Women Skiing Activities

Winter 2021-2022

Women are wired to gather, connect, and share. When women get together, it has the capacity to improve their health and wellbeing. It helps balancing their hormones, releasing tension, and gives them a way to share their journeys. It also allows them to be playful and have fun! Laughing and witnessing others on their woman’s journey can be a powerful healing force.

It has been a goal of mine to offer women’s group activities and retreats for a long time. Finally, this Winter, we are starting to offer some activities. Since the pandemic has put limitations on gathering opportunities, we are starting with backcountry ski offerings. Getting out in the backcountry can be amazing for connecting with nature and your inner self.

Our first offerings will be backcountry Avalanche courses. This is to teach women about safety in the backcountry and to empower them during the process. We will be working with Olivia Sofer, a certified ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guide) ski guide. She has over 10 years of experience guiding and teaching. She has worked with various groups, with different level of experience, terrain, and lengths of trips.  Olivia lives in Canmore, and she knows well the Rocky Mountains backcountry, our backyard!

Below, please find our options for this Winter 2021-2022. We will update this page whenever new offerings comes, so please visit back and push the “refresh” button to make sure you are looking at our latest offerings.

Note that the group sizes are limited. Please register early if interested… to avoid disappointment.
My hope is that this initiative will lead to organized skiing retreats for women in the coming years.

For any additional information about our Women group activites, please email: info@inspirecanmore.com

For additional information about Olivia Sofer, visit: www.wildtrips.ca

I hope to see you on your skis, in the backcountry!

Sincerely,

 

Anne-Marie Fafard, PT & Manual Osteopathy Therapist

Avalanche 1 for Women:  (AST 1: Avalanche Skill Training Level 1)

This course will provide an entry-level decision-making framework that is:
1. Based on the most advanced knowledge available
2. Suitable for use by people with basic training and little experience
3. Will demonstrate and educate on the use of the Avaluator to provide a consistent and structured approach to trip planning, slope evaluation and decision making in avalanche terrain
4. Will demonstrate the use and educate on companion rescue
5. Students will leave with a certificate of completion

Prerequisites
The AST 1 is appropriate for anyone who is interested in or required to make decisions involving exposure to avalanches.  It is aimed at entry level decision makers who have no prior training and little to no experience.

Course Agenda
Day 1 – Theory day is Covid-adapted with a virtual classroom online curriculum
Day 2 – Field Day starts at 9:00 am

Dates:

Friday, December 10, 2021, 4 to 7 pm:  Online on zoom

Sunday, December 12, 2021, 9 am to 3 pm: Backcountry, location TBD

Fee: $255 + GST

Participants: 8 women

Instructor: Olivia Sofer, ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guide) ski guide

Avalanche 2 for Women:  (AST 2: Avalanche Skill Training)

An AST 2 course is suitable for people with a moderate degree of training and experience and who have taken an AST 1 course. An AST 2 course builds on the foundations of your AST 1, and provides an intermediate decision-making framework for travelling in avalanche terrain.

Prerequisites
Completion of an AST 1 course
A moderate degree of training and experience

Course Agenda
Day 1 – Theory day is Covid-adapted with a virtual classroom online curriculum full day commitment
Day 2, 3, 4 – Field days

Dates:

4 days: Thursday to Sunday, March 10-13, 2022

Fee: $575 + GST

Participants: 8 women

Instructor: Olivia Sofer, ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guide) ski guide