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.

 

Still have questions about ski/snowboard gear?

Call, browse online, or stop by evo — a pioneering outdoors shop with a knowledgeable customer care team and flagship stores in Seattle, PortlandDenver, and Whistler, evo is our go-to resource for everything ski, snowboard, mountain bike, surf, skate and wake.

Our favorite Ski & Snowboard Gear for Idaho

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 Idaho:

Cheryl Kochevar – Idaho

Home Base: Schweitzer

What’s unique about skiing in your region?

We have our choice of downhill, touring, and cross country single track all in one place!

Where specifically do you prefer to ride and why?

I am new to Schweitzer, Crystal was my old home mountain.  At CM I loved Northway and all of the little pokey runs through trees on the main lifts.  At Schweitzer I already love the backside!

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

TBD……..for now….anything down the backside, oh! oh!  and the trees here!  So many deciduous trees that make for great visibility and hardly any tree wells at all!!!

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

Well….my Line Pandoras because…the big girls (Pandora 104s) are great for pow and my smaller ones (Pandora 94s) for playing around as well as a 3rd pair that I have mounted for touring which are awesome! Also, EVERY girl also needs a pair of solid carvers, face it, there are more rock hard days than pow!  For that my Atomic Vantage 90 is the go to choice. You just can’t eat up ripping the groomers on a pow ski!

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

Patagonia Powslayer Jackets and Powslayer Pants can’t be beat for staying dry and layer ability and venting!

Favorite accessories for your region? Why?

Patagonia Down Sweater and Patagonia Nano Puff for giving just the right amount of warmth in varying temps.  Also love my Giro helmet and goggle combo with varying lenses for bluebird or fog!

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

Skiing everyday as a retiree keeps life fun, funner, and funnest!!!  Living on the mountain (as we did at CM for the past 7 years) doesn’t hurt either!

 

Still have questions about ski/snowboard gear?

Call, browse online, or stop by evo — a pioneering outdoors shop with a knowledgeable customer care team and flagship stores in Seattle, PortlandDenver, and Whistler, evo is our go-to resource for everything ski, snowboard, mountain bike, surf, skate and wake.

Our favorite Ski & Snowboard Gear for Wyoming

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 Wyoming:

Mya Akins – Wyoming

What’s unique about skiing in your region?

The snow is soft and dreamy. There’s also so many vast areas to explore that are pretty easily accessible.

Where specifically do you prefer to ride and why?

Jackson Hole because there are tons of hidden gems and fun things to jump off of. It’s a mountain that can test you but also provide you with fun ski runs to let loose.

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

Mushroom Chutes

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

Black Crows Atris Birdie — they’re super playful, allow me to make quick turns on steep shoots and small areas, and they’re incredibly stable providing me with a good landing after jumping off cliffs!

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

Jacket – Marmot Dropway! It fits my torso and arm length perfectly, it’s super warm and has a million useful pockets.

Pants- Armada Lenox insulated pants. They’re a really nice style and fit. They’re also really warm and decently waterproof.

Favorite accessories for your region? Why?

Skida headbands for touring. Skida buffies. This brand makes really comfortable and cute gear that helps keep me warm!

Scott LCG goggles – they fit my face really well, they’re a bit larger so I don’t feel claustrophobic, the lens also are super easy to change out and can be popped open to vent without taking the whole piece off.

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

Have fun with the sport, don’t push your limits to prove anything, and do it for the love of 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.

 

Still have questions about ski/snowboard gear?

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Our favorite Ski & Snowboard Gear for Oregon

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 Oregon:

Annie Pendygraft – Oregon

What’s unique about skiing in your region?

Variable conditions! We can have cold, dry days followed by wet, warm clouds…fresh powder one day and slush the next. That’s what makes versatile gear so important skiing in the cascades.

Where specifically do you prefer to ride and why?

While Mt. Bachelor is my home resort mountain, my true home mountain is on the slopes of the Central Oregon Cascade backcountry. Because I have a snowmobile, I can access some hidden gems in our beautiful, volcano-filled backyard.

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

When they’re accessible, the west bowls have my heart. On a fresh and clear day, there’s not much better than Cow’s Face. But both require regular prayers to the snow goddesses as the access can be fickle and is very weather/condition-dependent.

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

I snowboard…so my faves: – Burton Family Tree AntiSocial SplitBoard -For resort only days: Pretty much anything Mervin makes I’ll trust at Mt. Bachelor. Specifically, I love my Gnu Beauty powder board with C2 to help float through the deep (but sometimes not so steep) powder at Mt. Bachelor. When mother nature is stingy with her powder, I enjoy my traditional rocker board. Something a little smaller and poppier to play around in Mt. Bachelor’s terrain parks and off piste playgrounds.

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

For backcountry touring, waterproof and breathability are a must. I love my Marmot waterproof pants and Mammut shell. Both are Gore-Tex shells and can be layered over pretty much anything. I lightweight puffy such as the Patagonia nano-puff pretty much secures the day.

Favorite accessories for your region? Why?

My buff! I love it as a face shield on days with wind and lots of precip. Then it doubles as a sweat-guard/hair band when I’m hauling rump up a steep pitch and sweating my you-know-whats off.

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

A good attitude! There is always fun to be had in the Central Oregon Cascades. But listen to mother nature and be grateful for what she gives you…feet of fresh powder, corn, slush, wind, crowds…it’s all good. Just enjoy it.

Siri Smithback – Oregon

What’s unique about skiing in your region?

Volcano skiing!–open faces that get hit with variable weather, never allowing for a dull moment. Also, the snow can be heavy and wet.

Where specifically do you prefer to ride and why?

Mt. Hood Meadows while in resort due to terrain.

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

Heather Canyon

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

My touring ski setup

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

Anything with GORE-TEX–needed for the wet snow.  I wear a Helly Hansen jacket I love!

Favorite accessories for your region? Why?

Smith goggles!

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

Take an Avy course–know before you go!

 

Still have questions about ski/snowboard gear?

Call, browse online, or stop by evo — a pioneering outdoors shop with a knowledgeable customer care team and flagship stores in Seattle, PortlandDenver, and Whistler, evo is our go-to resource for everything ski, snowboard, mountain bike, surf, skate and wake.

Our favorite Ski & Snowboard Gear for Utah

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 Utah:

Courtney Kizer – Utah

Home Base: Telluride

What’s unique about skiing in your region?

I am based out of Moab, Utah. From my hometown, I can either drive 2 hours to one of the best resorts in the world or drive 1/2 an hour to some epic touring in the La Sals (visible from downtown Moab) then catch an afternoon of mountain biking during the winter!

Where specifically do you prefer to ride and why?

Telluride is the ultimate in resort skiing. There is an abundance of steep and technical terrain without a crowd. The backcountry in the San Juan’s is as breathtaking as it is nerve wracking. There is never a dull moment in this neck of the woods!

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

Telluride is one of those mountains where you have to pay close attention to the conditions. Not just the sun, snow or wind today, but what has been going on all week (season). With a good base and a good storm, you just can’t beat a Dynamo run off Lift 14 or the hidden gem, Rockslide!! But regardless of how the season has been going, you can always have a good time under Lift 9.

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

Touring – K2 Pinnacle 105 – extremely light, poppy, fun and responsive. Resort – Atomic Backland 109 – For any condition! Enough tail and stiffness for the groomers and to cut through ice, enough width and rocker to have a blast on a powder day.

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

Marmot – Classy styling, quality gear. Helly Hansen / Obermeyer – The fit can’t be beat with either of these lines. Especially for someone like myself with a hard to fit body type: thin wasted with a big bum!

Favorite accessories for your region? Why?

ANYTHING Smartwool Merino Wool – From skiing, to backpacking trip, to endurance horse ride, this is the stuff that keeps you warm and wont hold a stench. Hestra Wool Liners – Again, its about versatility. I can run or bike in these when its cold and they are great for ski touring.

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

Flexibility. You never know when it will be your day to get on the slopes. As a working small business owner, I have to pick and choose when to jump on the snow. I hold out for the best snow, best conditions, or best company.

Jennifer Cantwell – Utah

Home Base: Alta

What’s unique about skiing in your region?

Proximity to the city and the blower pow.

Where specifically do you prefer to ride and why?

Alta for the terrain and the Wasatch backcountry for the access and variety.

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

Hard choice, there are so many good ones. If I had to choose probably Baldy Main Chute.

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

Resort: Blizzard Sheeva for the versatility in all conditions from powder to crud to the groomers. Touring: Black Diamond Carbon Convert also for versatility while not being too heavy or too light (most of the time).

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

For touring  Jacket: Patagonia Dual Aspect Hooded Softshell Jacket for protection from the elements while being able to vent Pants: Mammut Women’s Traleika Softshell Hiking Pants since I run hot while touring these are thin enough for high output activity.

Favorite accessories for your region? Why?

Bolder Band for ear warmth while touring and under any helmet. Dynafit Windstopper Vest for core warmth and protection (however they don’t make this in women’s!)

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

Dawn patrols! Ski and still get into work relatively on time.

 

Still have questions about ski/snowboard gear?

Call, browse online, or stop by evo — a pioneering outdoors shop with a knowledgeable customer care team and flagship stores in Seattle, PortlandDenver, and Whistler, evo is our go-to resource for everything ski, snowboard, mountain bike, surf, skate and wake.”

Our favorite Ski & Snowboard Gear for Colorado

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 Colorado:

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!

Sarah Field – Colorado

Home Base: Breckenridge

What’s unique about skiing in your region?

There are so many mountains to choose from within a relatively small area. Plus, there is a great mix of resort and backcountry so you can continually switch it up.

Where specifically do you prefer to ride and why?

Kirkwood is my favorite mountain. It has a small, local vibe, has killer terrain, gets great snow, and everyone there is ready to rip and have fun.

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

I love Whale’s Tail. It’s long and covers a variety of different terrains from open bowls to trees, and you have to work a bit to get there so it makes it even more worthwhile.

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

Freeride skis (for covering your crusher terrain), touring skis (backcountry is a must in CO), and a nice all-mountain ski for early and late season.

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

Patagonia‘s Untracked Jacket for those chilly CO days – provides insulation and breathability on top of being waterproof and Patagonia’s Descensionist Jacket for backcountry – it’s super breathable and protects you from the elements. For pants, I love Patagonia’s PowSlayer Pants. They are great for both backcountry and resort skiing – breathable, waterproof, and layering compatible.

Favorite accessories for your region? Why?

Buffs! Use them for your hair, face, snot rag, whatever!

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

Carpool (use the many park and ride lots) and plan ahead so as to miss that nasty I-70 traffic, i.e. leave super early and eat breakfast in town and/or stay for some apres happy hour and drive back to the front range later. Or even better, get some friends together to invest in a ski share for the year!

Laraine Martin – Colorado

Home Base: Steamboat

What’s unique about skiing in your region?

Steamboat is an incredible place for people to hone skills on relatively friendly terrain. The resort has a mix of beginner cruisers and advanced mogul fields and off-piste chutes and gullies (if you know where to find them) and some of the absolute best gladed tree skiing in the region.  We are proud of our aspen fields!  In addition, the nearby passes (Rabbit Ears and Buffalo) are full of relatively safe, rolling terrain for those looking to gain winter backcountry travel skills in mellow conditions.

Where specifically do you prefer to ride and why?

I love to ride my home resort here in Steamboat because of how familiar it all feels – it’s HOME! But when I travel, I travel for steeps. I like that I can head north to Jackson Hole or south to Crested Butte to get a dose of 45-degree fun. If the conditions are right, however, you’ll almost always find me in the backcountry and not in a lift line.

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

There’s nothing like a mach-speed rip down the Daze at daybreak (before it gets crowded)!

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

Powder skis? Icelantic Maiden 111s. Freeride skis with the ability to make a turn on hard pack. Groomer/mixed skis? Icelantic Maiden 101, the MOST fun you can have on the resort! And for touring skis I love my lightweight Icelantic Vanguard 107s, which was a 2018 season ski that has now made way for the Mystic and Natural.

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

I love my Flylow gear – everything I own from them ends up being a favorite! I like the Flylow Sassyfrass Pants because they’re simple and lightweight – I don’t like a ton of lining in my ski pants because of how many hours I spend touring on the uphill. The Flylow Puma Jacket is my pick for function and fashion – I also respect a company that creates women’s freeride gear that isn’t full of pink, flowers, and frill.

Favorite accessories for your region? Why?

My Pret ski helmet is always with me. They are a fantastic company putting out great helmet designs – and they support SheJumps as well! Also, you won’t find me in the backcountry without my BCA Tracker 3 (friendly user interface makes this my pick), shovel, and probe.

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

Never stop getting an education and remain humble about what you do or don’t know. Befriend locals. Travel prepared and smart – in my case, this means always having SNACKS. Read avalanche reports and support your local avalanche information center. Take care of the earth and support politicians who recognize our human role in the climate change phenomenon. Keep a sense of humor about everything – when it comes down to it, we’re just sliding on snow!

Melissa Matz – Colorado

Home Base: Winter Park / Mary Jane

What’s unique about skiing in your region?

That Colorado snowpack can be a trickster! Colorado, despite the billions of people here to navigate, is a great state with such a fun culture. Each town has its own vibe and there are endless fun things to do and plenty of buddies to do them with.

Where specifically do you prefer to ride and why?

I love Mary Jane. I know the mountain really well and can always seem to find the goods. It gets really random amazing snow days as well. You can become a technically great skier/boarder there bounding down the bumps or sneaking through the trees. I love all ski mountains. Mary Jane just feels like home.

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

Outhouse. Just kidding. The weather station trees, that’s all I’m saying.

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

Oh man.  I need new skis, but I certainly love mine.  I’m on the RAMP Peacepipe, 179.  They are so fun.  I want a ski similar to these because sadly RAMP is no longer with us.

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

I love my Flylow pants but be warned that the pants sizing is funky – they run small.  Jacket….hmmmm I tend to change that up a lot.

Favorite accessories for your region? Why?

Melanzana microgrid hoodie – a must!

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

1.) inherit a lot of money/win the lotto/have a Insane paying job 2.) buy a ski condo 3.) hire a helicopter to get around I-70 traffic BLAH!   -OR- 1.) givie up cable/donating blood/getting a second job plus a few other things so you can afford a pass, 2.)  leaving at the butt crack of dawn 3.)  have a solid group of friends (like my SheJumps crew!) that join you because it’s just what you do! 4.) When you get to that point in life, teach your kids to ski.

Still have questions about ski/snowboard gear?

Call, browse online, or stop by evo — a pioneering outdoors shop with a knowledgeable customer care team and flagship stores in Seattle, PortlandDenver, and Whistler, evo is our go-to resource for everything ski, snowboard, mountain bike, surf, skate and wake.