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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.

International Women’s Ski Day 2016 Recap!

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International Women’s Ski Day is a wrap! Thanks so much to all the women who contributed to make it amazing. While IWSD events occurred in many places all over the world, here are a few recaps.

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Aspen! Laura Merino ripping around, photo by Jordan Curet. We had lots of people out skiing for International Woman’s ski day, and I was skiing around with different girls all day. It was, however, one of the biggest powder days that Aspen has seen! They reported 18 inches or so and it was snowing and socked in a haze of fog almost the entire day, so it was hard to keep track of people, let alone take a lot of pictures. Super fun day!!

Crystal Mountain! This event was put on by our good friends at SheJumps. Great snow, cold temps and a fun crew were on the menu and everyone had a blast. Congrats to our raffle winners who won K2 Fulluvit 95 skis and a K2 First Lite snowboard.

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Stevens PassOver 15 diverse women headed to the pass to celebrate IWSD while braving below normal temperatures.   Thanks to a ton of support from Stevens Pass, we were able to offer discounted ski and snowboard lessons to 10 ladies which were taught by women for women.  Another group of 6 took off to adventure around the resort in the morning to then reconvene as a full group for lunch in the lodge.  It was an awesome day where women had the opportunity to ski and ride with a diverse group of ladies both in age and cultural background.  

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Europe! Our athletes and Alliance ambassadors enjoyed sun, snow and après throughout the continent. Here are K2 women having a roaring good time in Garmisch, Zauchensee & Ischgl.

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Vail! Huge powder day, 5 degrees and tough driving but  our stalwart K2 women made it in time for some great turns. Big thanks to Kim Reichhelm for her amazing help, as always!

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Kirkwood—Awesome turnout at Kirkwood – 20 women in all! We split up into an advanced/expert group and an intermediate group. The advanced/expert group headed straight up Chair 6 at Kirkwood to an ungroomed steep run and ripped it, egging each other on! We raced each other down the groomer to ski the wind buff on Chair 10. Everyone loved the snow so much on that run we all cheered when it was suggested to do it again. Amy led the intermediate group and Leigh and her daughter joined them – they worked their way up from the groomers on Chairs 5 and 11 to some off piste runs and finished with a run on chair 6. Because women are supreme multi-taskers, our group had to splinter around lunch for various obligations, but everyone made new friends and hopes to ski with a big group of women soon! –Meghan Kellyimg_7536 img_7564 img_7565

Taos, New Mexico—A theme of this year’s IWSD seems to be bitingly cold temperatures.

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It was so cold that only half the ladies showed up for the group photo!

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We had a clinic on how to wax your skis. Taos Ski Valley, Columbine Inn Friday night.

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This was a hit.  We had also a beer and ice cream pairing (New Belgium Brewing Ice Cream Social) and we showed Teton Gravity Research Tight Loose movie. 

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Sunday we repeated all the ski clinics and finished off the IWSD weekend with a Apres-Ski Guided Meditation.  Fun weekend! –Susie Geilenfeldt

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Alpental—It was COLD on Saturday, but still had so much fun with the ladies that came out.  We had about 10 women total and we took a few runs on chair 1 and 2 then went in to have a warm up beverage and did a “cheers” to International Women’s Ski Day. -Jen-ai DeCano

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Attitash—It was another successful IWSD! This year K2 New England partnered with Attitash Mountain Resort and the event was held at Bear Peak. The location was ideal – the event demo was close to the lift and lodge. It was easy for us to set up the tent and registration room in advance. We were given dedicated space in the lodge for registration, getting ready and storing our gear. Attitash was great to work with during the development. They gave us discounted tickets (only for IWSD participants) that the ladies could purchase at the event registration.

The weather was amazing with beautiful flakes throughout the day that made for some pretty sweet snowy conditions! Even though we were at a different resort this year – we had many repeat participants from previous IWSD’s. Registration was from 9-10. In order to be part of the official Après party and be eligible for games, raffle prizes and giveaways participants needed to sign-in with us – this also allowed us to capture their information to use for future promotions and events. Participants that needed tickets bought them through us and those that wanted to demo skis also filled out the necessary forms and received their binding settings before heading out to the K2 tent.

Everyone gathered at 10 AM; we made introductions to the K2 Alliance team and talked about the meaning of the day. All dressed and booted up, a certified yoga instructor and skier lead us through a short on-snow yoga and active stretch for injury prevention. All fired up, demo skis dialed in – we all headed up the lift to rip some turns together.

We all met for lunch at the Den pub for some food and to try out our IWSD signature cocktail. Then we met Santa for a quick photo and back out on the hill for more turns. Things wrapped up with our Apres party. We played “pin the goggles on DJ mullet (see photos)”; voted on the best name for our signature IWSD drink (the winning name was: Skigaritta; runner up: Mexican K2 timer) and did raffle prizes. Good times!

There is nothing like this event. The lady stoke is always so amazing to see and experience. Something about having a dedicated ski event just for the women to share their passion for the sport takes away social barriers and age stigma, creates a comfortable space for all abilities to feel relaxed amongst peers, and builds friendships.

Sarah Baer and her daughter Michaela joined us for the day – she saw the advertising for the event and met us for the first time at registration. This is what she had to say: “What a great event! Got to ski with some great ladies, and even met a new friend! Good exposure for my daughter to see the benefit of having fellow women who are committed to skiing together.”

Thanks to all the women who came together to enjoy the mountains. We’re already looking forward to next year!