Women who don't particularly cotton to Super Bowl Weekend and all the hype that goes with it have an alternative combining cross country skiing, a film festival, and the universal language of women: chocolate.
The Women's Winter Tour takes place at Crystal Mountain, in northern Michigan, the weekend of Feb. 4-6. It's billed as the Super Bowl of women's winter getaways, and for good reason. It's always been held on Super Bowl weekend as an alternative outing.
"We were the first national women's event to bring together an alternative tradition to Super Bowl weekend of cross country skiing and chocolate, and we are still going strong," event organizer Kaye Krapohl told OnTheSnow. "And, new this year is a chance for participants to try a paint-ball biathlon."
The Tour, now in its 13th year, is a celebration of women, winter, and chocolate. Attendance in past years has been well over a thousand like-minded women that want to experience being spoiled, enjoy one of northern Michigan's premier winter resorts, and frolic in the snow.
A two-hour snowshoe tour of the Michigan Legacy Art Park takes place Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon, and a LunaFest Film Festival - an evening of film shorts created by women for women - takes place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Crystal Center. Registration for the snowshoe tour prior to the event is $10 and $15 day of the event. The film festival is $15 prior to the event and $20 at the door.
The original Women's Winter Tour, complete with great food, wine, and chocolate stops along the trail, takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are cross country tours of 3, 5 and 10 kilometers. It's all about fun, camaraderie and chocolate baby. Registration for the event is $35 through Feb. 3 and $45 after. Seniors (65+) and teens (13-17) are respectively $30 and $40. Children under 12 are $10 anytime.
The Women's Winter Tour benefits the local Traverse City women's shelter, the Michigan Legacy Art Park, and National Breast Cancer Fund.
The Crystal Spa is offering participants in the Women's Winter Tour a menu of seasonal treatments at special discounted rates.