WOMEN EVENT & ACTIVITY LISTINGS
Some of the listings are from 2015-16 so CHECK for the dates of these women's events carefully and contact the area to confirm the event and see if preregistration is required. For info about gear, check Women's Nordic Ski Equipment. Check the Resort Features Page or the Hot Topics Page for other current upcoming activities.
Bethel, ME is hosting the NENSA Women's Day program on January 22, 2017. Participants would register on-line www.nensa.net/women. There is a gear demo, with lunch, prizes, and wrap up party. For ages 13 and older. Registration has a max of 200 participants. Clinics for every level from first timer to elite racer. The fee is $45 for an individual or $35 for NENSA member.
Catamount Trail Ladies's XC Ski Expo at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT in Jan 14, 2017 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
Carter's XC in Bethel, ME has Women's Guided Ski Tours on Tuesdays non-vacation weeks.
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 3, 2017 with 50% discount on trail passes and rental equipment to those wearing red. Also Women's Winter Escape is on Jan 14-15, 2017 from 8:30 - 4:30.
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 Introduction on Dec 20, instruction in classic technique (January 21 and February 11 in 2017) and in skate ski technique (March 4, 2017), 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 Adventure Center at Waterville Valley, NH and southern White Mountains has the Women's Clinic on Feb 18, 2017 with XC ski instruction, equipment demo, waxing clinic, yoga, massage, lunch included.
Women's Wonderful Weekend at White Grass in Canaan, West VA - Date TBA. Refresh or pick up some new ski techniques. Instruction available for all types of skiers and experience levels from track and skate techniques to downhill control and telemark turns. Lunch included.
LAST YEAR'S Programs in the East
Morse Farm in Montpelier, VT will have a women's program on Wednesdays.
Women's Skate Skiing Clinic at Woodstock Nordic Ski Center in Woodstock, VT. Work with instructors on skate skills ranging from the basic to more advanced skating techniques. Afterward, soak in the hot tub or relax in the sauna at the Woodstock Inn & Resort Fitness Club (included) $60 and rental equipment available at an additional fee.
Cross Country Ski Headquarters in Roscommon, MI will offer the first Women’s Ski Club on Wednesdays Jan 11 - Feb 15, 2017 at 5-7 PM for local women to get together and XC ski in a relaxed, welcoming environment. PSIA certified ski instructor, Carole Mueller-Brumbaugh, will be available for instruction and technique feedback to anyone who would like some coaching. This program will have a loose format, so women may arrive any time between 5 - 7 PM to participate. To rent skis for a nominal fee, skiers must arrive before 5:15 PM. The program fee is $5 per session (covers trail pass, headlamp, and optional coaching), all of which will be donated to the River House Women’s Shelter.
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.
Maplelag Resort in Callaway, MN has the Ski & Be Yoga Retreat (not exclusively women) on Feb 3-6, 2017 with Vinyasa and Yin yoga daily, XC skiing & snowshoeing (rentals & trail access included), huge hot tub, sauna house, 3 daily delicious home cooked meals, unlimited homemade cookies & hot chocolate & coffee, full resort access to amenities inside & outside, bonfires, massage (extra), comfy room and fun. Costs: $540/3 nights, $375/2 nights, $150/3 nights (children) Contact Melissa to reserve your spot: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 with cross country skiing or snowshoeing and a speaker with munchies on Wednesdays. The Women's Winter Tour is a themed cross country ski, snowshoe and hike event at the same location on Feb 5, 2016 with a sampling of chocolate and other food goodies. For more info, check www.womenswintertour.com. See the Regional NW Michigan Page for Timber Ridge contact info.
Women Ski Clinic at the Birkie Trail in Seeley, WI on Dec 9-11, 2016. with high quality coaching, lunches, treats, wine, raffle prizes and a hat. $150 (lodging separate). Sponsored by Riverbrook Bike and Gear West. 715-634-0437; http://riverbrookbike.com/
Women's Skate Clinics at Frisco Nordic Center, Frisco, CO has two levels. On Mondays is the Level one starting on Jan 9 at 10-12 with a second session starting on Feb 6 and on Tuesdays Jan 10 the more advanced clinics are held starting on Jan 10 with a second session starting on Feb 7.
Women's Ski Weekend at Izaak Walton Inn, Essex, MT on the Amtrak line and scheduled on Jan 21-22, 2017 with lodging, 1 hour skate skiing instruction, two 1-hour yoga sessions, and 30 minute massage, buffet dinner and one night accommodations.
Ski, Sip & Spa Day at Devils Thumb Ranch Resort in Tabernash, CO on Saturday, Feb 12 includes XC ski lessons, lunch, yoga, hot tub, sauna, and wine and cheese. Massage or facial available at special rates.
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..
Royal Gorge XC Ski Resort in Soda Springs, CA has a Women's Skate Clinic with Olympic skier Katerina Nash for an intermediate skate clinic on Feb 25 at the Summit Station.
Sun Mountain Lodge and Cascade Endurance in Winthrop, WA has the Women's Winter Adventure Camp on Feb 26-28, 2017 with XC skiing, yoga, breakfast and lunch, ski sessions, wine/hors d'oeuvres reception, and relaxation. Contact Cascade Endurance.
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. 10:30-3:00 includes lunch. All rental gear, lesson, and guided tour included for $80. Reservations required. Click the Colorado Page and scroll down to Keystone.
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
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