Gals weekend at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH

Gals weekend at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH

Among some women, the "Girls' Getaway" weekend or program has become an annual tradition where small or extended groups of women, ladies, girls, mothers, daughters, or friends organize a get together unaccompanied by (one might even say unburdened by) or exclusive of men, boys, brothers, and fathers. The motivation and/or common denominator is about connecting.

A girls' weekend might include recreating or relaxing together, enjoying good food and libations, and a host of other activities that provide the backdrop for engagement and lasting memories. XCSkiResorts.com has found a list of women's programs for this winter ranging from once-a-week group outings to week-long all inclusive packages.

EAST

The Notchview Reservation in Windsor, MA has the Women’s Winter Breakfast Ski from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM led by women who teach and work at the Reservation. This 6-week program starts with a 75-90 minute ski followed by a continental breakfast in the lodge.

Lapland Ladies Love to Ski is an instructional cross country ski program that runs 3 times a winter and has been ongoing for about 10 years. It is designed for women and taught by women at Lapland Lake XC Ski & Vacation Center in Northville, NY. Female participants, who are beginner or intermediate level skiers, register for the program for a one-time activity or for all 3 outings. They are grouped to learn and practice ski techniques and they all have lunch together followed by a presentation about cross country ski equipment, clothing, and other topics. After lunch the group is self-divided into smaller groups for a social ski tour out in different directions on the trails and then back in the lodge for a hot beverage and a chocolate goodie at the end of the day. Classic skiing on Feb 9; Skate skiing on Mar 9. The $50 price includes the trail pass, lunch, and discount coupons to use in the ski shop.

Ladies Night at Byrncliff Golf Resort & Banquets in Varysburg, NY offers half price on Thursdays for the trail pass for XC skiing or snowshoeing.

Bretton Woods Nordic Center, NH has the Ladies Loppet Women’s Nordic Ski Club on Saturdays, Jan 3 - Mar 14 11:00 AM - 12 lesson for all level skills. $65 for the season.

The Adventure Center at Waterville Valley, NH and southern White Mountains has the NENSA Women’s XC Ski Day on Jan 20, 2019 with XC ski instruction, equipment demo, lunch, prizes and wrap up party.

Go Red for Women's Heart Disease program at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center in Gorham, NH on Friday, Feb 1, 2019 with 50% discount on trail passes and rental equipment to those wearing red. Also Women's Winter Escape is on Jan 19-20, 2019 from 8:30 - 4:30 for an all-women’s weekend with classic and skate ski clinics, naturalist-led snowshoe tours, yoga, equipment demo, snow tubing, and more.

Rangeley Lakes Outdoor Center in ME has Ladies Day on Mondays with a half price trail pass and a FREE cup of soup.

CENTRAL8

Women wintering on the shore at Lutsen Resort

Women wintering on the shore at Lutsen Resort

Maplelag Resort in Callaway, MN has the Women's Ski & Be Yoga Retreat, which includes getting outdoors in nature for cross country skiing and snowshoeing, healthy meals, and massage on Feb 22-24, 2019. A number of girls' getaways at Maplelag are organized by patrons, who have visited the resort with their families and then return another time with other women to enjoy a variety of activities such as quilting, knitting, book discussions, board games, and so on. The family style meals at Maplelag make it easy for the groups to engage and there's the added bonus that none of the gals have to cook during the weekends, either.

The Cross Country Ski Headquarters in Roscommon, MI has Stretch & Slide Yoga-Ski Retreat on Wednesdays Jan 19 - Feb 16, 2019. Begins at 10:00 AM with a yoga class at the Gerrish Township Municipal Building (1 mile south of XC Ski HQ), and continues with a full day ski/snowshoe rental and group lesson at 12:00 PM (facilities pass included!). Also included after the lesson is a homemade chili lunch (classic or vegetarian) at the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Café

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, breakfast, dinner, a spa treatment, guided tour with complimentary XC ski or snowshoe gear (or hiking, biking, or sea kayaking in the warmer months) and galleries and shopping in nearby Grand Marais.

Timber Ridge Nordic Center in Traverse City, MI has She-Ski a Wednesday Ladies Night with cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Lutsen Resort in MN has the Girlfriends Getaway Package for anytime of year with a bottle of champagne,

WEST & MOUNTAINS

Ski, Sip & Spa Day at Devils Thumb Ranch Resort in Tabernash, CO on Saturday, Feb 11, 2019 includes XC ski lessons, lunch, yoga, hot tub, sauna, and wine and cheese. Massage or facial available at special rates. Additionally, the Ranch hosts the Women’s Classic XC Ski Clinics starting in January.

The Vista Verde Ranch in Steamboat, CO has the Share & Save (starts at $335 per night with a 3 night minimum) program offer during certain times in the season. There are three meals a day, cross country ski instruction, guided backcountry ski tours, equipment to use, cooking classes, wine tasting, sleigh rides, horseback riding, photography workshops, and evening entertainment. Such a package includes transportation from the airport to the resort and there are many extras offered to extend the memories such as dogsledding, alpine skiing, massage, and premium wines at an additional price.

Women's Skate Clinics at Frisco Nordic Center, Frisco, CO has two levels. On Mondays is the Level one starting on Jan 7 at 10-12 with a second session starting in Feb and on Tuesdays there are the more advanced clinics are held and more intermediate and advanced sessions on Thursdays. Check the Frisco site for specifics on schedule and prices.

Sun Mountain Lodge and Cascade Endurance in Winthrop, WA has the Women's Adventure Camp on Feb 22-24, 2019 with XC skiing, yoga, breakfast and lunch, ski sessions, wine/hors d'oeuvres reception, and relaxation. Also, the Trail Running and Yoga Retreat is on April 18-21, 2019. Contact Cascade Endurance.

Women's Ski Weekend at Izaak Walton Inn, Essex, MT on the Amtrak line and scheduled on Feb 8-11, 2019 with lodging, 1 hour skate skiing instruction, two 1-hour yoga sessions, and 30 minute massage, buffet dinner and one night accommodations.

One multi-year women's weekend participant jokingly cited "verbal profuseness" as the prime characteristic of her getaway experience with female friends. Such getaways may have a distinct purpose such as high performance fitness exercise or healthy wellness activities or they could incorporate different themes, but it is the composition of the group, which determines the vibe for the weekend. Check the XCSkiResorts.com Product News Page for info about women's XC ski equipment.