SheJumps Get The Girls Out at Crystal Mountain

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SheJumps Get The Girls Out at Crystal Mountain

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Words by Krystin Norman | Photos by Ryan French — Get The Girls Out (GTGO) at Crystal Mountain Resort  is the original event that first got me interested in volunteering with SheJumps. SheJumps (SJ) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the participation of women and girls in outdoor activities.

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When I first moved to Seattle, I didn’t know any female skiers in the area and wasn’t sure how to find ladies who shared my passion for skiing and adventure. After learning about SJ through my friend Yulia and deciding to volunteer as a regional ambassador, I experienced one of the most fun winter seasons of my life full of friends and SJ events: ski tune-ups and stoke parties at K2 Headquarters in Seattle, International Women’s Ski Day, all-women’s avalanche awareness talks, plenty of resort skiing and backcountry adventures with shred friends, and the pinnacle of a season of stoke…GTGO at Crystal Mountain.

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After the 2015 GTGO was cancelled due to significantly below-average snowpack, GTGO 2016 lived up to all that it had been in my mind. It was a day of skiing, riding, smiles, and laughing in the sunshine with tons of stoked ladies with a common passion for skiing, snowboarding, and being on snow in the mountains.

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This past weekend on Sunday, March 12th, 2017, I attended my second GTGO event at Crystal Mountain. When the weather forecast called for warm temps and precipitation, I was super worried that GTGO 2017 would be a day of pouring rain, low stoke, not much skiing, and a really really soggy Krystin in a narwhal onesie costume. Fortunately, the stars (or clouds) aligned and the weather held up for the whole day.

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After helping with registration and admiring all of the neon-retro, tutu-tastic, and majestic animal onesie outfits being sported by the smiling women and little girls who came out for the event, the ladies hit the slopes in full force. As a Crystal Mountain Freeride Team coach for the 16/17 season, I decided to volunteer by teaching an “Intro to Freeride Skiing” clinic for the morning. I would say that spending the whole morning explaining the elements of freeride skiing to 8 women and finding interesting terrain to ski was difficult, but it absolutely wasn’t. Each of the ladies who attended my mini-clinic were a joy to ski with. I could feel so many vibes of excitement and encouragement between everyone in the group as we focused on body awareness, line-choice, fluidity, and working up the courage and foresight to safely hit natural jump and cliff features on the hill.

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When we took a break for lunch, some of the women told me that they were definitely planning to go back to the same spots we had skied that morning to keep practicing in steep terrain and hopefully hit some bigger drops next time! Hearing that much enthusiasm and sense of excitement to challenge oneself is a part of coaching that is so incredibly satisfying and rewarding.

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After lunch, Crystal Ski Patrol gave a talk about avalanche and snow safety, and the rest of the day was spent freeskiing with new and familiar friends. I believe at one point we had 20+ women mobbing down Powder Bowl and through the terrain park all at once!

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Meanwhile, there were groups skiing with tunes blasting, a scavenger hunt, kids lessons, a piñata, and games for the little kiddies.

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The day was topped off with a fundraising gear raffle, packed with tons of prizes for the little ladies and some super sweet donations from our event partners like puffy jackets, helmets, outerwear, and some lucky women even went home with brand new pairs of K2 women’s specific skis!

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Overall, Crystal GTGO was a huge success thanks to amazing support from so many local companies and partners, the awesome rock-star volunteers who helped make everything happen, and because so many women and little girls came out to the mountain for a day of pure fun on the slopes.

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To anyone who hasn’t had a chance to participate in a SheJumps event, especially our Get The Girls Out events, I highly encourage you to add one to your calendar. Not only are these events a great way to make new friends to adventure outside with, but they are a chance to feel support from the outdoor women’s community and take the jump to challenge yourself, progress, and have so much fun outside with other inspiring women.