Alpine Finishing School

The Alpine Finishing School is an all-women’s ski and splitboard mountaineering course taught by Kate Devine, a 29 year old ACMG full ski guide, and Diny Harrison, the first North American female to be certified as an IFMGA guide. This course is an opportunity for advanced backcountry skiers and splitboarders to learn the skills of ski mountaineering in a supportive and encouraging environment. Topics covered include glacier travel, crevasse rescue, avalanche safety, route planning, terrain management, and navigation.

Check out the video from the 2014 course, filmed and edited by Sierra Anderson of Fox Cape Productions:

  • AGES:

    19 and Older
  • Purpose:

    One day, we envision this to be the final step in a journey that perhaps started for a young woman when she ‘JUMPED IN,’ and now, she is a full-on mountain woman making decisions on her own, knowing she got there by taking many small ‘jumps’ along the way.

    We recommend an advanced skiing level—at least be able to negotiate all different kinds of snow and terrain—and also have a high level of physical stamina for hiking with a heavy pack-load all day long. Oh yeah.. and save some energy for dance parties on top of mountains too. We like to celebrate life!

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  • Guides

    Kate Devine: ACMG Ski Guide
    Kate Devine Kate is instrumental in the planning and execution of the Alpine Finishing School. Kate Devine was born into a mountain lifestyle. Her family owns Selkirk Backcountry Lodge near Revelstoke, BC. She started ski touring as a kid with her parents and went on to pursue a guiding career. Passing her first guides exam at 24, Kate is a great role model for young, independent mountain women. She has been teaching for the Alpine Finishing School since its inception and brings an amazing amount of experience to the course. She has an incredibly thorough knowledge of the terrain surrounding the lodge and is passionate about sharing it with people from all over the world. Learn more about Kate and her guiding services at

    Diny Harrison: IFMGA Guide
    diny harrison Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Diny Harrison was the first North American woman to become an internationally certified mountain guide in 1992. Her IFMGA guiding career has since taken her from her home in the Canadian Rockies to Alaska, Morocco and Argentina. Did we mention the European Alps in there as well? From teaching mountaineering camps for Thompson River University in British Columbia and avalanche courses for the Canadian Avalanche Association, Diny also worked for 17 years as a heli-ski guide for CMH (Canadian Mountain Holidays). Presently working as a lead guide for Mustang Powder Cat skiing in the winter, she resides in the lovely Revelstoke, BC. Obviously a fan of sliding on snow with skis, Diny is also an avid climber and mountain biker and has a new passion of kitesurfing–often travelling worldwide to fuel this lifetime of adventure!

    Diny has served on the Canadian Avalanche Association board of directors and was the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides president from 2003-2006. We are honored to have her as an instructor for the SheJumps Alpine Finishing School.

  • 2017 Alpine Finishing School:

    April 15-22 // April 22-29

    Registration will be live soon! Check back here or follow us on social media @shejumps

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