These days, many ski and snowboard resorts have gone beyond the one-group-fits-all lesson model to offer in-depth workshops tailored specifically for women. Whether you want to brush up on the basics or tackle the bumps, all-women groups can ease anxiety and boost confidence while creating some great friendships. There are several women’s workshops scheduled in March, and some are bundled with bus rides to and from the mountain. Like March, you can embrace your inner lion and hit the slopes roaring this spring.
Okemo’s Women’s Alpine Adventure
March 5-7 and March 9-10
Okemo’s 20-year-old women’s program has evolved to include two-day, three-day and five-day sessions for skiers and snowboarders. Female coaches do a great job of matching everyone up by ability, even if groups of friends want to stay together. Transportation is not included but meals are, and the lively après ski activities are great ways to meet fellow female skiers and riders. Visit Women’s Alpine Adventure page to register. Getting to Okemo without a car is a breeze. From Penn Station, hop on the Amtrak Vermonter to Bellows Falls, NH or the Ethan Allen Express to Rutland, VT. Okemo has a shuttle service to and from these train stations.
Ladies Shred Bus to Mt. Snow
Ladies can hop on an Ovrride bus from New York City for a day of women-only camaraderie and fun on the slopes. This package includes coaching from Mt. Snow’s female instructors. Skiers and snowboarders are grouped by skill level for morning workshops followed by the included lunch to digest new material and recharge. The afternoon lets you enjoy the slopes until the lifts close at 4 pm. Enjoy après ski on wheels aboard the “Ladies Shred Crew Bus.” Hosts share raffles and giveaways, plus refreshments as you head back to New York.
Stratton’s Women On SnoW (WOW) and Girls’ Time Out
Stratton has two women’s clinics, WOW for skiers and Girls’ Time Out for boarders. Each program includes two full days of on-snow instruction, plus a food card to buy breakfast and lunch. Students may demo skis from First Run Ski Shop and access Stratton’s Training & Fitness Center. The Stratton Jitney runs directly between New York and the resort, but you may need to make other arrangements for an early Friday arrival. Take Amtrak to Albany and rent a car for the two-hour drive to southern Vermont. Be sure to consult oM’s guide to renting hybrids in NYC.
Photo credit: Hubert Schriebl
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