Lets talk layers with Klim!

So stoked on Klim's new colours and styles! I received a couple boxes full of amazing gear this week from them. Lots of goodies for all the She Shreds clients this season!

But lets talk layers here! The photo below is my personal favorite suite for this year.

The womens Alpine parka (non-insulated) and the mens Powerxross pants (non-insulated).

Why do i pick non-insulated stuff? Well let me tell you!

I like to layer it up! Riding in the mountains we are constantly standing, moving and jumping around on our snowmobile. We get hot very fast. Thats why I like to layer it up.

Lets say its about -10C outside my layering choices for that day would be for a base layer the Lady Tach LS T, followed by the Ladies Sundance Shirt then the Alpine Parka. That would give me the option to shed a layer if I get too hot and put it back on once I cool down at lunch or something. Don't get me wrong, if its colder outside I will probably be wearing my other suit - the womens Allure Parka (insulated) and the Allure bib pants (insulated) with less layering - probably just the Lady Tech LS under the jacket (I may consider putting the Sundance shirt in my pack for additional layering incase). Ill be wearing the Adrenaline GTX boot and Powerxross gloves as well!

Visit klim.com for more on this years outerwear.

She Shreds coach Julie-Ann signs on with FOX!

Here's what Julie-Ann had to say about joining the fox team...

Honoured to be part of such a rad team. FOX you guys produce the best performance shocks and have the most talented athletes in every sport.  Very stoked about the Fox Zero C2 for my rear suspension this year!!  Thats right, no need to change the skid now!!  Boosh!!!!  Head over to the FOX website and check out all the goods for this season and make sure to check the team out!  Sold crew right there!  

Julie-Ann Chapman's profile page

Thank You!

Well its sad but its a wrap for the season!  Wow what an amazing season has just flown by!  I have had the honor to be part of quite a few once in a lifetime opportunities, I got to meet some truly amazing people, accomplish goals, and best of all; spend so many days adventuring free as a bird in the backcountry.  Thank you to each and everyone that I have had the honor to smile with this season!  Stay tuned in the fall on the facebook page and web site for all the 2014/2015 She Shreds clinic and avalanche course dates.  She Shreds is now open for adventures in the backcountry for men too!  Have a great summer!

Toyota BC and She Shreds Mountain Adventures!

Talk about such an awesome opportunity!!  She Shreds got to go have an Adventure in Bralorne BC with Dan Treadway for a Toyota commercial.  We loaded up our Toyota Tundra's and headed off for 3 days of fun and adventure.  Tim Grey from Mountain Sledder Magazine came to write a story on it and Jonathan Schramm from Dragon Factory Records produced this fun little edit!  Enjoy!

Changing Seasons...

The days are getting longer and the snow has pretty much melted; filling the lakes with cold crisp glacier water!  Pretty sad to have posted my sled for sale, but you know what?  Just gets me pumped for next winter!  Couldn’t have been more satisfied with this past season.  She Shreds Mountain Adventures was a HUGE success with the turn out of women that joined me for fun adventures in the back country as well as the massive recognition it brought to women in the snowmobile industry!  Couldn’t have done it without all the ladies that signed up for a She Shreds clinic, the huge support from all my sponsors (Klim, RSI, 509, Dayco, Valley Chainsaw, Ski Doo, FOX, Snowpulse, Mammut, Bulldog Decks, Slednecks, C&A Skis, Toyskinz, CFR, inReach Canada, joydigger.com, Divas Snowgear, Canadian Avalanche Association) and the support from all the industry (companies, magazines, websites, etc) and last but not least, my amazing guest coaches Stephanie LaRoy Schwartz and Nadine Overwater!  One more thing that I am absolutely honored about is the title that the BC snowmobile federation has given me - Snowmobiler of the year!  Thank you so much! 

I have some really fun stuff planned for next season with She Shreds Mountain Adventures!  Hopefully some travelling to different countries to teach clinics around the world, some guest appearances for speeches about women in the snowmobile industry (one already set in Iowa in November 2013), and of course the same clinics offered in Revelstoke and Pemberton BC (large and private clinics).  Stayed tuned on the web site and Facebook for announcements of these future plans in the next couple months!  Looking forward to working with my current sponsors for next season and hopefully will be bring on a couple new ones!  But most of all I look forward to having fun in the backcountry with many more women!  Let the adventures begin!

If you’re wondering what to do to keep yourself fit and ready for next years snowmobile season, here are a couple tips I personally do to keep my mind and body ready for and amazing season ahead….

Living in Pemberton BC I am very fortunate to have all of my work out regimes 5 minutes from my front step!  Mountain biking, hiking, yoga, gym workouts, horse back riding etc.  My weekly workout schedule consists of:

 Monday:  Combo Spin work out at the gym with my trainer Lindsay May – combination of spinning on a bike, muscle conditioning and hardcore abs workout

Tuesday:  Yoga at Tadasana Yoga Studio

Wednesday: Combo Spin work out at the gym with my trainer Lindsay May – combination of spinning on a bike, muscle conditioning and hardcore abs workout

Thursday:  Yoga at Tadasana Yoga Studio

Friday: Combo Spin work out at the gym with my trainer Lindsay May – combination of spinning on a bike, muscle conditioning and hardcore abs workout

Weekends:  usually a good mountain bike ride, hike, or some other fun outdoor activity.

Not to mention I try and get out on my bike mid week as much as I can too (each ride usually is about 1.5-3 hours) to keep the cardio up!  The downhill descents make the hard work going up pay off instantly!  I also get out on my horse about 3-4 times a week, which allows myself, my dog and horse to get a good work out in.  And yes I do work too in the evening at a restaurant so for all of you that think you don’t have time to work out because of your work schedule, think again!  Surfing is also an amazing work out!  I’ve been going on at least 1 surf trip a year for the past 4 years (this year I was lucky and have gone on 2 so far!)  Its an awesome cardiovascularwork out as well as a good muscular work out for the arms, shoulders, back and core. Surfing is a great off season training for all the muscles you need to keep fit to sled in the winter time!  Eating healthy too is a must!!   Here is a quick recipe for an amazing morning breakfast smoothie I start my day with everyday (I guarantee you will stay full till lunch time!)…

3 tbs of natural or vanilla yogurt

3 tbs of sprouted chia seeds

3 tbs of Barlean’s Greens powder (all your veggies you need in 1 day)

1 tsp of maca powder

1 tsp spirulina powder

1 banana

a small scoop of your favourite frozen berries

a bit of water to liquefy it

 Enjoy!  Have a good summer and talk to you guys in the fall!!  

2013 She Shreds Revelstoke clinic! A fun Success!!

Ahhhhhhh what a good time!!!  Couldn’t have asked for anything better (well ok maybe a bit more sun would have been rad!).  Ladies arrived from Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC Friday evening super pumped for the weekend ahead of them.  Some had been driving for 2 days to get to Revelstoke for the She Shreds clinic!  Dedicated ladies!  Love it!  We had a nice dinner and a meet and great with the girls then hit the sack for a fun day ahead of us. 

 The next morning was humorous!  Steph Schwartz’s recoil blew up, and then guess what?  Another recoil blew on a Mountain Max triple pipe!  Then guess what happened?  Another gal’s sled battery was dead (so she thought anyways ;) hahaSo thanks to Glacier House, one of their mechanics starting fixing Steph’s sled, we decided to leave the old gal Mountain Max behind and rent a new Ski Doo XM.  Let me tell you, she ended up being so stoked on leaving the Mountain Max behind and getting to ride that XM all day!  I grabbed an electric start sled from the Glacier House shop, grabbed my jumper cables from my truck and bolted to the dead sled.  Set it all up for the jump and notice she forgot her kill switch down ;)  That was the highlight of our morning!  Hehe 

Before you knew it, after doing some backcountry safety scenarios (beacon checks, searches, emergency scenario’s etc etc) the girls were all killing it in the backcountry.  Learning new skills on how to improve their riding on their sleds, getting stuck, giggling and laughing and just having a blast!  Some even got some airs off a little wind lip.  The weather could have been a bit sunnier but thanks to that we got some great views through out the day with a beautiful sky and the snow was awesome too!!  Pooped and jelly armed we headed down the trailhead at the end of the day and got to witness a pretty sweet view/sunset.  The girls improved ten fold by the end of the day!  We were stoked!

We started our dinner with the goodie bag give away and did prizes for stuck of the day, etc.  Some sweet prizes were handed out:  Dayco belts, Feethookers Running boards, 509 Helmet and goggles, Slednecks gear, Diva’s Snow Gear, Ski Doo prize pack etc etc.

The next morning we did a great Yoga class instructed by Kim from Welwinds Therapeutic Spa.  The mellow flow class was just what we needed to stretch out and wake up our sore muscles from the day before.  We said our good bye’s and till next time’s as some girls departed for another 2 days of driving! 

This clinic couldn’t have been possible thanks to the two coaches that helped me teach the Revelstoke clinic – Stephanie LaRoy Schwartz, Nadine Overwater.  You girls have such a passion for the sport and I thank you huge for the great success of the Revy clinic!  Also, thanks do Klim, RSI, 509, Dayco, Valley Chainsaw Recreational, Ski Doo, Snowpulse, Mammut, Fox, Slednecks, C & A skis, Diva’s Snow Gear, CFR Racing, Toyskinz, Feethookers, inReach Canada, Canadian Avalanche Association, joydigger.com and Niex Toques for supporting She Shreds Mountain Adventures.

 The next She Shreds clinic is on March 2&3 just outside of Whistler BC up Brohm Ridge.  It is a similar style clinic with a full day on snow, meals and back country glorified cabin sleep over with yoga the next morning.  A snow cat will be bringing up all the gear seeing the cabin is sled access only.  Guest coaches are Ski Doo's Ashley Chaffin from Alaska and Stephanie LaRoy Schwartz from Revelstoke along with Julie-Ann Chapman.  Possibilities of Brandy Floyd as well depending on numbers for bookings!  Please visit www.sheshreds.ca to book!  Ps: It’s a great valentines day gift for your loved ones gentlemen ;)

Here are some testimonials from a couple of the girls that took part in the 2013 Revy clinic:

Allison H -  I would have rated the clinic a 9/10, I had so much fun with all the girls and felt like I learned a lot.  The only thing that I wish would have been different is to have had more time to learn, although you can't realistically practice everything in one day, even just hearing about the different techniques used would have sufficed.  I liked being split up and having that one on one time with a coach rather than staying as a whole.  Giving us the option of what we wanted to learn was nice too and I really appreciated it when you came up to me and told me what you noticed about my riding and gave me pointers.  You girls were always on top of everything and always eager to help us out! :)  The best part of the day for me was the view, absolutely gorgeous!  Glacier House Lodge was very accommodating; they had very friendly staff and it was convenient to be able to park our sleds right outside.  For the cabin rooming 12 girls I felt as if everything ran pretty smoothly.

Tamara S – My clinic with She Shreds was fantastic. You girls (coaches Julie-Ann, Stephanie and Nadine) were so patient and I learned a lot. Just seeing the enthusiasm that the three of you had for the sport and especially woman in the sport is contagious.  What I liked most about the she shreds clinic - It took you out of your comfort zone but in an easy going way that made you do it.  What I liked the least - Hmmmm, I guess picking the names for the prizes, perhaps they could be given out for, the most stucks, most improved..... etc.  My review on the lodging - Lodging was fantastic, food was great. It being so close to the trails was great. No complaints.  Your clinic made me miss being on a sled, it gave me some skills so I can go out and work on them. The passion is back and I will be going to buy a sled in the near future. The skidoo summit xm!

Courtney D - I had an awesome time with you three ladies! You are all totally chill and down to earth women which made the riding and over all social aspect of the clinic that much more enjoyable! So ah. Ya thanks for being awesome you guys.  My favourite part about the clinic...other than riding in general.... I enjoyed that little bit of air we did at the beginning and the hill climb. Haha. Overall I liked the relax learning atmosphere. I felt like there was ample opportunity to push yourself or veg and watch the other rad girls do their thing.   One thing I'd like to see changed is a two day clinic. It's such a long drive (for most of us) and that second day would really be beneficial. I know I just started feeling good and confident but then you're pooped from all that shovelling out! Second day you'd start of with more confidence and know what you want to work on.  I would also like to see more stuff like hill climbs (and learning to turn out sooner! Haha) as well as little drops. But then again I was the one hoping to do a 360 back flip so it's probably a good thing we kept it at the basics. (I tend to skip steps in the middle and go straight from A-Z).  But overall the clinic definitely met my expectations! Too bad the weather wouldn't play nice but we had nice pow! 10+ in my books! If I didn't live in the North Pole I would be coming to the next clinic for sure!!! Hey. I still might ;) I met a ton of wicked (semi-local) ladies and I can't wait to hook up and go riding with them again! That was my original goal when I first heard of your clinic. Stoked!

 Here are some pics from the Revelstoke She Shreds clinic.  To see the full album please visit the She Shreds Facebook page!