Top 5 Innovative Snowboarding Courses For Women
We have put together a list of 5 of our favourite retreats and camps that badass snowboard ladies of all abilities can go and feel welcomed, comfortable and thrive in an encouraging environment. A lot of these retreats are run by women, for women.
We have broken it down depending on your needs for the season, perhaps you are stressed at work and need some downtime with yoga and meditation, or perhaps you are looking to develop your skills and build confidence in the park. Either way, we got you ladies covered this season, you can go out there, stay in some great chalets, board in some incredible resorts and mingle with inspirational and lovely ladies like yourself.
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Soulshine Snow Yoga Adventure
Where: La Rosiere
Cost: From 1795 euros
What’s included: In house yoga instructor, breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner, luxury chalet, transfers.
Soulshine yoga is one of many winter yoga retreats that combine yoga and snowsports to create an invigorating and relaxing break away from the chaos of everyday life. Why we recommend Soulshine yoga, is because it is hosted in a luxury chalet in La Rosiere with all the amenities to make you feel like the queen that you are.
They have a professional yoga instructor every morning to wake you up and prepare your body and mind for a day on the slopes. After a day of working those muscles, your apres ski is a yin yoga and meditation session, slightly different to the usual ski boots dance with a beer in hand.
Amongst all the yoga and snowboarding you can do, you will also be treated to healthy and fuelling breakfasts, afternoon tea and plant-based nutritious dinners. This is a week to make new friends, truly relax and develop your yoga skills.
Alps Retreat Mindful skiing & snowboarding
Where: Grand Massif ski area
Cost: 575euros shared room
Whats Included: Transfers from Geneva, Luxury Chalet for 3 nights, half board with wine, high mountain guide, massage.
This retreat is all about treating yourself, feeling pampered and deep relaxation. You spend 3 days in a luxury chalet, ‘wining’ and ‘dining’, having massages and laying back in a hot tub- bliss. But, the real aim of this retreat is mindfulness and in particular, mindfulness in motion. The retreat is run by a couple who are experts in mindfulness, mental calm and physical relaxation whilst on the mountain. They will provide mindfulness teachings and guided practice throughout the trip, on and off the slopes.
The trip is not for those who want to spend three days tearing up the slopes, it’s for those who are happy to take a step back and be present and be mindful of how your body feels. Combing snowsports and mindfulness techniques you can use whilst snowboarding and in your every day, you should come away from these few days ready to tackle life again and be the strong power woman you know you are.
Time with the girls
Ticket To Ride Girls snowboard camp
Cost: From 1695 pounds
What’s included: 20 hours of tuition, fully catered chalet with wine, lift pass, mountain guide, airport transfers
This is a snowboarding camp ran by girls for girls. An incredible community of female snowboarders has been developed in the alps and this camp brings this community together and shares their skills. You will spend the week with a pro freestyle border and an incredibly qualified snowboard instructor, who support and encourage this female snowboard community to thrive.
The itinerary is easy going and fun! You spend each day on the mountain with your new girl crew and have the privilege of being guided and taught by the best ladies in the industry. During the week you can have lessons in any type of boarding skill of your choice, whether that be freestyle, off-piste or backcountry. You will come back from this week with new skills, new friends and a supportive snowboarding community.
Learning New Skills
Non Stop Snow, Backcountry touring
Where: Fernie, Canada
Cost: From $5360
What’s included: 2 weeks in accommodation, breakfast, lunch on touring days, some dinners, airport transfers, touring equipment, guides.
This is a snowboard camp for those who are looking for a challenge, to be pushed and to develop skills. If you are already an advanced snowboarder but looking to take this to the next level and discover new lines and fresh powder, then this is the camp for you.
This is a two week camp in Fernie which trains you up for the epic 4-day backcountry touring trip. As part of the touring trip, you will be helicoptered into an isolated cosy and rustic refuge in the mountains. The mountain hut will be the welcoming base for your long touring trips. After each day exploring the untouched backcountry, you can sit by a log fire and wind down after an epic adventure and enjoy the company of your new friends.
Freestyle Skills Camp, Morzine, Avoriaz
Mint Snowboarding Freestyle Camp
Where: Morzine/ Avoriaz, France
Cost: From 820euros
What’s included: 6 nights in chalet, half board food and drinks, 5 days tuition, lift pass.
The snowpark can be an intimidating place for girls, as it is often the guys who head there on mass to compete against each other. Mint Snowboarding provides a week-long course to develop your freestyle and build your confidence on the board and in the park. Mint snowboarding gives you 3 hours of daily tuition in a small group, where you can feel comfortable and safe to smash it in the park.
The week-long course allows you to focus on progressing specifically in freestyle with likeminded people around you, all with the same goals. This is an encouraging and fun environment where women and men alike, can make new friends within the snowboarding and freestyle community. After an adrenaline-fuelled day in the park, you are welcomed back to your beautiful chalet, to enjoy great food and wine with your new friends.
Shred Unit, Park Coaching
Join a bunch of like minded driven creative women. Shred Unit are creating a safe space to learn and develope while making new friends set to a back drop of some of the most impressive mountains in Europe. Simply send them an email and find out when their next meet up is, grab your board and your girls and set out on an adventure.
As a female snowboarder, you may find that you are the minority and that a lot of activities are aimed towards men or are male-dominated. No badass boss lady should be held back in developing their skills and exploring new types of boarding because they feel unwelcome. These courses are not for the experts but for people who want to get out of their comfort zone and take their boarding to the next level. The beauty is that these courses cultivate a supporting, encouraging and welcoming environment for everyone. The best part is building your community in the snowsports world and making new friends with the same passions. The best bonds are made in the mountains.