Learning to ski as an adult can be intimidating - fitting out new gear, learning to move in new ways, trusting your skis, adapting to new environments, sliding on snow. It involves a lot of challenges, physically, mentally and emotionally. As adults we simply aren’t as willing to trust others and relinquish control in unfamiliar settings.
“Adults have a whole other set of obstacles to overcome. It’s way more of a conscious decision to start skiing later in life,” says Berretti. “The most important thing is to face that fear and overcome it.”
It’s been well documented that in a sport setting, women and men have different learning approaches. (Try to imagine a group of men holding hands while unloading a chairlift.)
Women’s ski camps and classes have been growing in popularity at mountain resorts over the last 10 years or so. But until Snow Valley introduced its Ladies’ Night program, there wasn’t a dedicated offering in Edmonton for women looking to learn or improve their skills on snow before getting to the mountains.