Squaw Valley is the home of The Next Level Camp with Ingrid Backstrom and Jessica Sobolowski-Quinn.
This year the camp was limited to 14 registrations, 7 of which were part of the EpicSki gang, including Segbrown, RachelV, Daria, Me, Pequenita, and 2 of our friends.
Group Shot courtesy of Sky(AKA Awesome videographer)
The purpose of this camp is to take women with a solid ski skill set and take it to The Next Level, with tactical coaching from two of the most incredible female freeski professional's imaginable. Squaw Valley is the perfect setting for this type of camp for many reason, including but not exclusive to the incredible terrain, and the fact that both of these women call Squaw their home mountain.
Photo Cred - Sky
ULLR made an appearance just in time to freshen up the slopes for us, which made for a great warm up day on Friday which was the first day of the season for a few of the ladies who flew in for the event.
Saturday and Sunday morning, we were arrived at 7:30 AM for a yoga session with Sherry McConkey, followed by an incredible breakfast from Wildflower Deli before hitting the slopes.
(as someone who doesn't do yoga, this was a challenging and beautiful experience. I would like to do more)
We headed up KT22 and skied a run together to sort out which women went in which group.
Soon after, we were guided to some areas of Squaw that seemed challenging, but I soon found out that the things that were intimidating were within my skill set and I was ready to do this!!
By the end of this weekend, my cheeks hurt from smiling
Personal takeaways from this Camp:
I have the skills to ski some pretty challenging terrain. I just need to let go.
The really good snow is where someone else is scared to go
Like finding neutral, if you establish a power position, you are unstoppable.
Pros of the clinic:
Shaking head games and gaining confidence
Cons: My mom will not be pleased to know the kind of terrain I'm skiing
Thank you RachelV for talking me into doing this the first time and Thank you to Sherry for exposing me to Yoga.
Thank Ingrid for the power position, and Jessica for the Spine!
And to the people who sponsored the event:
Volkl-Marker, Kombi, Points North Heli, Cliff Bar
This was an incredible weekend that I will not forget any time soon.