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SheJumps Alpine Finishing School

For women who want to be ready when they meet their mountains.
posted: 02/22/2013
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Salt Lake City, UTAHSheJumps, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to increase the participation of females in outdoor activities, is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Alpine Finishing School, April 20-27 at the Selkirk Backcountry Lodge. Located a short drive and 7 minute helicopter ride outside of Revelstoke, British Columbia, the Alpine Finishing School is an all-women's ski and snowboard mountaineering course designed to help enthusiastic backcountry skiers harness skills necessary to take on big mountain terrain.

The Alpine Finishing School is one of the SheJumps Outdoor Education initiatives. The emphasis for this course focuses on technical skills and ability, however another driving force in the creation of the Alpine Finishing School is to create an opportunity to connect with phenomenal women tied together by a common passion that encourages the particpants ask themselves, “What great thing would you dare to accomplish if success was the only possible outcome?”

Photo/Main Photo:Lynsey Dyer

Curriculum includes glacier travel, companion and crevasse rescue, map/compass/GPS tour planning, snow anchors, rappelling and belaying techniques for ski applications, a general glaciology lecture, expedition snow camping training and emergency snow bivouac construction. The goal of the Alpine Finishing School is to give women the skills and information necessary for them to make their own informed decisions and risk assessment in the mountains. Last year's participant and Freeride World Tour athlete Nat Segal of Australia says, “The She Jumps Alpine Finishing School was an amazing experience because it challenged me to learn new skills and be confident in my own abilities. Being surrounded by girls who have the same love of skiing and goals to be in the mountains was really special and something that I hope to emulate.”

Photo: Claire Smallwood

This year SheJumps will be offering ONE scholarship to the Alpine Finishing School. Applicants can apply for the scholarship through their website and the application will be available for download starting March 1.

The course is taught by ACMG/AMGA ski guide Anne Keller. Anne was the 6th woman to become an AMGA ski guide and she brings a phenomenal amount of energy, enthusiasm, and above all, experience to the table when it comes to ski mountaineering. One of our other instructors, Kate Devine, literally grew up at the Selkirk backcountry lodge. She offers insight to the local terrain and as an ACMG assistant ski guide at the age of 24, she is an inspiration to all of the course participants or aspiring guides.

The cost of the course is $2000 and includes helicopter transport for participant and gear to and from the lodge, all accommodations at the lodge, as well as two nights of lodging with food on April 19 & 27 in Revelstoke. This cost does not include travel to or from Revelstoke. For more information or to sign up, please email claire@shejumps.org or go to shejumps.org/alpinefinishingschool

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