Ladies’ Day on the Slopes: For Women by Women
Looking for a totally unique, memorable winter vacation that caters to the feminine side of the sport? Lake Tahoe ski resorts have the perfect fit in the way of women-specific camps and clinics taught by some of the biggest female names in the ski and snowboard industry. Home to five Olympic medalists, ESPN’s Female Action Sports Athlete of the Year and Powder Magazine’s Female Skier of the Year, Lake Tahoe has no shortage of world-class caliber women charging the slopes and sharing their love for the sport.
The fact of the matter is women are drawn to the active, outdoor lifestyle and laidback California vibe found in Lake Tahoe. There may be no other destination that so seamlessly combines the “go, go, go” pace of a mountain town with the “bikini and flip-flop” dress code of a beach town.
Women will find an endless list of diversions to spoil themselves both on and off the slopes including yoga studios, full-service spas, art galleries, world-class shopping venues and gourmet dining experiences. And of course, the favorable ratio of guys to gals in Lake Tahoe doesn’t hurt either when it comes to partaking in the 24/7 nightlife and Vegas-style entertainment options.
Here’s a brief overview of some of the best women-specific offerings on the slopes in Tahoe. Sorry guys, this one’s for ladies’ only. Squaw Valley’s Women of Winter program has a loyal following of inspiring locals that gather together each Wednesday to work on their hard-charging mountain skills and share in the supportive group camaraderie. The WOW program understands that women learn very differently than men and focuses on learning while skiing (as opposed to a classroom setting) during weekly clinics and multi-day camps.
For those looking to find their True North, the annual Wanderlust Festival brings together the world’s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned chefs and winemakers to practice harmonious living in the breathtaking setting of Squaw Valley.
Expedition: Kirkwood is considered the university level of ski and snowboard schools and their E:K Women’s Camps are no exception as they encourage attendees to push their riding to the next level. Taught by accomplished female athletes such as Lynsey Dyer, these full-immersion programs include express lift line privileges and daily video analysis to quickly hone all-mountain skills.
Northstar California and Heavenly’s 4 Her Women’s Ultimate 4 Lessons consist of semi-private lessons with no more than four individuals for each female instructor. This intimate group size provides the perfect opportunity to learn and refine skills while exploring new areas of the mountain in a comfortable, encouraging environment. The focus of the day’s lesson is entirely up to the group members making it a great opportunity to recruit three other like-minded women for a great day on the mountain with a top-rated female coach.
Every Thursday is “Ladies Day” at Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe with an almost too-good-to-be-true $29 lift ticket price for women when purchased in advance online. Given the incredible savings on the lift ticket price, it makes sense to sign up for one of the resort’s 90 minute Ladies Day Clinics and be sure to stop by 431 Sports to check out the weekly specials on stylish new soft goods and gear.
Homewood’s tranquil West Shore setting and bedazzling lake views serve as the idyllic backdrop for the resort’s Women’s Edventure Camps combining two full days of education and adventure. The perfect opportunity to sharpen your skills and make new ski buddies, these multi-day clinics focus on personalized strategies for rapid improvement, top-notch female instructors, video analysis, a welcome breakfast, lunch both days, après at the West Shore Café and a goodie bag from the resort’s sponsors.
Ladies looking to gear up before they hit the slopes should look into Coalition Snow, a Tahoe-based ski, snowboard and apparel company that makes female-specific gear to amplify the strengths of women. Tired of gear manufacturers’ “shrink it and pink it” approach to fabricating women’s gear, the all-female founders created the world’s first company specializing in high-performance skis and snowboards designed by women, for women. Learn more about the Sisterhood of Shred at www.coalitionsnow.com.