The Foundation

Helping those who seek adventure, positivity and dedicated work


About the Foundation

In March of 2014, 31-year-old Aaron Karitis was caught in an avalanche near the Kicking Horse Valley, west of Haines, while guiding heli-skiing clients. His passion and drive for life continue to inspire those who knew him. His family and friends hope to reach those who maybe didn’t know Aaron, but hold some of the characteristics Aaron valued so much: integrity, loyalty, ambition and passion. The foundation supports two scholarships to honor Aaron’s life. The first is an annual contribution to the Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation in Bend, Oregon to award a deserving athlete within the organization each year. The second is to establish an endowment scholarship at the University of Utah. This scholarship will be available to students who meet a set criteria, are enrolled within the university’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism program and who are seeking financial assistance to study abroad. Aaron believed strongly in the value of international travel; that while experiencing different cultures, one gains unique perspectives and personal growth. Through supporting promising young skiers in Aaron’s home town and ambitious students at his alma mater in Utah, the Aaron Karitis Foundation keeps Aaron’s legacy where it belongs: in the mountains.

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For more information regarding the foundation and it's operations, please contact Sean Powell at 541-390-4572 or email him at:

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