Women's Specialty Programs
2015 health.com.au Women's Ski Week
3 day and 5 day programs available - 2015 dates TBC
This week isÂ a specially designed female-only ski instruction program that is guaranteed to improve your skiing skills and a great way to explore Hothamâs beautiful mountain terrain with some new friends. There is a three day program option too (Monday to Wednesday).Â
You'll receive six hours per day of instruction in a supportive environment with other women, including apres session covering Why We Ski Like Women where you'll learn about ski physiology, managing fear, achieving a good boot fit and what ski best suits you. Â
Enjoy daily warm up and afternoon fitness sessions including Yamuna Ski Recovery Focus Class, Relax and Revive Stretching and Pilates for core strength. Â You'll also receive aÂ welcome breakfast and lunch on day one, a half hour massage at Hothamâs White Spa, Sodashi experience evening with hand exfoliations plus shoulder and neck massage. Â On day four of the all are welcome to a celebratory awards evening including complimentary drinks and canapes.
Ability level and cost
Level: Intermediate (Level 4/Blue) or above. Minimum 4 pax. Please note:Â Participants must be able to make basic parallel turns on blue trails. The Women's Week program serves intermediate through expert skiers.Â
Cost: 2015 prices TBC
About female ski clinics
What does female-only tuition offer?
In a nutshell, female programs provide better results as the programs have been specially developed for women â both in terms of technique and the learning experience. According to Hotham instructor Heidi Ettlinger, âWomen value listening, communicating and participating in a non-critical and supportive environment. Improving skills often involves moving out of your comfort zone and taking risks in a less stressful environment. Women thrive on the groupâs mutual support and are willing to share their feelings of fear and excitement, which boost their confidence and âcan doâ attitude.â
How do men and women differ on the slopes?
The physiological differences between men and women result in different training and technical requirements. Typically, women have narrower shoulders, wider hips and shorter legs, meaning they carry the bulk of their weight lower on their bodies than men. This means a woman's centre of gravity is lower and further back. As a result, women are more prone to sitting back on their skis. In addition, since women usually weigh less than men of comparable height, they need to use more force in their turns to get the same response as men from their equipment.
Not only do women ski and board differently to men, they learn differently too. Ettlinger says, âWomen tend to use âwhole brainâ thinking, due to having 30% more connections between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. This gives women their well-known advantage in multitasking and a greater range of sensory perceptions. Women tend to like more context in their learning (for example, why, where, how) rather than just doing it, so we make sure we provide that at Hotham.â
What can women expect to learn in a womenâs program?
Ettlinger likens the outcome of a womenâs program to âa travelling tool box of realistic tipsâ that women can take with them throughout their own mountain travelsâ and provides examples such as ways to deal with the steepness of a trail or overcoming changing snow conditions. âThe camaraderie that builds during these events launches most women above and beyond what they originally thought they were capable of doing. Women realise they can have fun exploring the mountain rather than fearing they donât have the skills to be adventurous,â she says.
It's never too late to learn
Innovations in skiing/boarding equipment, boot fitting and improvements in the science of instruction have made learning easier than ever. âWomen should remember that they can choose how theyâd like to enjoy the sport. They can be a goddess of the green trails or a black diamond babe on the bumps. Both are equally rewarding and offer a way to embrace the mountains in all their glory,â says Ettlinger.
Instructors for the womenâs programs are hand-picked to ensure they are the cream of Hothamâs talented crop, providing participants with the perfect mix of experience, encouragement and friendship.
Further information and bookings
To book, please go to the Hotham online storeÂ and follow the following instructions:
- Select lesson/program
- Choose Women's Week - 3 or 5 days - add to cart
- Complete your booking by selecting your shopping cart and follow the prompts on screen.
For more information, please phone Snowsports on 03 5759 4450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Receive 10% off your accommodation through Hotham Holidays onÂ 1800 hotham (468 426) - quote '2014 Women's Week.