Just imagine, the quintessential New England ski town, a luxury ski resort on an historic mountain, welcoming après destinations, unique stores and galleries, the warmth of a relaxing fire and the company of good friends. That tops off your day spent exploring new terrain, challenging your skills, taking the next leap forward in your performance, inspired by a group of like-minded women. To me, that is a perfectly balanced day! And if you agree, join us at this year’s Women’s Summit at Stowe Mountain, in Vermont, Sunday February 27th to March 2nd.
This year’s theme of Balance dovetails with the Women’s Virtual Summit earlier in the season. Keynotes, electives, and on snow sessions will explore how we balance while sliding on snow, the work/life balance, our personal well-being, and more. In our first keynote, Olympic gold medalist Diann Roffe, will share how she manages a career she is passionate about, while improving as a leader, and being a race coach. In the second keynote, Pat Campbell, former President of Vail Resorts Mountain Division, will explore topics ranging from ambition and navigating career growth, to putting yourself out there and breaking down gender bias. We will also have electives including one from Leslie Baker-Brown, Global Leader of the Blizzard Tecnica Women2Women program, to dive into everything you wanted to know about your equipment; and another from Mermer Blakeslee, PSIA-E Examiner and Author, who will share strategies for training for performance.
If X-Country skiing is your preferred way of sliding on snow, you will enjoy one of the largest and most diverse trail systems in the United States. With more than 120 kilometers of groomed ski trails, Stowe has trails for every ability. For the telemark/backcountry skiers in our midst, Stowe offers miles of high and low elevation backcountry ski touring. There will be ample opportunities to explore why people call Stowe the Ski Capital of the East. The unique opportunity to be coached by National Team Coach Emily Lovett and Rocky Mountain Nordic Chairperson Patti Banks can’t be missed and is guaranteed to take your skiing skills to the next level.
This year Stowe celebrates their 85th Anniversary, commemorating when the first rope tow began spinning and Stowe began establishing themselves as a world class destination. While Stowe’s legendary front four – National, Goat, Starr and Liftline will challenge any expert, they also offer a variety of groomed cruisers on two peaks, Spruce and Mansfield, to ensure there is ample opportunity to explore, practice and hone new skills. Several of the Eastern Division’s top examiners (including Mermer Blakeslee, Sue Kramer and more) will be joined by National Team members (Ann Schorling, Brenna Kelleher, and Zoe Mavis) plus other amazing women to ensure you benefit from world class technical, teaching and people skills.
For the Snowboarders, connect with Snowboarding’s roots. Try out some Burton demos, take a run down Jake’s Ride (named for Jake Burton Carpenter), and explore some of Stowe’s challenging terrain. National Team members Amy Gan Bailey and Lyndsey Stevens will help you apply the new Snowboarding Fundamentals to improve your riding. As Lyndsey shared in her bio, “The best part of teaching is watching someone become a snowsports person. You can see their love for the mountains and the sport grow as they continue to progress, like watching a spark become a fire.” Come get fired-up by these amazing coaches.
There will be something for everyone— skiers, riders, patrollers, teachers, clinicians, and coaches. Members and non-members are welcome. Plus, plenty more surprises to be packed into this great event. You don’t want to miss it!
Thanks to the Women’s Summit Planning Committee: Chair: Leigh Pierini, Mermer Blakeslee, Sue Kramer, Alison Cummings, Amy Gan Bailey and Karen Haringa