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2015 Alpine Finishing School

The Alpine Finishing School is an all-women’s ski mountaineering course taught by Kate Devine, a 26 year old ACMG 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 to learn the skills of ski mountaineering in a supportive and encouraging environment. Topics covered included glacier travel, crevasse rescue, avalanche safety, route planning, and navigation.

Check out the video from last year’s course, filmed and edited by Sierra Anderson of Fox Cape Productions:

About the Guides:

Kate Devine, ACMG Ski Guide: 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.

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 2015 SheJumps Alpine Finishing School.


Make a down payment and register for the event here (make sure to fill out the application form in the “Event Description”). This year SheJumps is offering one partial ($1,400) scholarship in Liz Daley’s honor to the course. More information can be found at the registration link.


And join the Facebook event page to connect with other interested women and get updates from the team.

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