GTGO Crystal Mountain 2019

TOTALLY BONKERS ALL-DAY PARTY SKI! That’s really all there is to say! This Get The Girls Out event was the largest in SheJumps’ history with 266 ladies of all ages registered and a après party to end all après parties!

This Get The Girls Out event had skill sessions, scavenger hunt, rider groups, snowshoe tour, a group hike of the King, Progressive Après Tour and more. We would not be able to provide these unique opportunities without the service of our dedicated SheJumps volunteers here in Western Washington. Thank you to all the women (and men) who showed up and made all this happen!

I could write all about it but really the amazing photos by Ryan French & Blake Kremer tell the story beautifully:

We wrapped the day with an all ages après party brought to you by Rainier Beer on the sun deck! We hustle all year long gathering goods for this event and the community knows it! It was standing room only for our Rapid Fire Raffle! The raffle raised over $13,500 for SheJumps programming and set the record for single day chance drawing within the organization.

Throughout the Après Party we conducted three contests. The first one, The Fruit-by-the-Foot Speed Eating Contest, is open to everyone! Whoever consumes their treat the fastest – WINS!

Next up, we had all costumed attendees strut their stuff for the Costume Contest. We had Bananas, Unicorns and the winners of the day – Team Full Send in fabulous retro garb!

The newest addition to the party entertainment was the Après Star Championship where we tested 4 individuals in their ability to air guitar and lip sync. The finalists battled in head-to-head dance off combat with songs ranging from Van Halen to Shania Twain for the title of 2019 CHAMPION!

Special thanks to Rainier Beer, Casual Industrees and K2 Sports who donated t-shirts for the event which we gave away with the purchase of a arm’s length of tickets. This was a huge hit!

Want to extend the biggest high-five and most enthusiastic praise to a few select SheJumps volunteers including: Megan Davin, MaryEllen Rose-Witt, Stephanie Peterson, Hedwig von Beetzen, and Cheryl Kochevar who made the trek from Schweitzer for this event! Volunteers like these women are the reason SheJumps has been able to thrive for 11 years and provide more than 13,000 experience for women of all ages and backgrounds. Thank you for your service and commitment to our mission!

High five Crystal Mountain community – your help is making it all happen for SheJumps in the PNW!

SheJumps Get The Girls Out at Crystal Mountain is my favorite event for so many reasons – one of my favorites is that it marks my anniversary with the organization. Six years ago, I saw a poster in the lodge of a gal skiing in a rainbow tutu & wig – I decided I MUST attend this event. I convinced a bevy of friends of all skier abilities to join me for a all-girls ski party. The vibe, community and connections that day were everything I’d wanted for my girls and myself. I knew then and there that I must be part of contributing to the mission to increase the participation of more females in outdoor activities.

Six years later, I have fully dedicated my time, talents and efforts to SheJumps – creating the Wild Skills youth initiative to educate and completely stoke out the next generation of strong outdoor women. I’m forever grateful for the community I’ve gained through this work and thank everyone who actively supports it through donations, partnerships, attending events, sharing our story and volunteering their time to make it all happen!

If you’re interested in sharing your time & talents with SheJumps please sign up to volunteer here: http://www.shejumps.org/region/pacific-coast/

 

All the high fives to our ridiculously amazing partners who help make this magic possible:

 

GTGO National Presenting Partner: K2 Sports 

The K2 Sports family includes:

K2 Skis 

K2 Snowboarding

K2 Skates 

Atlas Snowshoes 

Tubbs Snowshoes 

 

Our host resort (and my favorite in the world!): Crystal Mountain 

 

National Partners:

Clif Bar 

Outdoor Research 

Arc’teryx

Racysuits 

 

Local Partners:

Rainier Beer 

Smith Optics

Arc’teryx Seattle

Casual Industrees 

Z Girls 

Laura’s Lean Beef 

Thermarest 

Yukon Trading Company 

Oberto Jerky 

NUUN 

Flylow

Hestra 

Deuter 

Grass Sticks 

Pret 

Pit Viper

Dakine 

Giro 

Mountain Khakis

Packwood Brewing Co. 

Samson Estates Winery 

She Emerges 

 

Learn more about our winter raffle partners here. 

 

Partner Profile: Defunkify

We’re excited to announce our newest swag partner! At all of our events for the rest of this year, you’ll be taking home samples of Defunkify detergent! It’s a green sport wash that will give your funky sporting goods a fresh take on life. It even comes in expedition strength odor blocker! If you’ve been looking for a detergent that’s gentle on the planet, but tough on your gear, we hope you’ll enjoy Defunkify.

Where does your product fit into the outdoor community/industry?

Well our most popular product, Defunkify ACTIVE WASH Laundry Detergent, delivers the clean you’ve always dreamed of. It actually removes the odor causing buildup with plant-based enzymes, is residue-free, and unscented so you know it works. At defunkify.com you can learn all about the source and purpose of each ingredient, and even take a microscopic dive between the fibers to see Defunkify.

What inspired your founders to start the company?

We believe what goes IN, ON and AROUND us matters. Yet, so many cleaning products on the shelf are subjecting people and the planet to underperforming, toxic ingredients. As parents, environmentalists, and experts in Green Chemistry, we knew we could do better. Much better. So, we launched Defunkify to create thoughtfully designed household cleaners from square-one & innovate final-formula testing to ensure efficacy and safety. It’s an uncompromising approach, and the result is exceptional… Powerful, ProvenSafe(TM) Cleaning. For All.

What inspired your company to support SheJumps and getting more women and girls the opportunity to experience the fun and confidence building of connecting to the outdoors?

You simply can’t overstate the value of playing outside. Our company is based in Eugene, Oregon and many of us have young families that we love to camp, bike, hike, climb and ski with. These outdoor activities create amazing opportunities for our children to solve problems, build confidence, connect with the planet, and have tons of fun! When we learned that She Jumps does all of this and more, we were thrilled and honored to get involved.

At SheJumps, keeping our outdoor playground healthy and accessible is a priority. Is there anything you’d like to share about your environmental sustainability practices?

Absolutely! The cleaning products industry is messy, littered with harmful ingredients and green washing. We’re not ok with that, and we aim to transform the industry with an uncompromising commitment to ingredient selection and final-formula testing. For instance, we start with ingredients approved by the EPA Safer Choice Program, formulate for performance, and finish with advanced screening methods that let us anticipate and avoid negative impacts. And we don’t stop at safe. We continue to use the fewest ingredients and guarantee incredible cleaning results. Because using less to get the clean you expect is simply better.

How else does Defunkify support the outdoor community?

We’re all about engaging with healthy living initiatives. The 365 Mile Challenge is another organization we’re partnered with to help people move 1 mile a day during 2019. Their participants are super motivated, and we love keeping their activewear funk-free as they crush 365+ miles this year. Many of us also serve as volunteer ski patrol at our local mountain, participate in the Great Willamette River Clean Up, and are involved with local animal shelters.

Is there anything you’d like to add about leadership opportunities for women in your company?

As a young, growing company with 9 full-time employees (4 women + 5 men), our success is a direct result of team creativity and execution. Everyone plays a monumental role at Defunkify, and trust us when we say that we’d barely be half as good without the amazing women on our team. Another awesome organization we’re partnered with is The Mama Ladder. They’re on a mission to help women around the world thrive at the intersection of mamahood and entrepreneurship, and we’re ecstatic to support with resources, connections and mentorship.

Partner Profile: Racysuits

If you’ve been following SheJumps for a while, you know we’re no strangers to outrageous costumes-especially at our Apres Ski events! This became part of our culture of wanting to show the outdoor community that women are here and we’re not going to take ourselves too seriously! We’re all about mountain dance parties and high fives! SheJumps brings a passionate group of women together to create FUN at our Get the Girls Out fundraising events.

When we learned about women-owned Racysuits, we couldn’t have imagined a better company to work with as a supporter of our Get the Girls Out winter events. We chatted with owner Marina Barnes about her vision and company and why she is a proud supporter of SheJumps.

What inspired you  to start the company?

Racysuits is inspired by my family’s legacy of bespoke ski racing suits from the 80s. My grandfather raced on the USSA Far West Masters Ski Racing team until the age of 83. His racing buddy and dear friend, Norma, would sew them custom ski racing suits for competitions each year. Always picking the brightest neon prints and colors, this custom collection of ski suits grew throughout their racing career. Marina is now the proud owner of this vintage collection and in 2016 decided it was time to bring these colorful designs back to the slopes.

What does being a lady boss mean to you?

I think my favorite part about being a lady boss it the new network of lady bosses I’m now connected too. I’m inspired daily by the work being done by women around the world and have received so much support from them. So many creative and business savvy ladies out there!

What inspired your company to support SheJumps and getting more women and girls the opportunity to experience the fun and confidence building of connecting to the outdoors?

The mountains are my happy place and I feel so lucky to have been introduced to outdoor adventures at an early age. I love that Shejumps is engaging women of all ages and backgrounds to get outside and have fun. A community of women building confidence through sports and adventure is a beautiful thing and I am thrilled to be contributing to that mission.

At SheJumps, keeping our outdoor playground healthy and accessible is a priority. Is there anything you’d like to share about your environmental sustainability practices?

Racysuits is very excited about the sustainable fashion practices being adopted in the retail world today. We are considered a slow fashion brand. Our suits are made from high quality materials locally sourced and produced in the USA. We create a few styles per collection which are released once a year. These sustainable practices create less waste and our customers become owners of a suit that will last a lifetime. We are excited to be introducing new sustainable materials in our suits next season.

How does Racysuits support the outdoor community?

Racysuits has become another awesome outdoor community for people looking for fun. I am seriously in love with all my Racysuits customers and have had the pleasure of meeting many of them on the slopes. When you own a Racysuit you become family and we have hopefully inspired many to join us on the slopes for a bit of fun.

Is there anything you’d like to add about leadership opportunities for women in your company?

I love collaborating with women on Racysuits projects! I have done projects with skiers, photographers, videographers, stylists, graphic designers from around the world. Racysuits is currently run by myself and my husband so I have depended on these amazing collabs for the past 3 years. Please reach out to me if you are interested in working on Racysuits.

Where does your product fit into the outdoor community/industry?

Racysuits is first and foremost a ski suit company. Worn both on its own or as a base layer, our suits are fully lined with a moisture wicking 4 way stretch fabric to keep you dry and warm. Our suits incorporate the fit and function of a ski racing suit with fun prints and colors that will have the world loving your every move. Our customers take their suits with them on many adventures. They have been skied and surfed in, taken on kiteboarding and skydiving adventures, worn as a sun protector for a canoe or kayak trip, and of course they really take a dance party to the next level. However you decide to rock your Racysuits we only hope that it brightens your day and gives you that extra layer of fun your adventure deserves.

We love this Stars and Stripes suit, it’s got Girraficorn Magic sewn in! Racy Suits is donating 20% of sales from their US Ski Team suit to SheJumps. Grab yours quick and don’t miss the coupon code in our March newsletter!


Get the Girls out at Schweitzer 2019 – Recap

They arrived by the carload

Wearing tutus and leis,

Some sported onesies

While leading parades.

Mothers brought daughters,

Sisters towed in their brothers.

For friends new and old,

It was a day to behold.

Yoga centered our minds

While the slopes filled our souls.

With games, treats and prizes

It was fun on patrol!

Over 200 SheJumpers

Came together this day.

Sharing joy and uniting us

In such powerful ways.

If you missed it this year,

Please don’t be dismayed.

We’ll make sure you’re included

The next time we play!

2/28/2019

SheJumps Ambassador

Natalie Koncz

Thank you for capturing the moments, Kiersten Patterson Photography

BIG thanks to all of our sponsors! We couldn’t do this without you!

Schweitzer Mountain Resort

K2

Tubbs Snowshoes

Get the Girls Out at Stevens Pass 2019 – Recap

It was a beautiful bluebird day to celebrate the 5th annual Get the Girls Out at Stevens Pass Mountain Resort. Women and girls came together to enjoy a day of fun both on and off the mountain.

The day was filled with fun events from start to finish. Tutu-making kicked off the morning along with filling snacks from our partner, Cliff. Attendees then gathered for a group photo before the shredding began! Women either joined a freeride clinic or skied and rode with others of comparable ability levels. There was even one brave woman who joined us for her first day on skis!

 

In the afternoon, Stevens Pass Ski Patrol led a beacon backcountry demonstration while the Snow School led an “Introduction to Park Skiing” session. The avalanche dog even joined in the fun for demonstration.

We closed the day with an incredible raffle with tons of great items from our partners, including K2 Skis, Smith, and more.

It was a great day had by all!

2/15/2019

SheJumps Ambassador

Abby Huber

Thanks to all of our sponsors who helped make this happen!

Stevens Pass

K2

Tubbs Snowshoes

Smith

 

Wild Skills Junior Ski Patrol: Jackson Hole

On Saturday, February 9, 2019, SheJumps Wild Skills hosted Junior Ski Patrol at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, a day camp where girls learned mountain safety and first aid while working with the strong women of the ski patrol community and SheJumps volunteers. Throughout the day, participants were taught a range of outdoor skills that are utilized by ski patrollers to keep the mountain safe. Topics included first aid, avalanche control, snow science, communication, weather stations, toboggans, avalanche rescue techniques, avalanche dogs and much more.

The day started at 9:30am with registration, meeting team members and making Junior Ski Patroller cards. Teams consisted of 8-10 participants, 3 SheJumps volunteers and 2 Jackson Hole pro patrollers.

At 10am, the teams participated in a morning meeting led by ‘Acting Director for the Day’ Steve Whitney (Whit), JHMR Patroller Jen Calder (Jenbo), SheJumps Wild Skills Director Christy Pelland (that’s me!) and JHMR President, Mary Kate Buckley. Mary Kate spoke of JHMR’s pride in their female ski patrollers and encouraged the girls to see them as role models along with other strong women in their mountain community.

Next up, Lisa Van Sciver (LVS) recapped what conditions have been like on the mountain and decoded the weather forecast for the girls. These topics are covered in JHMR Ski Patrol’s morning meetings each day before going out for control work. By 10:30 am, the teams were headed up AV & Casper to start the morning station sets which included First Aid. Patroller led demonstrations in securing a scene, prevention and care of injuries.

Next up, teams learned about running rigs/toboggans and all the elements involved with safely operating them on the mountain. This station set included learning how to load & maneuver the toboggans. Driving toboggans was undoubtedly a favorite part of the day!   

Many ‘Anytime Skills’ were covered while the teams free skied. Skills including knots, kick turns, digging a snow pit, identifying terrain features, skier’s responsibility code, communication skills, mountain setup, identifying hazards, weather stations, patrol resources, avalanche prevention methods at Jackson and seeing what patrollers carry in their packs/vests.

To make sure the STOKE was on BLAST for this event, Team Unicorn – the very best from the JHMR Ski Patrol squad – found teams on the mountain and provided hot cocoa complete with whipped cream & sprinkles!

This event had 65 participants, 21 volunteers and 14 pro patrollers making it the largest Junior Ski Patrol event we’ve hosted!

Lunch was in the Olympic Room at base area and consisted of everyone’s favorite: Lasagna & pasta! Plus fruit, veggies and salad!

To top off lunch, Jen Calder, led up a demonstration on how avalanche air bags work. We pulled multiple bags that caused the group to explode in laughter.

Next up, the teams proceeded to their Buried Treasure Hunt locations that were spread throughout the base area. Patrollers lead the team in how to properly conduct a search utilizing a beacon, probe and shovel. At SheJumps, we strongly believe in education and fun – our events blend both of these elements to make for the safest and most entertaining adventure possible. After tracking down the buried treasure each team uncovered their booty: a beacon & bag full of cinnamon rolls & brownies.

After the treasure hunt, all teams headed to the top of Bridger gondola for the Avy Dog demonstration. There were many areas for the teams to explore including a burial situation and practice holes. Many of the girls were surprised to see a person could be buried there and couldn’t wait to try out the dog hole for themselves! Girls were allowed to meet the dogs and greet them with pets. Remember when encountering working dogs on the mountain – always ask before greeting them.

The afternoon was filled with more free skiing and anytime patrol skills. Teams took advantage of the snow conditions and special privileges of skiing with patrollers such as cutting the tram line. Perks of the job!

At 3:45pm, all teams gathered for wrap up which included certificates for completing the day and a sweet swag bag filled with goodies from Clif Bar, Gogo Squeez, High Fives Foundation, and the National Ski Patrol Association. The best treat of all was the patrollers serenading the girls and parents with a JHSP favorite song, Two Boards:

Two boards upon cold powder snow, YOH HO!

The craziest song that I know

Two boards upon cold powder snow, YOH HO!

What else does a Troll need to know

 

A very special thank you to the members of the Jackson Hole community who helped bring this program to JHMR. In particular, Kit Deslauriers, who I met in Colorado last year and personally reached out to JHMR on our behalf. Stellar JHMR Marketing & Event masters: Jess McMillian & Amy Jimmerson for their support and solid communication. Betsy Manero, SheJumps Regional Coordinator in Wyoming who helped coordinate the magic locally. Patrollers Jen Calder and Jen Cashen who dialed in curriculum, mountain logistics and communication to the JHSP team. WE DID IT! High fives all around!

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Our goal with SheJumps Wild Skills is to see girls learning, having fun and connecting in an encouraging environment with amazing instruction and support from female mentors. We want Wild Skills to be an experience they will remember, one that will spark a lifetime of passion for the outdoors and will remind them that they are capable of anything. Giving participants, young and old, the opportunity to learn skills in a fun yet challenging setting develops perseverance and fosters confidence. Thanks to all that helped make this program come to life!

 

If you’re interested in bringing Junior Ski Patrol to your local hill – contact Wild Skills Director, Christy Pelland cpelland@shejumps.org

 

National Partners:

National Ski Patrol Association

CLIF

Adventure Medical Kits

Gogo Squeez

 

Event Partners:

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Jackson Hole Ski Patrol

Doug Coombs Foundation

Jackson Hole Babe Force

 

 

Wild Skills Junior Ski Patrol: Wintergreen

Join us for Wild Skills Junior Ski Patrol, a day camp at Wintergreen Resort on Sunday, February 24! Young girls will learn mountain safety and first aid while working with the strong women & men of the ski patrol community. This event is intended for intermediate to expert skiers/snowboarders ages 8 – 17 who identify as female.

This SheJumps’ Wild Skills event is structured as FULL DAY CAMP experience, parents/legal guardians drop girls off, they are split into teams based on their skier ability and then rotate through different stations. Throughout the day, girls are taught a range of outdoor skills that are utilized by ski patrollers to keep the mountain safe. Girls will work alongside female patrollers and volunteers to learn more about the many facets of mountain safety and first aid.

We will provide 1 to 2 female mentorship engaging all generations in the sharing of knowledge and understanding. Connecting experience, energy and love for our natural places with the technical and survival skills girls need to get out and adventure.

SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY –
On the day of the event, you’ll check in at registration beginning at 9:30am, get your Wild Skills Junior Ski Patrol packet and meet up with your team for the day. Teams will consist of 1 ski patroller, 3 SheJumps volunteers and 8 girls of similar ski ability.

At 10 am we start the day with a all teams morning meeting covering ski patrol basics, weather and our agenda for the day.

From there teams will break out and proceed to their various stations throughout the mountain. Stations cover topics including first aid, mountain safety, toboggan use, snowmobile safety, gear caches and weather. Along the way there is free skiing, surprises and games, of course!

Lunch is included in the day and all teams will eat together in a reserved area. After lunch, all teams will proceed to the Search & Rescue Dog Demo where handlers will educate teams about the dog program and demonstrate a rescue situation.

The afternoon will wrap up with the remainder of station visits and a informal awards ceremony starting at 3:30 pm

Join the Facebook event to get the latest updates! 

Eventbrite - SheJumps GTGO IWSD at the Nut

VOLUNTEERS – To Volunteer for this event, Click here -> https://goo.gl/forms/Bx6w0o4PjRHQ6dC33

AGES – This event is for ages 8-17, girls as well as non-binary people who identify with the women’s community.

ABILITY – Skier/Boarder Ability Level: This event is intended for intermediate to expert skiers & snowboarders. As part of the registration process, you will be asked a variety of questions about how confident the skier is on particular runs at Wintergreen to help us determine which team they are best suited for.

SCHOLARSHIPS – If you are unable to afford the cost of the ticket, you can apply for a scholarship. Please contact cpelland@shejumps.org for more information.

HELPFUL TIPS – Bring items you usually ski with such as your backpack, snacks, water, extra gloves, etc.

Be Honest about your skier ability when filling out registration questions.

EVENT PARTNERS –
National Ski Patrol Association – https://www.nsp.org/
Adventure Medical Kits – https://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/
Wintergreen Resort – https://www.wintergreenresort.com
Wintergreen Resort Ski Patrol – http://www.wintergreenskipatrol.org/
GoGo Squeez –http://www.gogosqueez.com/

Event Contact: Landon Figg – LFigg@shejumps.org

Favorite Ski & Snowboard Gear from your local SheJumpers!

If you’ve ever been skiing or snowboarding, you know that sliding around on snowy mountains is undoubtedly some of the most fun a gal can have. But deciding where to go, let alone sifting through the constantly growing and evolving selection of ski and snowboard gear can be downright overwhelming. Which skis do I want? How about outerwear? Will it work well for the conditions here? Fear not! To help dumb it down, your local SheJumps Ambassadors are sharing their favorite gear for the area so you can spend less time sifting through hundreds of reviews and get out there with the clothing and equipment you know works best! Used and trusted by the badass women you know and love, this is SheJumps favorite ski and snowboard gear, divided by state!

Krystin Norman – Washington

What’s unique about skiing in your region?

With warmer temps and higher snowfall in the Pacific Northwest, we have a really bomber base and deep snowpack that lasts through the spring and into the summer. You basically never hit rocks while skiing in Washington mid-season, ski some of the deepest pow of your life, and you can ski year-round. Skiing in Washington has made me a much stronger skier!

Where specifically do you prefer to ride and why?

I mostly ski at Crystal Mountain and Alpental. I love Crystal for the steep and complex terrain that it has to offer in the Southback and Northway areas. There are tons of hidden gems and you can ski untracked powder many days after a storm if you are willing to hike a bit! I also love Alpental for night skiing after work, and love the playfulness of the terrain. Alpental naturally has tons of side hits and some of the best tree skiing that make riding there super fun.

What is your favorite run/trail at your home mountain?

My favorite place to ski at Crystal is The Silver King. The front side of the King has steep/tech lines and cliffs, and the backside has low-angle pow skiing. I never regret hiking The King for some of the best skiing in North America!

Favorite skis for your region? Why? (Pick up to 3 pairs of skis)

Powder/Touring Skis = K2 Gottaluvit 105 Ti. These are my every day ski for all conditions. They are super fun in pow, on groomers, firm conditions, spring snow, and they are both fun and hard-charging at the same time. I also use these skis for backcountry skiing in a shorter length than my resort skis and they are perfect. Groomer Skis = K2 Marksman. I’ve never felt more immediately at home on a pair of skis. The Marksmans ski amazing on groomers and all mountain conditions!

Favorite outerwear — jacket and pants — for your region? Why?

Arc’teryx Sentinel LT Jacket: I love the long fit of this jacket and the color-blocking. Keeps me dry even if it is raining all day! Arc’teryx Shashka Bib Pants: Bib pants rule! They look cute, are easy to move in, guarantee you will never get snow sneaking in to your base layers even if you crash, have good vents to open when touring or hiking, and they are extra waterproof for wet PNW days on the mountain. Also, it is easy to go to the bathroom with the drop-seat!

Favorite accessories for your region? Why?

Dakine Galaxy Gore-Tex Mittens: These are the best mittens ever. They keep my hands super warm and completely dry on the wettest of days! Smith Squad Goggles: Cool style, interchangeable lenses for high/low light conditions. XS Unified Freeride Helmet: the most comfortable and cute helmet I’ve been able to find as an adult woman. Removable padding and ear covers so I can use my helmet mid-winter and for summer tours. Darn Tough Ski Socks: These are the best socks. They keep your feet warm, dry, and never bunch up in my ski boots. They also last forever!

Secret(s) to thriving as a skier/snowboarder in your region?

Gore-Tex is the best investment of my adult-life. Commit to going skiing, even if the conditions look wet and warm. You will never regret a day on the mountain even if the conditions aren’t perfect!

Erin Kearns – Colorado

Home Base: Crested Butte

What’s unique about skiing in your region?

The steeps, the location, and the people! Crested Butte is located at the end of the road, which gives it a unique, quirky, charm. There are so many exceptional athletes that live here that the level of skiing and riding is hard to match. The backcountry, skimo racing, and nordic skiing, scenes are all quite large as well. Many people do a little bit of everything. Did I mention the terrain is challenging and incredible?

Where specifically do you prefer to ride and why?

At the resort I like to ski the steeps. I like bumps, and technical big mountain style skiing. This type of skiing takes a lot of concentration and technique, which keeps me motivated to come back day after day. In the backcountry I like to ski wherever the snow is good, and safe. I am not afraid to take really long days in the mountains. In the spring, I like to ski bigger objectives, steep and technical with some mountaineering thrown in.

What is your favorite run/trail at your home mountain?

1: Big Chute off of the Headwall 2: Funnel

Favorite skis for your region? Why? (Pick up to 3 pairs of skis)

All Mountain – Volkl Kenja – Stiff, fast, can handle high speeds, carve nicely, versatile enough for most snow conditions, and are still maneuverable. This is my all time favorite ski.  Touring: DPS Nina 99 – Light for the up, but still ski well. The shovel on the front of the ski provides enough flotation in the deep stuff, but the profile of the ski also allows it to handle tougher conditions.   All Mountain/Carving – Rossignol Experience 88 versatile, perfect for teaching skiing on, these skis can do anything, particularly with edging skills.

Favorite outerwear — jacket and pants — for your region? Why?

Flylow – Jacket Shells, Pant Shells, and gloves. These gloves are lightweight, enough material to keep you warm while ski touring but not so warm that you want to take them off from all the walking. Their  pants and jackets are my favorite! They are one of the few companies that make outerwear that is actually high functioning, in fun but functional styles, and cut for women…without making you look like a snow princess…and they don’t take away any of the awesome features that the guys get either. Their shells come with lots of pockets, zippers, vents, are breathable and waterproof. They are perfect for touring but you can also layer them at the resort. I’m not usually one for brand loyalty, but these guys get my vote most of the time. I know many people, guys and girls, that love them as well.  Outdoor Research Uber Layer-(and other products like it) breathable, warm, good to always have as an extra layer. This is breathable enough where I can even hike uphill with it!  Patagonia Insulated Gore-Tex jacket – Crested Butte gets cold, and I like not having to bundle up too much. This layer does it all when it is cold. There aren’t many jackets on the market that function like this one, without being considered 3 in 1. It’s nice not to deal with all the extra stuff.  Patagonia micro-puff vest- who doesn’t love the micro-puff? But the vest is really great because you can wear it as a great midlayer when it’s cold or on the outside when it’s too warm.

Favorite accessories for your region? Why?

Buff – to keep you warm and to keep the sun off, serves as a neck gaiter or bandana  Platypus squeeze bottles, to stuff in your jacket at the resort and lightweight for touring.  Sunglasses for touring, and for when ski goggles become too much. It’s sunny so much here.

Secret(s) to thriving as a skier/snowboarder in your region?

Always be willing to push yourself a little bit. Be yourself in this town, people know when you’re not, and everyone knows each other. Never lose sight that skiing is fun. Many people here get caught up in the competitiveness, but we have to remember why we do it!

Betsy Manero – Wyoming

What’s unique about skiing in your region?

The Tetons are a limitless range with a spectrum of challenges for all ability levels. One day you can be skiing hip deep, 25 degree powder, and the next rapping into a 45 degree couloir. Even the most talented big mountain skier or ski mountaineer could spend a lifetime skiing in the park. It just takes some uphill conditioning and a little bit of determination!

Where specifically do you prefer to ride and why?

I love it all! Everything from steep, tight lines, to mellow pow runs to skinning across Jackson Lake. If you’ve never skinned across a frozen lake towards a jaw dropping mountain range, it’s one of the coolest things.

What is your favorite run/trail at your home mountain?

That’s a secret between me and my ski partners.

Favorite skis for your region? Why? (Pick up to 3 pairs of skis)

Sego UP Pros for powder days and Blizzard Zero G 95’s for longer days in the mountains. The Zero G has struck the perfect balance between light weight for the uphill and charging on the way down through any snowpack.

Favorite outerwear — jacket and pants — for your region? Why?

Anything lightweight, waterproof and slightly breathable. Recently I’ve been rocking the Rab Sharp Edge pants and jacket. I love the larger vents, stretchy material and waterproofness of it.

Favorite accessories for your region? Why?

Smith sunglasses with the ChromoPop lenses are awesome for skiing. Unlike most polarized lenses, they don’t mess with your depth perception. And they come in cute styles!

Secret(s) to thriving as a skier/snowboarder in your region?

If you want to ski in the Tetons, you’ve got to be willing to get up early, let go when conditions aren’t right and be patient. The snow might not be in the right conditions today, but it will be eventually. Good things come to those who wait.

 

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SheJumps into cross country skiing at Mt. Spokane state park – Recap

What happens when you invite sixteen of your mates that know how to ski, add nineteen ladies plus some kids that are willing to give it a go, throw in a little fresh snow and a willingness not to take oneself too seriously? You get a seriously awesome day.

SheJumpers took over the Mt Spokane Nordic Trails today, taking some notice along the way. With a little guidance, words of encouragement, drops of sweat and lots of laughter these ladies rocked it. And some even promised to come back next weekend for more!

We are eternally grateful to Fitness Fanatics, Spokane Nordic, Mt Spokane State Park, the incredible volunteers and the superstar participants who made this day possible. Until next year – ski on!

SheJumps Amabassador

Natalie Koncz

1/10/2018

Our favorite Ski & Snowboard Gear for Washington Part 2

If you’ve ever been skiing or snowboarding, you know that sliding around on snowy mountains is undoubtedly some of the most fun a gal can have. But deciding where to go, let alone sifting through the constantly growing and evolving selection of ski and snowboard gear can be downright overwhelming. Which skis do I want? How about outerwear? Will it work well for the conditions here? Fear not! To help dumb it down, your local SheJumps Ambassadors are sharing their favorite gear for the area so you can spend less time sifting through hundreds of reviews and get out there with the clothing and equipment you know works best! Used and trusted by the badass women you know and love, this is SheJumps favorite ski and snowboard gear for Washington:

Christy Pelland – Washington

What’s unique about skiing in your region?

Inclement weather, period.

Where specifically do you prefer to ride and why?

Crystal Mountain – I learned to ski there, taught my kids to ski there and have built a strong community there. Plus, it’s the best lift access terrain in the state!

What is your favorite run/trail at your home mountain?

Sparkle Trees off the King

Favorite skis for your region? Why? (Pick up to 3 pairs of skis)

K2 Remedy 112 for pow days and K2 Fulluvit 95 for touring.

Favorite outerwear — jacket and pants — for your region? Why?

Arc’teryx Beta Shell Jacket + Arc’teryx Shashka Pant – because we NEED waterproof gear here in the PNW.

Favorite accessories for your region? Why?

Smith I/O goggles – I can always depend on them. Outdoor Research Lucent heated gloves – it gets freakin’ cold, why wouldn’t you want to feel your fingers? Duct tape – because it fixes everything. Mullet wig = party time!

Secret(s) to thriving as a skier/snowboarder in your region?

Build others up and invest in the mountain community.

Megan Davin – Washington

  • Home Base: Crystal Mountain

What’s unique about skiing in your region?

I learned to ski in Vermont in college and then moved to Colorado, Utah and now finally Washington. I love Washington because it’s like Vermont but bigger. The people, the community and friends are what make a mountain special outside the terrain.

Where specifically do you prefer to ride and why?

Crystal Mountain, that’s where my friends and community are. But I also love trips to Mt. Baker and the backcountry.

What is your favorite run/trail at your home mountain?

Do I have to pick just one?

Favorite skis for your region? Why? (Pick up to 3 pairs of skis)

Sego UP 110 and the Blizzard Sheeva 10

Favorite outerwear — jacket and pants — for your region? Why?

Arc’teryx Sentinel pants and jacket. 3 layer Gore-Tex. It can be wet and I like to be dry. These outerwear pieces are also super rugged and very comfortable.

Favorite accessories for your region? Why?

Smith I/O goggles: Protect your eyes, and don’t loose your contacts Smith Vantage Helmet: Because I love my brain Panda Poles: They are bamboo and have a custom grip Skida Tour Neckwarmer: This is not too thick or think and always in fun colors Flylow Tough Guy Gloves: They stand up to everything. Earings by Sirings: Always look good!

Secret to thriving as a skier/snowboarder in your region?

No excuses, go all the time. Just show up, even if it’s only for 1 run – take more time in the mountains.

Steph Bennett – Washington

  • Home Base: Washington Pass

What’s unique about skiing in your region?

Where I live, it’s primarily backcountry access only.  Most folks own a snowmobile, and we all drive to the “end of the road” to go sled up and explore the North Cascades along highway 20.  It’s a pretty special experience.

Where specifically do you prefer to ride and why?

I love to ride where I live.  After having a pass and standing in lift lines for over two decades, I feel pretty lucky to be able to ski in the mountains with my best friends and my dogs with pretty much no one else around.

What is your favorite run/trail at your home mountain?

There is the iconic “Birthday Tour,” which circumnavigates the Rock formation at WA Pass.  It’s about 6000’ feet of vert, and you have the ability to ski multiple aspects.  There are also a lot of great spots along the corridor and then in the Pasayten that may see only a few folks a season, and you’re just in the middle of nowhere surrounded by majestic peaks.

Favorite skis for your region? Why? (Pick up to 3 pairs of skis)

I ski and Splitboard… so, my Pallas Split is amazing for getting through pretty much everything… and then Line Sick Days for when I ski (I’m just learning!). But, I’ve been checking out DPS and excited to maybe buy a pair this season

Favorite outerwear — jacket and pants — for your region? Why?

Trew Chariot bibs and Burton Ak jacket.  My coats a few years old, but I’ll probably buy the Burton AK Embark this season to finally replace it. Even though I’ve in the east side, I still need super durable and waterproof gear.  I’ve probably put 100 days on my bibs, and over 150 on my jacket… along with screwing around with snowmobiles and everything else.

Favorite accessories for your region? Why?

Sorel boots and my Patagonia Fitz Roy puff.  It can be brutally cold when you’re unloading your snowmobiles, and definitely while riding them.. so, always just try to stay warm.

Secret(s) to thriving as a skier/snowboarder in your region?

Really like to ski uphill… a lot.

 

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