WOMEN EVENT & ACTIVITY LISTINGS
These women's event listings are regularly being updated so check the dates carefully and contact the area to confirm the event and date. You can use this listing to consider planning for your travel for the upcoming year. For info about gear, check Women's Nordic Ski Equipment. Check the Resort Features Page or the Hot Topics Page or the What's Happening Page for other current upcoming activities.
Jackson Ski Touring Center is hosting the Ski Heart Strong program with the American Heart Association to get people out this winter and at the same time raise awareness and promote physical activity and heart-healthy living.
The pledge fundraiser program runs in Jackson, NH between January 14 and February 14 and it is open to cross country skiers or snowshoers. Participants would register at Jackson Ski Touring Center or on-line. The fee is $45 for an individual and $165 for a team of 4. Each registrant would get a t-shirt, one day trail pass, and a goodie bag. There will be a drawing for raffle prizes for participants, too. Time spent on the trails is charted and pledges are gathered for the time or by the kilometer. More information at email@example.com or 603-383-9355.
Rangeley Lakes Outdoor Center in ME has Ladies Day on Mondays with a half price trail pass and a FREE cup of soup.
Go Red for Women's Heart Disease program at Great Glen Outdoor Center in Gorham, NH on Feb 6 with 50% discount on trail passes and rental equipment to those wearing red. Also Women's Winter Escape is on Jan 17-18 from 8:30 - 4:30; Women Skate Clinics on Mondays at 9:30 AM - 12 on Jan 26, Feb 2, Feb 9, Feb 23, Mar 2 and Mar 9.
Catamount Trail Ladies's XC Ski Expo at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT in Jan 10 from 9 AM - 4 PM with 2 sessions on the snow in 3 different disciplines (backcountry/telemark, classic, skate), lunch, clothing demonstation, equipment talk, and a wine & cheese gathering at the end of the day. Registration is limited to 100 participants and more info available in November at www.catamounttrail.org
New England Women's XC Ski Day is scheduled at Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, VT on January 25, 2015 with gear demo, lunch, prizes, gear demo, and wrap up party. For ages 13 and older. Registration opens online in the fall for with a max of 200 participants. Clinics for every level from first timer to elite racer. www.nensa.net/women
Lapland Ladies Love to Ski! A special program for women, taught by women at Lapland Lake in Northville, NY. These incredibly popular programs are exclusively for women, taught by women. Join us for one, two or all three sessions! From 9:30am - 2:30pm beginner and intermediate level female skiers, grouped by ability, will receive Itnroduction on Dec 20, instruction in classic technique (January 24 and February 21) and in skate ski technique (March 14), enjoy lunch with an equipment & clothing discussion, participate in a social group ski and group wrap-up with hot beverage at the end of the day. Cost for each five-hour program is $50 including facility use pass, lunch, and discount coupons for clothing and equipment. Cost of rental gear, if needed, is $15 for this program only. Minimum age to participate: 18. To ensure space, please pre-register.
The Aroostook Women's Ski Day is scheduled for Feb 1 at the Nordic Heritage Center near Presque Isle in Maine.
Womens Winter Ski Day at White Grass, West Virginia with instruction by women for all levels and techniques and lunch included. 10 AM - 3 PM. Scheduled for Jan 10 and Feb 7.
The Nordic Center at Waterville Valley in Waterville, NH and southern White Mountains has the Women's Clinic on Mar 7 with XC ski instruction, equipment demo, waxing clinic, yoga, massage, lunch included.
The Lady's Tea & Ski program at Garnet Hill Lodge in North River, NY runs on Wednesdays from Jan 14 to Mar 11 (not Feb 18) at 9:30 AM with lunch and skiing afterward. Trail pass, lesson, lunch, and equipment (if needed) included. Backcountry outings also included on some of the days. 518-251-2150. Preregistration required. $30 per session or $150 for 6 week program (discounted for season pass holders)
The Fort Kent Outdoor Center in Maine is hosting its Winter Women's Day on Saturday, February 21. It runs 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM with activities including an exercise session, snowshoeing, and XC skiing with lessons and a guest speaker during lunch.
Lutsen Resort, MN on the north shore of Lake Superior in MN has its Girlfriend Getaway Package, which includes a bottle of champagne, massage or treatment, dinner, BF.
Women, Wine, Chocolate & Skiing at the Birkie Trail in Seeley, WI on December 13-14, 2014 with high quality coaching, lunches, treats, wine, raffle prizes and a hat. $150 (lodging separate). Sponsored by Riverbrook Bike and Gear West. 715-634-7007; www.riverbrookbike.com
Maplelag Resort in Callaway, MN has the Ski & Be Yoga Retreat on in Jan 29-Feb 1, 2015.
Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis, MN has regular women's program for women and by women. Check for monthly programs at www.midwestmtn.com
Timber Ridge Nordic Center in Traverse City, MI has She-Ski a Wednesday Ladies Night with cross country skiing or snowshoeing and a speaker with munchies. See the Regional NW Michigan Page for Timber Ridge contact info.
Gear West Wednesdays has a Winter On-Snow program ($140) December 3 – February 11 (11 sessions) for ALL skiing abilities...from beginner to advanced. Learn to ski or learn to ski faster and more efficiently. All classes meet at French Park in Mnpls area Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 PM. Sessions will focus on relaxed and effective ski technique for skate skiing aimed to improve skiers double poling, legs only push, V1, Open Field and V2. Discussions on waxing, training and race strategies will be held prior to each workout Gear West Wednesday. Classic ski classes with a minimum of five interested skiers are possible. More info at 952-473-0377 or Gear West web site.
Women's Ski Weekend at Izaak Walton Inn, Essex, MT on the Amtrak line and scheduled on Jan 10-11, 2015 with lodging, 1 hour skate skiing instruction, two 1-hour yoga sessions, and 30 minute massage, buffet dinner and one night accommodations.
Royal Gorge XC Ski Resort in Soda Springs, CA has a Women's Intermediate Skate Clinic on Jan 17 from 9 - 11 AM.
Ski, Spa & Soak Day at Devils Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, CO on Saturday, Jan 31 includes xc ski lessons, lunch, yoga, hot tub, sauna, and wine and cheese for $110. Massage or facial on special $89. Register at www.active.com.
Women's Ski & Yoga is on Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2015 on the Methow Trails in Winthrop, WA. The program is produced by Winthrop Fitness for all levels and it includes accommodations at the Sun Mountain Lodge, a wine reception, sessions and presentations, breakfast and lunch, and a Saturday night dinner. $350 Advance registration.509-996-8234 http://www.winthroppt.com/skiyoga.html. Also, Women's Trail Running & Yoga Retreat on Apr 30- May 3.
Keystone Nordic Center in Keystone, CO has a weekly Ladies Day program on Fridays with a classic cross country ski lesson in the morning and a snowshoe tour in the afternoon. 10:305-3:00 includes lunch. All rental gear, lesson, and guided tour included for $80. Reservations required. Click the Colorado Page and scroll down to Keystone.
Cypress Mountain only 30 minutes outside of Vancouver, BC has the Girls Night Out on Fridays from 6:30 - 9:30 PM with offers for the Cypress Mountain Ladies Only Skate Ski Lesson the Ladies Only Chocolate Fondue Snowshoe Tour. The skate lesson ($69) is a group lesson with a 1.5 hour skate ski lesson with a stop at the Hollyburn Lodge for some appetizers on Fridays Jan 16 & 30, Feb 13 & 27, and Mar 13 at 6:30 PM. The Ladies Only Chocolate Fondue Snowshoe Tour ($55) is by headlamp through the towering forests and glades of Hollyburn Mountain on your way to the historic Hollyburn Lodge. Warm up with a mug of steaming hot apple cider before you enjoy some appetizers then a chocolate fondue on Fridays Jan 9 & 23, Feb 6 & 20, and Mar 6 at 6:30 PM. These programs include rental equipment, trail access, guides/instructors, and an appetizer. 604-922-0825.
Ski Like A Woman resource network on the Web. www.skilikeawoman.com
XC SKI CLINIC FOR WOMEN
Overcoming fear of speed - finding the balance by Julia West
One of the main concerns for many skiing women is control. Women love the sport - as long as they don't have to go too fast. There is a difference between many women and men in this regard. We seem to have a different definition of survival instinct! Many women have agreed with me that having children has increased that instinct, which is understandable.
So how do we deal with it when we are involved in a sport that encourages some risk? The first step is to recognize it, accept it, and know that our approach to overcoming it might be different from men's. Because of this, many women have found their most enjoyable skiing to be with other women - no pressure, no macho, no expectations, and lots of support. Go to an xc ski area and ask if there are "women only" programs available. Check out XCSkiResorts.com for info on women's events and programs.
At the same time, challenge yourself to improve your skiing skills. This is guaranteed to subtly build your confidence. Possibly without realizing it, your fears will subside as your skills improve.
There are some comfortable ways to improve skills. Number one, work on balance, both on and off the snow. Practice standing yoga postures when you get a chance. When you are on skis, there are many one ski balance exercises you can do. First, on flat tracks with only one ski on and no poles, practice pushing off with the other foot and seeing how far you can glide without putting your foot down. Can you glide to a stop?
Next, choose a gentle downhill with tracks. Get a glide
going with two skis, then lift one ski and try to keep it in the air
while you glide on the other down the hill. You can always put the other
down if you start losing your balance. As you get better at this, you
can increase the pitch of the hill and the speed you're going. Notice
that the faster you go, the more forward the orientation of the body
will be to keep up with your skis. Your hips will remain over your feet,
but you'll feel yourself flexing the ankles more, and won't have a straight
upright stance. This may seem scary, but build it up gradually and it
can be quite exhilirating as you become more secure.
The third challenge is step turns. Remember, any time you lift a ski off the snow, you are improving your balance! On a gentle slope and wide trail, step to one side for a few steps without turning. Step to the other side. Now try a step turn. Take LOTS of LITTLE steps at first. Remember, you're not striding here; you need to pick up a flat ski and turn it. Don't lift your heel to push off! You'll get your momentum from the hill. Keep your legs bent and your body in a low and stable position. As you get more comfortable, increase the speed at which you do step turns. Try stepping in and out of the tracks at different speeds.
All of these exercises can (and should) be done by any level skier. I do them all the time. There are other techniques to improve skills and increase confidence, but let's start with balance. Enjoy those boards that are strapped to your feet; they are meant to glide!
Julia West is a member of the PSIA Nordic Development Team and is a ski school director, who lives in North River, NY.
Ski Walking - Get Ready for the Snow With This New Activity
Dr. Christaine Northrup, author of "Mother-Daughter Wisdom" and "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom," said "My Ski Walking poles have been a terrific addition to my regular exercise program. I love the way they incorporate my upper body during a walk, thus giving me more strength-training and calorie burning for the time spent. I highly recommend them to everyone!" See the full articles about Ski Walking at: the Nordic Walking book on the Product Page and general story on the Personalities Page.