The SheJumps mission is to increase female participation in outdoor activities by building upon a supportive community that inspires its members to reach their highest potential. When I first heard about SheJumps, it sounded like a pretty great idea, so I became a fan of the organization on Facebook. Then last summer they announced an event where we could ski off ramps into pools and practice aerials, so a few brave female friends and I traveled to Utah to attend this SheJumps-sponsored event at the Utah Olympic Park Water Ramps. This was our first foray into backflips…
Oh how far we’ve come!
Fast forward to a few months ago and SheJumps needed someone to lead events in Northern California. I stepped up to the plate with the encouragement from my friend Ashley, who is the Colorado SheJumps representative, and started planning events. The first event we wanted to do was an all women’s ski and snowboard tuning clinic… and wine night, because we are women. I started broadcasting this plan to friends and Lauren P knew the perfect instructor… Pam Warman.
Pam Warman was the first and only female ski technician for the US Ski Team. She is also a cancer survivor and mother of two. When Pam was diagnosed with cancer, the US Ski Team and the Lake Tahoe community rallied around her to provide emotional and financial support. Bode Miller even auctioned off his 2010 Olympic Slalom helmet to raise money for Pam. A resident of South Lake Tahoe, she currently teaches skiing at Heavenly Mountain Resort while tuning skis at South Shore Snow. Yeah, she’s basically emblematic of SheJumps and she was a charismatic, knowledgeable, and overall outstanding teacher!
I’m excited to be a part of SheJumps and can’t wait for the next event. Taking suggestions and if you’re a female reading this, get involved!