Register today for the 2022 SheJumps Alpine Finishing School

The SheJumps Alpine Finishing School presented by Arc'teryx is an all-women's ski and splitboard mountaineering course. The Alpine Finishing School is a part of SheJumps Alpine School, which also includes our Alpine Development School, an online lecture program designed to educate on risk and terrain management and route-finding in alpine conditions.

The SheJumps Alpine Finishing School was first held in 2012 at the Selkirk Lodge outside of Revelstoke, British Columbia. We’ve decided to change things up a bit this year by offering three backcountry snow-camping events instead of one lodge-based event!

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.

Three Alpine Finishing School courses are being offered in 2022:

While we might have traded lodge-life for tents and snow-camping, we’re excited to offer this dynamic opportunity to ‘learn while doing.’ Our curriculum includes terrain management, route finding, glacier travel, crevasse rescue, navigation, and companion rescue as well as additional rope skills (featured mainly in Backcountry Basecamp).

So, what is the Alpine Finishing School?

The Alpine Finishing School (or AFS) curriculum we teach at these events has been refined by an incredible group of female guides over 9 years. Anne Keller (ACMG/AMGA) led the first two events, supported by North Cascades-based guide and outdoor educator, Michelle Smallman. From there, Kate Devine continued to fine-tune many details over the years as she was the AFS lead guide from 2014-2019.

We also had amazing input from the one and only Diny Harrison, the first North American woman to become an International Mountain Guide (IFMGA). For several years, we were fortunate to host Shannon Werner, ACMG ski guide, who is a forecaster, avalanche educator, and former professional ski patroller.

Christine Feleki (who will be guiding/instructing the Backcountry Basecamp) has been involved with the Alpine Finishing School curriculum since 2014 when she was a practicum (aspiring guide) on our course. Since then, Christine has continued her professional journey—recently becoming the first female ACMG ski guide to pass her exam on a splitboard.

New to this roster of guides for 2021 is Holly Walker, an ACMG apprentice ski guide based out of the Whistler/Squamish area. Holly has experience in the freeski world as well as ski mountaineering. As a professional skier who has made a strong commitment to her training and accomplishments in the backcountry world, we’re really excited to include her input and experience as we continue to revolutionize backcountry education events for women, by women.