Many Colorado ski areas offer women’s-specific clinics, lessons and events for female skiers and riders. Participating women will enjoy networking with fellow active skiing and snowboarding women, learning new skills from leading professional female instructors, and enjoying women-centered experiences.
Here are some women’s clinics and events for female skiers and riders in Colorado:
Legendary Ladies Clinic
This women’s clinic group meets on Wednesday mornings for sliding on snow and exploring Arapahoe Basin’s terrain in a fun, non-intimidating environment. Each session is led by specialized women’s coaches, and both skiers and snowboarders are welcome. Small class sizes allow for individualized attention; all Legendary Ladies classes max out at six students per instructor. www.arapahoebasin.com
Women’s Edge Program
The Aspen Snowmass Women’s Edge Program is a four-day women’s only clinic led by Aspen’s top female instructors that has been running for more than 30 years. Participants can range from intermediate to advanced, and the group can ski at any of Aspen Snowmass’s four mountains: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. The final day includes an après party for participants. www.aspensnowmass.com
Women’s Social Ski Tour
Available Tuesdays through Fridays until March 30, the Women’s Social Ski Tour sponsored by Starbucks allows like-minded and skill-minded women to experience Beaver Creek together. The tour meets at the bottom of the Centennial Express Lift (#6) at 10 a.m., allowing for morning ski school drop-off for children and extra time in the morning. The tour lasts two hours and is complimentary. Led by women from the Ski School Ambassador team, the tour provides a relaxed atmosphere to build skills and confidence for the intermediate to advanced female skier and snowboarder. www.beavercreek.com
Women’s Ski Week (February 11-16)
The fourth annual Women’s Ski Week — a week dedicated to women and snow sports — returns to Breck, Feb. 11-16. Women’s Ski Week at Breckenridge Ski Resort highlights the resort’s offerings for women of all ages in a welcoming, supportive and fun environment aimed at improving skiing or snowboarding skills. The classes encourage moms, sisters, daughters and girlfriends to get the most out of the mountain and town, while connecting them with other like-minded women who also love snow sports. Men are of course always welcome at Breck and can join some of the fun, too. For more information, including the full week of programming, visit www.breckenridge.com.
Women’s Camp (February 14-16, part of Women’s Ski Week): A 3 day program, with the same instructor, which will bring your skiing to new heights. In addition to the top level of instruction, participants are invited to after-hours discussions around women’s specific ski equipment and the effects it has on your ability to improve.
Women and Wine
A relaxing half day lesson for women only (starting at 1:15 p.m. every Wednesday) followed by a complimentary glass of wine for après.
Women’s Ultimate 4 Ski Lesson
With a maximum of 4 women per class, the Women’s Ultimate 4 lesson gets you more individualized attention with experienced female instructors. www.breckenridge.com
Copper’s Women’s Wednesdays offers the opportunity for women to build new relationships, improve their skills and set goals to conquer. Talented female instructors work with each guest in this fun, easy-learning environment. www.coppercolorado.com
Women’s Tips on Tuesdays
This half-day women’s-specific ski school session is led by CBMR’s top female professionals, and concludes with a glass of wine at the resort’s new on-mountain Umbrella Bar. The Women’s Tips on Tuesdays clinic is available to female skiers levels 3-7 and is ideal for ladies looking for a guided group session with instruction and an informal, fun vibe.
Elan Women’s Weekend (January 19-21)
The Elan Big Mountain Women’s Weekend at Crested Butte is a weekend ski experience for women, intermediate level and above. Guests can demo award-winning Elan Ripstick freeride skis while exploring Crested Butte’s expansive terrain with a Ski and Ride School instructor. The event kicks off on Friday night with a welcome party, followed by free demos, guided instruction all day Saturday and half day Sunday, as well as lunch on the mountain both Saturday and Sunday. The event also includes a signature Saturday evening party and an après-ski event on-mountain after lessons are completed on Sunday. www.skicb.com
Women’s Days Multi-Week Program
The Eldora Women’s Days Program helps women improve their skills and share their passion for winter sports with other women. Designed for women, guests choose from either the Alpine or Nordic programs. Women’s Days include a tasty continental breakfast and gourmet lunch prepared daily. Participants enjoy four-hour guided experiences with Eldora’s top instructors. www.eldora.com
Betty Fest (February 24-25)
Join the fun, sharpen your skiing skills, and experience why women return year after year to Betty Fest. Whether you are just getting comfortable on green trails, want help in the moguls, or aspire to conquer any Black Diamond with ease, Betty Fest is for you.
Women’s Only Clinics
These midweek clinics offer intermediate to expert women a great opportunity to ski or snowboard with other women in an engaging environment, taught by Loveland’s top expert female instructors. skiloveland.com
New for the 2017-18 season, Monarch will be hosting a Women’s Wednesday Social Club. Every Wednesday, women will meet in the base lodge for a fun day of specialized tips, demo skis/boards, fashion shows, coffee, lunch, fun runs and more. www.skimonarch.com
Ski Like a Girl
The “Ski Like a Girl” program is designed to build female participants’ confidence everywhere from the bumps to the groomers. Guests can learn from Powderhorn’s top female instructors, meet new friends and explore a variety of terrain in a fun and non-competitive environment. www.powderhorn.com
Big Mountain Betty Fest (February 10-12)
Silverton’s Big Mountain Betty Fest is an all-women heli-skiing weekend in the San Juan Mountains. The inaugural event will include expert-only skiing and riding on steep terrain, apres ski parties, giveaways and more.
Sister’s Meeting the Mountains (April 6-8)
The Annual Silverton Sisters’ Meeting in the Mountains is a weekend packed with phenomenal expert-only skiing, networking, inspiration and education. Guests can participate in educational and inspirational presentations from the most respected women in the industry. www.silvertonmountain.com
Women’s Ski Camp
Two of Steamboat’s Olympians, Deb Armstrong and Ann Battelle, host Steamboat’s Women’s Ski Camps with certified, experienced female coaches. Emphasis is on camaraderie, fun and skill improvement. Steamboat pros create a positive atmosphere that maximizes learning during the three-day clinics. www.steamboat.com
Women’s Ski & Wellness Week
The Telluride Women’s Ski & Wellness Week was started by Annie Varielle-Savath in 1981, and will celebrate the 36th anniversary in 2018. It is the ultimate ski and yoga retreat. Attendees enjoy a week full of yoga, meditation, wellness speakers and après fun with expert ski instruction, no matter their level of expertise.
SheRide Snowboard Camp
The SheRide Women’s Snowboard Camp provides lessons to all levels of snowboarders, from never-ever riders to advanced double-black riders. The SheRide coaching team is a professionally certified, all-women team who understand the biodynamics of the body and the power of the mind when snowboarding. www.tellurideskiresort.com
Women’s Ultimate 4 Ski Lessons (Dec. 25, 2017 – Jan. 5; Feb. 16 – 23; March 18 – 30)
The Women’s Ultimate 4 Ski Lessons are small group lessons with a maximum of 4 women per class, guaranteeing more individualized attention and customized lessons. Experienced female instructors guide this empowering, social, and relaxed all-female program. With lessons running from 12:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., moms can conveniently squeeze in a lesson while children are away at ski school. Ideal for first-timers to beginner levels, 1-4. For more information call 970-SKI-VAIL (754-8245).
Women’s Winter Adventures
Complimentary Mountaintop Ski Tour for Ladies! Tours meet at Express Lift in Vail Village at 10:15 a.m., departing at 10:30 a.m. every Monday. Recommended: Intermediate Skier/Riders or above. www.vail.com
Women’s Ski Camps
Winter Park Resort offers Women’s Ski Camps for women to fully immerse themselves in the experience of skiing. Camps are coached by specially trained women instructors and provide a laid-back, supportive environment. The camps offer first tracks access and après ski experiences. www.winterparkresort.com
Ladies’ Ski and Snowboard Clinics
Wolf Creek hosts Ladies’ Ski and Snowboard Clinics on date specific Sundays during the season. Ladies’ Days offer clinics taught by qualified women instructors. These lessons are designed to get women on the mountain and connected with a network of other women who also enjoy being on their skis or snowboards. Open to beginners up to advanced intermediates. www.wolfcreekski.com
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