Almost all major ski resorts offer women’s-specific ski camps and clinics and for good reason. They’re popular! These programs foster camaraderie and provide a positive, supportive environment for women to tackle technique or terrain that is entirely new or brush up on old skills. Here’s a roundup of the best women’s ski and snowboard clinics and camps in North America.
Alta Lodge Women’s Ski Camps
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Alta Lodge Women’s Ski Camps brings together the best of the Alf Engen Ski School’s instructors for three days of instruction and four nights of lodging, breakfasts and dinners. Two yoga sessions are included. Participants in the intermediate to advanced camp should be comfortable on blue runs and open to exploring ungroomed or steeper terrain. Those in the advanced to expert camps should be able to comfortably ski groomed and ungroomed black diamond terrain. 2017 dates coming soon.
Aspen Snowmass’ Women’s Edge
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For more than 30 years, the Women’s Edge program has helped women ranging from intermediates looking to build confidence to advanced skiers or riders wanting to take on double-black terrain meet their goals. Taught by PSIA-certified pros with an emphasis in women’s ski/snowboard instruction, the lauded four-day program is highly fun and instructional. Women’s Edge is held Monday through Thursday, 2018 dates TBA.
Reservations are recommended.
Big Sky Resort Women’s Ski Camps
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Start ski season out on the right foot with Big Sky’s all-women’s two day early season ski clinic, December 2–3, 2017. Taught by women for women, this program focuses on an individual’s performance and works toward mastering new techniques before that first big powder day comes. Intermediate and above skiers are welcome. Big Sky also offers a three-day clinic January 12–14, 2018 meant to bring advanced-intermediate to expert female skier’s to the next level of their skiing.
Breckenridge Women’s Ski Week
February 12–19, 2017, Women’s Ski Week descends on Breckenridge, Colorado. The week features a litany of inspirational, instructional and fun events including the Ultimate 4 lessons for women taught by women, Get the Girls Out ski day with SheJumps, trivia, free yoga, Women & Wine (plus appetizers and mini spa treatments, First Tracks, women’s movie night, boot fitting and much, much more!
Deer Valley Resort’s Women’s Weekends
For three days, February 3–5, 2017, Women’s Weekends participants enjoy skiing with other women of the same ability level and improving their skills. Advanced beginners to experts welcome.
Advance reservations are required.
Jackson Hole’s Elevate Women’s Camps
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January 16–20, 2017 or March 6 –19, 2017, bring your skiing and on- and off-slope confidence to the next level with Elevate Women’s Camp. Participants get instruction and tips from top women coaches and headlining pro-athletes, like Jess McMillan, Kim Havell and Crystal Wright.
Keystone’s Betty Fest
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Keystone’s Betty Fest is a two-day (February 25–26, 2016) program providing a fun, supportive experience for women to really improve their skiing or riding. The clinic includes extensive on-hill training, video analysis, discussions about nutrition and equipment.
Killington’s Women’s Weekends
Women’s Weekends leader and U.S. Olympian Donna Weinbrecht. | Photo: Killington Resort
Join Olympic gold medalist and world champion mogul skier, Donna Weinbrecht, and Killington Resort’s top female coaches for Women’s Weekends. This two-day camp includes a welcome party, lift tickets, all-female instruction, lunch and video analysis. 2017 dates coming soon.
Advanced reservations are required.
Women’s Alpine Adventures at Okemo
Women’s Alpine Adventures at Okemo has women returning year after year to take part in a program designed for women and led by some of the best female ski and snowboard coaches in the business. 2017 dates coming soon.
Park City Mountain Resort Women’s Ski Camp
March 3–5, 2017, the Women’s Camp returns to Park City Mountain Resort. Designed for intermediate to advanced skiers, the three-day workshop will challenge and encourage women to improve their skills and confidence with the help of female coaches and fellow pupils. Participants enjoy small class sizes. A minimum of eight total participants must register for the program to be offered.
Snowbird Women’s Ski Camps
Women who are comfortable on blues and blacks, but looking to further improve their skills and confidence will find that Snowbird’s iconic terrain provides the perfect venue for learning. Explore powder, trees, bumps, chutes and bowls in the company of like-minded women. See yourself on video, learn from the best and experience the greatest snow on earth in the company of friends and adept instructors, including Carol Levine (Jan. 6–9), PSIA-certified instructor, and Mermer Blakeslee (Mar. 5–9), a published writer and PSIA-certified instructor.
Sun Valley’s WOW
WOW “Women’s Only Weekend” at Sun Valley is a three-day clinic for women, led by leading female instructors designed to improve on-snow skills. Small learning groups are based on ability level and provide the opportunity for a deep focus on technique. The weekend includes special events, and a discount package with lift tickets is available. 2017 dates coming soon.
Telluride’s Women’s Ski & Wellness Week
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Now in its 35th year, the Telluride Women’s Ski & Wellness Week is a highly anticipated event that brings together women of all skill levels to improve their skiing and yoga practice—and have some fun! Three-day or five-day programs are available and include lift tickets, expert instruction, assessment of alignment and equipment, video analysis, access to the Peaks Resort & Spa fitness rooms, pool and spa amenities, nutrition counseling and après-ski with featured speakers and activities. Three-day program will be held January 20–22, 2017 and March 3–5, 2017 and the five-day program will take place February 12–16, 2017.
Ski with Kim at Vail
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Ski with Kim Reichhelm, a pro skier, and you’ll improve your on-snow confidence and ability and make some new friends along the way. Participants are matched with small groups of similar abilities and the best instructors. Ski equipment is provided to make your skiing experience easier. The program is best for intermediate to advanced skiers eager to ski at a higher level. Two dates are available, January 11–14, 2017 and February 8–11, 2017. The camps include a welcome reception, lift tickets, lunches, photo review, one dinner, après-ski parties, product demos and much more
Whistler Blackcomb Women’s Ski + Snowboard Camps
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These all women weekend ski and ride camps will bolster confidence at any level and provide the opportunity to explore Whistler Blackcomb’s awe-inspiring terrain. Two days with top female coaching, in a safe and motivating environment, will help you expand your terrain options and develop your skills. Available dates include December 10–11, 2016, January 7–8 and 21–22, February 18–19, March 11–12 and April 1–2, 2017.
If you’re ready to take your skiing to the next level book your women’s ski-camp trip today! Our Mountain Travel Experts are standing by to help you book your complete ski-vacation package. Give them a call at 800-610-8911 or you can get started by filling out a form for a free custom quote.
Originally from the icy trails of New Jersey, I moved West to pursue powder and a career in writing and editing. Now in Aspen, Colo. and working for Ski.com managing the website and blog content, I couldn't be happier. You'll find me skiing at Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands in the winter and mountain biking at Snowmass in the summer.