Backcountry 101- at Brighton Resort

Winter has finally arrived in the Wasatch!  But first a classroom session with the lovely Evelyn Lees and Pat Lamborough.

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They covered everything from beacon flux lines to travelling in avalanche terrain.  The ladies broke up into groups to go over scenarios and decision making as well.  So much to learn, so little time!

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We met up again on Saturday at Brighton among the fresh snowfall!  What a beautiful day to be out in the mountains.  The day started with breaking up into groups and discussing a plan for the day.  After a single lift ride, we dropped down near Dog Lake to be left to our own human power.

Probe deployment practice as well as beacon searches were on the agenda followed by a snow pit where the layers of the winter could be seen.  This year in the Wasatch we have a persistent slab on the northwest to east aspects.  While we didn’t get it to fail on that layer with our column tests, it is still lurking in the basement.

Thank you so much to the Utah Avalanche Center and the amazing instructors for all of the groups!

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Huge thanks to our Outdoor Education Partners!

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Beacon Clinic

Over 40 ladies were keen to learn and refresh their beacon skills, even on a Monday morning!  It was a gorgeous day up at Alta.  Our fearless lady leaders discussed some beacon basics, including the flux lines (shown above) of a beacon.

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After the full group discussion the ladies broke up into groups of about 6 to head outside to have some practice.  Some groups started by going through good items to have in your pack for a tour and some were eager to get outside to enjoy the beautiful day.

Once outside, the leaders demonstrated the 3 phases of the beacon search which can be simplified to Run, Walk, Crawl.  These refer to the steps of finding a beacon signal (run), following the flux lines (walk), and doing the fine search (crawl).

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After the demo, it was time to practice!  A beacon was hidden and the group searched, probed for and dug it out.  There’s no such thing as too much beacon practice so the groups kept at it until we ran out of time.

Thank you instructors, the Utah Avalanche Center, and Alta Community Enrichment for helping make this clinic a reality!

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Huge thanks to our Outdoor Education Partners!

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SLC Wine & Wax at 2nd Tracks Recap

Thanks once again to 2nd Tracks for hosting our wax clinic.  Included this year in Utah: wine! 15 SheJumpers gathered to learn how to properly care for the bases of our skis while enjoying a glass of wine..or two!

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Inspecting the bases, fixing core shots, and proper waxing technique were all among the topics covered.

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Many questions asked and answered as well as leaving with freshly waxed skis or boards!

2nd Tracks was also generous enough to give the ladies 10% off in the store after the clinic.  Thank you!

 

Huge thanks to our Outdoor Education Partners!

 

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IWSD Crystal Mountain 2018 – Recap

The K2 Alliance & SheJumps hosted the 5th Annual International Women’s Ski & Snowboard Day (IWSD) on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 25+ locations across the world. Women were invited to get together to celebrate skiing, snowboarding and the power of female camaraderie by having fun on and off the mountain.

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Our goal was to encourage more females to go skiing and snowboarding – friends, sisters, moms, daughters. Whatever brand you ski on, Whoever you ski with, Wherever you ski, Enjoy the fallen flakes with your girls! It’s your day so lap the park with the girls, take a lesson, hike for pow, rip groomers, teach a friend to ski, get together for après. Our Crystal Mountain event had 177 ladies (and 6 men) turn out for the fun!

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Who doesn’t love hot cocoa & donuts?! Thanks to our local partner, Sturtevant’s, we were able to provide participants with a Stoke Station mid mountain including hot drinks, treats and high fives.

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In event emails and a registration, participants were given the Ski Party Photo Assignment Sheet which offered an array of fun prompts for group photos including: ski limbo, best dressed on the mountain, triple black diamonds, impromptu dance party and the album cover. Ladies used the hashtag #IWSD to share images and be featured on the K2 skis website. To add another fun all ages element to the day we provided participants with a scavenger hunt. Items on the hunt ranged from snowmobiles to pieces of pizza. We operated this game on the honor system and if you found all the items on the sheet you could turn it in at the apres party for a free raffle ticket.

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Lunch was held at Campbell Basin Lodge located at the top of the Forest Queen lift. The skies opened up just in time for many ladies to enjoy lunch outside. After refueling, many participated in the Buried Treasure Hunt, an light hearted approach to avalanche rescue techniques that first debuted at our Junior Ski Patrol event in December. Participants are given a crash course in beacon use, a breakdown of the scene and tasked with finding their treasure – in this case, oreo cookies.

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Our perfect day in the mountains was capped off right with rockin’ live music, dancing and a massive raffle thanks in part to large contributions by K2 Skis & K2 Snowboards! The Ski Carry Showdown entertained and educated the crowd by displaying the many creative ways to carry your skis. Dirtbag royalty, Gisken Crawford, dominated with speed and agility in the first two rounds and pulled out a ruckus cowgirl riding demo to win the finale! $4419 was raised by the raffle setting a record for our Crystal Mountain events!

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Super high five to Crystal Mountain for hosting us! Special thanks to Tiana & Bri in the marketing department, Corey for dialing in the apres event, and ski patrol for keeping the mountain safe!

Videographer:

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Photographers:

Ryan French

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National Partners:

K2 Skis

K2 Snowboards

Clif Bar

Big Agnes

Find out about our rad raffle partners: http://www.shejumps.org/announcing-our-winter-partners/

 

K2 + SheJumps Winter Stoke Party 2018 – Recap

On December 12th, K2 Skis & SheJumps hosted a special event at K2 Headquarters in Seattle to get folks stoked on winter! 87 women & men turned out for the event which featured all kinds of fun!

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Breakout Sessions included New Gear & Ski Technology with Valerie Long from K2 Skis.

Gear Innovation for 2018-2019 with Kjersti Gedde from Outdoor Research.

Maintaining Gear & Repair Tips with Cheriss Faiola from Gear Aid.

Getting the Perfect Boot Fitting with Joe Henderson of Crystal Mountain Bootworks and Shair Karber of Superfeet.

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Oh and there was also a super rad raffle which included skis, snowshoes, helmets, lift tickets to Crystal Mountain & Stevens Pass and more! We ate some food, drank some brews, learned some things and most importantly, met other rad shredders! This annual event always gets us pumped on the coming season – thanks for joining in the fun! We look forward to seeing you all at next year’s event!

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Thanks to our partners, K2 Skis, for letting us take over headquarters for the night and for providing the food!

 

National Partners:

Outdoor Research

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Local Partners:

Harmon Brewing Company

Montucky Cold Snacks

Crystal Mountain

Stevens Pass

Gear Aid

Superfeet

 

Burton Girls Night out with evo Seattle – Recap

Thursday night was rad! We had a little under 100 ladies and guys hanging out at Evo talking about snowboarding & Splitboarding! Burton and She Jumps raffled off some She Jumps swag, some Burton swag, legit Bose speakers, and the grand prize was a Burton shred stick of your choosing! We had how-to stations set up which included; tuning and waxing your boards, how to plan for a back country split board sesh, and much more! evo Seattle had someone pouring micro brews and there was a ton of food!

The event went from 6-9 PM and we raised over $600 for She Jumps! I personally ran into ladies I’ve volunteered with in the past and met new chicks to shred with. It was the perfect night too because I’m pretty sure the local resorts were gearing to get dumped on for the weekend ( I know Crystal was a blast) ! Huge shout out to evo for hosting us, and Burton for putting on such a great event. All of the proceeds are going back into She Jumps. WOW! I am stoked that the snowboard community is growing and I can’t wait for the next event!

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SheJumps Ambassador 

Jeanette Johnson

Big thanks to Burton and evo for organizing and hosting such an awesome event!

SheJumps Avalanche Awareness and Safety at Crystal Mountain – Recap

On Saturday, January 13th, SheJumps hosted its first (now to be annual) Avalanche Safety and Awareness event in the chapel at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort apre’ ski.    With 109 attendees, this co-ed, all ages event was a great success.  A presentation by Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol Director Kim Kircher started things off.  Basics such as slope, conditions, temperatures, personal safety, and alerts were covered, as well as avalanche triggers, control, and Crystal Mountain hazard areas.  Footage shot at CM was shared and appreciated by all.  This was followed up by a question and answer session.

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We took a brief intermission where pizza and beverages were enjoyed by all while having another chance to interact with our patrollers and purchase raffle tickets.

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After intermission, a safety and experiences film provided by High Fives Foundation, demonstrated that all big mountain and pro skiing isn’t glamorous with perfect landings, and drove home the reality of less than ideal events and their consequences.

We followed up with a raffle drawing of great swag and smiles all around.

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SheJumps Ambassador

Cheryl Kochevar

Special THANKS to our sponsors!

Elysian Brewing for adult beverages and t-shirts
Rockridge Orchards cider
Crystal Mountain Founders Club  (who provided all of the pizza and safety whistles!)
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Dakine
Superfeet
Crystal Mountain for having a great facility to use
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Roberto Beef Snacks
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SheJumps Nordic Ski Clinic on Mt. Hood – Recap

On January 20, 2018, SheJumps Oregon hosted an Outdoor Education event at Mt. Hood where we jumped into the sport of Nordic Skiing. It was a snowy trip up the mountain to Pocket Creek Sno-Park where all the ladies met. We started with introductions and filled our packs with snacks (Thank you Skout Backcountry, Happy Mountain Kombucha & 10 Barrel Brewing Co.) before Jan Zarella, a volunteer from Portland’s The Mountain Shop, led the group through basic skills needed for a nordic ski tour: basic form, technique and the art of falling.

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We began down the trail that was lined with powder dusted firs. Laughs and smiles were shared as confidence built up. The flat trail soon gained elevation, which allowed us to practice skiing uphill. Before turning around, which meant practicing skiing downhill!, we took a break and shared how we found SheJumps and a general appreciation for the mission of women supporting other women.

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As we closed our time together, the moral was high and plans for future trips were being made.

Thank you to our local partnerships based in Portland, OR and national partnerships that support SheJumps Outdoor Education events:

Mountain Shop
Skout Backcountry
Happy Mountain Kombucha
10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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Alyeska International Womens Ski Day 2018

Twenty Ladies gathered near the base of the tram at Alyeska before the mountain opened.  We were able to meet new people and discuss everyones’ goals for the day.  We geared up and were full of stoke when we were spit out into a classic Alyeska low visibility cloud.

Following each others bright colors and toutous we found clarity on the lower mountain.  It was here we were able to focus on steep turn skills and finding our edges while maintaining a ride on our skis.  Maeve Lavtar and Lanny Mansen were both a huge help in getting the word out and keeping spirits high through the classic tough conditions we tend to face at Alyeska.

January 20th was a busy day for the resort which hosted events with local racing clubs and the Anchorage College Team.  We spread the spirit of Womens Ski Day with cheer and connected with these gals riding along side them on the mountain and on the chair lifts!

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5th Annual International Women’s Ski & Snowboard Day: Jan. 20, 2018

IWSD 2018 Recap

The K2 Alliance & SheJumps hosted the 5th Annual International Women’s Ski & Snowboard Day (IWSD) on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 22 locations across the world. Women were invited to get together to celebrate skiing, snowboarding and the power of female camaraderie by having fun on and off the mountain.

Our goal was to encourage more females to go skiing and snowboarding – friends, sisters, moms, daughters. Whatever brand you ski on, Whoever you ski with, Wherever you ski, Enjoy the fallen flakes with your girls! It’s your day so lap the park with the girls, take a lesson, hike for pow, rip groomers, teach a friend to ski, get together for après.

22 events were hosted from Alaska to Germany. Over 1200 women participated making this the largest IWSD to date!

Video: https://vimeo.com/255099358

Photo by Ryan French

Photo by Ryan French

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National Partners:

K2 Skis

K2 Snowboards

Clif Bar

Big Agnes

Find out about our rad raffle partners: http://www.shejumps.org/announcing-our-winter-partners/