SheJumps Full Moon Screening at Peddler Brewing – Recap

On November 29th, the SheJumps community gathered together at Peddler Brewing Company to watch the rad snowboard film FullMoon. The event was kicked off with a raffle that featured donated items from local companies and items left over from past SheJumps events. Many thanks to Second Ascent, Vertical World and Stone Gardens for donating the rad items that we got to raffle off. With an intimate group we had a really great prize to attendee ratio! This event raised $250 for SheJumps WildSkills program! Woohoo!

After the raffle and some brief technical difficulties, we kicked off the film Full Moon. The film, produced by Leanne Pelosi, features the women both past, present and future that have shaped snowboarding and continue to push its boundaries. It was a joy to see a film that was filled with women pushing their sport, sending steep gnarly lines and just have loads of fun. Needless to say, at the end of the event the snow stoke was running high!

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A special and final thanks to Peddler Brewing Company who hosted this event in their beer garden. We are especially grateful for their delicious beer and that they recently installed the sides on their tent which, combined with the center heater, kept the outdoor area nice and toasty.

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Big thanks to our sponsors!

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Giving Tuesday: let’s give more outdoor opportunities to all!

It’s hard to believe that 2017 marks 10 years of SheJumps! When we look back on everything our organization has accomplished, we know one thing is for sure: we would not be here without YOU!

For the 3rd Year in a row, we are kicking off our annual fundraising campaign with #GivingTuesday.

In honor of your support, every year we strive to create fun gifts to show our appreciation for your generous contributions. As a 501c3 nonprofit, we rely on the donations of individuals to keep our programs running.

Always reminding you to keep your feet on the ground with your head in the clouds (above chaos and drama), we are offering our our 2nd annual limited edition sticker pack featuring unique Girafficorns to style out your car, skis, board, bike, water bottle, or office water cooler.
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We also decided to extend our 10 year anniversary hats and t-shirts for December. For a donation of $60 you can get a black trucker hat with a gold sparkle Girafficorn! For a donation of $120, you get the super awesome “Support your local Girafficorn” t-shirt, sticker pack, and hat! This theme marks our incredible volunteer teams in 7 regions around the country!
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All of our successes are not without growing pains, however. We recently learned that our insurance premium nearly doubled this year (due to to all the AWESOME events that our team hosts around the country), so we are looking to our community to help us bridge the gap of this important (unexpected) expense to keep all of our participants and volunteers safe in the event of an accident. Any donation helps us accelerate our mission—from helping us pay for background checks for our volunteers to covering the cost of a young girl to attend a Wild Skills event—your donation will always have a direct impact on our vision to build confidence and community through our outdoor playground.

So don’t hesitate – these goods won’t last for long! Make your year-end contribution to day and be a proud member of the Girafficorn nation!

Recap! Teton Valley WAX&WINE: Get Tuned at Habitat

First off, what an awesome way to kick-off the season!  The energy was plentiful, stoke high, and it was the perfect evening to kick off  the 2017-2018 season.

Sooo many Ladies!

Sooo many Ladies!

The ladies of the Tetons certainly “jumped in” for what was definitely the largest gathering of SheJumps ladies on this side of Teton Pass.  We had around 70 people show up throughout the evening–and whether they jumped in to wax and tune their gear or to celebrate and kick off the season, a good time was had by all.  Way to show UP and represent Ladies!
I want to thank each of you for your energy and participation in the Wax&Wine: Get Tuned at Habitat night and hope you all had as much fun as I did.  I hope it proved to be an opportunity to connect with friends, meet new ones, find new ski partners and mostly, realize how strong and numerous our community of women truly is!
SheJumps and the ladies of the Tetons would like to say thanks again to the following:
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Tower of raffle prizes

Please join us for our upcoming LADIES AVALANCHE AWARENESS Night  on November 28 at the Teton County SAR Hanger from 6-8.  We are excited to be partnering again with Backcountry Zero and Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute for a warm and supportive evening discussing backcountry readiness and avalanche awareness.
Also, look out for a Get the Girls Out at Grand Targhee Resort in January, International Women’s Ski Day at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and another Wax&Wine: Mid Season Tune Up in the near future.
Again, on behalf of myself, Lynsey Dyer, Ambassador Betsy Manero and the entire SheJumps crew… thank you for showing UP and helping us continue to increase the participation of women and girls in the outdoors.
Warmly,
Lauren

RECAP: Pray For Snow

Article by Sarah Boisen, Southeast Ambassador

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

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

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

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Girafficorns Nina and Katie were all neon smiles!

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

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

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

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

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

 

SheJumps Get The Girls Out Berkshire East MA Feb 3rd

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

Tickets- Click here to get your ticket

TimeIine:

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

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

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

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

SheJumps Resort To the Backcountry with AMC-NH Skiers March 17th

 

Update- This event has been rescheduled for March 17th. This event is now filled to capacity! Thank you for your interest! If you would like to be added to our wait list, please email Margaret Brumsted mabrumsted@hotmail.com and Jaimee Rondeau jaimeerondeau@gmail.com with “BC Waitlist” in the subject line.

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ski Carry Showdown with K2 Skis

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Learning where we came from and where we are headed

 

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Huge thank you to all companies who donated raffle prizes!

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

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SheJumps Storywalk

 

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Silent Auction thanks to the American Fundraising Foundation

 

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

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

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Outdoor Research “Draw Your Dream Adventure” Contest

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

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Wild Skills Area sponsored by Big Agnes

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

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

—Claire Smallwood, Executive Director & Co-Founder

 

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

Written by: Jean-Marie Bousquet

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

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Photo by David Reilly

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

Photo by David Reilly

Photo by David Reilly

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

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

Photo by David Reilly

Photo by David Reilly

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

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Photo by David Reilly

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

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

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Photo by David Reilly

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

Photo by David Reilly

Photo by David Reilly

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

Fish Flop! Photo by David Reilly

Fish Flop! Photo by David Reilly

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

Photo by David Reilly

Photo by David Reilly

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

Photo by David Reilly

Photo by David Reilly

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

Featured Photo by Jean-Marie Bousquet

Pretty Faces Showing at Ski Chalet in Enumclaw – Recap

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

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

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

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Tacoma Ambassador 

Cheryl Kochevar

 

SheJumps + RVA Ski Movie 6

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

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