Photo: Esta Evans


Women’s Only Workshop a ‘Magical Day’

Posted: March 05th, 2012

January 27th was the perfect ski day. Snow conditions were incredible; the groomers were velvet carpets with a dusting of snow and the off piste lines beckoned, daring experimentation beyond personal boundaries. The type of ski days we dream about, one that stirs all the senses.

As the coordinator of CSIA BC’s 2nd Annual WOW program, I was thrilled to have, 25 female CSIA Members from across Canada join the teams of: Hisae Fukui & Leslie Glaysher, Akiko Takemoto & Donie Blunden, Rhonda Wittman and myself Kim Fournel for a day of training, professional development & Lots of Fun.

Our morning started with a group photo. A special location was chosen for this occasion: the 2010 Olympic Women Downhill Start. No sooner were the smiles captured for eternity than the groups were off. Where to Ski? Where to Ski? So many runs to from which to choose.

Working on technical understanding with practical applications in their skiing, the women challenged themselves. Most of them expressing interest in further exploring off piste. The ideal snow conditions enticed the women to play inside and outside the “box”. The relaxed learning environment motivated the participants to test themselves, as they were cheered on by their peers.

That magical day wrapped up with Après and a presentation by our guest speaker Jan Matthews who shared with us the physical benefits of practicing yoga before and after skiing. Her inspirational message to wrap up the day: Acknowledge your beautiful surroundings and be grateful for all that you are experiencing!

The WOW team is already planning for next year’s event with the collaboration of the BC CSIA Committee who supports this unique program that is designed to recognize the strength of the female membership and foster the potential in each of us.

See you then.

Kim Fournel

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