[R146R, Fernie Alpine Resort] in B.C. held its first Girls Day Out off piste ski camp last year. It garnered so many raves they are hosting it again.

The two-day camp, scheduled for Jan. 3-4, coaches intermediates to make that leap into being big mountain skiers and experts who want to improve. It targets women ages 13 - 50 who want to master skiing more challenging terrain off groomed, on the steeps, and in powder, just what Fernie is known for.

"Girls Day Out was great," applauded 27-year-old Megan Stewart after last year's program. "I learned new tips in an open, comfortable, and fun environment. I also got to learn from some awesome ladies."

Girls Day Out is presented at Fernie by the Girls Do Ski Company. Owner Leah Evans is a big mountain skier who used to be a competitor on the Canadian Freestyle Tour.

Her program is taught by professional female coaches with backgrounds in ski instruction, backcountry guiding, big mountain competitions, and ski coaching. The camp also includes Rossignol ski testing, a motivational workshop, prizes, and daily lunches.

The ski camp costs $170 without lift tickets. It costs $306 with a two-day adult lift ticket included and $266 with teen lift tickets added. You can register online at the Girls Do Ski Web site.