The Mountain Mamas women’s ski and snowboard camp will be held three times this winter. The first one will be Friday, January 12, and Saturday, January 13.
“It’s a women-oriented program,” said James Lazor, director of snow sports for the club. “We set aside some of our elite female instructors to work with the guests on their skill sets, depending on levels that they have. The ability can be from beginner to advanced skier or snowboarder.”
Lazor said they have had a more informal program in past seasons, but this year decided to offer a more developed curriculum that includes on-hill training and off-hill pampering, and to open the program up to women who don’t belong to the Hermitage Club.
“We did it two years ago and it was a huge success,” said Lazor.
The program includes welcome cocktails at the Hermitage Inn the evening prior to the camp, two days of mountain access, two days of all-female coaching, private lunch each day, an assessment of alignment and ski equipment, and video analysis. Attendees will also have access to the club’s fitness rooms and pools. Spa services will be available for an additional fee. Cost is $550 for the two-day program, or $295 for a one-day option on Saturday, January 13. The program does not include rentals or lodging. Anyone who needs lodging will receive a 15% discount at the Hermitage Inn if they mention the discount code “Stags Leap.”
“We would love to have more people join from the outside,” said Meridith Dennes, director of marketing for the club. “It’s a wonderful way to showcase the club and what we have to offer, but more importantly, the training will be great. It improves skills and lets the women make some new friends.”
Dennes said the program was driven by the club’s members. “There was a desire by members to see more experiential ways to connect with each other, especially on snow.”
Lazor said the program is also part of a ski industry initiative to encourage more women to continue to ski and ride. “What you find is about 40% of industry is made up of women skiers, and there has been a big movement in the industry to help women get better in the sport and embrace it.”
Lazor also said the program is a low-key way for moms to ease back into the sport.
“A lot of women take time off after having their families,” he said. “This gives them the opportunity to get back in without the pressure of the family saying ‘Come on, Mom.’ We’ll pair by ability level, with no pressure. It’s so much better to be on an uncrowded mountain to work on skills without the crowds of a public mountain.”
The Hermitage Club plans to offer two more Mountain Mamas programs in February and March. Dates have yet to be set. For more information or to sign up visit www.eventbrite.com or facebook.com and search for the Hermitage Club.