Stratton Increasing Female Participation In Snow Sports
When it comes to action sports, images in magazines, narratives being told and events being shown have largely focused on male competitors. Stratton Mountain was one of the first in the country to offer a female-focused approach to skiing and riding. Now, women like Stratton’s Jessie Diggins and Lindsey Jacobellis are beginning to change the narrative on female participation on an international level.
According to a SnowSports Industries America study, 17.8 people million went skiing and snowboarding in the 2016-17 season, and 40 percent of them were women. Since the 2009-10 season, more than 6.8 million women have participated in the sports, and that’s a number that continues to rise.
In 1990, Stratton was one of the first resorts to offer a women-specific camp. Over the past several years, Stratton has continued its commitment to women and the snowsports community by offering women-only on snow programming.
“The ski and snowboarding experience for women has been an industry-wide focus over the past few years, says Mountain Sports School director Duane Stutzman. “Our women’s programs here at Stratton focus on a creating a comfortable learning environment at a relaxed pace. Our goal is to offer women an opportunity to learn and grow in the sport in an environment that fosters a higher level of success and gain the confidence to tackle new and more challenging terrain. All of this helps to stoke the passion to continue participation in snowsports.”
This winter, Stratton continues its mission by offering multi-day camp options for all levels, promoting skills and confidence in a supportive and like-minded environment.
The Burton Girls’ Time Out Snowboard Camp is a women- only, two-day camp designed by Stratton’s female riders to make fearless riders out of all participants. In two daily sessions, riders will get personalized instruction to improve everything from laying down turns to conquering new types of terrain.
The Green Mountain Women meet every non-holiday Wednesday through the winter to ski, ride and enjoy mountain camaraderie. Perfect your skiing skills with a 1 1⁄2 hour weekly lesson from Stratton’s professional women coaches and take part in clinics, yoga workshops, special events and demo days. Skiers and snowboarders of all abilities are welcome to join the Green Mountain Women on their weekly escapades on the mountain.