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Hey Ladies! It’s Your Turn! – Holiday Valley Hosts Women’s Ski Clinic Feb. 12-13

JBallard_Lisa-Ski_-(8)By Alicia Dziak

Hey ladies—it’s time to carve some time out of your busy schedule for yourselves! The third annual “Your Turn” Women’s Ski Clinic, Feb. 12 and 13, is just what you need to improve your skills, learn about the latest gear and meet other ski-minded women like you!

Holiday Valley’s Snowsports School is featuring this clinic, which will be led by Lisa Densmore, a widely acclaimed coach, instructor and ski racer, who was member of the U.S. Ski Team in the late 1970s and a six-year veteran of the Women’s Pro Ski Tour in the 1980s. Today, she is a standout on the master’s circuit, with four world titles and 76 national titles across all alpine disciplines. She has been the number one ranked skier in her age group and a member of the U.S. Alpine Masters Ski Team since she joined the master’s circuit in 1991.

“I’ve hosted women’s ski clinics since 1991. They started as a way to get women back on the slopes who had left skiing due to work and family pressure, and to raise money for breast cancer research,” Densmore explained. “Since then, they’ve morphed into the ‘Your Turn’ women’s ski events. Today, the emphasis is on helping women of intermediate to expert ability levels ski better regardless of whether they are lifelong skiers or coming back to the sport after a hiatus.”

Densmore will be assisted by several of Holiday Valley’s women instructors.

“The number of instructors is based on the number of participants,” said Densmore. “In general, I cap the group size at eight women, though at Holiday Valley, we usually keep it at four to six.  There will be up to four groups based on ability level and numbers. Each group will have a ski instructor for the entire two days. I will rotate from group to group.”

The clinic is geared toward intermediate through advanced level skiers who can comfortably ski blues and some black diamonds. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, the experience will be memorable.

“There are two goals for the program…having a break-through in each gal’s skiing and having fun!” said Densmore. “It’s girls’ ski-day out. Personally, I feel you can’t improve your ski technique and confidence on the slopes unless you’re having fun. Attendees will also learn about the latest trends in women’s ski gear, have the chance to demo Elan®skis and Leki® ski poles, meet some other women (potential ski buddies) and win great door prizes.”

“Lisa’s clinic is a wonderful time for women to put aside their work and family duties and just enjoy the company of other women on and off the snow,” said Jane Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley’s marketing director. “Lisa has a unique ability to put technical information about ski equipment and techniques into language that is understandable by the general public. She knows her stuff but she doesn’t get caught up in trying to impress people with her knowledge. She just wants to pass it along and help women become better skiers and enjoy the sport even more.”

The cost of the clinic is $290 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch each day, one dinner, presentations on ski equipment and proper boot fitting, plenty of skiing with Lisa and Holiday Valley instructors, video analysis of each participant, demo equipment and door prizes. Lodging and lift tickets are not included, but are available at special rates. Attendance is limited, so pre-registration is advised. Stop by or call the Snowsports School Desk, 716-699-2345, ext 4422 or the Creekside Lodge Children’s Desk at 716-699-2345 ext.4424.

Come on, ladies—you deserve this! Don’t miss your chance to make new friends and learn from the best.

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