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It's just different







This is not about male bashing. There are differences between the way men and women approach a learning situation, especially one that involves some risk, whether real or perceived. We are different and in women's programs we celebrate those differences and use them to our advantage.

For example, women tend to be supportive of each other when faced with a challenge where men tend to be more competitive with each other. Neither approach is good or bad. Each has its advantages. It's just different. .

We use that mutual support to enhance our teaching and to help women approach new challenges. Women have less muscle mass than men, so we find that women use skill more than strength to accomplish their goals. They have to.

Of course most women tend to approach risk with more caution. We acknowledge this and work with it rather than try to convince women that there is no reason to worry. We build confidence in stages rather than throw ourselves over the edge.


These are all generalizations, but I have found over the years that these generalizations have been formed for a reason. That's why these women's programs have been so successful. Many resorts have women's programs now so they have become an accepted part of the business here in the States. They are cropping up in all kinds of sports now. We understand each other and that is why we learn from each other..

Ashley Fischer (Sugarbush Resort, Vermont)

Photo: Ashley Fischer
Ashley Fischer - Co-ordinator of WSD at Sugarbush

For more information about women's programs see the page What to expect?


Not convinced? Then read on ....

(some of these links are external)

"An instructor's perspective" by Judy Skeats
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A female slant on tackling the slopes - a flirtatious instructor might make learning to ski more fun, but there's a course in Colorado that takes women skiers more seriously (2000)
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Do women learn to ski best from other women? BraveSkiMom finds out

Know Way - At Wintergreen, Women in Black (Diamonds)

Positive approaches - Samantha Warwick tests a ski programme designed for women by women (2003)

Skiing the womanly way - by Sandra Lane (2003)

Sundance Ladies Day - the story of Nancy and her quest to learn to ski after the age of 40

Video Interview with Kim Reichhelm - Pushing It and Offering Unique Ski Experiences for Women (2001)

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