Give in to your fantasy
Do you ever indulge in the luscious idea of taking one day a week to do one thing you really love? Do you crave a little more adventure to help inspire you and make you more productive for the other six?
As women, we can feel pretty guilty about taking time out for ourselves. If you’ve got a little flexibility in your schedule and you really love skiing and snowboarding, you’ll want to be sure to check out Women’s Wednesdays at Copper.
Moguls, powder, and extreme terrain
If you’ve never taken a lesson in your life, or if you’ve been skiing or boarding for years and want to learn how to finally attack those moguls or that deep powder, or if you just want the sheer exhilaration of exploring new mountain terrain, Women’s Wednesdays is definitely your thing.
“This year we’ve got about 51 ladies from around 23 – 75 years old, along with about 15 mostly female instructors,” says Bo.
Classes are organized by skill level and desire, with instructors evaluating each woman by what she wants to accomplish on the hill and grouping these ladies into their best fit.
Adventure that’s easy on your wallet
And, for just $48 dollars a day (plus your season pass or lift ticket) from 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., your personal growth and fun factor is “quite a value,” says Bo Duffy, Copper Mountain’s Ski and Ride School Programs Manger.
The bonus: lasting friendships
“The social piece of it is huge. I’ve worked with the Women’s Wednesdays program for the past 9 years and I see women who’ve been a part of it for even longer than I’ve been here,” says Bo.
“I’m gratified to know that these women ski, board and have fun together on the mountain, and then they forge relationships and join in on activities together during the rest of the seasons off the slopes,” he says.
Heather Quarantillo, a women's ski instructor who's been at Copper Mountain for 18 years and who's worked with Women's Wednesdays for 15 of them, says these women become part of each other's lives.
"They really develop deep friendships. They end up skiing together outside of lessons, and when the snow melts, many of them hike and play golf and tennis together," says Heather.
Excellent instruction to sharpen your skills
“I tip my hat to our female instructors who really build the rapport and create a fun experience with and for these women,” says Bo.
Wondering if you’ll fit in? Don’t worry. “We’ve got nurses, realtors, retirees, and young moms who schedule a babysitter to make sure they can get up to the mountain on Wednesdays,” says Quarantillo.
“Some women want to polish their mogul skiing and some want to explore the nooks and crannies of the mountain on extreme terrain together,” says Heather of this group of intermediate to advanced skiers who want to refine and polish their skills.
Whatever your reason for joining Women’s Wednesdays, you’ll come away filled up, challenged and with a posse of new friends to share your love of the outdoors.