Alpine Finishing School
Alpine Finishing School
Last winter, She Jumps organized their first all-women mountaineering skills camp at British Columbia's Selkirk Lodge. This year, they are hosting the clinic again, taking place April 20-27. There are still spots open for the course, which teaches women critical skills for navigating and skiing in backcountry terrain.
To get to Selkirk Lodge, you'll take a short helicopter ride from Revelstoke, BC. The course will be taught by ACMG/AMGA ski guide Anne Keller and Selkirk Lodge's own Kate Devine.
The curriculum of the women's Alpine Finishing School includes glacier travel, companion and crevasse rescue, map/compass/GPS tour planning, snow anchors, rappelling and belaying techniques for ski applications, plus expedition snow camping training and emergency snow bivouac construction.
"We did so many things, from learning about navigation, to self arrest, crevasse rescue and negotiating glaciated terrain," says pro skier Nat Segal, who participated in last year's Alpine Finishing School. "I have had previous experiences with a lot of these skills, however having the time and atmosphere to practice and build upon them was priceless."
Lynsey Dyer is a co-founder of She Jumps, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the participation of females in outdoor activities. Dyer, shown here, participated in last year's Alpine Fishing School.
A Big Idea
Since the idea for the clinic was first hatched, the Alpine Finishing School has evolved into a week-long intensive ski mountaineering course, designed to provide females within the ski community an opportunity to expand their skills and confidence in the backcountry.
She Jumps president Claire Smallwood enjoying the benefits of last year's Alpine Finishing School.
Charting the Course
Eight women signed up for last year's course. Here are a handful of them studying the terrain around the Selkirk Lodge.
"All the ladies on the program were amazing and taught me so much -- a lot of the time not about skiing," says Nat Segal. "It was huge melting pot of experiences and backgrounds and I feel so happy and proud to have been a part of it."
The cost of the course is $2,000 and includes the helicopter transport to the lodge, all accommodations at the lodge, instruction, guiding, as well as two nights of lodging in Revelstoke. Find out more or sign up at SheJumps.org/alpinefinishingschool.