We ran our first ever women only group ski trip, Women Who Ski in January and we already miss it and are ready to start planning the next!
How it all began…
Our inaugural ‘Women Who Ski’ trip was born from a group ski trip Zoë de Pass AKA Dress Like A Mum did back in January 2019 with a few other friends (Natalie AKA Style Me Sunday, Clemmie Telford and Cat AKA Not So Smug Now). Lucy from Kaluma Ski hosted them and they all had an absolute ball. Nat was a complete beginner, Clemmie and Cat hadn’t skied in a while due to kids and other responsibilities that adulthood brings. And whilst maxing out their ski time they of course managed to fit in a lunch and some all-important après! It was over a few Aperols spritz that it was decided this is exactly the sort of trip women need. Life gets busy and too often we forget to take time for ourselves, doing things we love, being active, meeting new women, sharing experiences, having fun.
The plan started to come together…
Zoë has done many ski seasons and has a passion for snowboarding and fun, so we locked heads together to come up with ‘Women Who Ski’ as a brand to represent exactly that.
Together we invited all of our amazing female followers to join in on our first women’s group ski trip to St Anton in January 2020. We told Chemmy Alcott, the English former World Cup ski racer and mum of two gorgeous boys about the trip to see if she would be interested in giving some top ski tips and helping host our girls on the mountain and she jumped at the chance. Next up we had Sarah Lindsay British former short track speed skater and owner of Roar Fitness gyms up for coming to try out skiing for the first time and to share some of her fitness and nutrition tips. These three women are forces to be reckoned with – bags of energy, huge smiles, honest and super fun, each of them.
The trip itself…
Initially we set out to offer 10 spaces on the group ski trip, but such was the amazing response and uptake we moved to a bigger chalet and hosted 20 absolutely amazing ladies in our brand-new luxury Chalet 47. Complete with a spa area, cinema room, bar and luxury ensuite bedrooms this was the perfect home for a few days R&R for our girls.
We wanted to maximise time on the beautifully kept and groomed slopes of St Anton in Austria with the sun shining down on all 3 days the ladies were here (very lucky!), so we were up and on the mountain by 9am each day. We spent full days skiing, each getting quality ski tips from Chemmy, stopping for coffee and chats here and there. Of course enjoying some hearty Austrian lunches, a yoga, stretch and mediation session hosted by Chemmy and après at the infamous Krazy Kangaruh.
You can view the itinerary below:
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this trip so incredible…
@intersportarlberg for kitting our ladies out with the best ski hire equipment in the Arlberg. Michael, Ewald, Tony and all the Nasserein shop crew – thank you.
@alpinesportsphysio for helping relax everyone with a physio/massage session for each of our ladies whilst here – the best physio’s in the Alps. Thank you
@sweatybetty for generously giving each of our girls one of their gorgeous base layers – we hope you liked the photo of all of us namasteing post our yoga/stretch & meditation session. Thank you
@haglöfs for keeping our heads warm in gorgeous brick red ‘Lava beanie’s’ and the super stylish ski jacket for our prize drawer for one of our attendees. Thank you
@elizabetharden for giving us each the cream of dreams. Your Eight Hour Daily Defence Moisturiser with SPF 35 and your radiance renewing serum, the Vitimin C Ceramide Capsules. Absolute must haves for every ski trip you go on offering sun protection and skin radiance. Thank you
@lumitylife for the weeks-worth of morning and bedtime soft gels, the 4-in-1 cleanse and the ski nutrient facial oil, after just a few days everyone noticed the glow. Thank you
@scampanddude for supplying the stylish leopard print tote bags to put all these wonderful goodies in. Thank you
Just some of the feedback after the first ever WWS trip:
“Fantastic attention to detail, great staff, wonderful hosts and many memories made”
“What an awesome group of ladies! Had such an amazing time and thank you Kaluma for looking after us so well, Chemmy for the skiing tips and Zoë for making this happen”
“Such an amazing trip and wonderful women. Loved getting to know you all. Thanks so much to Zoë and Kaluma Ski for organising, and Chemmy for being such an amazing teacher and guide! See you all at the reunion!”
“Wow, I’ve had a blast, was bricking it coming out, but those feelings disappeared as soon as I met you all. You all rock. Thanks to all at Kaluma Ski and Zoë for being incredible. And to Chemmy for all the amazing help & guidance & laughs. Loved meeting every single one of you”
“Amazing snow, sunshine, drinks, food, dancing and most of all you girls, each one of you was an absolute pleasure to meet and spend a very special few days with, it was everything I wanted it to be and so much more!”
“Lucy, Carly, Andy and all the Kaluma team, such slick organisation and always service with a smile, I’ve had a real break from the mental load of life, thank you”
“Wow what an experience! Thank you all so much for making it so special and fun”
“Kaluma team – thank you for everything. We wanted for nothing on the trip and you guys are amazing. It’s a tough job and you did it faultlessly and with a constant smile on your face, thank you so much”
“I’ve kissed my kids, checked my emails and done by washing – I’m ready to go back!”
Next year’s trip…
To register your interest in next year’s event email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and make your subject header ‘WWS 2021’.
Dates 10-13 January 2021
The format will be similar; as much skiing as possible, stops for coffees, chair lift chats, ski tips, lunches, flowing champagne in the chalet, spa, yoga and a bit of après!
You read up further here.