WOMEN EVENT & ACTIVITY LISTINGS
This is the most comprehensive list of women's cross country ski or snowshoe programs available. You can use this listing to consider planning for your holiday packages and travel for the upcoming year. Check the Resort Features Page or the Hot Topics Page for other current upcoming activities.
Ladies 6-Week Program at Garnet Hill Lodge in North River, NY on Thursdays 1/9-2/13 at 10 AM-2 PM for backcountry, classic and skate skiing technique clinics with lunch included.
SKIWABS 4 week program in Jan-Feb at Great Glen Outdoor Center in Gorham, NH. Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 24. A weekly class for women skiing program with instruction split into performance group at 9:30 - 10:30 AM and a recreational group at 11 AM -12 PM. Classes are led by Great Glen’s Ski School Director and Olympian, Sue Wemyss. Participants should have an interest in learning and improving, and to be part of a fun and supportive group.
Go Red for Women's Heart Disease program at Great Glen Outdoor Center in Gorham, NH on Feb 7 with 50% discount on trail passes and rental equipment to those wearing red.
The Nordic Barn at Top Notch Resort & Spa in Stowe, VT has the Ladies Winter Adventure Day on Thursday , Feb 6 with sessions at 9-11 AM and 2-4 PM including rental equipment and refreshments.
New England Women's XC Ski Day is scheduled at Bethel Inn Resort in Bethel ME on February 9, 2014 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
Catamount Trail Ladies's XC Ski Expo at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT in Jan 11 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
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 instruction in classic technique (January 5 and February 9) and in skate ski technique (March 9), 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 $40 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 2 at the Nordic Heritage Center near Presque Isle in Maine.
Tenth Mountain Women's Day is in Fort Kent, ME on Feb 22 at the 10th Mountain Center in Fort Kent.
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 11 and Feb 8.
The Nordic Center at Waterville Valley in Waterville, NH and southern White Mountains has the Women's Clinic on Feb 16 and Mar 1 with XC ski instruction, equipment demo, waxing clinic, yoga, massage, lunch included.
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 for minimum of 4 people/2 nights.
Maplelag Resort in Callaway, MN has the Women's Wellness Retreat on in Feb 20-23.
Last Year's Central Programs:
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.
Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis, MN has regular women's program for women and by women. Check for monthly programs at www.midwestmtn.com
Women's Ski Weekend at Izaak Walton Inn, Essex, MT on the Amtrak line and scheduled on Dec 7-8 and Jan 11-12 with lodging, ski instruction, yoga, and massage. New this year a Women's Classic Getaway Weekend with Classic Skiing only on Feb 7-8. 406-888-5700.
Colorado Ski for Women at Steamboat Ski Touring Center on Jan 26 is a fundraiser fun day on the snow skiing with friends and/or family in costumes, lessons, demo gear, entertainment.Wednesdays are Ladies Day at Steamboat with 10% discounts on trail passes, lessons, and retail sales!
Ski, Spa & Soak Day at Devils Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, CO on Saturday, Feb 8 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 28 - Mar 2, 2014 on the Methow Valley 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
Last Year's Western Programs:
Women's Only Ice Climbing Clinic at Big White Ski Resort near Lelowna, BC on a 60-foot ice tower is scheduled as a teaching program in Jan covering equipment, safety, techniques and so on. $300 see www.bigwhite.com
Keystone Nordic Center in Keystone, CO has a weekly Ladies Day program with a classic cross country ski lesson in the morning and a snowshoe tourg in the afternoon. 9:45-3:15 includes lunch. All rental gear, lesson, and guided tour included for $66. Reservations required. Click the Colorado Page and scroll down to Keystone.
Cypress Mountain outside of Vancouver, BC has the Ladies Only Chocolate Fondue Snowshoe Tour 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, Feb, and Mar at 6:30 PM.
Cypress Mountain has the Ladies only Classic Ski Lesson, which offers a gentle introduction to Nordic Skiing. After a 1.5 hour lesson stop at the Hollyburn Lodge for some appetizers on Fridays in Jan, Feb, and Mar at 6:30 PM.
The Cypress Mountain Ladies Only Skate Ski Lesson is a group lesson with a 1.5 hour skate ski lesson with a stop at the Hollyburn Lodge for some appetizers on Fridays in Jan, Feb, and Mar at 6:30 PM.
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 article about Ski Walking on the Resorts Features Page at Nordic Walking - Don't Count Carbs