Just last week, a Saturday night dinner at the Ram Restaurant in Sun Valley Village seemed like a great idea. One member of our party was anxious to try the nightly $25 special of Hungarian Goulash, and an evening spent at the beautiful eatery, accompanied by live piano music, and noshing on delicious food sounded perfect. Our decision proved even more prescient when the server announced that the Ram was running a spring special: fondue for two (free!) with the purchase of any two entrees. It was a bubbling, gold prize at the end of the proverbial rainbow!
Fondue for two with...
For me, there’s nothing quite like skiing or riding with other women. My girlfriends offer motivation, inspiration, and camaraderie that I just can’t get anywhere else. And Sun Valley is the place for women to shred, whether it is with one of the specialty programs, a great clinic, or just because.
This week, I had the opportunity to connect with a group of terrific women mountain enthusiasts as part of the popular DIVAS program. DIVAS, or the Die Incredible Vimin Alpine Shredders, is for intermediate to advanced women skiers and riders, by women skiers and riders. This highly popular program puts the emphasis on getting the most of a morning on the mountain with excellent instruction, themed lessons, and a heavy dose of cheering each other on. I have met so many interesting women on the lift and on the slopes during DIVAS; people I might not have gotten to know otherwise. Within a few minutes of starting the day, the outstanding coaches make us feel like we’re all in it together, whether ‘it’ is trying to navigate bumps, bouncing through fresh powder, or remembering to pole plant. At DIVAS, there is a lot of laughter, a lot of hooting and hollering, and real excitement when anyone in your group makes a breakthrough. The atmosphere is super supportive and just plain fun. Plus, you learn a lot.
During the first week of DIVAS, coach extraordinaire Haley Stevens works with shredder Rachel on how to navigate all the deep snow that has fallen on Baldy this week
If you can’t commit to eight weeks of DIVAS, another great way to get in your women-only skiing fix is during the upcoming WOW Women’s Only Weekend. From February 3 – 5, WOW participants improve their skills and techniques in another super supportive atmosphere that emphasizes camaraderie. Every day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., like-minded women shredders will work with Sun Valley’s best female instructors in small groups that maximize individual attention. The fun continues after the lifts close with après ski events and video analysis. If you have a group of girls you love and want a weekend getaway, now is the best time to come to Sun Valley. The mountain has never been better – it’s all open -- groomers, glade skiing, bumps, and lots and lots of pockets of powder. The WOW weekend will be one you’ll never forget.
Skiing with other women is the best way to spend time on the hill. This group’s smiles say it all
Another amazing opportunity for women who love mountain culture happens January 19. “Your Turn” with Lisa Densmore will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day, giving you a chance to spend a day on the slopes with former U.S. Ski Team member and great woman, Lisa Densmore Ballard, as well as Sun Valley’s top female Big Mountain athletes. You will get a full day of instruction, video analysis, private ski demos, a continental breakfast, lunch, an après ski party at Formula Sports with free door prizes, and much more. This day will be a breakthrough in your skiing, a real girls’ day out with women who like to play in the snow as much as you do! To sign up, please call 208-622-2289.
Sun Valley’s SnowSports instructors want to make sure you get the most out of any of these programs, or in private or group lessons. They are highly trained, very personable, and great listeners. My DIVAS coach on Thursday, Haley Stevens, started the lesson by simply talking. She asked all five members of our group what we liked to ski best, what was hardest for us, what we hoped to accomplish over the eight weeks. It was great to be able to put some goals out there and to get to know everyone in the group a little better.
Sun Valley’s specialty programs and clinics designed by women, for women, will have you skiing your very best
While you’re hanging out with all these great girls, you might as well make a day of it. Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of Baldy’s day lodges to relive all those tremendous runs. Keep the fun going by booking treatments at the Spa at Sun Valley and work out those kinks you got from skiing so hard. You deserve it!
Grab your girlfriends and go play in our fabulous winter playground – work can wait!
It’s going to be a great winter on the hill for all the fabulous women getting up there to get after it! #girlsrule.
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