy on Feb. 6-9. The program consists of an intro to ski mountaineering course, a half-day of crevasse rescue training and a day-long guided tour in Grand Teton National Park. Courses and training are held at Snow King or in Grand Teton National Park.

Fall line camp: This opportunity is for girls ages 12 to 17. Two scholarships will provide spots in Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s fall line camp this winter with dates yet to be determined. The camp provides three days of skill building and free riding with youth coaches at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

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