Every year, the Kizaki-Wolf AIARE Scholarship supports outstanding outdoor professionals in furthering their avalanche education and teaching skills. This scholarship provides full or partial tuition for an Instructor Training Course, Course Leader Training Course or PRO 1 or PRO 2 course.
Sporting a rare triple-citizenship, Aidan is a traveler and seeker of adventure. In the latter half of his life, Aidan called the mountains of Colorado home and grew to explore these backyard rugged peaks. Aidan feels most at home in cold winter environments with something sharp strapped to his feet. Whether it is a pair of skis or crampons, Aidan is in a continual search for aesthetic climbs and descents in our Rocky Mountain. Working as an educator, he has learned the necessity of equitable education as a tool for creating compassionate, and knowledgeable leaders with a capacity for critical thinking. As a recipient of the Kizaki-Wolf scholarship, Aidan wants to continue his work in equitable education and work towards bringing avalanche education to traditionally underserved populations.
Aidan’s Application Video:
Born and raised in the Sonoran Desert, Taylor was always dreaming of snow. Her passion for skiing exploded when she moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, where she explored the San Francisco Peaks and taught kids how to ski at AZ Snowbowl. Taylor then moved to the Pacific Northwest, where she’s been working and playing on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. She has spent the last two winters on skis at Olympic National Park. As a winter ranger she promoted backcountry safety and education, and worked closely with the Northwest Avalanche Center to improve forecasts in her area. Taylor hopes to continue working outdoors and in the ski community. She plans to become an AIARE Instructor so she can help teach people, especially women, about safe travel in avalanche terrain. The Kizaki-Wolf Scholarship has put her a step closer to this goal by funding her PRO 1 course. Taylor would not be skiing the lines she does today if not for all the women who broke trail before her. She is grateful for their dedication and is excited to pass on their spirit to the next generation.
Abby is passionate about creating rewarding, positive experiences for people in the wilderness, and in so doing, inspiring them to become good stewards of the environment. She moved to northern New England to explore and work as an environmental advocate after her thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2011. She returned to the White Mountains after thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017. When she’s not working as a land conservation consultant she is a backcountry ski guide in New Hampshire and Lake Tahoe, a sea kayak guide in Casco Bay, and a hiking guide in northern Maine. She volunteers as a member of the Maine Pine Tree Search and Rescue Team and is a registered Maine Guide and Wilderness First Responder.
Abby’s Wrap Up Video:
Hi, I’m Madeline. Ski-mountaineering and I are going steady. I grew up ski racing on ice in theMid-West with glimpses of westward powder here and there. Earning my turns opened up new aspects to the sport of skiing I never knew could be so appealing. The meditation I experience while in the mountains is hard to match elsewhere. I am a professional ski patroller at Sunlight Resort in Glenwood Springs, CO as well as an avalanche educator. I love teaching backcountry 101 courses because, for some students, it’s the first time they have ever felt comfortable enough to speak up in their group, break trail for the first time, or lead a beacon check at the beginning of the day. I get to watch people who were followers become leaders in a matter of a few hours. Avalanche courses are both priceless and empowering. As a She Jumps volunteer, I am able to organize events in my local area that helps to educate women on backcountry decision making and travel. I am AIARE 2 and OEC (Outdoor Emergency Care) certified. I am excited that AIARE has helped sponsor my career path by affording me the opportunity to take an ITC (Instructor Training Course). I am currently pursuing an independent study while volunteering with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center focusing on the development of ground-level crystal structures, “depth hoar”, and how they impact avalanche propagation and recreational travel. I would eventually like to go back to school to pursue a PhD in snow science and this is a potential research topic for me to explore.
Madeline’s Application Video: