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Have a ‘Girls’ Day Out’ next week at Holiday Valley

By Kellen M. Quigley

Professional skier Lisa Densmore Ballard will lead a ski clinic exclusively for women beginning next Thursday at Holiday Valley.

The Holiday Valley Snowsports School is featuring its sixth annual “Your Turn” women’s clinic on Jan. 24 and 25.

Ballard, a widely acclaimed coach, instructor and ski racer, will be assisted by several of Holiday Valley’s finest women instructors.

The clinic includes two days of coaching and demo equipment. Participants can enjoy breakfast and lunch each day plus dinner on Thursday. Specially priced lift tickets will also be available.

Intermediate through advanced level skiers — those who can comfortably ski blues and some black diamonds slopes — will benefit from this clinic.

The clinic will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday with registration and breakfast. Pre-registration is advised as attendance is limited.

The clinic includes two days of coaching and demo equipment. Participants can enjoy breakfast and lunch each day plus dinner on Thursday. Specially priced lift tickets will also be available.

Intermediate through advanced level skiers — those who can comfortably ski blues and some black diamonds slopes — will benefit from this clinic.

The clinic will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday with registration and breakfast. Pre-registration is advised as attendance is limited.

For decades Ballard has been involved in many aspects of the ski world. As a 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, she has competed in ski racing for most of her life.

Today, Ballard 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 1991.

In addition to competitions, Ballard has been a highly regarded ski instructor and coach for over 20 years. During the 1990s, she was the instruction editor for Snow Country and then Mountain Sports & Living magazines, introducing and refining ski technique on shaped skis in the United States. She was director of the Snow Country Ski Schools and later the RSN Alpine Excellence training centers in conjunction with the PSIA Alpine Demo Team.

At the same time, Ballard founded the Head-Subaru Women’s Ski Clinics which have now become the Your Turn Women’s Ski Events. Over 6,000 women have had breakthroughs in their skiing while taking her clinics.

Ballard has also coached numerous junior and adult race programs over her long career and is currently director of the master’s program and a coach for FIS-level racers at her home mountain in Red Lodge, Mont.

She has served as a consultant to many ski gear manufacturers and ski resorts on their women’s products and programs, and she periodically speaks on women’s skiing topics at national ski trade events. Ballard has written seven books, including “Ski Faster!” (McGraw-Hill), a top-selling ski instructional book.

The clinic’s tentative schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Jan. 24

8 to 8:30 a.m.: Sign-in and Continental breakfast

8:30 to 9 a.m.: “Trends in Women’s Ski Gear”  

 9 to 9:30 a.m.: Select demo skis

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Group skiing and video

11:30 a.m. to noon: Video analysis

Noon to 1 p.m.: Lunch and select new demo skis

1 to 3 p.m.: Group skiing and video, return demo skis

3 to 3:30 p.m.: Video analysis 

5:30 to 6 p.m.: Happy hour

6 to 6:30 p.m.: “Boot Camp: Everything You Want to Know About Ski Boots”

6:30 to 8 p.m.: Dinner

Friday, Jan. 25

8 to 8:30 a.m.: Sign-in and Continental breakfast

8:30 to 9 a.m.: “Gates 101: A Tool to Help You Ski Better”

9 to 9:30 a.m.: Select demo skis

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Group skiing and video

11:30 a.m. to noon: Video analysis

Noon to 1 p.m.: Lunch and select new demo skis

1 to 3 p.m.: Group skiing, return demo skis

3 to 3:30 p.m.: Video analysis

3:30 to 4 p.m.: Farewell, poster and book signing, door prizes

Register online at holidayvalley.com. For more information, call 699-3506.

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