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Avalanche eduation scholarship will honor Sandpoint man

Sandpoint native Doug Abromeit worked for the U.S. Forest Service and was instramental in starting the National Avalanche Center. The Idaho Panhandle  Avalanche Center has created an avalanche education scholarship in his memory. Abromeit died in fall of 2013. (courtesy)
Sandpoint native Doug Abromeit worked for the U.S. Forest Service and was instramental in starting the National Avalanche Center. The Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center has created an avalanche education scholarship in his memory. Abromeit died in fall of 2013. (courtesy)

WINTER SPORTS -- Friends of the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center are sponsoring an avalanche education scholarship in memory of Doug Abromeit, a Sandpoint native who was instrumental in starting the National Avalanche Center.  Abromeit died last fall.

” We will send one student a year to a Level 1 avalanche class under the Doug Abromeit Avalanche Scholarship,” said Kevin Davis of the IPAC based in Sandpoint.  ”Doug was born and raised in Sandpoint and his family still resides here.  Doug retired from the Forest Service in 2011, last stationed in Ketchum, Idaho.”

The scholarship will be introduded at a special public program on Friday (Jan. 17), 4:30 p.m., at the Caribou Room in the Day Lodge at Schweitzer Mountain Resort.  Several presenters will highlight Abromeit’s contributions to avalanche education, the history of avalanche control in the USA, and development of the National Avalanche Center and the Idaho Panhandle center.




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