5 Women-Only Ski Camps That Will Help You Shred Better
Posted November 27, 2018 5:29 p.m. EST
There are so many women’s ski camps nowadays that you should find one that’s right for you — unless you are a true beginner, in which case it’s best to look at regular lessons. Below is a sample of what’s on offer this coming season. Note that these camps do not include accommodations, but most have lodging partners that offer discounts to participants.
1. Elevate Women’s Camp
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming
The Elevate Women’s Camp caters to intermediates and up — Jackson Hole is one of the sportiest resorts in North America after all, and a pioneer of “steep and deep” clinics. The $1,650 fee ($1,950 with lift access) includes four days of instruction and Volkl demo skis.
2. North Face Women’s Ski Camp
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada
With six two-day sessions spread between December and March, the North Face Women’s Ski Camp at Whistler Blackcomb offers the most dates to choose from, including a rare late-season option on March 30-31. The base fee is 379 Canadian dollars, or about $287, and climbs to 593 Canadian dollars (with lift tickets) and 693 Canadian dollars (with lift and rental).
3. Rippin Chix
Started by freeskier Alison Gannett, Rippin Chix has a laid-back, somewhat irreverent approach and offers camps in a number of western locations: Whitewater Ski Resort in British Columbia; Crystal Mountain Ski Resort in Washington; Alta Ski Area in Utah; and Silverton Mountain in Colorado. Most clinics require a solid technical baseline, and the January trip to demanding Silverton ($729 for two days, including lift tickets) is best for advanced/expert skiers in top physical shape. Rippin Chix is also among the few outfits to offer a catskiing experience, north of Whistler ($1,750, including lodging and rentals).
4. Telluride Women’s Week
Telluride Ski Resort, Colorado
Now in its 37th season, Telluride’s annual women’s week is clearly doing something right. It’s also one of the few camps to offer a longer stay with a five-day package ($1,525/$1,775 with lift tickets) in addition to three-day options ($625/$775 with lift tickets). A big perk when it comes to the socializing element of a camp: Telluride is one of the prettiest U.S. ski towns.
5. Donna Weinbrecht Women’s Camp
An Olympic gold medalist and world champion in moguls, Donna Weinbrecht has long been leading women’s clinics at Killington — an established racing hot spot on the East Coast. This season she’s running a pair of two-day camps that start at $435, including lift tickets. (Weinbrecht also offers a coed moguls camp, so make sure you book the right one.)