Trip Overview

Join AdventureWomen in late January 2020 for one glorious week of vacation, downhill skiing in Montana learning to turn, carve, and butter the slopes at Bridger Bowl near Bozeman, MT. All skill levels welcome in this exclusive alpine ski clinic for women!

Now in its 22nd year, this popular and high-energy private alpine ski clinic is run by women for women, so perfect for Adventure Women like you! Experienced female ski instructors teach safety and technique while giving each woman the personal attention she deserves to build confidence, grace, and control on the slopes. Is this your first time on skis? If so, congratulations! Are you a cautious beginner? Double-black daredevil? Women of all abilities are welcomed!

Dubbed “the adventure capital of the Northern Rockies” and one of the world’s best ski towns by National Geographic Adventure, Montana’s Bridger Bowl ski resort welcomes you with blazing sunshine, big-mountains thrills, and plenty of “cold smoke,” Montana’s famously light but challenging powder. The clear winter air near Bozeman will put pink on your cheeks and a spring in your step as you prepare for an incredible week of learning and doing.

Your high-energy days in Montana include a combination of small-group ski lessons, afternoon guided ski runs, and practice time for skiing on your own. Our women’s ski clinic includes lots of personalized ski instruction as well as videos filming your runs so that you can review your technique later with your instructor.

This relaxed yet exciting ski week for women is a stress-free, judgement-free environment where each woman is encouraged to try, trust in her abilities, feel confidence on the slopes, and maybe push herself to ski outside her comfort zone when she chooses to. Skiing with other women is so much fun! No matter what your skiing ability, you and your companions will all meet up for lunch most days, reconnecting to encourage each other, praise a perfect turn, or have a laugh over a funny fall! Then you’ll enjoy the camaraderie of après-ski chats around the fire, sharing your tales over a steaming cup of cocoa or a glass of wine.

On your last evening in beautiful Bridger Bowl, celebrate your newfound friendships over a delicious group dinner, a final swapping of slope-side tumbles and triumphs, and maybe a few pledges to meet again in Montana next year!

Main Attractions

  • The best all-inclusive women’s downhill ski package offered in the US!
  •  Ski clinic “for women by women” means an encouraging, judgment-free experience!
  • Expert women ski instructors, small group lessons, guided and independent afternoon skiing
  • World-class alpine skiing on the long, wide-open slopes, glades, chutes, and gullies of Bridger Bowl near Bozeman, MT
  • Over 1,200 acres of groomed and deep powder skiing for all levels means no crowds or lift lines!
  • Bozeman, MT is ringed by the Rocky Mountains, think cowboy country with upscale appeal: historic architecture, friendly communities, fine dining, and more

What You'll See and Do

  • Downhill Skiing
  • Spa Element

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Bozeman
Arrive in Bozeman today. Bozeman is in the southwest corner of Montana, and is the fourth-largest city in this rural state. Founded in 1864, the town’s fertile land attracted permanent settlers. By the 1920s, canneries in the Bozeman area were major producers of canned peas, and at one point, Bozeman produced 75% of all seed peas in the country. Today, Bozeman attracts residents and visitors for quality of life, scenery, and recreation. It has been named one of the best places for skiers to live in the west – a perfect place for your women’s ski week!

Kick off your trip with dinner and a trip orientation along with your ski instructors for the week.
Welcome Dinner

Overnight: GranTree Inn Bozeman

 

Day 2

Bozeman
Bridger Bowl is a Montana ski resort made just for you! You will work with expert women ski instructors in small group lessons throughout the week. These small groups provide opportunities for personal attention, allowing women of all skiing abilities to improve their skiing, boost their confidence, and maybe even expand their comfort zones. This trip is perfect for all women, from those who have never put on skis to advanced skiers.

The camaraderie of skiing together with other women and your Bridger Bowl ski instructors is what skiers from our past clinics have valued as the most important aspect of the week – a stress-free environment in which each participant can learn to develop her skiing abilities at her own pace.

The “après-ski” fun allows you to swap skiing mishaps and stories as you relax over a fine glass of wine in true AdventureWomen style! Explore the local restaurants in Bozeman with your new friends!
Breakfast

Overnight: GranTree Inn Bozeman

 

Day 3

Bozeman
Hop on the ski shuttle that stops right at the hotel’s front door for a quick and scenic ride up the canyon to Bridger Bowl, the home base for your women’s ski vacation and all-inclusive package and home of Bozeman’s famous “ski the cold smoke” snow.

Keep learning with your ski instructors at your own level – learning to look downhill, leaning into your turns, trying bumps for the first time, or just learning to stop!

The mountain offers wide-open terrain with a variety of landscapes including long, wide-open slopes, glades, chutes, and gullies. The top of the ridge within the ski area is two miles wide, and the views are stunning.
Breakfast

Overnight: GranTree Inn Bozeman

 

Day 4

Bozeman
Skiing with other women is fun! No matter what your ability, you will all meet up for lunch most days to share stories and encourage each other. It’s the perfect way to reconnect and talk over your most recent perfect turns, or maybe a funny fall you had on the slopes!

If you take an afternoon off from skiing, or if you still have energy after you return from the slopes in the afternoon, you can explore the local color and culture of Historic Downtown Bozeman, a “mecca” in the western US boasting small-town culture and friendliness with cosmopolitan amenities amidst a spectacular mountain setting.
Breakfast

Overnight: GranTree Inn Bozeman

 

Day 5

Bozeman
Enjoy a free day today to put some of the tips you’ve learned to the test, exploring the mountain on your own or with some of your new AdventureWomen friends!

Your Montana ski package wouldn’t be complete without some après ski fun! Catch the ski shuttle back to the hotel in late afternoon, and soothe your muscles with a hot bath, in your own private room, or sit in the hotel’s hot tub.
Breakfast

Overnight: GranTree Inn Bozeman

 

Day 6

Bozeman
Whatever your ability level, you will enjoy learning tips for better skiing from your expert women ski instructors and a small group of fellow AdventureWomen skiers matched to your level. As the week progresses, see your confidence and skiing skills dramatically improve, with personalized skiing instruction along the way.

After another morning of skiing, take a break and have a hot lunch at the beautiful mid-mountain Deer Park Chalet or Jimmy B’s Bar and Grill at the base lodge at Bridger Bowl. After lunch and a short rest, enjoy skiing on Bridger Bowl’s world-class slopes with your group and instructor for a chance to explore the variety of terrain that the ski area offers.

Celebrate an amazing AdventureWomen ski trip at a group dinner with your ski instructors.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: GranTree Inn Bozeman

 

Day 7

Depart Bozeman
Bid farewell to your new friends and journey home.
Breakfast

 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Bozeman, Montana



Arrival/Departure Information

January 26 Departure:

Arrive: Arrive at the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn in Bozeman on January 26, 2020 by 5:00pm.

Depart: Depart any time on February 1, 2020 (or join our Yellowstone trip which begins on the 2rd!)

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Activity Level

You should not have any health conditions that would be adversely affected by cold weather, or altitudes of approximately 7,000 feet.

We rate this trip as High Energy and it is appropriate for all skiers – if you’re skiing for the first time, this is perfect for you, if you’ve been skiing your whole life, you are sure to learn new skills in the lessons! Our High Energy adventures are designed for women who enjoy a physical challenge and crave being on the go! You should be prepared for itineraries that include (but are not limited to): a full day of biking on rolling terrain, hiking 5-8 miles on moderate to steep trails, being active at high altitudes, whitewater rafting, or skiing.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more here.

You should not have any physical problems or condition that would be adversely affected by skiing and residing at altitudes of 6,000-8,000 feet.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Identification

You may need to ensure that your driver’s license is REAL ID compliant in order to fly domestically. Please check your home state’s guidelines on whether you should upgrade your ID or plan to travel with a passport instead of a driver’s license.

Money

Suggested Gratuities:

  • Breakfast server each morning: $2-3 per day
  • Ski Instructors: $80-100 for the week
  • Bus Driver: $10 for the week
  • Ski and Bag Check Attendant: $10 for the week
  • If you use the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn shuttle into town it’s a nice gesture to give the driver a small tip.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Ski Ability Form
  • Copy of Flight Information

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

January 27 Departure Final Payment Date: October 28, 2019.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Single occupancy hotel rooms
  • Full breakfasts throughout
  • 2 dinners (day 1 and day 6)
  • Lift tickets serving all lifts throughout trip
  • 4 days of morning and afternoon instruction with women ski instructors (based on your ability)
  • 1 free day to practice skiing on your own or with others in your group
  • 5 days of bag checks for all ski equipment to be left at the ski area
  • All equipment (helmets, skis, boots, and poles)
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Montana
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities for ski instructors, shuttle drive
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Best Western Plus GranTree Inn
Cradled between the Bridger, Gallatin, and Spanish Peaks mountain ranges, the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn offers perfect lodging that is conveniently located near restaurants, shops, and Historic Downtown Bozeman. Each large, non-smoking room is attractively decorated and has one king-size or two queen-size beds, cable TV and pay movies, dataports, voicemail, high-speed internet access, clock radios, hairdryers, coffee/tea makers, irons and ironing boards, and two phones with dual lines. Excellent amenities include a heated indoor pool, hot tub, exercise room, convenience store, gift shop, a business center, and the GranTree Bar & Grill. The hotel also offers room service, 24-hour airport shuttles, 24-hour front desk service, valet laundry service, and 24-hour laundry facilities.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

As you get ready to pack for your adventure, have a look at The AdventureWomen Store at www.theadventurewomenstore.com - we have picked out our favorite travel clothes and outdoor gear to help make packing easy for you. You can also see our recommendations for this trip on the AdventureWomen Pinterest page.

Winter weather in Montana can be variable and extreme; one day it may be above 50°, and the next day may be below zero! During previous AdventureWomen ski vacations at Bridger Bowl near Bozeman, MT it has often been anywhere from -10° to above freezing. The weather this time of year is generally excellent, but please come prepared with the right ski clothing for winter conditions! We recommend layering as it allows you to add or shed clothing according to the weather, snow conditions and your level of exertion on the ski slopes. You can leave extra layers in the lodge for adding or shedding layers during the day.

Note: Bridger Bowl is not a mecca of high ski fashion - comfortable and practical ski clothes are the accepted norm!

Clothing and Gear

  • 1 waterproof/windproof ski jacket or shell
  • 1 pair waterproof/windproof ski pants
  • 1 down sweater or fleece (if using a non-insulated shell jacket you may want additional insulating layers)
  • 2-3 pairs long underwear pants
  • 2-3 long underwear tops of varying weights
  • 1-2 neck gaiters or buffs
  • 1 face mask
  • 1 pair gloves (for warmer days)
  • 1 pair mittens with liners (for colder days)
  • 4-5 pair ski socks (bring varying thicknesses when renting boots to ensure the best fit)
  • 4-5 pairs wicking underwear
  • 1-3 athletic bras
  • Ski hat
  • Head band
  • Scarves
  • Bandanas (better than tissues
    on the slopes!)
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Ski goggles
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • if you have your own ski boots and helmet that fit you well, we encourage you to bring them. Otherwise, these items are part of your rental ski package that is included in the trip price

Apres-Ski Clothes

  • 1-2 pairs casual pants
  • 2-3 casual sweaters/tops
  • Winter boots/shoes
  • Bathing suit for the sauna or hot tub

AdventureWomen Essentials

  • Travel documents (identification documents, airline tickets, money)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Prescription medicine you usually take
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686