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woman skiingMarch is Nation­al Women’s His­to­ry Month—and there’s nev­er been a bet­ter time for women to shred on the slopes. Whether you’re a female ski­er, snow­board­er, or back­coun­try explor­er, there are resources here for you.

All-Women’s Cours­es
The Alpine Club of Cana­da offers an all-women’s ski camp on the Wap­ta Ice­field, in which par­tic­i­pants spend six days and five nights ski­ing out of three of the ACC’s coolest local huts. She­Jumps runs an annu­al Alpine Fin­ish­ing School, an all-women’s ski and split­board moun­taineer­ing course led by ski guide Kate Devine. Chicks With Stix offers ski trips that cov­er a vari­ety of skills, includ­ing back­coun­try trav­el, avalanche edu­ca­tion, pow­der ski­ing, and ski moun­taineer­ing, all led by IFGMA or AMGA Cer­ti­fied Ski Guides. Back­coun­try Babes pro­vides back­coun­try oppor­tu­ni­ties for women of all dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties, and S.A.F.E. A.S. runs clin­ics that advo­cate for avalanche and snow safety.

All-Women’s Non­prof­its
The Amer­i­can Insti­tute for Avalanche Research & Edu­ca­tion (AIARE) isn’t for women specif­i­cal­ly, but it’s the lead­ing resource for snow safe­ty in the Unit­ed States. They devel­op and dis­sem­i­nate avalanche course mate­ri­als to edu­ca­tors all over the world, and offer cours­es for both begin­ners and experts. They offer cours­es at Lev­els 1, 2, and 3. For a women’s‑specific AIARE course, check out offer­ings from Women’s Wilder­ness.

The Sarah Burke Foun­da­tion pro­vides grants for up-and-com­ing ath­letes. S.A.F.E. A.S. is a coop­er­a­tive of skiers “advo­cat­ing [for] and fos­ter­ing avalanche and snow safe­ty”. And the Out­door Women’s Alliance is “a vol­un­teer-run non­prof­it media and adven­ture col­lec­tive that engages, edu­cates, and empow­ers females world­wide. Through the lens of human-pow­ered adven­ture, [they] work to inspire con­fi­dence and lead­er­ship in women of all ages, believ­ing that con­fi­dent women have the pow­er to build healthy com­mu­ni­ties and—quite literally—change the world”.

Inspi­ra­tional Reading
For some inspi­ra­tional read­ing, check out Unbound: A Sto­ry of Snow and Self-Dis­cov­ery by record-break­ing ski­er Steph Jag­ger, The Next 15 Min­utes: Strength From the Top of the Moun­tain by ski patroller Kim Kircher, The Luck­i­est Scar on Earth by extreme ath­lete Ana Maria Spagna, and Strong Is The New Beau­ti­ful by pro ski­er Lind­sey Vonn, who “lays out the nev­er-before-seen train­ing rou­tines and her over­all phi­los­o­phy that have helped her become the best female ski­er in the world—tailored for women of all shapes and sizes”.

Online Inspi­ra­tion
To find female ski­ing part­ners, explore the Alpen­glow Col­lec­tive, a forum for women seek­ing oth­er female adven­ture bud­dies. For visu­al inspi­ra­tion, watch Lynsey Dyer’s TEDx talk Ski Like a Girl, or watch the full-length film by the same name that she made with Uni­corn Pic­nic. For a badass pod­cast about women crush­ing it in the out­doors, lis­ten to the Nau­si­caa-Cast. If you want to be inspired to move into a truck and chase pow­der, fol­low fan­girl pho­tog­ra­ph­er Kat Car­ney. And for a week­ly dose of badass moti­va­tion, sign up for Sticks & Stones, a self-described “week­ly newslet­ter about the out­doors for women, by women.”

Get Out There
Final­ly, remem­ber that there’s no sub­sti­tute for in-per­son inter­ac­tion. Poke around social media to find like-mind­ed skiers, and don’t hes­i­tate to reach out to women you admire. Check out Rad Resources For Female Climbers. And remem­ber: at the end of the day, it’s all about hav­ing fun, being safe, and ski­ing hard.