PR: Wild Women Snowboard Camps Go National

(October 20, 1998)The Wild Women Snowboard Camps, the five-year-old snowboard camp in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is expanding to five locations.

The camps are produced by women, for women, and offer first- time snowboarders and existing riders who want to improve their skills the advantage of learning and playing at their own pace. Mary Simmons, camp director, says, “Women have a natural advantage with our weight over our hips rather than our shoulders. It’s easier for us to stay centered over the board and keep our upper bodies quiet. Men tend to muscle through learning while women want to know when they make mistakes and how to correct them.”

The Wild Women Snowboard Camps offer a complete package. “It’s like a giant sleep over,” says Simmons. “We play together, eat together, make new friends, or get away with some of our best girlfriends.”

The camp includes lodging, meals, equipment demos, tuning clinics, lifts, video analysis, snowboard and yoga instruction, and welcome and farewell receptions with raffle prizes. The coaching staff includes snowboard-school instructors and celebrity professional riders.

This winter’s Wild Women Snowboard Camp schedule:

Jackson Hole Ski Area, WyomingJanuary 13-17 (all levels)

Stratton Mountain, VermontJanuary 25-29 (all levels)

Irwin Lodge, ColoradoFebruary 11-15 (advanced backcountry snowcat riding)

Winter Park, ColoradoMarch 3-7 (all levels)

Squaw Valley, CaliforniaMarch 22-26 (all levels)

Official sponsors of this years camps include: K2 Snowboards and Clicker boots and bindings, Smith Eyewear, Boeri helmets, and Conde Nast Women’s Sports and Fitness.

The camp’s package is all-inclusive once you get to the camp and prices range from 850 dollars for the three-day on-snow program. For more information,call toll free at: 1-877-SHE-RIPS (743-7477), or e-mail the director at: