Online & On Snow

Event: Women’s Virtual Summit (ONLINE)
Dates: Wednesdays –  Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, 2022 (3 concurrent sessions)
Times: 6 – 7:30 p.m. MT
Location: Online
Continuing Education Units (CEUs): four (4) when you attend all 3 sessions
Cost: $80
Registration closes Jan. 25 at 11:59 p.m. MT

Event: Women’s Summit 2022 (ON SNOW)
Dates: Sunday, February 27 through Wednesday, March 2
Location: Stowe, Vermont
Continuing Education Units (CEUs): twenty-four (24)
Cost: $450
FINAL registration deadline is Sunday, February 20

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Women’s Virtual Summit

Make plans now to attend the Women’s Virtual Summit, which features a kickoff keynote with Jessica Baker, mother, heli-guide, PSIA-AAS National Team contender, and founder of Ski Divas LLC. This Virtual Summit virtually brings together women from across PSIA-AASI divisions, different disciplines, and professional snowsports associations for online learning and networking. Please note that this event contains sessions held on three days, with virtual events being offered on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. MT on Jan. 26, Feb. 2, and Feb. 9. Attend every session to earn four (4) CEUs.

Also, the Women’s Virtual Summit serves as a kick-starter event to the on-snow Women’s Summit that takes place in person on Sunday, Feb. 27 through Wednesday, Mar. 2 in Stowe, Vermont. These are two separate events. However, if you’d like to take a deeper dive into the topics discussed at the Virtual Summit, make plans to attend the in-person event in February, too! The theme of “balance” and session topics dovetail between the virtual and in-person events.

Event registration is closed. 

Balancing it All
Speaker: Jessica Baker
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m. MT
Description: Join Jessica Baker as she describes her personal tale of finding balance between her professional endeavors, her family, and her well-being. Come as an active participant or just come to listen.

Women Belong on the Mountain: A Deep Dive into Mentorship and Training
Speaker: Women’s Advisory Group Members lead by Carol Levine
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m. MT
Description: In 2019, the Women’s Advisory Group created a report about the experiences of women in snowsports. From that report, there emerged 6 key findings. This session focuses on two of the most pervasive key findings: mentorship and traits of trainers. You’ll have an opportunity to listen to a more in-depth explanation of these two key findings, and an opportunity to discuss and digest the information in smaller groups. The small groups will include a 3-part exploration of each finding: 1. What are the facts that were found for each of the findings? 2. An open discussion about thoughts and feelings pertaining to those facts. 3. Bullet points of key takeaways of what to do now that the facts have been uncovered.

Mindfulness in Snowsports
Speaker: Suzy Chase-Motzkin
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m. MT
Description: In this session Suzy will share decades of study and practice in the art of self-healing, well-being, and coaching performance. Learn how to successfully implement the power of visualization, manipulation of energy, and focused intention on the hill. This webinar will explore the use of meditation, visualization, attention, intention, and the power of language to create positive outcomes.

Women in Leadership Panel
Speaker: Kathy Brennan
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m. MT
Description: This session will feature a panel of women leaders within the snowsports industry, including Kelly Pawlak, National Ski Areas Association president and CEO; Humaira Falkenberg, PSIA-AASI Northwest Division Board of Director member and lead-project pioneer for advanced instructor training at Taos Ski Valley; Devon Cohen, director of skier services at Stratton; and Kathy Brennan, PSIA-AASI Eastern Division CEO. These women who will answer questions and give advice on how you can advance into managerial or leadership roles with particular emphasis on unconventional pathways outside of the traditional college degree route.

Wellness and Mental Health: Finding Balance and Healing
Speaker: Stacy Smith
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m. MT
Description: This session will be an organic combination of discussion and presentation about maintaining mental health in today’s climate. The session will be tailored to the participants, and will include topics such as how to care for one’s self while caring for others and managing daily mental health priorities.

Pitfalls and Potentials: The Art of Giving and Receiving Effective Feedback
Speaker: Maggie Loring
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m. MT
Description: In this session, you’ll learn the value of effective feedback, and the tools needed to give effective feedback. You’ll evaluate examples of feedback you’ve personally received, and will also dissect and evaluate different examples of feedback of others, both within the larger group setting, and in smaller group discussions.

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Please Note: All sessions will be recorded. After the event, select sessions will be available to Women’s Virtual Summit attendees. We encourage you to attend the live event for an engaging educational experience and to ensure you can participate in the sessions that interest you.

Women’s Summit 2022

  • Do you love to ski? To ride? Share your knowledge with others?
  • Are you a leader? A passionate learner?
  • Focused on your own development? On paying it forward to others?
  • Or engaged in the balancing act of combining it all?

Come to the Women’s Summit at Stowe, Vermont for three full days of skiing and riding with women; engaged, personalized coaching; inspiring leaders to spark your mind; friends to make; and a little too much fun.

Use the registration link to see the schedule, and Vail’s COVID-19 policies.

FINAL registration deadline is Sunday, February 20

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Stowe Mountain Resort is surrounded by majestic Mount Mansfield the highest peak in Vermont and Spruce Peak. Stowe’s historic village combined with Vermont’s most spectacular landscape creates the perfect venue for this year’s Women’s Summit.  There is something for everyone!

Join other female skiers and riders from across the nation for three full days of learning, camaraderie, and ideas to balance your life skills.  We have some amazing National Team Coaches arriving in the east, along with some fantastic eastern coaches, to share their knowledge and tactics for handling all your balancing questions.

Stowe Mountain Resort is surrounded by majestic Mount Mansfield – the highest peak in Vermont – and Spruce Peak. Stowe’s historic village combined with Vermont’s most spectacular landscape creates the perfect venue for this year’s Women’s Summit.  There is something for everyone!

Diann Roffe: Olympic Gold Medalist! – Diann will share her thoughts and experiences on balancing a career she is passionate about while still improving as a leader, and being a rare female ski racing coach.

Pat Campbell: Senior Advisor Mountain Division, Vail Resorts – Join us for a lively conversation with Pat Campbell, former President of Vail Resorts Mountain Division, facilitated by Women’s Summit Chair, Leigh Pierini, covering Pat’s 35+ year journey in the ski industry starting as an “apprentice” instructor in Jackson Hole. Pat and Leigh will explore topics ranging from ambition and navigating career growth, putting yourself out there, breaking down gender bias and finding life balance.

Equipment Ins and Outs:  Leslie Baker-Brown, Global Leader of the Blizzard Tecnica Women2Women program, will take us on a deep dive into ski and ski boot terminology, technology and everything you wanted to know about your equipment.

Training for Performance:  Mermer Blakeslee, PSIA Eastern Division Examiner, former national team member, writer, skier, teacher, and gardener, will explore strategies for handling performance anxiety at PSIA-AASI exams or tryouts.

Feedback – Giving and Receiving:  Leigh Pierini, Women’s Summit Chair and Examiner, will share how to give and receive effective feedback.

National News: Current National Team members will share the latest information from the team.

  • Alison Cummings
  • Amy Bailey
  • Ann Schorling
  • Brenna Kelleher
  • Emily Lovett
  • Heidi Ettlinger
  • Kristi Robertson
  • Leigh Pierini
  • Lyndsey Stevens
  • Mermer Blakeslee
  • Pam Greene
  • Patti Banks
  • Sue Kramer
  • Zoe Mavis

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

Did someone say Pizza?

Join us on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00pm to 6:00pm in Midway Lodge to learn more about Rollerblade and grab a bite to eat!  Rollerblade is sponsoring a Pizza Party for all Women’s Summit Attendees.  Inline skates have been helping skiers stay in shape for 40 years. But now, with this new, proven Skate-to-Ski Training. System, inline skating is becoming the #1 off-season training activity. This program can help you ski stronger, ski longer, and, most importantly, ski with more control and more confidence when you return to snow!

National Ski Patrol members buckle a sled

Connect with other awesome women on social media:

@thesnowpros
#snowpros
#womencrushwinter
#slidewithnancy

Questions?
Contact PSIA-AASI Member Services


Listen to Coverage from Previous Women’s Summit Events 

Dana Forbes Reports on the Women’s Summit 2019
Day 1 Report from the Women’s Summit at Squaw
Day 2 Report from the Women’s Summit at Squaw
Fran Tone & Julie Matises Chat Women’s Summit
A Look at Clinics Offered During the Women’s Summit