Give Snowboarding A Try

Pretend you're an aspiring Olympian at Whistler Blackcomb, a designated venue for the 2010 Olympics, while improving your snowboard skills on some of the best slopes in North America.

Lesson plan While it's called Women's Week, it's really more like nine days. There are two girls-only weekends (select from Roxy Women's 2Day All-Star Ski or Snowboard Camp or the Burton 2Day Learn-to-Ride Camp), with five days of coed clinics and special events in between. No matter which camp you decide on, the first thing you'll do is get fitted for the right equipment. Once you're buckled in, you'll work with instructors, in small groups, to learn how to get off the lift without falling, carve graceful "S" turns down the mountains and avoid those dreaded whiplash falls.

After hours Whistler Village is a huge open-air pedestrian zone with more than 200 shops, 20 spas and 90 restaurants, so you'll have plenty to explore when your legs feel like noodles. Women's Week events include shopping nights and deals at local outlets, a fashion show to benefit Boarding for Breast Cancer, and The Mission Hill Red Party, featuring a wine tasting, live music and an auction to support ovarian-cancer research.

What about your guy? He's welcome in coed clinics and at off-slope events.

Burn it off Snowboarding wipes out 414 calories an hour.

Details Women's Week is usually in the first half of March, but next year's dates are still to be determined. Clinics range from $99** (Learn to Ride) to $219 (Roxy All-Star Camps) and include instruction but not lift tickets (around $70) or lodging (rooms start at about $99 per night). Call (866) 218-9690 or go to for final details on dates, lodging and rates.

*All calorie counts are estimates for a 145-pound woman.

** Rates are in Canadian dollars.

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