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Improve Your Alpine Skills

Sometimes it's hard to commit to a week-long camp, but surely you can squeeze in three days for a little fun on the slopes. Women in Motion's 5-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio might encourage you to bring along four of your closest friends.

Lesson plan These clinics are geared toward intermediate to advanced downhillers. On day one you'll be paired with other skiers at your level, and an instructor will assess your skills and use video analysis to help you refine them. The next day you'll work on your technique in the morning, then regroup after lunch in a local gym where personal trainer Tom Williams will lead you through exercises that the U.S. Ski Team uses to get in competitive shape. On the final day you'll strut your stuff in front of the video camera again to see how much you've learned.

After hours Get to know your new co-campers and coaches at a mixer held at a local restaurant. Although meals are included in the rates, plan on one dinner at Harrison's Restaurant & Bar, a new locals' hangout, the night before camp starts (or extend your stay).

What about your guy? No men are permitted at the clinics or banquets.

Burn it off Alpine skiing zaps 395 calories an hour.

Details Camps run Jan. 8-10, Feb. 6-8 and March 5-7, 2007. Package rates are double occupancy and range from $478 (including instruction and meals only) to $781 per person for instruction, lift tickets, meals and lodging. Call (800) 253-4754 or go to http://www.stowe.com/equipment/lessons/women/.

*All calorie counts are estimates for a 145-pound woman.
** Rates are in Canadian dollars.

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