What: Women's Camp
When: March 1-3, 2013
Who: Level 5 skiers (parallel turns on gentle blue terrain) & up, adults ages 21+
Green terrain riders, level 3 (comfortable making turns on green terrain) & up, adults ages 21+
When I am stressed, need a break or just wanna have fun, I call upon my girls. My “girls” are an assortment of girlfriends that are there for me in all forms. Recently, a group of like-minded and, most notably, skiing abilities, got together for a girl’s night and ski day out. Skiing with a group of women was exhilarating and empowering. I have skied with all types of groups, but for some reason, I hadn’t experienced skiing with 7 women of similar skiing abilities. I loved the camaraderie, the flow and how each of us felt inspired by the energy of the group. The group dynamic pushed us to ski our best, honored all of our individual abilities and exemplified our sassy shredding sides!
Women want to ski properly. They want good technique, to be in control and look good. The challenge is to let go, be kids and then the technique will come.
Park City Women’s Camp offers an ideal arena for women to experience skiing and snowboarding in a supportive, inspiring and empowering atmosphere. This program is designed exclusively for women and led by Park City Mountain Resort’s finest female instructors. The overall goal is for each woman present to take her skiing or snowboarding to the next level. PCMR’s Dottie Beck explains, “We are helping women learn what they are capable of in sport.”
Dottie Beck is the ski instructor for the Women’s Clinic. She describes herself as “a wild woman who never grows up!” This description is fitting; she is dynamic, fun and lives her wild woman ways by skiing year round at PCMR and in New Zealand. Her attitude also reflects her teaching/coaching style:
Women want to ski properly. They want good technique, to be in control and look good. The challenge is to let go, be kids and then the technique will come. The beauty of an all women’s group is that we move from survival skiing (skiing with kids, boyfriend, spouse, basically attending to another’s experience) to having their own ski experience.
Jenna Powell, PCMR’s Women’s Snowboarding instructor, loves the camaraderie that always develops in each Women’s Clinic. Jenna’s teaching style is to help each woman relax, let go of any pressure and improve her overall level and ability:
PCMR has the best teaching terrain. The terrain allows never-ever snowboarders to get snowboarding quickly and offers great progressional terrain, so it is an easier transition from one level to the next. I love to break the myths about snowboarding. When it is taught right, a snowboarder can learn in a calm manner that builds a strong foundation. In addition, I help each snowboarder with their equipment and introduce all the new trends in snowboarding stance and gear.
Speaking of gear, Jenna recommends that each woman participating in snowboarding invest in butt pads, "because women tend to fall on their bottoms." (Visit REI or Backcountry.com for more information.) This is another distinguishing factor in Women's Camp and that is each participant also learns about gear: the trends, new technology, women-specific needs and whether or not their current gear is a match with their skiing abilities.
PCMR’s Women’s Clinics are the perfect place to let your inner child come out and play, unleash your wild woman and improve your overall ski/snowboard experience. In a group setting, Dottie has noticed that the group “shows you what you can do: When one accomplishes something, the group celebrates and if someone is afraid, the group is there to support and encourage.” Come and experience PCMR in a different way, through the eyes of a woman!
When women are in a group it shows them what they can do: When someone accomplishes something, the group celebrates and if someone is afraid, the group is there to support and encourage.
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