ALPINE DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL: a backcountry progression series

Arc’teryx and SheJumps have something to offer those looking to go further in the backcountry. Knocked off your AST1, have some experience under your belt, and wondering, how do you get further? What do you need to know to progress past simple terrain? AKA how do you to those BIG gnar lines safely? What gear do I need for that kinda mission? This is where you’ll learn it – the Alpine Development School.

Tune in this upcoming week to brush up on your backcountry skills and develop new ones before you even venture out there this season. Splitboard guide extraordinaire Christine Feleki will be on the mic and dishing the how-tos. Don’t miss it.


Get up gnar, get down gnar. Photo by Abby Cooper.

The Alpine Development School is a women’s lecture program created by the nonprofit SheJumps. ADS provides an overview on risk management, terrain management, and route-finding related to ski and splitboard mountaineering. From novices to seasoned backcountry users, the ADS is an opportunity to build a skill set or refresh knowledge that will help you be self-sufficient in the mountains. The ADS curriculum is drawn from the SheJumps Alpine Finishing School, an award-winning 7-day ski and splitboard mountaineering course held annually at the Selkirk Lodge in British Columbia.

THE COMPLETE Alpine Development School:

Nov. 17 – Alpine Development School | Risk Management + Decision Making

Nov. 18 – Alpine Development School | Terrain Management

Nov. 19 – Alpine Development School | Building Your Process

Alpine Development School in session. Photo by Abby Cooper.


SheJumps increases the participation of women and girls in outdoor activities. Partnering with nature, SheJumps creates safe, educational outdoor experiences for girls and women that nurture growth and transformation.

They believe in increasing diversity in the outdoors and providing ALL women and girls with the spark that will lead to a lifetime of outdoor learning and empowerment. They welcome all women and girls (transgender and cisgender) as well as non-binary people who self-identify with the women’s community.

SheJumps – it’s everywhere because it should be. Awesome humans doing incredible things. Christy Pelland, SheJumps.

Thanks for hosting this rad course Arc’teryx and thanks SheJumps for knowing that we need it! Shreducation at it’s finest!

Thanks to Claire Smallwood, SheJumps Executive Director for making a massive difference in the outdoor community and for putting this event on our radar – raddest human award.