Got myself all skilled up for Ride no. 49! Christina and I had never sampled the Women’s Night skills training on offer with Whistler Blackcomb, although we both had always wanted to. So, we donned our arm and leg armour, braved the drizzle and overcast skies, and hit up the second Women’s Wednesday of the season!
For those of your unfamiliar with the concept, Women’s Nights are part of a series of skills-training set up by Whistler Blackcomb to encourage more women to ride DH, increasing their skills and confidence on the trail. There are two sessions a week, Monday and Wednesday evenings, that include a two-hour bike rental, lift pass, armour and helmet, training sesh and guide for about $80. I just did the one-off, but Christina has her own DH bike/helmet/armour/lift pass, and has signed up for the season of Women’s evenings (which I think is about $20 a session, so not too shabby).
It’s a great deal if you have your own kit and are in the area all summer – as you not only get a guided tour around the trails, as well as specific, safe, skills training – you also get the social element. At the end of the training session, all the ladies gather at the Glacier Lift Company (GLC) bar, get a free beer, and win a bunch of free, rad prizes from sponsors. These include suspension forks, armour, uppy-downy posts, and yes, even a bike (!) at the end of the season.
Honestly, what a great way to improve your skills and meet other rad female riders. I am super jealous of my friend Christina who gets to do this all season!