Each year for the past 20 years, Sun Valley has kicked off summer with a focus on health, wellness, and fun at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival. Spanning the long Memorial Day weekend, this year from May 26 to 29, it is the perfect start to the season, inviting participants to think deeply and breathe deeply during a wide range of programming. There truly is something for everyone. The Sun Valley Wellness Festival was started in 1997 with the mission of inspiring people to live healthier lives. To that end, they bring to Sun Valley each year the best of the best across a mind boggling...
Some of my best mountain memories are of skiing with some pretty terrific women. There is nothing like spending a day, or even a few hours on the slopes, with the girls. When you’re skiing with girlfriends, the level of encouragement, camaraderie, and fun are unmatched.
If you love to ski and you love your friends (or want to make new ones), try one of Sun Valley’s specialty programs or clinics designed especially for women
This winter in Sun Valley, the focus is on women. New programs and special weekends promise to help you take your skiing to the next level while having a great time. One of the best options to do so is this season’s new SunDivas program. If you’re looking for a laid back experience while still receiving top-notch instruction, this weekend program may be just what you’re looking for. Participants ski on Baldy on Sundays from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and as long as you can ski the green trails on Bald Mountain, you are invited to join. According to Martina Vala, who runs the women’s programs at Sun Valley SnowSports School, SunDivas is a perfect way to end one week and start another. “This program is taught by some of Sun Valley’s finest instructors and is a great balance between individualized coaching, skill building and technique improvement, and a welcoming social atmosphere. It’s open to all levels and there are groups for everyone. There are two sessions of SunDivas, one that just began January 17, with the next beginning on February 21. To learn more about registering for SunDivas, please click here.
If you’re interested in going even deeper, then the WOW Women’s Only Weekend is for you. Scheduled from February 5 – 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, this clinic will take your skiing to the next level. The emphasis for the weekend will be on skill development in an atmosphere that maximizes learning and on having a terrific time. Skiers will be broken down into small groups with fantastic instructors and remain together all three days. “We like to keep the groups and instructors together,” Martina explained. “This allows everyone to build a great rapport and see progress from start to finish. The first and second days are skill building and on the third, skiers put everything they have learned together. Women will explore new terrain, improve their skills, and broaden their horizons in a safe environment.” All the fun at the WOW weekend doesn’t happen on the mountain, however. Skiers will enjoy video analysis, a social at Roundhouse, and plenty of time with friends. Registration and additional information may be found here.
Sun Valley’s amazing women coaches and some special guest instructors are ready to offer individualized attention sure to improve your skiing in a social setting
Is it your dream to be coached by a former U.S. Ski Team Member? Then Lisa Densmore Ballard’s “Your Turn” event is a dream come true. Come out to Bald Mountain this Thursday, January 21, for a day of training and more with this amazing athlete and a team of top female instructors. Start the session with a full continental breakfast followed by an update on the latest equipment trends specific to women skiers. Then get out onto Baldy’s beautiful terrain for a lot of individualized on-snow coaching. A video analysis of your lesson as well as a reception will round out the day. This special clinic will not only make a big difference in your skiing, but, chances are, you will make some new friends and have a blast with the girls. "We are looking forward to the Your Turn Women's Ski Event. It will offer an excellent opportunity for women to improve their technique and to meet other women who have a passion for skiing," Martina said. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes breakfast, lunch, ski demos, presentation on trends on women's gear, a full day of instruction, video analysis, and an apres ski party with door prizes from event sponsors including Elan, Leki, Skea, Transpack, and Bolle. It promises to be a great time!
Baldy is in epic shape. Join your friends for a clinic or specialty program and soak it all in
With even more snow falling this week, Baldy is skiing amazingly well. Don’t miss the chance to spend time with friends and get the best quality instruction from Sun Valley’s terrific women coaches: for women, by women. You’ll have a blast!
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