Alpine Finishing School
Who We Are
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.
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.
2020 Alpine Finishing School registration registration opens October 30 to newsletter subscribers, October 31 to the public.
April 18-25, 2020
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 the AFS. See below for information about our Alpine Development school if you need a bit more experience prior to attending the AFS.
Alpine Development School
Interested in the Alpine Finishing School and excited to learn more? SheJumps is excited to team up with Arc'teryx to provide classroom-style excerpts of the Alpine Finishing School at select locations in Fall 2019. Learn from ACMG guides on topics such as terrain management, route finding, and glacier travel—as either an introduction to the material or a refresher for someone with experience. Locations for 2019 include Whistler, Vancouver, and Seattle. Stay tuned her for more information or sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know!