Es ist immer ein Highlight meiner Saison, die Women’s Progression Days – das Freeride und Yoga Camp in Lech am Arlberg für ambitionierte Geländefahrerinnen – zu leiten. Auf Grund einer Knöchelverletzung, die eine Auszeit auf Krücken von insgesamt vier Wochen mit sich zieht, konnte ich schweres Herzens leider nicht selber mit den 27 motivierten Teilnehmerinnen aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz Ski fahren. Zum Glück hatte ich ein Guides-Team von am Arlberg lebenden Skiführern, bestehend aus Angelika Kaufmann, Geli Häusl, Liz Kristoferitsch und Paul Pöcher, auf welche ich mich 100% verlassen konnte.
Trotz schwierigen Wetter- sowie Schneebedingungen kamen die Teilnehmerinnen am Nachmittag mit strahlenden Gesichtern jeden Tag retour. Die Highlights vom Camp waren für viele das intensive Üben an der persönlichen Fahrtechnik sowie an der Linienfindung im freien Gelände, das halbtägige Safety-Workshop inklusive Üben mit der Notfall-Ausrüstung, die Möglichkeit täglich einen anderen Kästle Freerideski zu testen, vom Profi-Fotografen Alex Kaiser fotografiert zu werden sowie natürlich viele neue Freundschaften mit anderen, skibegeisterten Frauen zu schließen.
Bedanken möchte ich mich auch bei meinen Camp-Partner Kästle, Blue Tomato, Lech Zürs Tourismus sowie Bergans of Norway für die tolle Unterstützung.
Die Women’s Progression Days 2015 sind das siebte Freeride Camp für Frauen welches ich leite, und die Resonanz ist groß. Die Women’s Progression Days 2016 finden voraussichtlich wieder im Jänner statt, es empfiehlt sich jedenfalls, sich möglichst bald nach Freischalten der Anmeldungen zu buchen. Ich wünsche euch jedenfalls alle eine hervorragende und erlebnisreiche Wintersaison!
28 women attended the Women’s Progression Days by Lorraine Huber in Lech am Arlberg from 10.-12.01.2014. As I was introducing the guide team in the Ambrosius Stüble on Thursday night before the first day of skiing, I felt so proud to have attracted such a large and good group of skiers to my annual women’s program this year. It is what I had envisaged from the start, but it took a number of years and some real determination to get there.
Women’s Progression Days by Lorraine Huber, Pic: Lisa Fail
Luckily for us, it snowed Thursday and Friday night and the WPD guides Geli Häusl, Angelika Kaufmann, Liz Kristoferitsch and I found many untracked and challenging runs for the participants. The first day was our safety day, involving brushing up on the essential avalanche rescue skills such as beacon search, using the probe, the right shovel technique as well as a simulated group rescue situation. Participants also received ski technique training during day one with plenty of input to work on for the following two days. Ski technique, choosing lines and skiing variable terrain and snow conditions were the focus for day two and three.
Participants were photographed by Lisa Fail and filmed by cinematographer Balint Hambalko who made a fantastic edit of the WPD 2014 right here:
I’m still buzzing from all the positive feedback and general fun and laughter the women had together at the Women’s Progression Days. Besides the great skiing, the best thing was the many new friendships formed with like-minded women who also love to ski. See you at the Women’s Progression Days 2015!
Since 2008 I have been guiding and coaching women to help develop their skills and confidence in freeride skiing. For 2014, the program will be bigger and better than ever. I’m very pleased to announce that I’ll be working together with Arlberg’s best and most experienced female guides to enlarge next year’s program to a total of 4 groups, including, for the first time, one snowboard group. The guides are Angelika Häusl, Angelika Kaufmann, Liz Kristoferitsch, and myself.
The program is geared towards good to excellent off-piste skiers and snowboarders wanting to bring their riding to the next level. Join us and experience some of the best runs the Arlberg has to offer and yes: experience the “female stoke phenomenon” as I like to call it and be amazed. We’re going to rock the Arlberg!
Please put the following date in your calendars: 9 to 12 Januray 2014. Arrival day is the 9th January and we’ll be skiing/riding together a full 3 days. I’ll be offering an all-inclusive package as well as packages without accom/lift tickets. The program is packed with extras such as an instructor-led Yoga session, test gear, film night, and more.
Registration and bookings will be open at the end of next week on lorrainehuber.com, so check back here soon!
Experience how fun skiing and riding is with other women
Learn how to check your line!
Bring your backcountry safety knowledge up to scratch
I’m really excited to let you know that together with my outerwear partner KJUS, I’m directing the Women’s Freeride & Yoga Camp this winter from 27 to 29 January 2013 in Lech am Arlberg. Bookings are now open on the KJUS World website! The all-inclusive camp is directed at advanced female skiers. This year local ski guide Geli Häusl will be guiding and coaching with me. There are going to be 14 spots available so grab your spot now.
And to get you in the right mood, here’s a video from last year’s camp:
The Women’s Freeride & Yoga Camp with KJUS and Kästle Skis from 18 to 20 March this year was a huge success! I was very proud to welcome the 12 participants who had applied for 2 days freeriding in one of Austria’s best freeride areas, Lech Zürs am Arlberg. When I first started directing women’s camps in 2007 it was hard to get a group of female skiers together, now we had two fully booked groups of ripping women, raring to go! Local Hero Geli Kaufmann and I guided the women during the camp and many new friends were made.
Lots of new friends were made at this year's Women's Freeride & Yoga Camp in Lech
A lot of the participants were experienced off-piste skiers and also enjoy ski touring, but only rarely with other women. It is a great experience to ski in a female-only group, the group vibe is incredibly supportive and hugely encouraging, a perfect environment for learning new skills and improving confidence. The camp this year focussed on skiing some great runs together and honing off-piste skiing technique. Participants were able to test the newest KJUS jackets and Kästle freeride skis. A guided Yoga session was offered for optimal recovery the following day, and participants really enjoyed the wellness-area and good food and wine in our Hotel Kristberg. We were even accompanied by professional camera man Carsten Darr for a day, check out the video below! I hope to make next year’s camp even better so sign up to my newsletter to stay informed.
This April I spent one week ski touring in the Lyngen Alps, Norway, coaching a group from the Kästle Adventure Tours. The Lyngen Alps offer ski tours typically between 1300 and 1400 vertical metres surrounding the beautiful Lyngen Fjord. The tours can be reached either by road or by boat, the latter providing access to some islands to the north of the Fjord, beyond which lies the vast expanse of the Arctic Ocean. This was my second trip to Lyngen, having spent a week there in 2009 filming a segment for Warren Miller’s 60th ski film “Dynasty”. You can check out the segment here. There is something very special about being 500km north of the Arctic Circle, surrounded by water. The ski touring there feels a lot easier than at home in the Alps because the tours start at sea level. We were based at the Lyngen Lodge which provides an ideal base from which to reach the surrounding tours and welcomes you to relax in the hot tub overlooking the fjord after a strenuous day of ski touring.
I just got back from the Kästle Heliskiing Camp at Skeena Heliskiing, a program I put together for the Kästle Adventure Tours. Our group was the last week of the season and we got super lucky with some amazing snow conditions. Before the group arrived at the gorgeous lodge at Skeena Heliskiing, located in northern BC, Canada, it snowed 40cm. During the week we kept receiving top-ups of 15 to 20 centimetres of fresh, fluffy powder. Some of the tree skiing we did was like in the middle of February. We also were able to ski the alpine twice featuring huge glaciers of endless space and powder, enormous runs of over 1,000 vertical metres a pop. Camp participants really benefited from daily coaching and video analysiswithHugo Harrisson and myself, showing noticeable improvements in ski technique and confidence at the end of the week. Our guides Giacum Frei and Urs Rentsch were simply awesome, guiding us expertly down steep tree runs, couloirs and some sweet lines in the alpine.
The MX128 in 190cm was everyone’s darling during this week, a surprisingly playful and fun ski which excels in carving fast turns in open terrain but manages really well in the trees too. It skies shorter than you expect and is the obvious choice for a deep powder day. The new pink BMX118 in 168cm was also the star of the week, riding amazingly well in the trees and in tighter terrain, allowing for super quick and playful skiing.
The Kästle Heliskiing Camp will be held again in 2012 and 2013. Sign up for the Kästle Snowletter for important updates about the Kästle Adventure Tours. See the best photos of the week on my facebook account here.
So almost 5 weeks ago I had my tonsils removed which were totally infiltrated with bacteria which was making me sick. I recovered really well from the operation and didn’t suffer any post bleeding. I’m actually blogging from Smithers, BC Canada, where I arrived yesterday. Together with Kästle team mate Hugo Harrisson I’m going to be coaching the Kästle Heliskiing Camp at Skeena Heliskiing, Canada. We’ve got a great group of skiers together who will be coached on choosing and skiing big mountains lines. It’s going to be awesome! Snow conditions are good right now. Here’s a recent photo from the area we will be skiing in:
The terrain at Skeena Heliskiing, one of the largest heliski areas in the world
This weekend I skied with 11 participants of the KJUS KLUB Freeride Camp in St. Anton am Arlberg from 27 to 29 January. The group of men and women were awesome, the vibe great and the skiing level high. On day 1 we took advantage of the perfect weather and booked a helicopter to the Mehlsack, one of only 2 allowed heliskiing drops in all of Austria – both of them in Lech am Arlberg. Most of the KJUS KLUB skiers were first-time heliskiers so there was plenty of excitement and nerves in the air.
Heliskiing Mehlsack, Lech am Arlberg
Snow quality was great although we had to keep a sharp eye out for rocks – we still have below average amounts of snow at the moment. Other classics around here followed: Spielmäder, Liezen and a run out towards Juppenspitze. We were stoked!
Lisi getting fresh tracks skiing the Mehlsack, Lech am Arlberg
On Day 2 Andy Thurner guided us on a beautiful tour to the Rendelscharte – Malfontal. This is good choice for long, gentle slopes where you can still find powder many days after a snow fall. The afternoon was spent photoshooting with photographer extraordinaire Sepp Mallaun – an amazing chance for the KJUS KLUB participants to have professional skiing pictures taken of them. Everyone was stoked! And I realised how much I love coaching again and seeing people stoked on skiing. Thank you all for joining us – we’re definitely organising another freeride camp at the Arlberg next winter!
My mate Tom and I, stoked after our run in the Malfontal
From the 19 to 21 March 7 ladies attended my Women’s Freeride & Yoga Camp of the Kästle Adventure Tours in Lech am Arlberg. The camp covered improving technical off-piste skiing skills, video analysis, freeride tactics, line selection and jumping technique. Participants also enjoyed two Yoga sessions to stretch and mobilise weary limbs from a full day of skiing, something you don’t usually do at home but would really enjoy.
Of course, the perfect ski equipment was also provided to the ladies, who were able to test Kästle’s range of off-piste skis, including the FX94 model coming out next season. Both the 166cm and 176cm length, 94mm underfoot, were super popular.
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The girls feeling great after a busy but fun weekend with Lorraine Huber