Backcountry Babes was founded in 1996, as “Babes in the Backcountry”, by 3x national champion telemark skier, Leslie Ross. At the time, Leslie noticed the lack of women participating in recreational activities, outdoor sports and backcountry excursions. She wanted to create a business that would provide instructional opportunities and adventures specifically for women.
In 2011, Leslie sold the company to one of her alumni, Jenna Boisvert, who renamed the company Backcountry Babes. It still operates with the same philosophy that Leslie believed in: to be mentors and guides for women in the outdoors. There they can learn new skills, develop confidence, have new experiences and share in adventures that build friendships and camaraderie. Backcountry Babes understands that women are naturally more reluctant to try things and have less confidence in their abilities than men. They try to provide communication and the emotional support that women need to gain the confidence to be able to increase their abilities.