RYAN REPORT – She jumps, she turns, she skis

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Need an excuse to rally the ladies for a day of skiing? How about the International Women’s Ski Day, Saturday January 20.

Skiing is a male dominated sport. Guys make up more than their 50 percent share of people in lift lines and are the vast majority of those employed in the industry. IWSD is part of an industry wide effort to change that.

The easiest way to take part is to just go skiing. Many ski resorts host women specific camps and clinics the week leading up to the official day and on the day itself. K2 Skis and SheJumps, a charity working to get more women and girls into outdoor activities, team up on several events <<>>, but they’re mostly in the U.S.

Some other Canadian options for an all women’s ski experience:

Girls Do Ski

A Revelstoke based ski guiding and instruction company focused exclusively on women. The head coach and owner is Leah Evans, a pro freeride skier. They have a Revelstoke weekend camp that coincides with IWSD.

Alpine Club of Canada

Use IWSD as inspiration for something bigger, like a week of ski touring on the Wapta Icefield in Alberta. With women guides breaking trail this all women’s trip traverses part of the linked glaciers north of Lake Louise while tagging some of the big peaks along the way.

The North Face Women’s Ski Camps

Geared to all levels these two day camps at Whistler-Blackcomb bring together top female instructors and similar skiing women for an intensive weekend of improvement. They don’t have one running on the IWSD weekend, but do the weekend before and after.

RYAN REPORT is a frequent web post by Ski Canada magazine’s technical editor, Ryan Stuart.

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