International Women's Ski Day on Saturday is all about urging girls and women to come together and hone their skills on skis or snowboards.
To mark the day, take a lesson, teach a friend to ski or hoist an apres-ski libation with the group -- it's all good. There are events at ski areas across the country planned for Saturday. Here are three places in the West where you can be part of the snow-loving pack.
-- Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico: Free breakfast at the Columbine Inn, a skiing clinic hosted by coach Andrea Krejci, a beacon clinic by Taos Valley ski patrol, an afternoon yoga class and a showing of the all-girl ski film "Pretty Faces" are in store Saturday. Contests for creative costumes and other games will be ongoing.
Tickets cost $30 a person, with proceeds going to SheJumps, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in outdoor activities. Participants receive discounted $50 lift tickets for Saturday and Sunday in the events co-sponsored by K2 Ski Alliance. Info: SheJumps at Taos Ski Valley
-- North American Ski Training Center and Coalition Snow at Sugar Bowl in Norden, Calif. The center offers fine-tuning free-skiing skills for intermediate and advanced skiers as well as snowboarders. It costs $75 per person for the clinic; lift ticket is extra. Meet 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Judah Lodge. There's also an apres-ski event at 4 p.m. Info: Get Your Season On!
-- Kirkwood near Lake Tahoe: Meet with K2 Ski Alliance members Amy McCormick and Meghan Kelly, who will lead a day of skiing and riding with women of all ages and abilities. Meet 10 a.m. Saturday at Chair 5 to take a run with the group and then attend an apres-ski event at the Wall Bar. Event is free with purchase of lift ticket. Info: International Women's Ski Day at Kirkwood