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3 places to hit the slopes for International Women's Ski Day

Take on the mountain during International Women's Ski Day on Saturday at these three places in the West

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

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