Women's Specialty Programs
Join in one of our specialty programs for women in 2013.
Chicks with Stix -Â 10/11 August
An all female freestyle program for strong intermediate and advancedÂ skiers and boarders. This series ofÂ FREE training clinics for female riders is for those who want to improve in the areas of moguls, big air, rails, freeride and ski-cross. Visit www.chickswithstix.com.au for more information and email email@example.com to let the girls know if you plan on coming along!
The Ocean Spray Women's Ski WeekÂ - 29 July -Â 2 August, 2013 (5 days).
Three day option available from 29-31 July
Leading cranberry and grapefruit manufacturer, Ocean Spray,Â is again partnering with Hotham Alpine Resort to present the Ocean Spray Womenâs Ski Week.Â 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). To book email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Includes: 6 hours a day of instruction in a supportive environment with other women. Enjoy optional sessions on womenâs equipment, ski alignment and tuning, fitness and pilates. Enjoy aÂ welcome breakfast and lunch on day one, a half hour massage at Hothamâs White Spa,Â welcome breakfast and lunch on day one.Â
Level: Intermediate (Level 4/Blue) or above. Minimum 4 pax.
Price: $759 for the 5 Day Program and $456 for the 3 Day Program (lift ticket additional).
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.
Is it ever 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.
For more information, please phone Snowsports on 03 5759 4450.