SPOTLIGHT: Avy 1 Scholarship Recipient EMMA HELLER

SheJumps in the Tetons would like to congratulate Emma Heller of Victor, Idaho, who was our scholarship winner for our most recent AIARE Level 1 course taught by the Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute in Jackson, WY held February 2-4, 2018.

We wanted to take a moment to introduce Emma and share her enthusiasm for skiing, safety in the backcountry and her new home in Teton Valley.


Dear Girraficorns, 
I am excited to take part in my AIARE 1 course with a great group of ladies and JHOLI. This is an amazing opportunity to gain valuable knowledge through Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership and SheJumps AND for someone new to the area make friends to explore the great outdoors with. I just recently moved to Victor, ID from Big Sky, MT to work for Sego Ski Co. as the Showroom Manager. I’m thrilled to live in such a beautiful area and amazing community. 

Happy Skiing!


Emma enjoys adventuring on her skis in the Teton backcountry

Emma enjoys adventuring on her skis in the Teton backcountry

5C’s of Survival recap

5 adventurous ladies showed up Wednesday night to learn about the 5 most essential things you can carry for survival.  The smaller group size made it easy to share some of our own stories and Sherri was super patient answering all our questions. She even shared some off-topic tips (did you know you can dehydrate chili?!).


For each one of the 5Cs, Sherri demonstrated the proper gear. Not only did we get to try the gear first hand, but Sherri took time to explain which choices are good, which choices are better, and why. We even learned a few diy tricks, like how to make your own kindling!

There was a lot of information to take in but a few important tips included:

-make sure it’s multipurpose and light

-dress appropriately/sustain climate

-waterproof matches are not always the answer

-You can have all the tools, but they won’t do any good if you don’t know how to use them!!


Now that we have the confidence to get the gear, we’re ready to tackle another class! Next one on the list? Fire building! Thank you to Wilderness, Water and Woods Trading Corp. for making this event possible!!

PDX Avalanche Awareness Clinic – Recap

Thursday night was magic!

She Jumps PDX was  fortunate to have Lindsey Clark up from Bend to teach the avalanche awareness clinic!

Lindsey, a local backcountry skier,  avalanche educator and our own awesome Product Manager, lead us through various topics such as how one identifies avalanche terrain, why and how they happen, best practices for travel in avalanche terrain, local and regional resources to use throughout the season, and upcoming opportunities for more in-depth avalanche education in Oregon this season. Footage shot all over the world was shared and helped drive home the various learnings.  The presentation was followed-up by a question and answer session as well as a generous raffle!



Special thanks, to evo Portland for organizing, hosting and providing the raffle prizes for such an awesome event. Thanks goes to NWAC for joining, supporting SheJumps and  playing the role of such a valuable knowledge base for all backcountry lovers.


While the winter in Oregon has left a bit to be desired, the stoke is still extremely high!!

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.


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!


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!


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.


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).


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!


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!


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


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!


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National Partners:

K2 Skis

K2 Snowboards

Clif Bar

Big Agnes

Find out about our rad raffle 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.



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

Clif Bar


Local Partners:

Harmon Brewing Company

Montucky Cold Snacks

Crystal Mountain

Stevens Pass

Gear Aid



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!


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.


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.


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.


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!)
Crystal Mountain for having a great facility to use
Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol
Roberto Beef Snacks
Cliff Bars