SheJumps Alpine School
The SheJumps Alpine School is comprised of Alpine Development courses and an Alpine Finishing School designed to offer a complete education series focused on ski and splitboard mountaineering. Through online and in-person events—curated by world renowned guides—the SheJumps Alpine School offers everything from technical instruction to mentorship.
The Alpine Finishing School, presented by Arc'teryx, is a 7-day women's ski and splitboard mountaineering course hosted at the Selkirk Backcountry Lodge near Revelstoke, British Columbia. The course is instructed by Kate Devine and Shannon Werner, ski guides certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and food is provided by chef (and SJ executive director) Claire Smallwood.
ALPINE DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL
The Alpine Development School (ADS) is a women's lecture program created by the nonprofit SheJumps. From novices to seasoned backcountry users, the ADS is an opportunity to build a skill set or refresh knowledge that will help you be self-sufficient in the mountains.
Alpine Development School Fall curriculum provides an overview related to ski and splitboard mountaineering on
Nov 17, 2020 | Risk Management + Decision Making
Nov 18, 2020 | Terrain Identification + Management
Nov 19, 2020 | Building Your Process
Starting in Spring 2021, Alpine Development School offers a virtual progression series to build the foundational and technical skills towards ski mountaineering.
ALPINE FINISHING SCHOOL
The AFS 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 terrain management, glacier travel, crevasse rescue, route planning, companion rescue, navigation, anchor setting, rappelling, belaying, and more!
A 7-minute helicopter ride transports you to the Selkirk Lodge, owned and operated by Kate Devine (formerly by her mother, Grania). The lodge features wifi, hot showers, down duvets, and plenty of space to unwind and connect with fellow course participants. Over the course of 7 days you'll explore the surrounding terrain, known by some international mountain guides as "the best ski terrain on earth."
A typical day starts with breakfast at 7 a..m., a mix of indoor classroom style learning and hands-on skill building outside—all directed by the weather. The goal is to get through all the subject matter while still getting out for skiing everyday.
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Meet the Guide
The first female snowboarder to hold an Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) qualification, Christine outgrew her shyness and found her place in the mountains, even though that meant enduring an endless stream of “helpful” advice suggesting she ditch the splitboard and just ski. For someone with the tenacity to stick to her guns, Christine is wonderfully generous-hearted and kind – people open up to her quickly and she’s able to make them feel taken care of in that vulnerable moment when they land in a strange new environment.Christine's certifications are ACMG ski and hiking guide, and a professional member of the CAA. Her sponsors include Arcteryx, Pallas Snowboards, Phantom Snow Industries and Trinsic Optics.