Women learn to ski differently from men. They are more technique obsessed than men, caring more about getting down the hill well than getting down first. That's why Australian resorts have designed female-focused ski improvement programs for women wanting to learn from female instructors who understand a woman's unique Q Angle. It's all in the centre of gravity. A woman's Q Angle - or hip placement - means she is more likely to 'sit in the backseat' while skiing, hence female-specific skis place the bindings further forward. Falls Creek in Victoria has their annual Mim Sodergren Women's Week, five-day program July 28 for AU$1,039 (including lift pass), and their three-day program July 29 for AU$629. Video analysis helps participants see a visual improvement in their skiing ability throughout the program, and an active social calendar ensures plenty of time for female bonding. Across the range at Hotham, the L'Oreal Visible Results Women's Week kicks off July 21 complete with daily tuition, welcome breakfast, pamper pack, beauty session, and a spa massage for $829 including lift pass. Perisher Blue in New South Wales has gone so far as to declare every Thursday "Woman's Day" from July 24 until the end of August. Female instructors offer five hours of coaching with video analysis, a Wild Brumby Schnapps tasting, and a chance to win women-specific skis and boards for $148. It does not include a lift pass. A three-day intensive women's program also will run July 21 and Aug. 4. Nearby Thredbo Alpine Resort has its own five-day Women's High Intensity Program (WHIP) Aug. 4, 11, and 18 with five hours of daily tuition, video analysis, program dinner, and more. Cost is $1,016 including lift pass. Skiers and boarders must be an intermediate level 4 to take part in an intensive women's program.
- Snow Reports