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Alpine Development School with SheJumps + Arc'teryx

Updated: Oct 11, 2021

The SheJumps Alpine Development School (ADS) presented by Arc'teryx is a three-part online lecture series created by SheJumps in partnership with ACMG certified guide, Christine Feleki. ADS provides an overview on backcountry risk management, terrain identification, and how to build a personal process that integrates into backcountry touring.

Photo by Christy Pelland

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 curriculum, a multi-day ski and splitboard mountaineering course developed over 9 years by ACMG ski guides Kate Devine, Anne Keller, Diny Harrison, Shannon Werner, and Christine Feleki.

2021 SheJumps Alpine Development School online course offerings:

Tuesday, November 9: Risk Management + Decision Making

  • This presentation focuses on different types of hazards and how to assess risk while in the backcountry. Topics covered include decision making, risk tolerance, vulnerability, the human factor, and more.

Wednesday, November 10: Terrain Identification + Management

  • This presentation will explore different types of terrain features and how they contribute to your safety and overall objectives. Identifying terrain features might be one of the most important tools when it comes to backcountry adventures. Learning how to properly identify and manage terrain is a powerful strategy that can build confidence when in unfamiliar terrain.

Thursday, November 11: Building Your Process

  • Learn how to apply risk-management, decision-making, and terrain observations to your backcountry routine. This session will introduce a framework to think through trip planning, leveraging map tools, gear planning, avalanche assessment tools, and reflection—so that each time you go out, you’re learning and evolving.

Photo by Christy Pelland


US$15 per course. A separate ticket purchase is required for each night.

Ticket price includes one night online ADS course led by ACMG certified guide, Christine Feleki, entry into our ADS raffle, a SheJumps Alpine Development School workbook (PDF download) to use throughout the season, and a recording of the class for which you are registered. If you wish to receive a recording of a different class, you must also register for that specific class. CLASS RECORDINGS WILL BE SENT TO REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS WITHIN 48 OF COURSE END.


School starts at 6:00pm PT and will run for approximately one hour, followed by a Q&A session.


SheJumps is an inclusive organization. We welcome all women and girls (transgender and cisgender) as well as non-binary people who self-identify with the women’s community. SheJumps strives to be an ally in the fight against racism and acknowledges that our events and programs take place on traditional, unceded Indigenous lands.

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