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Beaver Creek Women’s Social Tour

January 14, 2013

I have one of the best “problems” in the world: I have every other Friday off from work, and often struggle to find a friend to ski with on those days. So I was thrilled when one of the fitness instructors at my gym told my class about Beaver Creek’s Women’s Social Tour.  You know I love a good social ski day, so I was excited to hear what this was all about.

The trainer, Carrie, told us she leads this group every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon (it’s actually offered Tuesday-Friday at the same time) and that it’s exactly what it sounds like – a social ski group for women to tour around the mountain with a ski instructor. It is geared toward intermediate skiers and above, so you know you’ll all be roughly on the same level. It is totally free and even includes a complimentary hot cocoa break and a goodie bag at the end.  And because you’re skiing with an instructor, you get to go through the “ski school” lift lines, eliminating waiting. Um, sold.

Bluebird Morning

So on Friday morning, I made my way to the meeting point at the base of the Centennial chair lift at 10 a.m. I was particularly looking forward to having a group to ski with because it was cold and windy that morning. I’ve never minded skiing solo, but on cold days it makes a big difference to have friends to talk to on the chair lift.

Mother Nature graced us with about 4 inches of fresh snow and the morning was bright and sunny. (It was also so windy I thought I might blow off the mountain, but let’s focus on the positive here.) We set out as a group of three, and after a little wrangling ended up as a group of five.

Social Ski Group

Carrie led us around the mountain to a few runs that she thought would be great given the conditions of the day, and she was right. At the top of each run, she would even suggest which line would be the best part of the run to ski. This was a huge benefit for the women who weren’t very familiar with the mountain, and a couple even commented that we skied runs they hadn’t known existed. Runs included local favorite Harrier (shh don’t tell anyone) and some great runs in the Larkspur bowl.

The bottom section of Harrier gave us about 6 inches of powder to play in.

The bottom section of Harrier gave us about 6 inches of powder to play in.

After a couple of runs, we ducked inside at Red Tail Camp for the aforementioned hot cocoa break, and steaming cups of 1/2 cocoa and 1/2 coffee warmed us from the inside out. (If you haven’t tried a “poor man’s mocha” put it on your to-do list now.) It also gave us a chance to chat and get to know each other a little better.

Cocoa Break

After warming up, we headed back up the Larkspur chair to ski some soft bumps.

Powder Day

The social tour was definitely not a ski lesson, but Carrie was nice enough to give us a couple of tips when it looked like we needed it.

Teaching Moment

The feel of the tour was a ski day out with new friends, with perks.

Social Cruising

Social Group

Women's Social Tour

The tour ended where it began, and we all received goodie bags filled with coupons and Beaver Creek swag.  The brilliant folks at Beaver Creek made the bag small enough to tuck into your jacket and keep skiing,  but as soon as I got home that afternoon I checked out my loot.

Goodie Bag

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the Women’s Social Tour and plan to join it again the next time I have a Friday off to ski.  Because I know the mountain pretty well, the “social” aspect is more important to me than the “tour.”  That said, I’d highly recommend it to any female visitors who don’t know the mountain as well, particularly those who are looking to find new ski buddies or take a break from skiing with the guys.

Epic Mix

Photo courtesy of Epic Mix.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. donna permalink
    January 14, 2013 10:01 am

    ALMOST makes me want to ski again…

  2. Aimee permalink
    January 15, 2013 2:37 pm

    Great post, Sounds amazing. I’m not at the intermediate level quite yet, would love for them to do that for more novice skiers. I do know how to ski, but need to gain more confidence on the green runs. It’s impossible to find a friend or convince my spouse to stay on green runs.

    • January 15, 2013 4:17 pm

      Thank you! A beginners group like this would definitely be awesome. I know how hard it can be when you’re trying to learn and improve and can’t convince anyone to stick to the greens with you. I’ve spent days cruising around with friends who were more or less novices and had a great time. The bribe of an apres drink or cup of cocoa is all it ever took to convince me!

  3. Kris Klajnerman permalink
    January 15, 2013 4:50 pm

    Thank you so much for this info!!!
    I’m going to be there in a few weeks and certainly plan to join in the fun!
    Just meet at Centennial lift? Any particular side? And will the instructor have a sign?

    Thanks again!


    • January 15, 2013 4:59 pm

      Hopefully I’ll see you there! There’s a pink sign in front of Centennial that says “Women’s Social Tour” on it and you meet there. If you come off the escalator and walk straight toward the chair you can’t miss it. BC’s Guest Services people should be able to point you in the right direction too.

  4. Carrie Larson permalink
    January 15, 2013 6:18 pm

    Lauren- I cant wait until we get to ski again!

  5. Katherine Armstrong permalink
    January 15, 2013 7:08 pm

    It was a great day. Beaver Creek-this is a wonderful idea. Looking forward to joining the group again in Feb when I am back in town.


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