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A chance to leave the men behind

Julie Sutor
Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkLaura Allen, program director for Breckenridge Ski and Ride School, heads out to the slopes. Allen organizes the resort's women-only ski camps, one of which begins Thursday.

BRECKENRIDGE – Sometimes, being a woman in the High Country can have more than its fair share of frustrations, particularly on the slopes.

Whether she’s here on vacation or here for a lifetime, a woman can find herself exasperated with a husband/boyfriend/ father/son/brother who’s intent on running the show when it comes to all things outdoors.

For female skiers looking for a little time off from testosterone, Breckenridge Ski Resort is offering its four-day, women-only ski camp Thursday-Sunday.

“The instruction is specified to a woman’s body and her strengths and weaknesses,” said Laura Allen, program director for Breckenridge Ski and Ride School. “Some women approach skiing differently than men do; women are more cautious, while a lot of men kind of muscle through the run.”

The camp offers individualized, on-mountain training, video analysis and updates on the latest woman-specific equipment for all female skiers, novice and above.

The all-female instructor staff divides the participants into level-specific groups and spends four days honing their skills in an environment many women prefer over the traditional coed lesson.

“(My instructor) could easily tell when too much was too much and when a confidence boost was needed. (The camp was) a great mix and a wonderful learning experience,” said one of the camp’s past participants.

“The female-only classes create positive competitiveness,” said Maura Murphy, one of the camp’s instructors. “The supportive environment also allows the women to gain confidence, because of this positive energy. Women cheer each other on when successful and support each other when it’s just not clicking that day.”

Murphy added that the camp can serve as the perfect antidote to the harried lives so many women lead these days.

“These women are multitasking moms and professionals, and the camp allows them four days to let go of the outside world and focus on themselves,” she added.

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at jsutor@summitdaily.com.

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