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ALPINE SCHOOL

SheJumps Alpine School

 

The SheJumps Alpine School, presented by Arc'teryx, is comprised of Alpine Development courses and 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.

Registration for Alpine Finishing School is now open!

Keep scrolling for more details and links to register!

ALPINE DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL

The SheJumps Alpine Development School (ADS), presented by Arc’teryx, is a women's virtual lecture program created by SheJumps in partnership with ACMG certified guide, Christine Feleki. ADS provides an overview on risk management, terrain management, and route-finding related to ski and splitboard mountaineering.

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. The ADS curriculum is drawn from the SheJumps Alpine Finishing School, an award-winning 7-day ski and splitboard mountaineering course held annually at the Selkirk Lodge in British Columbia.

Learn from a guide on topics such as risk management & decision making, terrain identification & management, and building your process—either as an introduction to the material or a refresher for someone with experience. 
 

Alpine Development School virtual curriculum:
  • Risk Management + Decision Making

  • Terrain Identification + Management

  • Building Your Process

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ALPINE FINISHING SCHOOL

Alpine Finishing School is an opportunity for advanced backcountry skiers and splitboarders to learn the skills of ski mountaineering in a supportive and encouraging environment.

 

SheJumps Alpine Finishing School turns the traditional “Finishing School” concept on its head. Instead of teaching outdated social graces, these courses encourage grit, decision making, and leadership to take center stage.

We’ve decided to change things up a bit this year by offering three shorter backcountry snow-camping courses instead of one weeklong lodge-based course!

Why? SheJumps is committed to accessibility—including location and price—as well as helping our participants learn and practice hard skills that directly translate to approaching big mountain objectives. While we might have traded lodge-life for tents and snow-camping, we’re excited to offer this dynamic opportunity to "learn while doing."

 

Topics covered include:

 

  • Terrain management

  • Glacier travel

  • Crevasse rescue

  • Route planning

  • Companion rescue

  • Navigation

  • Anchor setting

  • Rappelling

  • Belaying, and more! 

Alpine Finishing School 2022 Courses:

 

MEET YOUR GUIDES

Christine Feleki

 

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. 

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Holly Walker

 

Although Holly was born in Vancouver B.C. to a family of skiers and mountain lovers, she was swept away from Canada's West Coast at age 10 to lead a vagabond lifestyle all around the world. Now settled in Squamish, Holly is an ACMG Apprentice Ski Guide and shares a new appreciation for the mountains she grew up with. A past Freeride World Tour athlete, she now spends her winters guiding in Whistler. She fills her summers leading hiking trips in her backyard - the mountains of Southwest B.C. An explorer at heart, when she is not working it can only be guessed which mountain range Holly is wandering in with skis, boots, crampons, ice axe, mountaineering kit, camping gear and more. Holly is an ACMG Apprentice Ski & Hiking Guide and Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association. She is sponsored by Mammut and DPS skis. 

THE FINE PRINT

*The price of the course reflects equitable wages for our guides, access to comprehensive online training and curriculum, as well as a guided educational experience in the mountains. For the traverses, we will focus a full prep day around gear and practicing some rope skills. The Alpine Finishing School is a top-notch backcountry experience to learn tips, tricks, and systems for keeping you and your team healthy, happy and ready to ski amazing lines each day. The Backcountry Basecamp price includes a camp custodian who helps with meal prep and water systems. Gratuity is not included in the price and we encourage our participants to consider 10-15% additional as a tip for the guides. All tips are shared by event staff, including custodian.