Vail Reinvents the Women's Event

25th January 2016 | Heather B. Fried

News Regions: Colorado, Rocky Mountains

Resorts in this article: Vail

Inaugural SKADI Vail  - ©EpicMix

The perfect powder day with the perfect partners in crime during the first-ever SKADI Vail.

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SKADI Fest debuted last week as part of Vail's attempt to shake up its women's program this season and get more gals out on the slopes, having fun. Nailed it! Not only was this Norse goddess of winter-inspired event a well-attended good time, it was a refreshing take on a no-boys-allowed demo/drinks/dinner, spanning three days January 20-22, 2016.

Set up as a choose your own adventure of sorts, SKADI kicked off Wednesday night with a happy hour and women's ski film premiere, Shifting Ice and Changing Tides, the attendees of which got to watch with one of the stars, Pip Hunt. The next morning, we were treated to a SmartWool-hosted coffee and breakfast at the brand's Lionshead location, where we got serious about socks—compression to padded styles, what's right for whom and why you shouldn't even think about doubling up.

Then it was off to demo village where, with help from Outdoor Divas and manufacturer representatives, skis from 14 brands were on hand for testing, free to the public. SKADI VIPs, however, were treated to an on-mountain, exclusive guided experience Thursday and/or Friday, where we grouped up and followed Vail Mountain instructors into terrain ideally suited for our ski choices and ability level. Lucky for us, it was perfect powder on Thursday as we struggled to strike a balance between the usual ski-testing hot laps and the buttery back bowls that felt bottomless after the night's 4" refresh. 

Powder and sunshine. What more could a women's demo day ask for? - ©Vail

Powder and sunshine. What more could a women's demo day ask for?

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What we didn't struggle to find time for was sharing experiences, swapping stories of what we're working on in our skiing and in our lives. We talked gear—the tangible technology that stood out for each ski, how it compared to our current setup and most importantly, who should get on which pair next. Conversations that showcase and strengthen the bond beyond just gender, connecting us in our mutual reverence for skiing.

The perfect powder day with the perfect partners in crime during the first-ever SKADI Vail. - ©EpicMix

The perfect powder day with the perfect partners in crime during the first-ever SKADI Vail.

Copyright: EpicMix

As another VIP perk and à la carte option, a cooking demo and wine tasting education at The Arrabelle provided sustenance after a game-on day of skiing, and for the most ambitious SKADI goddesses, some wind-down time in preparation to do it all over the next day. 

The second night of SKADI Vail was not to be missed! - ©Vail

The second night of SKADI Vail was not to be missed!

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