(S)heJumps into the Canyon: It’s a wrap!

March 2013 celebrated our 5th year of bringing youth from Salt Lake City Boys & Girls clubs up to Alta to ski with passionate individuals from the mountain community. It’s a wonderful event, and in a way, what gave SheJumps our start! SheJumps is very grateful to Chris Morgan (Two Sherpas LLC) for making this amazing video that tells the story of (S)heJumps into the Canyon. Thank you Chris!

Also, thank you to all of our amazing sponsors and volunteers! Without you guys, this never would have happened! Connie Marshall at Alta, John D. at Alta Ski Shop, Stephanie and Mike at the Deep Powder House, the Goldminer’s Daughter, Tim at the Albion Grill, Bree and Megan Foster from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Salt Lake and of course, our wonderful, inspirational, dedicated, and totally awesome volunteers and participants! You know who you are!

SheJumps into the Canyon from Chris Morgan on Vimeo.

Meet Your New Regional Coordinators!




They will be telling their stories here soon…and creating more opportunities than ever for SheJumpers to have a blast this summer! Stay tuned….
-Claire Smallwood, Executive Director

Banff Bike Clinic a Huge Success!

A huge thank you to SOUL SKI AND BIKE in Banff, Alberta for hosting our first Outdoor Education event of the year! We had 16 women packed into Soul Ski and Bike on May 29th for a maintenance clinic. Lots of preventative tips were shared, also, handy things like how to fix a flat tire, a broken chain, adjust brakes, and generally how to keep your local bike mechanic out of work!

Many thanks to everyone who attended. There was a wait list for the clinic, so Banff/Canmore people, stay tuned for the next clinic which will be announced soon!

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Utah Summer Planning Session!

We would like to invite ladies of all ages to join the Utah Chapter of SheJumps for a potluck on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013  from 6-9pm to meet veteran SheJumpers and new friends alike!  Have you heard about SheJumps but been unsure of how to get involved?  Or perhaps you wonder what the non-profit is really all about?  Maybe you even have suggestions about events or activities from which the outdoor-loving SheJumps community would benefit?  You are ALL SheJumpers already!  Please join us to meet the new Regional Coordinator for the Intermountain Region, Meaghan McKasy, and learn about all the great changes, growth and organization happening throughout SheJumps in Utah and around the world!

When:  Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
           6-7pm : Potluck Meet and Greet
           7-8pm : Official Meeting and Utah Chapter Updates
           8-9pm : More mingling and yard games!
Where:  Hannah Whitney’s Abode
            8140 South 3500 East
            Cottonwood Heights, UT. 84121
Parking:  Please Park at the 8100 South 3500 East Park and Ride (AKA Swamp Lot) and walk across 3500 East to the address listed above.  Walk down the long driveway to to back lot and if the weather is nice we will be in the back yard!
Bring:  A potluck dish (Veggie Burgers, Turkey Burgers, Hamburgers and Hot Dogs will be provided!)
          Drinks of your choice
          A reusable cup and plate (SheJumps loves the Earth and promotes reducing waste)
          A camp chair
          A pen and paper if you’d like to jot down dates or share ideas
          An open mind and love of the outdoors!Any Questions: please email meaghan.mckasy@shejumps.org

Women’s Bike Maintenance Clinic in Banff, Alberta

Come learn how to change a flat tire, fix a broken chain, and other helpful bike tools and tips to get you on the trail and keep you there (plus, bring you home!). The clinic will be at Soul Ski and Bike (203A Bear Ave) Wednesday May 29 at 7 p.m.
Cost is $10 and spaces are limited. So email claire@shejumps.org to sign up. We have an event on Facebook too…Click HERE.
Banff Outdoor Ed

Get the Girls Out Mt Bachelor, Spring ’13 Recap!

“This weather is so bad, if I weren’t having so much fun I would have left hours ago!” If there was a theme for the Spring ‘13 Get the Girls Out Mt Bachelor, this would be it!

The forecast looked amazing: sunny, with warm temperatures to soften the snow for excellent shredding conditions.

Walking up to our meeting place in the morning, I was wiping the moisture off my sunny-day goggles, looking up at the black cloud parked directly over Mt. Bachelor, and thinking, “I really hope this burns off!”

About 20 girls met up at the bottom of the Pine Marten lift, with high spirits, colorful outfits, and huge smiles! I quickly realized that in good weather or bad, these girls were here to have a good time.

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We started the day by introducing ourselves and naming our favorite place to ski on Mt Bachelor:



“The cone!”

“The trees off Northwest!”

“The backside!”

“I don’t know, I’ve never skied here before!”

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With most of the mountain closed due to weather, we skied the terrain accessed from the Pine Marten and Skyliner lifts. The moderate terrain and limited visibility meant that our group could stick together really easily, even though there were different abilities and interests. What a great way to get to know each other!

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By about 11:30, we were all soaked and ready to dry out. We headed to the Clearing Rock Bar at the West Village Lodge and grabbed some tables in front of their giant fireplace. That was our opportunity to share the SheJumps mission of increasing female participation in outdoor activities. We gave away Vapur Shades Anti-Bottles (pre-filled!), delicious bars from Kate’s Real Food, and some women’s specific ski packs from Camelbak! The ladies were psyched.

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After lunch, a handful of us rallied for a few more laps. That’s when the rain really started coming down, and things started getting silly!

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Eventually, we did decide to call it a day a little earlier than planned. We were some of the last people on the entire mountain! There is no doubt that the lifties thought we were all a little crazy for skiing that long in the rain.

We all met back up in the warm sunshine in downtown Bend at Crow’s Feet Commons. Our friends at Dump City Dumplings brought their food cart so we wouldn’t starve after our epic day of skiing in the rain! It was a great ending to a very memorable day.

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 Looking forward to doing this again next season!

Lindsey : )


LymeLight is a Lyme Disease awareness film that serves as an inspirational story for those who have fought to overcome chronic illness and physical setbacks. It delivers a powerful message of the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle on a daily basis.

Angeli VanLaanen is one of the top female freeskiers in the world and a well-rounded athlete with expertise in all areas of her sport. She has been featured on the cover of Skiing Magazine and in renowned skiing publications such as Powder Magazine and Freeskier Magazine. Angeli has also competed in high level halfpipe events such as the X-Games and Dew Tour.

LymeLight is a 30 minute documentary film based on Angeli VanLaanen’s battle with Lyme Disease. Angeli, now 27 years old, started showing Lyme symptoms at the tender age of 10. After developing a chronic sinus infection, fainting spells, dyslexia and fatigue, Angeli faced over a decade of misdiagnoses. Through the years, her symptoms fluctuated and progressed into a debilitating chronic illness. In the summer of 2009 VanLaanen was sleeping for multiple days at a time and experiencing crippling body pain. Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread by the bite of an infected Black Legged Tick (commonly known as a Deer Tick). Many children and adults cannot recall a bite because young Deer Ticks can be as small as a poppyseed. If caught promptly, Lyme Disease can be treated in a matter of weeks. Angeli’s story of misdiagnosis is all too common due to the lack of knowledge in our society and in the medical community. After her diagnosis in November 2009, VanLaanen was forced to put her competitive halfpipe career on hold at the peak of her career. “It’s the lowest I’ve ever felt,” Angeli says. “With no guarantee that treatment would relieve my symptoms, I had very little to hold on to.” Motivated by her struggle, Angeli linked up with Director John Roderick of Neu Productions in November of 2011 to make an awareness piece sharing a raw account of her experience. “Our goal with LymeLight is to educate people about Lyme Disease, where it comes from, what the symptoms are and the challenges people face reclaiming their health,” says Roderick. Neu Productions is a diverse action sports and adventure production company based in Breckenridge, Colorado, producing powerful digital content.

After taking 3 years off from halfpipe for Lyme treatment, Angeli returned to competition and placed 6th at the FIS World Championships and is ranked 9th in the world on the AFP points list for the 2012-2013 season. Halfpipe skiing was recently added to the list of events to premier at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia 2014. VanLaanen’s dream of becoming an Olympian is possible now that she is symptom free and in remission. After the Olympics next year, Angeli plans to tour LymeLight in schools around the country as a part of an awareness program she has created. “When I was young I just flicked ticks off of me.” Angeli recalls “I didn’t know to tell my mom or doctor.” With the help of the LymeLight Foundation, a nonprofit VanLaanen is a spokesperson for, she will educate kids about Lyme Disease prevention and overcoming hard times.

Angeli VanLaanen: angelivanlaanen.com
Neu Productions: neuproductions.com
LymeLight Kickstarter: kickstarter.com/projects/1128408497/lymelight
LymeLight Trailer: vimeo.com/39651925
LymeLight Foundation: lymelightfoundation.org

LymeLight Contact:

SheJumps to Host Yoga Event

Fort Collins, COLORADO – SheJumps, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to increase the participation of females in outdoor activities, is proud to announce the first annual Jump Into Yoga event July 12 – 14  at the Never Summer Nordic Yurts in the Colorado State Forest State Park. Located two miles west of Gould on Colorado Highway 14, Jump Into Yoga is an all-women’s introductory yoga course designed to help women develop and build their own yoga practice.

Another driving force in the creation of the event is to create the opportunity to connect with phenomenal women tied together by a common passion that encourages participants to ask, “What would you dare to accomplish if you knew success was the only possible outcome?”

The course is taught by Erin Walton, a yoga teacher at Yoga Luna and writer for the Yoga Connection. According to Melissa Harms, SheJumps Regional Coordinator for the Rockies, “The Yoga Retreat has become a collaboration of community support for women to get to know themselves and others in a healthy and meaningful way. The goal is to provide an affordable and sustainable opportunity for personal and community growth. It’s going to be amazing.”

Local sponsors for the event are Jen-ai, REI, Noosa, and Yoga Luna. The cost of the course is $100 and includes two nights of lodging with food as well as a gift bag from SheJumps. This cost does not include travel to or from the Never Summer Nordic Yurt, although carpooling is encouraged.

For more information or to reserve a spot, please email mel@shejumps.org or go http://www.shejumps.com/region/rockies/.

 Spaces are limited.

Get the Girls Out Mt Bachelor, Winter ’13 Recap!

Giggles and smiles and bright colors everywhere… the girls were out in full force for our first ever Get the Girls Out Mt Bachelor!

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What is it about shredding around on snow with a crew of ladies all day that makes you feel so amazing? It is incredible how fun, silly, motivational, and inspiring a day out skiing with a group of women can be!

We had ladies travel to Mt. Bachelor from all over the west: Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California, and of course from all over Oregon. It is pretty unusual to ski with a group of ladies, so it was worth the travel effort to enjoy this special day!

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We met about 35 ladies at the bottom of Pine Marten in the morning, and started our day by fanning out all over the front of the mountain. It was awesome to watch a ton of brightly-colored ants spread out and fly down! By the second run, we were already split up. It’s crazy how fast that will happen!

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Some ladies hit the terrain parks off Skyliner, some explored the trees off Northwest, and a crew of about 15 of us rode the Summit chair and hiked to the top of the mountain for great views and some good, old-fashioned hunting for windblown pockets of snow!

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It took some hiking, some traversing, and some rime skiing, but we definitely found what we were looking for in the gullies above Pine Marten and Northwest: smooth pockets of fluffy snow! We were psyched.

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We all met back up for lunch with even more ladies who had missed us in the morning. Our special guest Meghan Kelly — regional coordinator for SheJumps in California —  introduced the organization by sharing her personal experiences with SheJumps including making new friends, and finding other women to help her learn new outdoor skills. We also talked about ideas for future SheJumps events and what a central Oregon chapter could be all about.

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In the afternoon, we rode the Summit chair again and dropped off the backside for some afternoon corn turns in the sunshine. We enjoyed gullies, trees, playing around on the wall of voodoo, and of course jumping! We wrapped up the day with a classic 4 PM cone hike. We dropped in to inner cone, made some great turns in soft snow, and even found freshies in the parking lot glade!

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With all the out-of-towners coming to visit, it was important to let Mt. Bachelor’s best features shine: lots of awesome skiing on all aspects, 360 degrees off the summit, on a beautiful and sunny day! The cone hike was just icing on the cake : )

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We headed back down the hill to downtown Bend, where our friends at Crow’s Feet Commons hosted our après ski party! We all had a great time reliving all the action from the day, exchanging phone numbers, and planning future days together on the snow!

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Thanks so much to everyone who came out and made it a day to remember!

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