Barrett Christy Hosts Vail Women’s Snowboard Camps

Vail, Colo. — Feb. 10, 2003 — This March, professional snowboarder Barrett Christy invites women athletes of all abilities to attend her first ever snowboarding and yoga camp called Retreat Yourself in Vail, CO March 2-6, 2003. The five-day, four-night getaway at luxurious Vail Mountain offers women athletes a challenging and inspiring fitness retreat as well as a healthy dose of pampering.

Female outdoor athletes will participate with Vail’s own Christy in a camp designed to focus on the elements of snowboarding technique with coaching by Christy and fellow professional snowboarders Megan Pischke, Morgan Le Fonte and Rhonda Doyle. Other activities include fitness and strength training with an intensive yoga workshop offered by “Yoga For Athletes,” as well as spa services.

“This retreat combines the best elements of fitness training and relaxation,” says Barrett. “We’re offering a no-pressure, fun environment where women athletes can learn how to snowboard or just brush up on their technique with help from some of the world’s best riders. At the same time, participants can relax and practice yoga all within the natural beauty of Vail.”

Camp participants will have the chance to see why Vail continues to set the standard for world class spas, exciting non-snowboard activities and legendary nightlife. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to plan ahead and reserve a spot in advance.

Joining Barrett’s great team of riders, the Vail Snowboard School also will be providing world class instructors for unparalleled coaching for all levels of riders from beginners to experts. Beginners will start out using the best snowboard equipment available from companies like Gnu. Advanced riders will have the opportunity to check out Vail’s award winning terrain park and pipe at Golden Peak.

“What better way to experience North America’s greatest mountain resort than with Barrett Christy,” said Chris Jarnot, vice president of marketing for Vail and Beaver Creek. “These women will get to ride where Barrett rides, dine at her favorite restaurants and stretch with her yoga instructor- this first year program is sure to become an annual pilgrimage.”

The camp includes four nights of lodging at the Four Star rated Vail Cascade Hotel & Spa complete with a four-day membership to Vail’s premier Aria Fitness Spa & Club. Participants will receive three days of lift tickets, snowboard equipment rentals, including demos of Gnu’s Barrett Christy boards, three days of snowboard instruction and video analysis, yoga classes offered through “Yoga For Athletes” and an evening snowmobile tour on Vail Mountain. Each morning participants will enjoy a gourmet buffet breakfast at the Vail Cascade Hotel before heading out on the hill for the day. Camp guests will receive a gift bag with items from NIKEgoddess, Yoga For Athletes and Boarding For Breast Cancer.

The cost to participate in Retreat Yourself is $1500, not including airfare. For more information or to view the daily schedule of activities check out or To make reservations for Retreat Yourself, call 800-420-2424.

Barrett’s pro snowboarding career spans eight years and includes podium finishes in Winter and Summer X Games competitions, Grandprix, US Open and a berth on the 1998 Olympic team in Nagano, Japan. Pushing the progression of snowboarding for women, Barrett has received numerous awards and was honored as Female Snowboarder of the Year at the inaugural 2001 ESPN Action Sports & Music Awards. When she is not perfecting her skills in the halfpipe or on the mountain, Barrett spends her time inspiring riders in Vail and around the country. In addition, Barrett has developed a signature shoe, the “Air Barrett Christy” with sponsor Nike ACG and designs snowboards for GNU.