EDGE Scholarships Will Be Announced November 15!
EDGE Advanced Instructor Training Scholarship recipients will be announced next Monday, November 15.
Developed in partnership between EDGE Outdoors and Deb Armstrong – a former World Cup alpine ski racer, Olympic gold medalist, and PSIA Alpine Team alumna – the EDGE Advanced Instructor Training Scholarships will offer a five-day advanced alpine training clinic for Black, Indigenous, Women of Color (including Trans Women of Color or Genderqueer) who are underrepresented in snowsports.
Deb will lead and facilitate the EDGE Advanced Certification Program at Taos Ski Valley Jan. 31 through Feb. 4, 2022. EDGE scholarship recipients will be assessed to the professional knowledge, skiing, and teaching performance standards for Level II and III as described in the PSIA Alpine Certification Standards.
EDGE Outdoors said the initiative was created to address the invisibility of Black, Indigenous, Women of Color in snowsports, and that the lack of inclusion in snowsports is directly related to past discriminatory law at the local, state, and federal levels designed to exclude Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color from mountain spaces.
EDGE founder Annette Diggs said in this article in the Fall 2021 Issue of 32 Degrees, “Many Black, Indigenous, People of Color grow up without knowledge, access, resources, or role models who look like them and can show them that skiing is something they can do. EDGE Outdoors wants to change that for the next generation.”
Scholarships will be given to cultivate inclusivity, bestow equity and justice, promote the normalization of Black and Brown bodies on mountain spaces, and create a community of Women of Color that can thrive and lead.