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Squaw Valley USA | Women of Winter on Wednesdays

Amy Edgett
Sierra Sun

Amy Edgett/Sierra Sun

and#8220;Who doesn’t want to ski with Jonny Moseley?and#8221; said Kara Strehle, a Level 3 snowboard instructor and staff trainer at Squaw Valley Snowsports School, before the inaugural run of Women of Winter Wednesdays (WOW), a monthly, non-traditional ski clinic.

Moseley, chief mountain host at Squaw Valley USA, Olympic gold medalist, World Cup titlist, and inventor of the Dinner Roll trick, was icing on the cake and easy on the eyes for a pack of WOW ski and ride enthusiasts. On a warm up Mountain Run, Moseley suggested keeping your legs like marshmallows, to absorb shock when the mountain suddenly drops out or jumps up in low-light conditions.

During the WOW series, you’ll garner tips from expert female instructors and a female and#8220;big mountain skierand#8221; Jan. 20 (no, Jonny won’t be there, visit squaw.com for Ski with Jonny opportunities). The informal clinics are for intermediate or higher skill levels and designed to create camaraderie, reach beyond your present ability and discover the sweet spots of Squaw.

and#8220;Squaw has always catered to women, beginning years ago with the Just for Women clinics,and#8221; said Squaw Valley USA’s Marketing and PR assistant Amelia Richmond.

and#8220;Women sometimes have a hard time finding each other,and#8221; said Elianne Furtney, WOW instructor and technical director for Squaw Valley Snowsports School. and#8220;A real benefit is seeing other women do it, and thinking and#8216;if she can do it, I can do it.’and#8221;

Do it we did. After the warm up run, the group Moseley-ed over to Shirley, where conditions were better and instruction began in earnest. and#8220;This program is about getting above the plateau,and#8221; said Fran Tone, a WOW instructor. That spoke to me. I’m stuck in eternal advanced intermediate mode. and#8220;Soft legs, you want soft legs, not bamboo sticks pounding on the mountain,and#8221; Tone advised. I softened and skied. Tone laughed and whooped encouragement beside me down the run and offered more tips on the lift.

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The WOW gals will give you a and#8220;little bag of tricksand#8221; to dip into, depending on the terrain and conditions. And they want you to learn to ski Squaw: The mountain is not a secret!

Experience the mountain and be guided in groups of eight for improved skiing in the comfort of a supportive program: Women of Winter on Wednesdays two-hour clinics.

Visit http://squaw.com/women-winter-wednesdays or call (530) 452-7263. Custom WOW tours are available with your own group of eight or more.

The instructors

Elianne Furtney: Technical director for Squaw Valley Snowsports School, vice-president of Alpine Skiing Education for PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) -Western Division and sits on the PSIA-W Board of Directors

Julie Matises, Fran Tone: Level 3 ski instructors and staff trainers at Squaw Valley Snowsports School

Kara Strehle: Level 3 snowboard instructor and staff trainer at Squaw Valley Snowsports School

All instructors in the program are on the K2 Alliance, NORCAL Regional Team, http://k2skis.com/k2women.

The dates

Jan. 6: Hunting the GEMS of Squaw

Jan. 20: Guest Appearance by Female Big Mountain Skier

Feb. 3: Early Up (pray for powder), start time 8:15 a.m.

March 3: On the Edge of Squaw

March 17: Pot Pourri

March 31: End of Season WOW Party, place and time TBA