Lookout Pass, which straddles the Montana-Idaho border, is adding a new program this winter especially for women. It's designed to get women on the snow and improve their skills, while offering the flexibility to join for one day or more. It's also an inexpensive way to take lessons.

Downhill Divas targets both skiers and snowboarders. The program is taught by PSIA instructors adept at improving the skills of women in a relaxed atmosphere.

Part of the instruction focuses on tips for equipment and boot fitting - both elements that can affect technique. Demo skis or snowboards are included in the program for those who would like to try out new gear.

The Downhill Divas program runs Jan. 10 through Mar. 6 on every other Thursday. Sessions meet from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and lunch is included in the deal.

One day's five-hour session with lunch costs only $30. (Compare that to the regular lesson rate of $23 for 90 minutes.) Three sessions cost even less at $80. Daily lift tickets are not included in the price, but Thursday tickets at $29 are a few dollars cheaper than weekend rates.

The resort recommends that women interested in participating in the Downhill Divas program make reservations. These can be made by calling (208) 744-1301.