Here are some examples of the special women’s programs increasingly offered by ski resorts across the nation:

Kirkwood, one of the cluster of ski areas in Lake Tahoe, has a series of both one - and three-day clinics that are tailored to the skill level of the participants and that are run by women, utilizing women-centered instruction. It also offers one three-day clinic for intermediate and advanced skiers that includes discussions on “How to Avoid Injury” and “Fitness for Skiing.”

At Heavenly Valley, three-day seminars are taught by female instructors to help women skiers “improve their skills in a relaxed atmosphere.” Loon Mountain, in New Hampshire, holds three-day “Women’s Getaways” created, organized, and taught by women. Its goal: “To elevate

your level of skiing and to overcome fears of difficult terrain and conditions through group enthusiasm, determination and support.”

Vail, in Colorado’s Rockies, has both three - and five-day programs “for women who feel they’ve reached a plateau in their skiing and want a breakthrough.” The women-only programs also include apres-ski workshops; one focuses on “equipment as it applies to women” and another, led by a sports psychologist, addresses “fear and how to deal with it.”

In addition to its long-established Women’s Ski Escape programs, Killington has instituted a daily Women’s Mountain School. One Killington executive says the mountain classes were inaugurated “as an effort to introduce more teaching programs designed specifically to educate women how to use their unique physical characteristics to reach their peak skiing potential.” The two-hour programs are taught by female instructors.

Mammoth Mountain in California, Stowe in Vermont, and Winter Park in Colorado cooperate in a series of women’s ski programs for National Women’s Ski Week in mid-January. Each area offers a variety of self-help seminars, on-hill clinics, and demonstrations of skis, boots, and bindings.

Not all ski areas offer instruction or seminars for women. For the woman interested in any level of women-oriented program, from simply learning how to ski to skiing the extreme, I advise inquiring into the programs offered at a resort before booking a ski holiday.

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