Thank you for your interest in the Nyle Mulkey Chose Bluebird Day Foundation (NMCBDF). 

In preparation for another wonderful winter in the backcountry, the NMCBDF is pleased to offer tomorrow’s backcountry stewards, educators and guides financial assistance to help them in meeting their educational and certification goals. 

This winter, in order to receive a link to our application for funding, you must first be recommended to us by a backcountry industry professional as a worthy candidate for our support.

We are currently in the process of contacting several of the backcountry organizations operating in the West Kootenay region in the hopes of finding our ideal candidates.

It is our sincerest hope that all successful candidates will make a positive difference in the world we live in and will be leaders in the industry; demonstrating exceptional skills, compassion and wisdom in their work.

For more information please contact: 


Updated August 2019

To be eligible for the NMCBDF funding, applicants must:

  • be a Canadian Citizen
  • reside in the West Kootenay Region 
  • be between the ages of 19 and 35
  • be actively pursuing a career in the backcountry (ie: guide, avalanche tech, etc)
  • demonstrate a need for financial assistance
  • demonstrate a deep commitment to protecting the backcountry and those who recreate in it
  • have completed AST 1 & AST 2 
  • provide a letter of support from an industry professional