Women in snow sports sometimes might feel left behind by their husbands, kids or male friends. The men might be naturally more daring or perhaps started out at a younger age. The kids might have been in school programs or taken up racing. Some women might languish at the intermediate level, believing that is as far as they can comfortably go.
But women skiers and riders who want to take their skills to the next level have an opportunity. While they are often intimidated by mixed groups, believing the men are bigger, stronger, faster or sometimes too judgmental, there is an answer — women-only clinics. Many resorts offer these clinics, which might be multi-day camps or women’s ski and ride groups that meet regularly.
In Vermont, Okemo offers two Women’s Alpine Adventure programs. Led by some of the best women coaches in the business, participants can learn and improve their skills in a supportive, non-judgmental and social atmosphere. The Premier program includes five days of personalized coaching, breakfast and lunch daily, an après party and banquet. Participants needing lodging receive special rates at the Jackson Gore Inn.
Okemo’s two-day Adventure program meets this season Feb. 7-8, Feb. 10-11 and March 7-8. This is a fun way to get the feel of a women’s clinic while experiencing hours of training from Okemo’s outstanding coaches. As with the five-day program, the vibe is friendly, relaxed and supportive. Social aspects include daily breakfast and lunch and an après party. Skiers and snowboarders are welcome in both programs.