"For anyone who is looking to advance their level of skiing in a controlled, supportive and fun environment, I highly recommend you do a Rippin Chix camp!" ~ Daniela Ayela
What is "Steeps Camp"?
Two days in our women's ski camp with our expert coaching will give you a whole toolbox of skills and confidence so that you can ski lines you never thought possible.
If you can link 10 consecutive turns on un-groomed terrain but perhaps you’re lacking the finesse, consistency or head space to feel really good about it, we will show you it is not always about making the perfect turn but having the right tools to navigate the entire mountain with ease.
Many of the small step, steeps skill progressions will be practiced on groomers, then brought into un-groomed terrain and finally steeper terrain as we work together developing technique and self assurance.
Check out our: Skills Reference Guide
"Since camp I've been skiing trees like mad and have never had more fun! For the first time ever, I was able to ski the same pow runs as my crew instead of bombing groomers, to keep up! Thank you Rippin Chix for the tools to make this possible and skiing even more fun!" ~ Kristin Wenzel
What is "Backcountry Ski Touring"?
Hike up and ski down. Our three day guided and coached ski touring camp epitomizes the phrase 'earn your turns.’ With no lift or lines, you can truly embrace the access, beauty and adventure human powered skiing will take you on.
This camp is geared for skiers who have skied powder before and are looking to improve. We provide the coaching on how to handle the uphill travel, gear transitions and skiing un-groomed steep terrain with confidence. It is ok to be nervous, as long as you bring some experience in powder, a willingness to improve your off-piste skiing and a strong level of physical fitness.
Our all ladies, ski touring, adventure camp is the best opportunity to ski deep untouched snow, while also learning tips and tricks to make the touring easier and going down effortless and MORE fun!
Check out our: Skills Reference Guide
What is "Backcountry Cat Skiing"?
Have you ever dreamed of being in big beautiful mountains as far as the eye can see, getting dropped off on top, skiing endless powder and sharing it only with your small group?
This camp is geared for skiers who have skied powder before and are looking to improve. At our all-inclusive two day cat skiing camp, we will build your confidence in un-groomed steep terrain with experienced and knowledgeable ski coaching and guides. This women's ski camp will provide you the chance to improve your powder and tree skiing skills.
For this camp you will need to bring a sense of adventure, some experience skiing powder, a desire to improve your off-piste skiing and a decent level of physical fitness.
Check out our: Skills Reference Guide
Coming to a Rippin Chix camp is no different than what you would take on any regular weekend of skiing but just in case, here are a few things for you to consider when planning your time with us.
We recommend that you have skis that are a minimum 100mm underfoot. We are a steep skiing camp that caters to helping you improve your skills off the groomers, in a variety of terrain and conditions. Skis that are 100mm + underfoot are better suited for this kind of skiing which is why we make this suggestion.
Resort Camp: If you are participating in a resort camp, skis less than 100mm underfoot will suffice but you may find it more challenging depending on the conditions. We have demo skis available for camp participants if you are looking for something new or don't have a wider ski.
Cat Skiing Camp: Our cat skiing camps we created with the intention to ski powder your entire camp and it is highly recommended for the sake of your own enjoyment you come with a 100mm + ski. If you do not have a "powder" ski we have free demo skis available for camp participants.
Ski Touring Camp: Take your touring skis and skins for a test run before coming to camp. Make sure your skis are waxed, edges are sharpened, your bindings are functioning well, your skins have lots of glue on them and have been cut for your skis.
Make sure you have tested your boots to ensure they work with the binding on your skis and you have checked your DIN setting for safety prior to camp.
Resort/Cat Skiing Camp: If you have an alpine boot, we recommend you use these over a touring boot. Touring boots generally tend to be very upright and can make it more difficult to get the proper body position which affects our ability to improve skiing technique.
Ski Touring Camp: Bring the boot that works with the bindings you have on your touring setup. This could be a touring-specific boot or an alpine boot that fits with an alpine touring setup.
Poles with larger baskets are more conducive to skiing powder, steep terrain, variable conditions and navigating more challenging entrances, obstacles and features.
Pack for all ski conditions, even rain. We suggest bringing extras (mitts/gloves, socks, warm layers etc.) just in case.
Helmets are mandatory at Rippin Chix camps for insurance purposes.
Resort Camp: We do not want participants skiing with packs at our resort camps as they can affect balance and maneuverability in some of the drills we do. You are welcome to bring a pack with your lunch/extra layers/gear and stash it where we lunch. You do not need a beacon/shovel/probe at resort camps.
Ski Touring/Cat Camp: Packs are mandatory for carrying shovel/probe along with lunches, snacks and "extras" to maintain warmth and comfort for a day in the backcountry. Beacons are also mandatory and we expect all participants to be familiar and practiced with their beacons prior to attending camp.
(Backcountry Snowcats provides pack, shovel, probe and beacons)
We are grateful to be partnered with HEAD SKIS, a brand that is well diversified and experienced in big mountain and all-mountain skiing. As such we have the ability to offer an excellent range of all mountain and powder skis for demo to our camp participants.
The KORE line of skis considers lightness, floatation and control in their development and utilizes only what is necessary, to deliver superb performance. There’s a KORE for any terrain - demo some with us this year at camp! Subject to availability
RESORT: You are ready to make the transition from intermediate terrain to expert terrain. You can ski on a groomed black run and an un-groomed blue run confidently, linking turns and staying in the fall line the whole way down. However, when you get onto the steeper terrain of a single black run or onto ungroomed snow it becomes more difficult to continually link your turns. As with the other groups it It is ok to be nervous or scared, but just bring a willingness to ski off-piste and a general level of decent physical fitness and an openness to ski coaching. You should be able to ski all-day for two days straight at this women's ski camp.
BACKCOUNTRY: You have used/practiced using a beacon shovel probe, and ski toured before. You are comfortable, confident and have the fitness to skin up hill for 1-2 hours, 2-3 days consecutively and you are self sufficient at transitioning in and out of ski tour mode. Once at the top you feel less confident with line choice, you are nervous about your abilities to ski down in control, you struggle linking turns in the fall line or navigating obstacles. Although you know powder skiing it's something you should like, you find it more exhausting that enjoyable.
RESORT: You can link ten consecutive turns on an ungroomed single black run. You generally feel more comfortable if the trees are wide and the snow is consistent but get less comfortable and confident in tighter trees, steeper terrain, moguls, inconsistent snow or a combination of these. You have not considered trying those weird entrances, funky moguls, or skiing purposefully through crud. This is not the first time you have skied powder and trees and you can ski all-day for two days straight.
BACKCOUNTRY: You have used/practiced using a beacon shovel probe, and ski tour 5-8 days a season. You are comfortable, confident and have the fitness to skin up hill for 2+ hours, 2-3 days consecutively and you transition in and out of ski tour mode with ease. Tighter trees, obstacles, tricky entrances and inconsistent snow concern you and affect your line choice on the descent but you are generally confident getting down. You enjoy skiing powder and find it equally awesome as it is tiring.
RESORT: You can make it down any double black on a challenging mountain, but have difficulty maintaining good technique throughout. You want tips to improve and finesse your skills in steeper terrain, tighter trees and the tools to negotiate rocks, inconsistent/bad snow, cornices, jumps, drops or more challenging/committing entrances. You intentionally seek out more obscure lines, you have the fitness to ski all-day 2+ days in a row.
BACKCOUNTRY: You are very acquainted with your beacon shovel probe, and ski tour 8+ days a season. You are comfortable, confident and have the fitness to skin up hill for 3+ hours, 3+ days consecutively and you transition in and out of ski tour mode with ease. You seek out more challenging terrain/lines, tighter trees, obstacles, tricky entrances and drops. Inconsistent snow does not bother you but you would like to know how to ski all these features and conditions smoother and more efficiently. You love skiing powder and find it to be more awesome than it is tiring.