RECAP: Pray For Snow

Article by Sarah Boisen, Southeast Ambassador

SheJumps joined REI Washington DC at their Flagship store to properly kick off the impending snowy season with a Pray for Snow extravaganza! After dusting off their gnarliest neon 80’s ski garb and freshening up their signature “snow dance” moves, thousands of attendees humming, “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” came together to celebrate winter’s arrival.

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REI and Ballast Point Brewing generously donated all proceeds from beer sales to fund future outdoor opportunities for our Jumpers!

With countless vendor booths scattered throughout the store, attendees were able to gather some serious swag to add to their winter gear collections. Vendor booths ranged from waxing stations to screen and poster printing to Atari competitions and of course, plenty of delicious drinks and food. The Girafficorns were out in full force and had a fantastic time sharing the SheJumps stoke and connecting with other females about future outdoor opportunities!

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Girafficorns Nina and Katie were all neon smiles!

For those eager for a preview of some mountain magic, two screenings of the latest Teton Gravity Research film were shown to help satiate riders until the resorts begin spinning their lifts. Those feeling exceptionally confident were able to rock their retro garb in a best-dressed fashion show sponsored by Osprey Packs.

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What could be better than getting to break out the old 80’s ski garb?

REI and Ballast Point Brewing generously donated the evening’s proceeds from beer sales to SheJumps to help fund future initiatives aimed at increasing the participation of women and girls in the outdoors! We couldn’t be more grateful for the immense love and support this community has shown to our newest SheJumps region and are thrilled to bring more local opportunities to our gals!

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Girafficorns Jasmine and Layla were all smiles when passing out delicious brews and SheJumps stoke!

A tremendous thank you to the sponsors, vendors and individuals who have rallied around us, stay tuned to the Southeast Regional calendar for upcoming events!

 

SheJumps Get The Girls Out Berkshire East Feb 3rd

She Jumps is excited to have our 6th Annual Get The Girls Out at Berkshire East on Saturday night Feburary 3rd! Join us for another night of fun on the slopes. This for all women, all ages, all abilities, all snow enthusiasts, skiers, and snowboarders! Although we are not providing lessons we will be splitting up to groups based on ability to be able to provide a fun & safe event for all. Bring your brightest ski gear, glow sticks and tutus!

Tickets- Click here to get your ticket

TimeIine:

4:30pm- 4:45 pm – Pick up your tickets and get ready to hit the slopes.
5:00 pm – Welcome meeting in the lodge. Group ski/ride meet up and skinning meet up.
7:00 – Warm up and Raffle
7:30 – Group meet up. Lifts run until 10 pm.
Meet up afterwards in the Crazy Horse Lounge for food and beverages to be purchased on your own.

What to wear:
The ideal clothing allows for unrestricted movement and comfort while skiing. Dress in layers to allow you to quickly and easily regulate your temperature. Modern, breathable fabrics such as
polyester, nylon or wool blends breathe well and don’t absorb sweat. Avoid cotton as it will keep you cold once it gets wet. Make sure to wear or bring clothing that will protect you from the elements: a cold wind or wet snow can quickly chill an unprepared skier.

If you are planning on skinning up please bring a head lamp.

What to expect: Although we are not providing lessons we will be splitting up to groups based on ability to be able to provide a fun safe event for all.

SheJumps Resort To the Backcountry with AMC-NH Skiers Jan 27th

Join the Appalachian Mountain Club and SheJumps for an introduction to backcountry skiing at Mount Cardigan. With an Appalachian Mountain Club-owned lodge at the mountain’s base and many beginner-friendly trails, Mount Cardigan is the perfect place to learn the basics of backcountry alpine skiing in a non-judgmental, female-friendly space. Join female ski leaders from the AMC-NH Ski Committee to learn all the foundations for backcountry skiing. Rental gear information will be provided, all participants are responsible for obtaining their own gear ahead of the event.

Update- This event is now filled to capacity! Thank you for your interest! If you would like to be added to our wait list, please email Margaret Brumsted mabrumsted@hotmail.com and Jaimee Rondeau jaimeerondeau@gmail.com with “BC Waitlist” in the subject line.

 

Thank You! A Decade of SheJumps: 10 Year Anniversary Bash Recap

We had a blast on Friday, November 3 for our 10 year Anniversary Party! We raised $25,000! Check out what our executive director, Claire Smallwood, had to say about it. Congratulations to the winner of the Golden Ticket, Becca White. Thank you to Ryan French for all photography (@rlfrench) 

Ten years ago if you would have asked Vanessa, Lynsey or myself, “Where do you think you’ll be in 10 years?” I’m sure you would have gotten some very different answers. Part of what made SheJumps happen in the first place were these differing opinions, views, and ambitions. Either way, the fact that we actually did just celebrate our 10 year anniversary has us thinking—what do we know now that we wished we’d known then?

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The 3 Co-Founders (left to right): Claire Smallwood, Lynsey Dyer, Vanessa Pierce

The answer to that question is (in my opinion at least) never underestimate the passion of the community. Looking back over the highs and lows from the last decade from the high perch of a celebration, it’s easy to forget about all the obstacles we have faced, and on Friday, November 3, 2017: we were definitely on top of the mountain.

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Our setup crew! Claire’s mom came to surprise her for the Anniversary Party

Our 10 year anniversary party was a huge success thanks to our dedicated staff, volunteers, and supporters. It actually snowed (!) in Seattle on the day of the party, making travel difficult for people. Despite the inclement weather, we had more than 200 people arrive to the Seattle Bouldering Project to support us and ring in a new decade.

I want to take a moment to acknowledge one of our team members, Christy Pelland. Without Christy’s round-the-clock work, we would never have been able to get the graphics realized for this party. We had colorful banners depicting all of our programs and 10 year highlights and milestones. We had a lot of other people who poured their heart and soul into this party—thank you so much to our ENTIRE team. You all played a part in our party’s success! I’d also like to thank Carly Driscoll for stepping in on the day-of so I could enjoy the evening and be thoroughly off-duty!

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Ski Carry Showdown with K2 Skis

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Learning where we came from and where we are headed

 

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Huge thank you to all companies who donated raffle prizes!

We had 3 different raffle drawings featuring prizes from incredible and generous companies: ABOM, Arc’teryx, Big Agnes, Crystal Mountain, Dakine, Deviation, Goal Zero, GoPro, Gordini, Harmony Brewing, Hestra, K2, Keen, Krimson Klover, Marmot, Mervin, Mountain Khakis, Mountain Madness, Mtn Logic, Outdoor Research, Petzl, PURL Wax, REI, Rumpl, RYU Gear, Smith, Steven’s Pass, Sunski, Toad & Co, Voilé, Western Rise, The Depot Restaurant in Ilwaco, Mercato Restaurant, Anthony’s on the Water, the North Jetty Brewing co., Skookum Surf, and Ocean View B&B.

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SheJumps Storywalk

 

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Silent Auction thanks to the American Fundraising Foundation

 

We had a team of more than 25 volunteers present at the event to help with registration, selling raffle tickets, serving tacos, pouring beer (Thanks Harmon Brewing!), and of course: administering the K2 Ski Carry contest.

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Just the day before, we also gained an incredible new partner for all of our outdoor education programs: Outdoor Research!

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Outdoor Research “Draw Your Dream Adventure” Contest

Our hearts were full after the event, and although we were very tired, we feel enthused and proud of our organization. We are honored to have you in our community and know we would not be here without you.

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Wild Skills Area sponsored by Big Agnes

Moving forward, we are excited to be unveiling a new strategic plan in the coming month, as well as a new website within the year. As we grow and move forward, we will never forget our roots. We would be nowhere without our event attendees, our donors, our Girafficorn-hat-wearing-fans, our board of directors, our INCREDIBLE volunteer team, and of course: mother nature.

Here’s to another decade of SheJumps, complete with all the challenges, rivers, peaks, valleys, obstacles, tacos (duh!), and support from our diverse community: YOU!

—Claire Smallwood, Executive Director & Co-Founder

 

SheJumps Launches In Steamboat with Women’s Fly-fishing Clinic

Written by: Jean-Marie Bousquet

It’s no secret that men have always dominated the fly-fishing world. Women for a long time have been the minority in this field. The industry is fortunate to now have female pioneers like Camille Egdorf, Maddie Brenneman, and April Vokey paving a new path. Thanks to these female leaders, we are now seeing a significant increase of women who want to become involved in fly-fishing.

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Photo by David Reilly

It’s not that we have anything against the boys, or that great male guides and anglers don’t exist, because they most definitely do! There is something special about fly-fishing with fellow lady anglers, whether they are your closest friends or just meeting for the first time, maybe it’s the endless laughs, inappropriate jokes and sense of comradery that comes from a male dominated industry. Or maybe it is knowing that we are making an impact for future female anglers to come.

Photo by David Reilly

Photo by David Reilly

With the help of non-profits such as SheJumps, an organization that offers women the chance to learn about the outdoors alongside other women, and the support of local fly shops, the opportunities are becoming more readily available.

Recently, I had the opportunity to guide a Women’s-only Intro to Fly-fishing events. Long-time Steamboat local and SheJumps Ambassador, Laraine Martin, partnered with Alice Teasar, an avid angler herself and Steamboat Fly Fisher employee, to gather a group of four knowledgeable and passionate female anglers to share their love for fly-fishing.  Registration opened exactly one month prior to the event date. Flyers were hung and media posts blasted to social feeds. Just 72 short hours later, the event was full. With 30 participants and an even longer waiting list.

Photo by David Reilly

Photo by David Reilly

Living in the mountains of Colorado above 6,000 feet, is a sure way to guarantee unpredictable weather, especially in October. Sure enough, the night before the event we received rain, snow and howling winds. Seasoned anglers typically don’t mind a little bit of weather, it makes for better fishing. But, 25 inexperienced anglers attempting to cast their fly rods for the first time in the wind left me with the painful image of pulling hooks out skin. I settled in for the night, with the wood stove crackling awaiting what I hoped would be a warm and sunny morning.

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Photo by David Reilly

I awoke the next morning to the valley covered in a fresh blanket of snow. The air was chilled, but the skies were clear and calm. As I pulled out of my drive way and headed for town, I was stunned by sight of crimson red and orange leaves peeking through the snow. I arrived at Steamboat Flyfisher, just before 8am. I met up we rest of the guide crew, all excitedly waiting to begin the day. Thanks to the rain or shine mentality from our fearless leaders – Laraine and Alice – the event was underway!

Within the first five minutes of introductions at the event, the mission was clear. These women wanted one thing: independence. While there were quite a few “never evers” at the event, many of the attendee’s had been fly-fishing before either with a guide or their significant others. However, many of them had not been taught how to set up their own rigs or which flies to use, when and why. They wanted to feel confident and able to fly fish alone. They asked questions like “Which flies do I use, when, why and how?” and “How do I properly catch and release a fish?”

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Photo by David Reilly

The day was structured around classroom sessions in the morning at Steamboat’s local community fly shop, Steamboat Fly-fisher. During our morning education sessions, we covered gear, reading water, knots, and entomology. During the afternoon, the women practiced casting techniques and then hit the water. By noon, it was time to leave the comforting warmth of Steamboat Flyfisher and brave the cold on the river. The energy in room, as we geared up to hit the water was nothing short of contagious, I watched as many women enthusiastically shared their recently discovered flies and helped each other deciding what to rig up with first.

Photo by David Reilly

Photo by David Reilly

We arrived to what would be our stomping grounds for the day – ascenic stretch of the Yampa river which boasts awe-inspiring views of Mt. Werner. We secured spots along the river and checked to make sure everyone was rigged up properly. It wasn’t long before we needed our nets. The emotions ranged from excitement, to panic, to confusion and back to excitement as fish were caught. I could feel my grin reaching ear to ear. I don’t know what is more exciting, catching your first fish or watching others catch theirs.

Fish Flop! Photo by David Reilly

Fish Flop! Photo by David Reilly

Not only did I get to spend time introducing women to my passion that consumes my every thought, but I was also introduced to incredible women that, despite living in the same community, I had never met. Although we were all seeking independence, ultimately, we discovered something just as meaningful. We found community. Despite living in the same town for several years, I met some amazing anglers who I fully intend to call during the next hatch.

Photo by David Reilly

Photo by David Reilly

Big shout out to all of the sponsor who made this event possible, Steamboat Flyfisher, Redington Drunken Onion, Big Agnes, Smartwool, Kleen Kanteen, JanSport, Rep Your Water, Simms, Krimson Klover, Grass Sticks, EcoLips, Treeline Coffee Roasters, Mountain Khakis, Western Rise, Freshies. This event would not have been possible without your support!

Photo by David Reilly

Photo by David Reilly

About Jean-Marie Bousquet
A Colorado native, Jean-Marie is all about the Mountain lifestyle. She has combined her enthusiasm for the written word with fly-fishing. When she’s not behind the desk at Smartwool, Jean can be found sipping on a good cup of coffee, fly-fishing or cooking up a gourmet meal over a campfire.

Featured Photo by Jean-Marie Bousquet

Pretty Faces Showing at Ski Chalet in Enumclaw – Recap

It was a dark and stormy night on October 19th, when a small but hardy group of girafficorns made their way to the Chalet Theatre in Enumclaw, WA for a “Back by Popular Demand” showing of “Pretty Faces, Girafficorn Picnic”.

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Montucky Cold Snacks is an awesome new partner who provided refreshments in addition to the normal theatre fare.  We all started off the season of winter stoke with laughs, applause and appreciation for the awesome skiing and fun that is Unicorn Picnic!

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Apre’ film there was raffle swag galore provided by Elysian Brewing and Crystal Mountain Ski Resort who are both so supportive of our local Shejumps events!   Thank you to all who turned out, we look forward to partnering with the Chalet Theatre for many more events!

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Tacoma Ambassador 

Cheryl Kochevar

 

SheJumps + RVA Ski Movie 6

The Southeast Region of SheJumps is super excited to partner with RVA Ski Movie for it’s 6th annual event on December 7th at the iconic Firehouse Theatre in Richmond. SheJumps reps will be manning a table during the showing of legendary film maker Warren Miller’s new ski epic, “Line of Descent”. Door prizes will keep the stoke high along with a shout out to SheJumps…so don’t miss it. Tickets are $14 for the 6:00PM and 9:00PM showings and can be bought here.

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SheJumps Get The Girls Out Ski and Ride Day Stowe Mountain Dec 9th

Join SheJumps as the ladies take over Stowe Mountain Resort Ski and Snowboard Day. We’re putting together a fun day including discounted lift tickets, Mountainfest Demo day, a chance for a professional action photo, and time to meet ladies from all over New England. Help us kick off the 2017-2018 winter season and start growing your crew to play with for the season! Tutus, and costumes encouraged! Additionally, all who register will receive a complimentary girafficorn sticker. Sweet raffle prizes and Ugly Sweater Contest.

Pre-registration is required.

Where: Stowe Mountain Resort 7416 Mountain rd. Stowe, VT 05672

When: December 9, 2017 8am-4pm 8AM meetup at the Mansfield Lodge “Den” for vouchers and raffle prize viewing

Ticket information for Eventbrite  $10 online registration to reserve your $76 voucher(Voucher to be paid at Stowe) season pass holders must register for $10

Click here to register for Stowe ticket voucher.

Save the Date: LADIES AVY AWARENESS NIGHT @ Teton County SAR 11/28/17

Join SheJumps and the Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute for our annual Ladies Avalanche Awareness clinic on Tuesday, November 28, from 6-9pm at the Teton County WY-Search and Rescue Facility in Jackson, WY.

This ever-popular event is excellent opportunity for women of the Tetons to come together in an open,comfortable and empowering environment to discuss the basics of avalanche safety. Whether you are just embarking on our avalanche education or are simply looking for a refresher as we begin the backcountry season, this is a great clinic for the women of our community to kick off their winter safely, share information, and meet new ski partners.

We encourage ladies to sign up well in advance–this awesome event will sell out! Due to event popularity, ticket refunds cannot be offered.

CLICK HERE to sign up!

For more information, contact Betsy Manero (betsy.manero@gmail.com) or Lauren Hugo (lhugo@shejumps.org)

 

Pray For Snow Party at REI DC

Come get rad with SheJumps and REI DC as we celebrate winter’s arrival by bringing back the 80’s! Dig out your gnarliest neon onesie and help us summon the snow with a night of with beer, music, free giveaways, and a film by Teton Gravity Research! If you’re feeling exceptionally confident, come rock your retro garb for a chance to win best-dressed in our fashion show.

This event is FREE, but space is limited, so be sure to sign up with REI by following this link. We’re stoked to see you there!

Join the Facebook event to get the latest updates!

Contact: Sarah Boisen – sarah.boisen@gmail.com