SheJumps Wine & Wax Kick-off Event in Portland – Recap

The stoke for some snow is in full effect in PDX!!

Around 20 ladies gathered to learn all about the essentials of waxing and maintaining skis and snowboards at Evo.  Each attendee got to go through the entire process of melting the wax, scraping, and buffing their skis and boards.

The waxing clinic and venue were both donated by Evo PDX, a solid partner for SheJumps Portland, one is is always opening their doors in support of SJ.

Special thanks to Evo PDX for always opening up their door to us!


Q and A with Steph Jagger: Author, Inspiration, and Coach

Check out this exclusive interview by our executive director Claire Smallwood of Steph Jagger, author of the book Unbound and unofficial world-record holder for the most vertical feet skied in a single year. Maybe those two things aren’t quite enough to describe her. You could also say she’s a spiritual gangster, truth teller and provocateur.

Leaving behind a life of certainty, accomplishments, and surefire success, Steph’s journey (as told in Unbound) is a lot about skiing (South America, New Zealand, Japan, the Alps, and North America) but much more about what happens when we ‘raise restraining devices.’ Steph is a coach, motivational speaker, and breaker of barriers. Read on to get inspired! 



So, you skied all around the world for a year…this is something so many people would dream about! Loving to ski is obviously a prerequisite for wanting to go on a trip like the one you embarked upon. Were you at all nervous that your body wouldn’t be able to stand up to the challenge of skiing that much? Did you do any training prior to the trip?

Heck yeah I was nervous but one day I was out with a friend – we were taking an Avi course together actually – anyway, he had recently completed a bike ride (cycle, as opposed to motor) across Canada and I’ll never forget what he said. “Steph, you can, and probably should, train a little, but I’ll tell ya straight up – you’re gonna get the fitness you need as you go. Don’t stress too much about being fit enough just prior.”

So that’s what I did. I focused hard on training to make sure my body could withstand the year – things like foundational core work and putting on a bit of muscle – but not so hard that I was already exhausted going into the trip…and then I let the months of skiing do the rest of the “sculpting”.


How many days a season on average did you ski prior to setting off on your year-long ski adventure?

In my twenties I was probably averaging somewhere around 15 – 20 days a year. So…this was a HUGE leap for me.

What was the single most memorable run of your entire trip? Why?

Oh [beep]…that’s hard. Probably when I was in the Japanese Alps – in the backcountry. I lost a ski halfway down a 3000 – 4000ft descent and had to make it down all that blissful powder on just one ski. I’ve got some hilarious photos and vids of this. Not a good or safe situation at the time but I can laugh about it now.


Do you have any travel or packing tips for someone who wanted to embark on a worldwide ski-venture?

“Whenever I needed to change platforms to meet a connecting train, which was every single time, I had two options. The first was to hop off one train with all of my gear, go up a set of stairs, walk across a connecting hallway, glide down another staircase, and meet my next train. The second was to lay down on the tracks with all of my gear. I chose the first option, but I’m not going to lie, I almost always regretted it halfway through the whole ordeal.” (p. 161)

Sure do. Here it is – get ready for every bit of clothing you bring with you, including your ski gear, to wind up looking like you spent three or four nights in a prison just outside of Bogota.

In all seriousness, pack in singles…other than your actual underwear. Pack one pair of jeans. One sweater. One pair of ski pants. One set of long undies. Etcetera. And replace things as you go.

And your luggage is key. A bag that has convenient pockets and lots of space, and separate compartments that make it a one stop shop, might end up being too heavy to haul through those airports, or might have you hit with massive weight-based fees on the airlines. In short, seriously consider your bags.


You often have quotes in the book from the The King and the Corpse by Heinrich Zimmer. What’s the significance of this book to you and to your journey?

Great question! I also use a fair number of Joseph Campbell quotes throughout the book but Zimmers are used at almost every section intro. Here’s the deal.

My hubby read a fable in a book one day and he called me immediately and said,” You’ve got to weave this into your book.” It was the fable about the baby tiger and I did use it. But back when I was doing research on it, I discovered that the primary source that it came from was an old Heinrich Zimmer book. When I found that book, I nearly fell over and died. Everything in it, from a mythological perspective, hit me hard. Also…as an added bonus, I found out that all of Zimmer’s works were published after his death, edited and put together by none other than Joseph Campbell, who I am RAVING fan of. All in, my answer to this is: magic. I found Zimmer’s book via magic and everything in it was magic, and the fact that I got rights to use the quotes was magic and it was all magic.


In Unbound, you talk about seeing yourself as “one of the guys” and vying for your father’s attention, how did the trip affect your relationship with the men in your family?

I don’t think the trip altered the relationship I have with the men in my family per se but I do think it altered the relationship I have now with women in my life (not necessarily in my family but in my broader life in general). The perfect example of that would be to look at my clients, I work with almost all women now.

The journey was less about getting rid or, or casting aside, my “one of the guys” persona, and more to do with bringing the feminine in to balance it all.

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In Unbound, you describe an example of when femininity was linked with shame thanks to a rather embarrassing coming-of-age story. What advice would you have for your 13 year old self about embracing femininity?

The advice I have is not necessarily for my 13 year old self but rather for all of the women, and men, and boys that are around our 13 year old selves. I wish we talked about things more openly. I wish there was a proper celebration of our “coming-of-age”. I wish there wasn’t secrecy around it. I wish girls and boys were taught that these were moments to be revered in life, that they signify a transition and should be marked with joy and respect. I could go on about this, but I’ll just say that I told my 13 year-old niece that I want her to phone me when she gets her first period and that I would make sure there was a celebration in her honor.


Is there anything you regret or wish you had done differently during that trip?

Nope. I’m not one for regrets. Learnings, sure. Regrets…nope. I don’t think they serve us very well.

I know you just finished a summer of being the MC at REI’s Outessa events. What was that like? (more detail on this in next question)

Heaven. Point blank, I feel that a role (and opportunity) like that, is basically the equivalent of the gate of the Universe drawing open and me being asked to step forward and fulfill my purpose. I loved the partnership with REI, I loved what they created, and I felt honored to be part of it.

At Outessa, you had a lot of things going on. You had to be on the stage talking about everything from where the First Aid tent is to reminding people to apply sunscreen. You also acted as a mediator on Force of Nature panel discussions and also hosted hosted your own workshop of goal setting for attendees based on your awesome new coaching business “the Great Big Journey.” What were the big takeaways you had from participating in the Outessa events on so many levels? Was it everything you expected? Were you shocked by anything you learned?

I don’t think I was shocked by anything as a lot of what happens at Outessa mirrors what happens with women in the coaching work I do.

I would say that the biggest takeaways were how UNBELIEVABLE the REI team was. They had that event dialed – every detail was thought about and executed with intention, compassion and shared value. I would also say that seeing women connect with themselves, mother nature, and others was (and is) a total gift. We have to let go of a lot of stuff in order to be open to, and act on, those types of connections and bearing witness to all the shit those women were letting go of was, well, it was like watching a force of nature.


REI’s “Force of Nature” has garnered a lot of much-deserved attention around making strides for gender equity starting in the outdoors. You asked me this question during the Force of Nature panel at Kirkwood Outessa, and I am excited to return the favor! In order to step into and embody being a #ForceOfNature (personally or professionally) what has been the most important thing for you to take ownership of, connect to, or get intentional about?

I think this is a never-ending learning for me. The answer is different when asked to the 29 year old version of me – the one that stepped into being a #ForceofNature with the ski trip – as opposed to the version of me that I’m sitting in today.

The version of me now would probably say that the most important thing I need to get intentional about now is magic. Water alone is not a #ForceofNature but add wind to it and now we’re cooking. I think I’m always looking for the wind, the callings, the whispers, the magic that, if followed, will set me free. I’ve come to learn what I’m capable of on my own, what my willpower and brute strength can do. I’m not as interested in that anymore though. I’m more interested in what that, plus the wind can accomplish together.

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A newfound career as a life coach and author must have you pretty busy. How do you find a balance between the woman you say you “used to be” who would plan every single thing out on a map and the “Great Big Journey” person you talk about today?

I’m a Capricorn so planning is still a pretty big part of my life but…I would say that first, before I plan, I follow the call of the Universe. I listen for it to tell me where to go, and then I plan. It’s basically a reversal of how I used to live. I used to plan first, and then try to figure out where that was going to lead me and what it all meant. Now, I find myself asking where I’m feeling called and why, before I move to planning. I spend time in the “discovery” phase before I move to “declaring” and “delivering” on those goals.


What would you say to someone thinking about jumping in for a process like “The Great Big Journey”?

Numero uno – Get ready. I would tell them that it gonna be a game changer and that they know game changers, like, change the game, right? In essence, the GBJ takes time and work. The end result is huge (even when it’s small), but getting there is not all roses and butterflies. I’m not the type of coach who promises cupcakes and sprinkles. I promise love, compassion and support, but I also warn that the road in can be muddy.

There are a lot of people saying they want things to change. The Great Big Journey will create that change but only if the people who do it are ready to do the work, move through resistance, manage some internal heavy lifting, looking in the mirror, and ultimately, cruise on over to Narnia.

Setting oneself free most often involves breaking some thick af chains. We’ve got chain cutters but you gotta do the cutting.



Where can people find more info about you?

@stephjagger (on Insta)

Where can people purchase Unbound

Anywhere fine books are sold…or they can cruise to my site and snap up a signed copy!

How do people sign up for “The Great Big Journey”?

Head on over to the site, check out the details, sign on up. The next intake runs January 7th for twelve weeks.

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About the Book (from Harper Collins)

A young woman follows winter across five continents on a physical and spiritual journey that tests her body and soul, in this transformative memoir, full of heart and courage, that speaks to the adventurousness in all of us.

Steph Jagger had always been a force of nature. Dissatisfied with the passive, limited roles she saw for women growing up, she emulated the men in her life—chasing success, climbing the corporate ladder, ticking the boxes, playing by the rules of a masculine ideal. She was accomplished. She was living “The Dream.” But it wasn’t her dream.

Then the universe caught her attention with a sign: Raise Restraining Device. Steph had seen this ski lift sign on countless occasions in the past, but the familiar words suddenly became a personal call to shake off the life she had built in a search for something different, something more.

Steph soon decided to walk away from the success and security she had worked long and hard to obtain. She quit her job, took a second mortgage on her house, sold everything except her ski equipment and her laptop, and bought a bundle of plane tickets. For the next year, she followed winter across North and South America, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand—and up and down the mountains of nine countries—on a mission to ski four million vertical feet in a year.

What hiking was for Cheryl Strayed, skiing became for Steph: a crucible in which to crack open her life and get to the very center of herself. But she would have to break herself down—first physically, then emotionally—before she could start to rebuild. And it was through this journey that she came to understand how to be a woman, how to love, and how to live authentically.

Electrifying, heartfelt, and full of humor, Unbound is Steph’s story—an odyssey of courage and self-discovery that, like Wild and Eat, Pray, Love, will inspire readers to remove their own restraining devices and pursue the life they are meant to lead.

5th Annual Get the Girls Out & K2 International Women’s Ski & Snowboard Day at Massanutten Resort

K2 & SheJumps invite you to the 5th Annual International Women’s Ski & Snowboard Day and Get the Girls Out at the Nut on Saturday, January 20th. Women from all around the world are invited to get together to celebrate skiing and snowboarding and the power of female camaraderie by having fun on and off the mountain!

We’ll be hitting the slopes of Massanutten Resort for a fun day of skiing and snowboarding. Women and girls of all ages and abilities are welcome! Instructors and lessons will be available for participants to learn techniques to safely navigate the mountain. We’ll meet on the bottom floor of the ski lodge, by the sunroom fireplace for registration before hitting the hill for an awesome day of skiing and riding. After we ski a bit we’ll enjoy lunch on the hill before catching a few more runs.

When our legs can’t turn any longer, we’ll finish the day with refreshments and a fun raffle during our après ski party at Base Camp, the indoor/outdoor umbrella bar on the ski lodge deck. Several partners have donated great items for the raffle and proceeds will benefit future SheJumps programming, so be sure to stick around!

Want to see how much fun you’ll have?  Check out the recap from the 2017 SheJumps Get the Girls Out event at Massanutten.

Lift tickets are $50 for non-season pass holders, plus a $15 registration fee for everyone including pass holders. Registration and ticket purchases must be made in advanced via Eventbrite to receive the discounted rates. Registration the day of the event is $20. CHECK BACK for online registration and ticket purchase to be open soon!

Discounted group lessons are available for participants 7 and up. For information on private lessons for girls under 7 please visit:

Grab your friends and be prepared to make some new ones, as this will be a day you won’t soon forget! Be sure to wear your brightest smile and most fun ski clothes to let everyone know the ladies of SheJumps are on the hill!

Registration Fee: $15 (Everyone)

Lift Ticket: $50 (Regularly $74) (Girls 5 & under ski for free!)

Rentals: $20 (Regularly $36) – Group Lesson: $18 (Regularly $40)

Season pass holders pay just the $15 registration fee.

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Join the Facebook event to get the latest updates! 

Event Contact: Kelly Drewnowski –

(Proceeds to benefit future SheJumps programming.)


K2 & SheJumps International Women’s Ski & Snowboard Day at Sugarbush Resort VT Jan 20th

K2 & SheJumps invite you to the 5th Annual International Women’s Ski & Snowboard Day on January 20 at Sugarbush. Women from all around the world are invited to get together to celebrate skiing and snowboarding and the power of female camaraderie by having fun on and off the mountain. Activities include group skiing/snowboarding, games, chance drawings, apres ski, and more.

Tickets- Click here to get your ticket. The first 10 are special early bird pricing!

This event is for all ages and all abilities. Although no lessons will be provided, groups will go out by abilities to provide a fun safe environment for all.
For questions please email Meridith at or Brittany at

WILD SKILLS ADVENTURE Rainier Snowshoeing – Recap

Wild Skills partnered with Mt Rainier National Park and  Y.E.T.I. to take 32 girls, ages 6-16 on an interpretive snowshoe hike from Paradise on Mt Rainier, November 13th.  Many of the girls had never been on snowshoes or on Mt Rainier.  Each group was lead by a park ranger and helped by SheJumps volunteers.  Interactive games were used to teach facts about the mountain and it’s environment.

Building snow volcanos, playing musical devices to simulate the sounds and cycles of the mountain, and making snow angels were just a few of the activities.  A sack lunch picnic on the slopes rounded out the day and fun was had by all!


SheJumps Tacoma Ambassador

Janet Perry

SheJumps Wine & Wax Kick-off Event in Bellingham – Recap

SheJumps kick-off event in Bellingham, WA on November 30th was hosted at Backcountry Essentials.


Over 30 ladies gathered together to drink wine and learn how to wax their skis and snowboards.  The major goal of this event was to not only teach attendees how to properly wax their gear but to also kick-off the first official SheJumps event in Bellingham, Washington.  Raffle prizes were given from Backcountry Essentials, Superfeet, and Kavu.  The waxing clinic and venue were both donated by Backcountry Essentials, a local outdoor store that has new and used gear, rentals, waxing, and more.


Wine was donated by Alycia Hawkins and OneHope Wine where proceeds from purchasing the wine went straight to SheJumps. Huge thank you to Jessica from OneHope Wine, especially for bringing the sparkly unicorn wine bottles.


15 women participated in the waxing clinic and a huge thank you to our wax sponsor WEND waxworks! Each attendee got to go through the entire process of melting the wax, scraping, and buffing their skis and boards.


Towards the end of the evening the SheJumps Bellingham Ambassador, Shari Karber, announced the 2018 line-up of events.  Stoke and celebrating was escalated as each event was read off.  “It was cool to see how excited everyone was as the 2018 events were announced, overall an awesome first event in Bellingham”, said Brinn Hovde, event attendee.

Special THANKS to Niki, Backcountry Essentials Store Manager, for her hosting skills and free-hand Girafficorn drawing on the chalkboard sign!

Know Before You Go Recap- Salt Lake City

When Ullr decides to grace the Wasatch with some powder, the ladies are ready!  On December 5th, almost 100 women gathered at the REI in Salt Lake City for our annual Know Before You Go chat with Evelyn Lees and Pat Lamborough from the Utah Avalanche Center.


Evelyn covered numerous topics following the steps of the Know Before You Go avalanche awareness program.

  1. Get the Gear (hint: Beacon, Shovel, Probe)
  2. Get the Training (hint: Check out
  3. Get the Forecast (hint: for our area.  We are lucky to have such amazing forecasters in our area!)
  4. Get the Picture (hint: terrain choices, local observations)
  5. Get out of Harm’s Way (hint: minimize your exposure to hazards)


She also had some great comparisons to help visualize what happens when you are in an avalanche.  My favorite is to think of an avalanche as a bowl of chips that is being shaken.  You are the crumb that ends up at the bottom!  Don’t be the crumb that gets pushed to the bottom of the bowl!  The best option is to avoid getting in the avalanche if at all possible (using the KBYG steps above).  But if you do happen to be the crumb, an airbag can help you float to the top of the chips.



Next up we found out what was in Pat’s pack.  Everyone’s preferences are different, and the important take away is find something that works for YOU.  This can include layers for changing conditions, food, water, repair kit, but should always include your shovel and probe.


Armed with the knowledge of the night, we are now ready to (safely!) venture into the backcountry!


Many thanks to our partners in making this event possible!

And for the great raffle prizes!


Pray for Snow!

Wild Skills Junior Ski Patrol at Crystal Mountain – Recap

Written by Wild Skills Director, Christy Pelland

On December 16, 2017, SheJumps Wild Skills hosted Junior Ski Patrol at Crystal Mountain 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, weather stations, toboggans, avalanche rescue techniques, avalanche dogs and much more. There was also plenty of snack breaks, high fives and unicorns delivering hot cocoa!

The day started at 9:30am with registration, meeting team members, filling our pockets with snacks (Thank you Clif Bar!) and making Junior Ski Patroller cards. Teams consisted of 8 participants, 3 SheJumps volunteers and 1 Crystal Mountain pro patroller.

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At 10am, the teams headed to ski patrol headquarters located at the base of Crystal Mountain. We entered in through the ‘Ski Patrol Only’ entrance and cozied up in the patrol locker room for a briefing by ski patrol director, Kim Kircher. Kim talked about what ski patrol does, how they educate the community, the skier’s responsibility code and more. After a Q & A, teams toured the aid room and witnessed patrollers in action as a skier was cared for.




By 10:30am, Teams Blue & Orange were headed to the summit and Teams Purple & Green over to Campbell Basin. All teams started the morning station set with First Aid which was housed in tents provided by our generous partner, Big Agnes. Patrollers led demonstrations in prevention and care of injuries – role playing situations which included making splints and stopping bleeding. A big thank you to our program partner, Adventure Medical Kits for providing all the gear needed in order to create this part of the event. Also, for giving each participant a first aid kit & emergency blanket!

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Next up, teams learned about snowmobiles, toboggans and why patrollers cache gear on the mountain. This station set included finding caches and learning how to load & maneuver the toboggans. Many girls I talked to said driving and riding in the toboggans was their favorite part of the day!    

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I bet you’d like to know the secret to pulling off successful youth events in the mountains? Well, get ready for it: UNICORNS DELIVERING HOT COCOA! That’s right, our team of 4 unicorn delivered piping hot cocoa complete with whipped cream & sprinkles to our 32 participants, 20 volunteers and 6 pro patrollers.


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Lunch was included in this event and consisted of everyone’s favorite: PIZZA! Crystal Mountain recently installed a wood fire pizza oven in Campbell Basin Lodge and OH is it amazing! Our crew annihilated 12 large pizzas and 2 giant bowls of pasta before heading back out into the snow.


After lunch, each team was greeted by a unicorn carrying avalanche beacons, probes and shovels. The unicorns gave instructions about the Buried Treasure Hunt and patrollers lead the team in how to properly conduct a search. 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 BCA beacon & box full of donut holes. Special thanks to Backcountry Access (BCA) for providing all the beacons, probes, shovels, slope meters and crystal cards for this event.


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Once the girls had their fill of donuts, all teams hiked thru the trees into a secluded area of Campbell Basin. This was a challenge for some of the girls who have never done this level of side stepping and technical skiing/snowboarding. Yet all made it and were greeted by enthusiastic high fives. After all were settled into the snow, Kim Haft led a presentation on the avalanche dog program at Crystal Mountain sharing many interesting aspects about the dogs such as how they are trained and how the dogs like to spend their summer vacations.



Once Kim was done answering questions, we turned our attention to Christina Hale & Kala who were located on the slope above us. Everyone sat in silence as Kala charged across the hill searching out the scent. In seconds she’d found it and began frantically digging – pulling up the sweater that had been buried earlier that day. Christina loudly praised Kala as did the rest of us – it was quite the sight!

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As we exited the area, we were treated to a stash of fresh pow!


The afternoon station sets included touring the weather stations and avalanche prevention. At the weather stations, teams learned how data is gathered and how to find & read weather reports. This station also included lessons on snow crystals and the science behind them.


The avalanche prevention set included seeing the different control routes at Crystal Mountain as well as stories of past avalanches. Teams discussed terrain assessment, the human factor and the importance of making good decisions.



There was a lot of information covered during this day but teams still found time to do a bit of free skiing – some even ran into unicorns!



At 3:30pm, all teams gathered for wrap up which included certificates for completing the day and a sweet swag bag filled with a watertight first aid kit from Adventure Medical Kits, SheJumps lip balm by EcoLips, and Clif bar notebook.


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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!




This was the first event of it’s kind for Wild Skills and we’re looking forward to bringing it to other mountain communities this season including Big Sky, Sun Valley and Alta. If you’re interested in bringing Junior Ski Patrol to your local hill – contact Wild Skills Director, Christy Pelland


Special thanks to our partners:

Crystal Mountain Resort

Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol

Clif Bar


Yukon Trading Company

Big Agnes


High fives to our photographers:

Ryan French

Blake Kremer

Big up to our videographer, Max Chesnut for capturing the magic!


SheJumps Winthrop Premiere of Pretty Faces & TGR Rogue Elements – Recap

With winter on the tip of everyone’s tongue, SheJumps brought the premiere of both Pretty Faces and Teton Gravity Research’s new film Rogue Element to the Winthrop Barn in the Methow Valley.  The amazingly talented AK guide and Master Girafficorn Brooke Edwards, MC’d the event, and elevated stoke for SheJumps in the valley.

For the next two hours, we were transported to a snowier moment in life, where all of our wintery dreams come true.  From the inspiring moments of women sending in Pretty Faces to the spine shredding exploits of some of those same women in Rogue Elements, the audience ooooh’d and “oh no’d” throughout the evening.


By the end of the evening, our ultimate goal was not only met, but fully exceeded.  We successfully kicked-off our first SheJumps event in Winthrop, WA with over 150 brave souls in attendance and stoked for what SJ will bring to our tiny mountain community.


Steph Bennett 

SheJumps Ambassador 


SheJumps Intro to Avalanche Safety Awareness Clinic – Spokane 2017 – Recap

This year, the Inland Northwest region of SheJumps hosted its third annual Avalanche Awareness Clinic in Spokane, WA in partnership with Gonzaga Outdoors and Gonzaga University. SheJumps partnered with our local avalanche experts Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center (IPAC) and Idaho Panhandle Backcountry to provide an introduction to avalanche safety in the backcountry. Our event focuses on safety and awareness for those venturing into backcountry skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. While full of education, this clinic is designed to be fun and encouraging, not scary or overwhelming. Travelling into the backcountry can be intimidating and this clinic gives both basic knowledge and refreshers for the experienced, giving some the courage they need to jump into the unknown!

Our clinic is the regional highlight of introduction to avalanche safety in large part to our sponsors, whose donations make our individual goodie bags and grand prizes one of the best raffles in area!


The SheJumps national sponsors, Treeline Coffee Roasters, Eco Lips, and Essential Wipes do an incredible job hooking up the first 10 ladies with goodie bags full of their great products!
Kind Snacks once again provided a table full of their latest snacks to sample and take home; a few lucky raffle winners even walked away with boxes of Kind bars to help fuel their backcountry adventures!


SheJumps events are women-specific, but it always makes me glad to see the amount of support our events receive from dads, sons and brothers – this year was no exception! Avalanche safety is not a singular pursuit, and the more families, friends and partnerships who partake make the experience fun and meaningful! Our events, while focusing on the importance of increasing the engagements of young girls and women in outdoor pursuits and education, are not exclusive but inclusive.


This year we were excited to showcase Annie the avalanche rescue dog who melted the hearts of everyone.
SheJumps events strive to be fun and engaging, yet avalanche safety is no joke. Our instructors make our avalanche clinic rewarding and educational. This year we were lucky to once again welcome Larry Banks from Panhandle Backcountry, a company promoting backcountry skiing and splitboarding in Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Northwestern Montana. We also welcomed back Jeff Thompson, the Director at Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center (IPAC).

It is inspiring to see so many women of all ages (our youngest attendee was only 2 weeks old!) absorb the significance of backcountry safety with eagerness. For many of our attendees this was their first exposure to the curriculum. Their responsiveness to the videos and engaging questions to expand on the already extensive material was impressive!


Attendees were able to see first hand how Recco search devices work, live demonstrations of airbags, and how to use beacons, shovels and probes.

Amongst all the seriousness, we had a bit of fun. Once again, our sponsors provided the goods to make this the best raffle yet!

The support from these local businesses was spectacular: The Sports Creel, Wild Walls, Spokane Alpine Haus, Physical Therapy Associates, SOLE, IPAC, Panhandle Backcountry, Gonzaga Outdoors, Gonzaga University, and Longleaf Wilderness Medicine. Our local sponsors give a genuine touch and show just how important avalanche safety is to our local community.


We also received a received an extraordinary amount of support and prizes from our national and international sponsors at Outdoor Research, Mervin Manufacturing, Genuine Guide Gear (G3), Arbor, Tailgate Industries, One-Ball, Spark R&D, Warren Miller Entertainment, Athleta, and Kind Snacks! There were bags, jackets, goggles, shirts, and even a cotton candy Roxy splitboard (thanks Mervin MFG!) that were raffled off! Proceeds of the event went to to aid in keeping our youth events free and a portion of proceeds also benefited our local avalanche center Friends of Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center so they can continue to help keep us all safe in the backcountry!

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One thing we like to do at this event is to provide an avenue for those who would like to continue their backcountry education. This year, Jamie Terry with Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education (SOLE) set up a table to promote several continuing classes in avalanche safety. SOLE generously donated a scholarship for a youth’s specific AIARE Level 1, highlighting that our youth should be fully knowledgeable in the backcountry as well. Our next local SheJumps event is a women-specific AIARE Level 1 taught in collaboration with SOLE on January 19th-21, 2018 in Libby, Montana. You can learn more about the course here.

These events don’t just happen on their own! To our instructors who have made this a yearly service to our community, the outstanding generosity of our sponsors in support of our event and raffle, and especially our volunteers, who without their enthusiasm and love for the SheJumps mission, events like this just wouldn’t happen; Thank You!


Anna Dunn

SheJumps Ambassador 

Big Thanks to our sponsors!

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As well as:  The Sports Creel, Wild Walls, Spokane Alpine Haus, Physical Therapy Associates, SOLE, IPAC,  Longleaf Wilderness Medicine, Genuine Guide Gear (G3), Arbor, Tailgate Industries, One-Ball, Spark R&D, Warren Miller Entertainment, Athleta.