Even though the Bretton Woods Women’s Alpine Retreat is a unique chance to improve skiing and gain more confidence on the slopes, there’s an element of vulnerability in having someone examine your technique and provide feedback. It may be a leap of faith in joining a clinic like this and hoping that you don’t find out that you’re doing everything wrong.
But not only is coach Miki Fera a pro in the sense that she’s an Olympian and World Cup racer who’s traveled the world on her skis, she has an amazing ability to humbly share her love of the sport by giving tips and techniques that can tweak the way you think about how you move your body and skis down the mountain.
“I want the women that join us to get confidence and see what’s possible,” Fera told SnoCountry.com. I’ll give you a few tools, a few things you can work on. It’s just looking at your skiing from a different eye.”
Meghan McCarthy McPhaul of Franconia, N.H., picked up some tips at the retreat in early January. “It’s really helpful to do something like this every once in a while. You don’t always know how to correct bad habits.” McPhaul added that as a kid who grew up racing, they were always doing drills, always getting feedback, “but as an adult, you don’t get that anymore.”
For Fera, leading the retreat is a chance to do something different from being a mom, wife, and ski coach. “Being a new mom, I knew there might be other women like me that just want to get away. For some moms, it’s away to get back into the sport. I like to be active, and it’s hard to find time to do something for myself.” She added that she knows there are also women who might not be in charge of a family, but want the companionship of skiing with other like-minded women.
Upcoming retreats February 3–5 and March 9-10 are $1,199 including accommodations and meals at Omni Mount Washington Hotel or $599 without accommodations, breakfast and lunch included. The retreats include a welcome reception at the nature-inspired world-class spa at Omni Mount Washington Resort.
Photos: Top -- Explore New Hampshire’s largest ski area with three-time Olympian Miki Fera through clinics designed especially for women skiers. (Bretton Woods);Below --The Bretton Woods Women’s Alpine Retreat includes a welcome reception at the Omni Mount Washington Spa. (Bretton Woods)