There was a time not so long ago when the term "women's snow sports" meant using smaller equipment designed in pink. Not so anymore.
Nowadays, industry experts recognize that women not only like equipment designed for them -- for one thing, we typically have a lower center of gravity -- but we also respond to different instructional techniques.
When asked to assess our abilities on the slopes, for example, we tend to underestimate our abilities, which, according to a well known women's ski coach I once worked with, is rarely the case with our male counterparts.
With all this in mind, Argentina-based South America Snow Sessions has unveiled the Ultimate Women's Ski & Snowboard Experience in the Andes, a program that combines ski and snowboarding instruction from top female athletes as well as an entire menu of off-slope activities.
Best of all, the program takes place in late August in Argentina, when the conditions are likely to be at their best. Set for Aug. 17 to 31, the SASS trip will feature skiing and boarding on Cerro Catedral Alta Patagonia, the largest ski resort in South America, with such winter sports talents as Jamie Anderson, Chanelle Sladics, Michelle Parker, Kjersti Buaas, Vera Janssen, Natalie Gough and Sarka Pancochova.
The program will also feature lessons in back-country safety designed especially for women.
Off the slopes, participants will be able to take part in an SASS community service project for the nearby city of San Carlos de Bariloche, as well as wellness workshops, yoga, wine tasting and Spanish language classes. Because no women-only trip would be complete without chocolate, there also is a tour of a chocolate factory on the itinerary.
A highlight will be the fourth annual Chicas Only event at the Cerro Catedral Alta Patagonia terrain park for a day of low-key fun.
The trip is priced at $3,400, including domestic air within Argentina. For more, check out www.sasnow.com.