Jessica is the founder and head coach/guide for Ski Divas Women’s Ski Camps. She grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho in the Selkirk mountains. From a young age she built a successful ski racing career and in 1999 moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where she pursued her love for backcountry adventures, big mountains, climbing and skiing. She has won over five big mountain freeskiing competitions; landing such titles as 2000 North American Freeskiing Champion, 2004 US Freeskiing Nationals Champion, third overall Woman on the World Freeskiing Tour both 2004 and 2005, and more.
Jessica is currently an active PSIA level III DECL (Division Education Clinic Leader) for the Intermountain West and a trainer for the Jackson Hole Ski School. She has coached Steep Skiing Camps, and women’s camps, in Jackson Hole, British Columbia, Idaho, Alaska, and France since 2003, and has taught and guided skiing since 1999. In the spring Jessica spends her time at Alaska Rendezvous Heli-Guides near Valdez, AK, and is the first woman heli-ski guide for the operation. Jessica also guides for Exum Mountain Guides year round in the disciplines of ski mountaineering, alpine climbing, and rock climbing. Jessica is AAI Avalanche Level III guide certified and an avalanche education instructor for the American Avalanche Institute. She has her WFR (Wilderness First Responder), and has professional training in crevasse rescue and rigging systems in addition to her AMGA ASGC, SGC, AGC, and RGC completion. Additionally, Jessica was the head backcountry guide for Empire Freeride summer ski camps on Beartooth Pass where she developed a backcountry and ski mountaineering curriculum for youth ages 10 to 18. Jessica is an avid climber, alpinist, and ski mountaineer, and has skied such peaks as the Grand Teton, La Meije Pan d’Radou, Cosmiques-Mont Blanc, Gannet Peak, WY, Denali, AK, and has landed first descents in the Chugach, Sawtooth, Teton, and Purcell mountain ranges.
Jessica’s inspiration for Ski Divas women’s ski camps came from her time skiing with Doug and Emily Coombs in La Grave, France. As she explored the terrain and gained knowledge of the area, she realized that the environment lent itself primarily to a male dominated demographic. It is her goal and passion to bring women to La Grave to help them improve their technical skiing skills, and open a new world of possibilities in the European Alps, and beyond. Her goal is to help women boost their self-esteem and confidence, create lasting friendships and connections abroad, and most importantly, create an environment for women to challenge themselves with rewarding and supportive outcomes, in the incredible setting of the French Alps, Alaska, and more.