Our inaugural Get the Girls Out event at The Summit at Snoqualmie: Summit East is in the books! Being the shortest hop, skip, and shimmy from downtown Seattle, we were excited to bring our SheJumps fun to The Summit at Snoqualmie this year and this year, with Ullr in our favor, we were able to kick it into gear. On February 6, in the 2016th winter, 50 ladies of all ages and abilities came out to join in the party, braving the light rain that graciously turned into snowflakes as we arrived in the parking lot. With four satellite campuses to boast, the Summit at Snoqualmie donated a light soaked loft in their East/Hyak location where we sipped coffee while gear, lessons, tickets, and new friends were mounting in numbers.
After an airborne group photo, or two, some novice ladies and lasses headed out for their wonderful lesson with Barbie, while others hit the slopes for a breakfast of snowflakes and mountain air. Snoqualmie’s Krista Robb took some fresh new snowboarders under her wing and spent the morning honing their shredding skills as well, while everybody else tackled their ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ day. Lunch turned into a cozy, family style lunch with tender Krave Beef Jerky, cheddar popcorn, and chicken strips being passed around to fill bellies that were attached to rosy cheeks and bright smiles.
After lunch, we were treated to a full snow safety rundown from Jen, Jim, and Andee, Snoqualmie’s esteemed ski patrol who were kind enough to hang out with us and fill us in on what a typical day saving lives and taking names is like for them. The avalanche dogs and their humans, Candi, Sally, and Dena from Kittitas County Search and Rescue also came to show us the life of an avalanche rescue dog and we learned that even the humble pomeranian can be a rescue dog! Talk about breaking through the glass…er..fur…ceiling!
With only a couple hours left to hit the slopes and collect scavenger hunt items, we all boarded our magic flying benches and headed up the mountain. An amazing gaggle of little shred-lets worked together to complete the hunt by finding all the items first, and taking photo documentation, and were anxious for their girafficorn sticker prize.
Shaking the snowflakes out of our hoods and eyelashes, the group gathered at high 15 hundred hours for an exciting raffle drawing and snacks. With prizes generously donated from Prana, Volkl, Krave Jerky, Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Skida, Arcteryx, and SheJumps, you could have cut the anticipatory excitement in the room with a freshly tuned ski edge.
We couldn’t have had all the fun and success that we had without the generous support of Summit at Snoqualmie’s dedicated and helpful staff, especially Andy Cantor, Krista Robb, and Greg Nelson. Of course, one girafficorn is pretty fun but a herd of super fun, generous, congenial volunteers like Erica Rauff, Kari Davidson, Molly Nelson, and Sarah McCroy helped make all of the fun possible and we’re so thankful for their devotion to spreading SheJumps love.
Photo Credit: Erin Melton and Krista Robb
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