Jessica is the founder, head coach, and lead guide for Ski Divas LLC, 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 an AMGA Certified Ski Guide and an active PSIA level III DECL (Division Education Clinic Leader) for the Intermountain West and a trainer for the Jackson Hole Ski School. Jessica began teaching skiing in 1998 and started mountain guiding in 2004. She has guided and coached steep skiing camps and women’s camps all over the world inluding: Jackson Hole, British Columbia, Idaho, Alaska, Norway, the Arctic, Argentina, and France. In the spring Jessica spends her time guiding at Alaska Rendezvous Heli-Guides near Valdez, AK, and is the first woman heli-ski guide for the operation. Jessica is a lead guide 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 SGE, ASGC, SGC, AGC, and RGC completion. 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, Svalbard Alps, Wrangell-St Elias, and Purcell mountain ranges.
In addition to her mountain pursuits Jessica has spearheaded curriculum for the Empire Freeride Ski Camps backcountry program for youth 10-18 years of age. She has been a speaker at several women’s specific sports conferences as well as a guest speaker for events such as the Alpenglow Mountain Festival, REI speaker series, WYSAW snow and avalanche workshop, Grand Teton National Park, and more. Jessica is the mother of two young daughters and enjoys sharing her passion for the mountains and the great outdoors with them.
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 and beyond to help them improve their technical skiing skills, and open a new world of possibilities in the the mountains. Her goal is to help women boost their self-esteem and confidence, create lasting friendships and connections, and most importantly, create an environment for women to challenge themselves with rewarding and supportive outcomes, all in the incredible setting of the world’s most majestic mountains and prime skiing conditions.