Women Hiking / Skiing Activities

Spring / Summer 2024-2025

Women Hiking Days

Wasootch Ridge, Sunday, June 9. Here is the rundown by Olivia Sofer, certified guide by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, who will lead our group:

“This trail leaves from the Wasootch parking lot in Kananaskis. A conservation pass is required to park there. It is about 10km out and back with up to 600m elevation gain if we go all the way to the last peak. This route can be altered to suit the abilities of the group. We can have a shorter day as it is an out and back trip. This hike is a bucket list for many and offers superb 360 degree views of the surrounding areas. The start of the trail climbs steeply and we will take this slow. About 200m up it begins to roll into ups and downs to reach peak after peak. The ridge adventure provides plenty of places to stop and enjoy the views. As of May 30th this trail was clear of snow to the 4th peak. I hope you can join me on this beautiful and adventurous route.”
Meeting will be at the trail parking lot at 8:40 am. Expect to return to your car by 4 pm.
Fee: $120 + GST

 

Women’s Connect & Ski Retreat at the Talus Lodge 2025

About the retreat

For the third year in a row, we are delighted to be offering a women’s retreat and backcountry ski trip combined. Women’s Ski & Connect seeks to inspire women to connect with themselves, each other, and nature. It is a chance to embark on an adventure with a group of women to grow your backcountry skiing experience in a safe and supported environment. It is also an act of self care: an opportunity to invest in your physical, mental, emotional & spiritual wellbeing.

Overview / Flow
Day time focuses on skiing/split boarding in the pristine high alpine of the East Kootenays. “Après” is dedicated to relaxation, wood-fire sauna, comforting food, and mingling. After dinner, group sessions focus on women’s health teachings and on stretching bodies, minds, and hearts together.

Who, Where and When
The skiing adventure is led by Olivia Sofer and Thomas Grandi (owner of Talus Lodge or another Talus Lodge guide). Both are ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) accredited.The evening sessions are led by women’s health therapists Anne-Marie Fafard & Janine Mak, owners of Inspire Physiotherapy & Osteopathy.

The group of 12 to14 women stays at The Talus Lodge, accessed by helicopter in the winter. It is a rustic and comfortable place, ideal to slow down and connect (= no internet access).

Dates are Monday, February 3 to Thursday, February 6, 2025.

Fee
The total base fee for the Retreat is $1850 (GST included). Breakdown as follows:
$425 to Inspire Physiotherapy & Osteopathy
$1425 to the Talus Lodge

The information below explains what is included and not, for Inspire Physiotherapy & Osteopathy and the Talus Lodge.

The Inspire Physiotherapy & Osteopathy Fees cover:
$100 Registration fee (Non-refundable). It covers the administrative cost to organise the trip, save your spot and pay for Olivia Sofer’s administrative fee.
$325 for the Retreat group sessions led by Anne-Marie Fafard & Janine Mak.

Not included:
Anne-Marie Fafard and Janine Mak are not offering individual physiotherapy, manual osteopathy therapy or clinical Pilates sessions during the retreat. The focus of the retreat is on the group experience.

The Talus Lodge Fees cover:
-$200 non-refundable registration fee.
-All meals
-Lodging
-Helicopter rides
-Taxes

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Not included:
-Insurances: trip cancellation, evacuation, or private health insurance.
-Gratuities for the guides.
-Alcohol

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Registration
To complete your registration, complete the steps below:
1- Complete your registration with Inspire Physiotherapy & Osteopathy. First, email info@inspirecanmore.com to register and save your spot!

2- Fill out your online registration form with Inspire Physiotherapy & Osteopathy. If you are new to Inspire Physiotherapy & Osteopathy, a new file will be created for you in our booking system.

3- Pay $425, the retreat fees to Inspire Physiotherapy & Osteopathy: $100 non-refundable registration fee + $325 retreat fee. We accept credit cards (visa & mastercards) or e-transfers.

4- Inspire Physiotherapy & Osteopathy will forward your name & email to The Talus lodge. Then the Talus lodge will email you to complete their guest agreement and payment for their $200 non-refundable registration fee.

5- We strongly recommend you research insurance coverages options available to you; i.e.trip cancellation, interruption, evacuation, or medical insurance from a reputable company. The Talus lodge provide a link to a free quote with Lifestyle Insurance: click here. This is to protect your investment. Some insurances can only be purchased at the time of booking your trip. This step is highly recommended, but not mandatory.

6- The Talus Lodge will process your final payment of $1225 on December 1, 2023.

Part of our 2024 Women’s Ski and Connect’s group with one guide.

 

Backcountry Skiing Activities for Women 

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.

We partner with Olivia Sofer, certified ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guide) ski guide, to offer women backcountry skiing or split boarding trips and a Women’s retreat at the Talus Lodge. Our last backcountry skiing or split boarding day this season will be on April 22, 2024. Our next Women’s Ski and Connect at the Talus Lodge will be February 3 to 6, 2025.

December 2021 Avalanche 1 for Women group. All smiles at the end of our field day! Thank you Olivia!

 

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Anne-Marie Fafard, PT & Manual Osteopathy Therapist

Backcountry Day Trips for Women:

1 day of skiing/ split boarding in the backcountry with a guide.
Requirements:
– Ability to ski blue or black runs at the hill, carry a backpack and be in the outdoor and physically active for the day.

February 9, 2022 Ski day for Women at Crowfoot Glades. We were 4 women with Olivia Sofer. We had a wonderdul day!

– Open to work with the group and learn.
– Wanting to have fun with other women!

*Experience with Avalanche gear is an asset, but is not mandatory.
All participants will carry their avalanche gear.
A quick review of how to use the transceiver is done at the beginning of the day.

These day trips are an excellent way to try backcountry skiing.
Please email: info@inspirecanmore.com if you have questions about your own level.

Dates 2023-2024:

Olivia Sofer of Wildtrips is our guide for these day trips. wildtrips.ca

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Monday, February 12, 2024

Thursday, March 25, 2024

Monday, April 22, 2024

Location: It is determined closer to the date. It is dependent on the current weather and snow conditions.

Time: 9 am – 3:30 pm (9 am is start time)

Group size: 3 to 6 women (per 1 guide)

Fee: $190 + GST = $199.50 per day

Registration: email info@inspirecanmore.com with your desired date and level of experience.

Payment: email: olivia@wildtrips.ca

Cancellation Policy:
As per Wild trips cancellation policy.
Visit this link and scroll down for details: https://www.wildtrips.ca/how-book-wildtrips-adventures

Cancellation Insurance:
Olivia Sofer recommends participants to get cancellation insurance to protect their investment.

March 13, 2023 Sherbrooke Lake

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.

Olivia teaching us how to assess the snow layers

Olivia teaching us how to assess the snow layers

Course Agenda
Day 1 – 3hrs of Theory online, on Zoom
Day 2 – Field Day starts at 9:00 am

Dates:

Pre-study: 4-8 hours of self-study of virtual content before the online Zoom meeting.

TBD: 4 to 7 pm: Online on Zoom
TBD: Field day, backcountry, *location TBD

*The location is decided before the field day depending on the weather and snow condition

Instructor: Olivia Sofer, ACMG ski guide (www.wildtrips.ca)

Fee: $255 + GST = $267.75

Participants: 8 women

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations up to 7 days before: $45 administration fee retained. The balance is refunded.

Cancellations within 7 days: No refund
This includes if the participant decides not to join due to weather. Our instructors assess the weather, avalanche conditions, group experience and other safety elements before deciding on the location and plan for the day.

Covid related Cancellations:
In case of cancellation due to having covid symptoms, or being sick, the fee can be:
– transferred to another day if available, or
– half the course fee is refunded, or
– the participant find another person to replace them. Note that the replacement is required to do the self study and the online portion of the course prior to the field day.

Registration: To register, please email: info@inspirecanmore.com
Payment:  e-transfer at: olivia@wildtrips.ca