avalanche victim Ian Lamphere, inspiration for the International Avalanche Nest-Egg Fund

The International Avalanche Nest-Egg is a non-profit fund designed to support the children and families of avalanche victims, as well as provide educational and preventative services aimed at reducing avalanche fatalities worldwide.

History of the fund:
The IAN fund was founded in 2013 in loving memory of skier Ian Lamphere, who was killed in the Loveland Pass avalanche in April of that year. Over $40,000 was raised to support his fiancee and baby daughter Madelyn. Three short months later, the IAN fund was created to help others facing the same tragic and sudden sense of loss.

The IAN fund exists for all of the children and families who find themselves in the situation that Ian’s family has found  themselves in.  Our goal is to alleviate the stress surrounding a loved one’s death, in whatever form is best suited for a particular child and family.  This was the idea and desire of Ian Lamphere, Madelyn’s father and my love. My hope is that this fund not only serves to honor his legacy and help families but also serves as a sobering reminder to all of those who enjoy backcountry recreation: Be safe and make good decisions. There are people who love you and need you here on this earth.

– Elizabeth Lamphere