2017 Rainier Climb

Whether you’re a climbing fanatic, knocking one adventure off the bucket list or want to help inspire a new generation of outdoor women, the Mt. Rainier Climb will give you an experience unlike any other. You’ll receive fundraising support, gear lists, physical training schedule, conditioning recommendations and a community of women rooting for your success. If you’ve ever wanted to summit one of the world’s most amazing peaks, now’s your chance!

SheJumps will be hosting our 2nd annual Rainier climb July 27 – July 30 2017. Register now!

SPIRIT OF THE CLIMB

There is a unique spirit of comradery with all SheJumps events. Endless high fives, gut busting laughs and summit dance parties are just the beginning. We consciously foster a positive energy that exudes encouragement in stride with the technical, physical and emotional challenge at hand. Our all female guides and staff offer support and expertise throughout your training, fundraising and of course, the climb. This is sure to be the experience of a lifetime!

RAISING FUNDS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

SheJumps Mt. Rainier Climb contributes to the nonprofit’s Wild Skills program. Wild Skills youth events teach young girls the survival and technical skills they need for outdoor adventuring. These skills can be applied in any season and include first aid, navigation, leave no trace and shelter building. Our goal as an organization is to grow this program into a long term mentorship model that provides young girls the community that connects them to other women and the natural environment. The funds raised from this climb will help further this vision.

Start the registration process for the climb today by filling out the Climber Information Form.

Check out the Rainier climb page for the full itinerary.

Questions? Contact climb organizer, Christy Pelland: cpelland@shejumps.org

Fat Bike Riding Under the Stars: Sun Valley, Idaho

JUMP into Fat Biking with SheJumps this January in Sun Valley, Idaho! Start off the New Year by trying something new and taking advantage of the awesome local resources and groomed trails we have at the Bigwood Sports Park! Whether you are new to Fat Biking, been riding for a while, or just looking for something fun to do, this is a great opportunity to get outside and meet new friends and have a blast following the holidays! Swing by after work or school and let off some steam with a lot of laughs, a bit of a challenge, and an escape from your everyday routine. Lady shredders of all ages, abilities, and experience are welcome to come enjoy biking on the Bigwood trails, socializing around fire pits, and enjoying the classic comfort of warm drinks on a winter evening. Both youth and adult bikes will be available for participants – so bring the family!

Cost: $15 per rider (includes use of bike, helmet, and hot coco!)

BONUS: this is a NIGHT RIDE! A limited amount of lighting will be available, but please bring headlamps, blinky lights, and other fun lighting accessories! Helmets will also be available, but bringing your own is encouraged! Dress warmly for the elements.

CHG Healthcare Donates $33,206 to SheJumps!

SheJumps recently received a very generous donation from CHG Healthcare in Utah, which will be used to reinforce our youth programs and expand our reach to girls in our community who need access to the outdoors. We are incredibly grateful to this amazing company for helping us to get more women and girls outside! Read on to learn about how we wound up in running for this gift, the incredible work CHG Healthcare does to support local nonprofits, and a very special Utah jumper.

In the past ten years, SheJumps has created more than 15,000 ​opportunities for women and girls to get outdoors in nineteen states as well as in Canada (hi, Canada!). And for much of that time, we’ve accomplished this with a small, yet mighty dedicated volunteer staff and a bare-bones budget. But none of this would be possible without YOU. You, the volunteers who help us staff events, you who participate in SheJumps activities, you who share our mission with others, and you who cheer on your friends/daughters/sisters/mothers/neighbors from the sidelines. In short, you mean the world to us. Thank you for helping us to be who we are today.

While you’ve sustained us throughout the past decade, we also occasionally receive the kind of financial gift that allows us to jump ahead and further expand our reach to girls in our community who need access to the outdoors. We are feeling especially grateful this holiday season to one of our Utah jumpers, Jessica Kollman, her employer, CHG Healthcare; thanks to the generosity of both, SheJumps in Utah recently received over $30,000 to reinforce our youth programs and give more girls in underserved communities opportunities to incorporate outdoor activities into their lives.

Jessica learned about SheJumps through a chance meeting with Claire Smallwood (our awesome executive director), and felt an immediate connection to our mission and vision for our programs in the future. While driving home from the gym a number of years ago, Jessica was hit head-on by a drunk driver and the collision crushed both of her feet. Unable to walk but determined to stay active, Jessica began searching for an activity that would allow her to regain physical strength without further injuring herself and, encouraged by her colleagues, took an employer-sponsored yoga class through CHG while undergoing physical therapy. Not only did yoga help her to strengthen and heal her body, but it allowed her to deal with her anger following the accident and eventually forgive the driver who hit her.

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Throughout her recovery, Jessica spent a lot of time reflecting on the things that were important and meaningful to her, and realized she wanted to share the joy she had found through yoga with people who didn’t have access to classes. She decided to pursue yoga teacher training and certification, and has been teaching both yoga and meditation to children through a partnership with the United Way of Utah, while still working full-time for CHG.

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This past year, CHG honored Jessica’s volunteerism during their Making a Difference Week charitable giving program and allowed her to select a nonprofit of her choice to receive funds raised during a Making a Difference Week activity. Activities include pizza-eating contests, balloon-gram gifting, live auctions, Hot Wheels races, and more, with all money raised going to support local charities. Jessica chose SheJumps to benefit from the balloon-gram fundraiser as “a way to pay forward the love, support and belief that all of the women and men in my life have given me. Without them, I wouldn’t have been supported to jump out of my comfort zones and face my fears in life.”

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We’re especially honored to receive this gift because of the legacy of giving from CHG Healthcare toward charities and nonprofits that they believe to be especially necessary and/or meaningful within our community. CHG Healthcare prides itself on having a values-driven culture, something it has extended to both its charitable donation programs and its employee empowerment programs. Not only have they held Making a Difference Week events for more than a decade to encourage charitable giving from their employees, but they match employee donations dollar-for-dollar each year. We are proud to be included among this year’s beneficiaries, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the United Way of Utah.

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If you would like to learn more about this very special company and their culture, please visit their websiteFacebook page, and Instagram feed for more information. Thank you again to Jessica and CHG Healthcare for helping us to get more women and girls outside in Utah! —Rachel Sanders, Utah Regional Coordinator. (Rachel presented about SheJumps to all employees at CHG, helping us secure the donation!)

International Women’s Ski Day: Sun Valley Edition

Despite the below freezing temps, on Saturday December 17th a frosty group of ladies gathered together for some laps on International Women’s Ski Day.

Meeting at Lookout Lodge at 11am, about ten brave souls were bundled up and ready to make a few runs.  Bright and clear, we huddled together for a quick group photo, and then immediately bounced into the bowls to get our blood flowing. After a series of storms they had just dropped the rope and opened the gates to the pristine powder, and there is nothing quite like the feeling of making laps and hearing giggles the whole way.

High fives, powder explosions, and a late lunch taco break made for a fun day full of smiles. Nothing like sharing some laps with shred betties to keep the spirits high and motivation rolling. With some waves goodbye and a promise of a good winter ahead, we all parted with holiday cheer and serious lady stoke.

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Photo Credit: Kendall Friedman

IWSD at Crystal Mountain 2016 – Recap

K2 Alliance & SheJumps hosted the 4th Annual International Women’s Ski Day (IWSD) at Crystal Mountain Resort on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. Braving temps in the single digits, 33 ladies turned out to hang with new friends and old for an all mountain girl party. To get the most out of the day, we had Crystal Mountain local ladies leading up different groups varying by ability.
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The small but intensely entertaining Kid Party followed me around the mountain or rather I chased them! The cold temps forced many ‘warm up’ breaks but made for happier skiers thanks to warm beverages, sweet snacks and hearty laughs. The young ones especially liked the mini trail runs and learning to land (or almost land) jumps.
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Crystal Mountain living legend and SheJumps Ambassador, Cheryl Kochevar, hosted the intermediate group ripping crisp groomers across the mountain. The unusually cold temps have kept recent snow in Colorado-like conditions making for extremely fun skiing.
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Advanced group leaders, Cori Bucherl and SheJumps Ambassador Sarah McCroy, treated their crew to a full tour of the mountain. Starting off with warm up runs on the freshly pressed groomers, testing off piste abilities through the trees, savoring pow pockets and capping the day with a hike up the King.
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The expert group headed up by Michelle Taft and Meaghann Gaffney started the day with high-speed, top to bottom groomers, followed by a run in the bumps and an early lunch to warm up. After lunch, they headed out south to introduce the group to some of Crystal’s infamous side country gems, Three Way Exit Chute and FFF. As they hiked up the Silver King the sun came out to greet them!
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The day wrapped with an apres party under the sun deck umbrella with the classic rock sounds of Ante Up. We held a gear giveaway benefiting SheJumps community programs. Big thanks to K2 for the skis & a snowboard and Dakine for the hats!
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From fun trails with baby kickers to hiking for fresh snow, ladies of all ages joined together to enjoy the mountain in a welcoming, fun-loving environment. Special thanks to K2 for their vision for this grassroots movement and to SheJumps for increasing female participation in all areas of outdoor activities, year around. High fives all around!

K2 has been at the forefront of supporting females in skiing for decades.

12/19/2016

SheJumps Wild Skills Director

Christy Pelland

SheJumps edition: Yurt Based AIARE Level 1 Course with Cascade Poweder Guides – Recap

Snow had been falling for almost 2 straight weeks when 12 She Jumpers from Washington loaded into the Cascade Powder Guides’ Snowcat on Friday morning, Dec 9. We were all beyond stoked for some great learning, great powder turns, and great lady shredding as we bounced up the long, snowy road to our course site for the next 3 days.

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Windy Yurt is tucked in the mountains west of Stevens Pass, WA at 4600 feet, a 2-story deal with a big wood stove, a full kitchen, an upstairs bunk room and its own yurt puppy, Hank. It was a winter wonderland! We arrived mid-day Friday and immediately geared up to start our course with Solveig, our course leader. We spent a couple hours going over companion rescue, which means using your avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe to locate your ski partners.

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It was windy and cold outside, but we braved the elements for a sweet turns and practice searches before retiring for our first fabulous meal cooked by Cascade Powder Guide chef-extraordinaire, Mary, and her prep crew, Austin, Aaron and Ryan. After dinner, we were up late into the night getting to know each other, trading ski tips and favorite runs, and running back and forth between the WOOD FIRED SAUNA that Austin had stoked just for us! In spite of different backgrounds, ages, and abilities, we bonded quickly and easily over a shared love of the mountains and playing in the snow.

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Day 2 dawned snowy and clear, with a foot of new snow covering our skis and the stoke high. We were joined by our 2nd guide, Liz, as we enjoyed eggs and bacon for breakfast. Then we dove into the meat of the Avy 1 curriculum: terrain selection and safe travel techniques as well as some snow science – avalanche types, terminology, and snow crystal formation and transformation. Some of the gals had been backcountry skiing for years and for some this was their first time in the backcountry, but there was new stuff to learn for everyone – our guides were awesome!

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After lunch, we geared up again for some outdoor practice. We skinned near the top of the ridge above the yurt and practiced field observations and dug pits in the snow to see the layers of the snowpack, a key tool for predicting avalanche risk. We also learned several tests of snow stability, such as measuring the “hardness” of each layer with your hand. We found almost 200cm of snow – in early December! Wow! After digging around for a while we took a sublime run in the quickly fading light back to our warm yurt, where dinner was waiting. We spent a couple more hours discussing trip planning and avalanche forecasting in preparation for a whole day outside on Sunday, as the snow continued to pile up outside.

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Sunday dawned with even more new snow and reports that the avalanche danger all over the Cascades was “HIGH.” With our guides Liz and Solveig at the helm, after a briefing and planning the day, we headed out with conservative terrain choices in mind. On the first uptrack, we stuck to low slope angle trees, which are very unlikely to avalanche. We observed shooting cracks and the characteristic “whumping” of settling snow – signs that the snowpack was unstable! We also saw evidence of natural avalanche activity, another sign that all the new snow was ready to go. It was a great learning opportunity for us to see firsthand what Liz and Solveig had been teaching us. We also got to check our skills against the professional avalanche forecast from NWAC (the Northwest Avalanche Center) while digging snow pits, and found our predictions were right on.

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Given the conditions, we skied in non-avalanche terrain throughout the day – lower angle slopes and heavily treed areas. We got a ton of great turns with Solveig sniffing out the power and Liz bringing up the rear, helping pull people out of powder puddles. Finally, as the afternoon was wearing on, we finished our last glorious run and were met by our trusty snowcat driver, Ryan, for a ride back up to the yurt. There, we packed up our things, wrapped up the course curriculum, and piled back in the snowcat for the way home. We’d come up as 12 strangers that liked to ski, and left as 12 friends with new AIARE Level 1 avalanche certification!

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All in all, it was an awesome weekend of learning, skiing, and most of all, camaraderie between awesome women who love to get out, challenge ourselves, and make new friends. Huge thanks to Cascade Powder Guides for hosting us, Solveig and Liz for guiding and teaching us, and She Jumps for putting it all together!

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(Cover Photo: SJ CPG Avy 1 Group shot, Anna Condino, other photo credit: Katie Lane)

Thanks so much to Cascade Powder Guides for making this happen!

12/14/2016

SheJumpter

Anna Condino

Arc’teryx & SheJumps present 2017 Alpine Finishing School

The Alpine Finishing School is a 7-day all-women’s backcountry skiing/splitboarding course designed to help women become more self-sufficient in big mountain terrain. Combining ski mountaineering technique with terrain management and risk analysis, this course is an ideal way to take ski touring to the next level.

The course will run two sessions in 2017: April 15-22 and April 22-29. Registration is here.

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Guide Kate Devine makes her way towards Primrose Peak on the Primrose icefield, April 2016. Photo: Jen Fredsall

We are excited to announce that SheJumps is partnering with Arc’teryx for the 6th annual Alpine Finishing School. Arc’teryx is the premiere outerwear and soft-goods company for technical pursuits in the outdoors and they emobody the passion, technical instruction, and spirit that the Alpine Finishing School cultivates in all participants.

Founded in 2012 by Anne Keller and Claire Smallwood, the AFS takes place at the Selkirk Backcountry Lodge. Just outside of Revelstoke, the lodge sits high in the Selkirk mountains just off of Roger’s Pass. British Columbia is the perfect venue for participants to experience life in the high country amidst massive glaciers, with ski touring options for days.

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“Expansive” doesn’t begin to describe the terrain near the Selkirk Lodge.

The course is led by ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) ski guide Kate Devine. Kate grew up at the Selkirk Lodge. Her mother, Grania Devine, is the owner and main caretaker of the lodge.

Designed as a course to help women reach new goals in backcountry skiing—from specific objectives to general savviness—the overall goal is to become more self-aware in the mountains and be an asset to your team. The same goes for daily lodge life. As guests of the lodge, we ask participants to be respectful and supportive of each other; to offer encouragement and a positive attitude. These things go a long way when we are all pushing ourselves.

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2014 AFS Graduate Michelle Brazier practices her crevasse rescue. Michelle used her AFS education to ski first descents on Baffin Island.

Breakfast will be around 7 a.m. every day. After breakfast every morning there will be a sandwich station where lunch is made individually. Some days we will be hustling to get out and go skiing—other days we will do coursework first and then go out into the snow to practice what we have learned in the afternoon. Either way, every day we will go outside and get some skiing in. See the FAQ’s on the Eventbrite registration page for more details.

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The view from oustide of the cozy lodge in the evening.

After skiing we do our best to have a nice Après Ski session, but in general, we have dinner around 7 every night and give people plenty of time to rest up.

Fine Print:

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space. We will need a minimum number of 9 participants for each week, so please be aware that if your week doesn’t fill up, your deposit will be refunded.

Upon submitting your $500 deposit, you will be asked a series of questions pertaining to your skiing/splitboarding abilities and experience in the backcountry. You will also be required to provide a couple of references; these should be people with whom you have spent time in the backcountry. We strive to ensure our course maintains a similar skill level for participants. First-time backcountry skiers should not apply for this course.  You should have at least two prior seasons of backcountry skiing/splitboarding in order to get the most out of this course. 

Session 1 Guides: Kate Devine & Shannon Werner
Session 2 Guides: Kate Devine & Diny Harrison

The TOTAL cost of the course is $2300 USD. You will receive instructions on final payment and payment plans upon acceptance of your application. The application is in conjunction with your deposit (paid here through Eventbrite). This price includes heli transportation to and from the lodge, all meals, guiding, course instruction, and lodging.

Gratuity for the guides/caretakers is not included, please budget accordingly; it’s greatly appreciated.
Eventbrite - 2017 Alpine Finishing School, presented by SheJumps & Arc'teryx

Get The Girls Out at Stowe VT Recap

Saturday Dec 10th, SheJumps held their “Get The Girls Out” at Stowe Resort. The weather was slightly overcast, perfect for blue tinted lenses. What made the day beside the camaraderie was the snow conditions. Packed powder, perfect groomed runs and fresh powder stashes throughout the resort. You could hear hooting and hollering everywhere, especially in the woods skirting the trails.
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We gathered at the FourRunner Quad at 9:30 to take photo runs with Mike Hitelman. Mike has a keen eye and really got some colorful action shots of fellow SheJumpers. We celebrated at lunch with our raffle, lots of great items like hats, jewelry, and a helmet. 
Stowe was having their Demo Day, and there were a lot of skis and boards to choose from. Many of the Jumpers traded in their older skis to explore the mountain on this years new sticks. What a great way to “window shop” for new equipment.
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A big shout out to Stowe Resort and all our partners! Make sure to check out COOLA ,Treeline Coffee , and EcoLips! Check out Shejumps.org and our Northeast Facebook group to see our future events!
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Mike Hitelman Photography

PNW SheJumps Puffy Night at The Woods – Recap

Our first PNW Puffy Night was a great success. Women were given the opportunity to meet and mingle with one another at our free event at The Woods Tasting Room (Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Company). The Woods donated their mezzanine space for the event, which was cozy and inviting.

The Woods also gave us a number of free drink tickets, which we used to encourage women to fill out a short survey. We had 25 women fill out the survey, which provided us a refreshed insight into what our community hopes to gain from SheJumps. From the surveys, we learned more than a third of the women who attended the event were at their first SJ event! We had items for sale and gave out slips of papers with our upcoming events. Overall, we had an impressive array of colorful puffy jackets and lots of stoked outdoorsy women.

12/13/2016

Seattle Ambassador 

Sarah McCroy

 

SheJumps + K2 International Women’s Ski Day + YOU!

Calling all girafficorns!  Grab your costumes, your go-to pair skis, and a sister-shredder and join us this Saturday, December 17th to celebrate International Women’s Ski (and Snowboard) Day at Bald Mountain in Sun Valley, Idaho!  We will meet at Lookout Lodge (top of the mountain) at 11:00am and we’ll rally some turns together until 1pm – or longer!  All ages and abilities are welcome – we’ll see you on the hill!  WAHOOOOO SNOW!

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