Alpine Finishing School

The Alpine Finishing School is an all-women’s ski and splitboard mountaineering course led by ACMG ski guide Kate Devine.

This course is an opportunity for advanced backcountry skiers to learn the skills of ski mountaineering in a supportive and encouraging environment. Topics covered include terrain management, glacier travel, crevasse rescue, route planning, companion rescue, navigation, and more.

Check back later for 2018 course dates

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space. We will need a minimum number of 9 participants for each week, so please be aware that if your week doesn’t fill up, your deposit will be refunded.

Upon submitting your $500 deposit, you will be asked a series of questions pertaining to your skiing/splitboarding abilities and experience in the backcountry. You will also be required to provide a couple of references; these should be people with whom you have spent time in the backcountry. We strive to ensure our course maintains a similar skill level for participants. First-time backcountry skiers should not apply for this course.  You should have at least two prior seasons of backcountry skiing/splitboarding in order to get the most out of this course. 

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/snowboarding ability and we do require previous backcountry experience. Participants should 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 DevineGuiding.com.

    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.

    Shannon Werner: ACMG Ski Guide
    Kate Devine As soon as Shannon could walk her parents put her on skis. The Chocolate Moose kiddie park at Lake Louise Ski Resort became her stomping grounds. Over the years, Shannon dabbled in different competitive aspects of skiing including racing, mogul, big mountain, and shyly admits, ballet competitions. She quickly discovered her heart belonged to ski touring and ski mountaineering, seeking those endless powder turns in the backcountry with her passionate partners in crime.

    “I just want to explore, discover, laugh, shred and come home at the end of the day to do it all over again!”

    Shannon spent 13 years Ski Patrolling for Lake Louise, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, and ventured to the Southern Hemisphere to work as an Avalanche Forecaster at the Craigieburn Club field on the South Island of New Zealand. In 2007, she left the Rockies and moved to Revelstoke. In 2010, Shannon started working for Avalanche Canada as a Public Avalanche Forecaster and coordinates the Avalanche Canada Youth Program, which provides grade specific avalanche awareness to over 7000 students throughout BC and AB.

    In 2016 she completed her Ski Guide certification through the ACMG and continues to work under all three hats.

    Avalanche education and awareness combined with enabling people to have the confidence in decision making, the skill set, and enthusiasm for mountain sports and culture is what drives her.

    “It’s all about the adventure and pursuing what you love.”

  • 2018 Alpine Finishing School:

    Dates not yet announced

    Selkirk Backcountry Lodge (http://www.selkirklodge.ca)

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    Women learn backcountry map navigation skills with compass at the Selkirk lodge. Womens Alpine Finishing School.

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  • Program Partners:

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