Hotham recently had the pleasure of hosting the first Chicks with Stix event held away from its home mountain (Buller) and the turnout was huge with 40 girls and ladies participating.
In another first for the program, snowboarders were also given the opportunity to join in the training clinic aimed at encouraging female riders to improve their freestyle skiing and boarding in a variety of disciplines. Throughout the day helpful tips and recommendations were offered by the program's coaches, including Zoe Jaboor, Ali Dean, Hannah Studd and Merryn Djokich.
Snowboard coach for the day and Hotham local Hannah Studd said it was "an awesome day with a great group of girls. Everybody was ripping and the standard was really good." All instructors noticed lots of improvement over the duration of the day, and excellent feedback was received regarding the inclusion of snowboarding into the event. As Studd exclaimed, "Stoke levels were high!"
At the end of the day, what more can be said. A terrific time was had by all, with many enjoying the empowerment that comes from skiing and boarding with a group of women, all ripping it up and doing what they love. A great debut for Chicks with Stix at Hotham!
Image - Hotham's Chicks with Stix.
16 July 2011