July 15 - 16, 2017Learn to ride like a girl as women riders of all ability levels come together for a weekend of personal progression and skill building. New to biking? No problem. Already killing it on gnarly roots and rocks? That's cool too. We'll break into groups according to skill level for intimate professional coaching in a team environment. But it doesn't stop there. This camp also includes yoga, chair massages, swag bags and evening socials. Make new friends, reconnect with old ones, and sling some mud too!
There will be an informal social Friday evening at Old Spruce Café in the Village at 6pm. This is the best time to meet your coaches and mingle with fellow campers. It will be crowded so just look for a group of girls talking bikes.
Campers can expect two formal coaching sessions per day on Saturday and Sunday. One morning and one in the afternoon. Both will be in the form of skills sessions and on-trail practice sessions. We don't have all of the specifics nailed down,but here's what it's shaping up to look like.
Friday, July 14
6:00PM: Meet & Greet at Old Spruce Café
Saturday, July 15
8:30AM: Check in & Morning Warm-up with Stretching & Yoga in the Tygart Room at Allegheny Springs
9:00AM: Break into groups for downhill coaching with certified female coaches
12:30PM: Lunch Break
1:30PM: Downhill coaching with certified female coaches
4:30PM: Wrap Up
6:00PM: Cocktail Party/Chair Massages at Old Spruce Café
Sunday, July 16
8:30AM: Morning Warm-up with Stretching & Yoga in the Tygart Room at Allegheny Springs
9:00AM: Group Photo followed by downhill coaching with certified female coaches
12:30PM: Lunch Break
1:30PM: Downhill coaching with certified female coaches
4:30PM: Farewell to new friends
Gear and Equipment Requirements
- A Downhill or Freeride bike in good working order with disc brakes and a minimum of 6” front and rear suspension. It’s always a good idea to have your bike inspected by a qualified mechanic if you’re unsure of its condition. Top of the line rental bikes from Kona and Specialized are available at the Mountain Adventure Center (MAC) Bike Shop.
- A full face helmet certified for downhill biking. Rentals available at the MAC.
- Knee and elbow pads. Rentals available at the MAC.
- Moto style goggles or athletic style glasses. Clear lenses are best for visibility in the woods.
- Forearm, shin, chest, back, and shoulder pads (rentals available at the MAC).
- Mountain biking specific shoes or light hiking shoes/boots (no sandals).
- Clothing: it’s best to be prepared for any possible weather conditions, this includes cool & windy, hot & humid, wet or dry. Bike specific shorts offer the best abrasion protection and also usually includes a sewn in chamois for comfort. Long sleeves and pants can provide better protection from weather and abrasion, but aren’t required. While many shorts can be cotton blends for durability, most people prefer synthetic materials such as polyester, nylon, or lightweight wool for tops / jerseys because of their better breathing and moisture management properties. A lightweight rain jacket is also a good article to keep on hand.
- Gloves: Gloves can be your best friend if you happen to take a spill out on the trails. There’s nothing fun about having a patroller pick little bits of gravel out of your palms.
Ravenswood: This is the most affordable and basic of the lodging options at just $50 plus tax for up to 3 nights in a private bedroom in a 3 bedroom dormitory style apartment. These are very basic, shared units and while they don’t offer luxury, they do offer a practical and affordable lodging option on top of the mountain with just a 2 minute walk to the heart of the village. Each 3 bedroom unit offers a full kitchen, shared bath, and access to coin laundry.
Other Lodging specials:
Expedition Standard Jr. Studio – $99.00/night
Highland House Standard One Bedroom – $135.00/night
Mountain Lodge Standard Two Bedroom – $225.00/night
Call our main reservation line at 877-441-4386 to reserve lodging.
Pricing and Package Info
Ages: 15 and up
Coaches: Angi Weston, Lindsey Voreis, Hillary Marques, Kathi Krause, Joanna Yates, Pat Rehberg, Kelly Hazlegrove, Karen Brooks
Non Passholder Package: $219 (Camp plus 2-day lift ticket)
Passholder Package: $199 (Camp only)
Optional Add-on’s: Bike Rentals starting at $49 per day, lodging deals starting at $50.00. Call 877.441.4386 for details.
New This Season: Guaranteed group size of 6 or fewer participants per coach.
Helpful hint: Bike rentals tend to sell out quickly for this event; advanced reservations are required and we recommend reserving weeks in advance.
Womens Weekend Bonus Ride (Monday, July 17)
Monday, July 17, Sample Schedule (actual ride/shuttle times may vary)
9:30AM:Meet at the MAC
10:00AM: Guided ride with certified female coaches across Cheat Mountain Ridge and 6,000 Steps, followed by a lift ride back to the Village.
11:15AM:Shuttle ride to Silver Creek (snack on the go).
11:30AM:Guided ride with certified female coaches around the Silver Creek Loop.
12:45PM:Shuttle ride back to the Village.
1:00PM:Farewell to friends
Price: $20 plus tax.
Bonus Ride Package: Includes tours, a ride on Ballhooter lift & shuttle service to/from Silver Creek.
Rental: Need a Cross Country bike? We're offering Women's Camp participants $25 bike rentals for the duration of this ride.
Helpful Hint: Snowshoe Bike Park and cross country trails will be closed from July 17 - 23 for the USA Cycling National Mountain Biking Championships, so if you haven’t got your mountain biking fix in by Sunday, this is your last chance to do so.
Call our main reservation line at 877-441-4386 to reserve.
meet your coachesNot only are we bringing in some of the best female riders around, but we're limiting group sizes to 6 participants this year, so you're guaranteed even more face time with these incredible coaches!
Of all her wild life experiences (like being a reality tv star) mountain biking was the one that taught Lindsey that life is about CREATING yourself, not finding yourself... Now as a certified skills instructor through PMBI (Professional Mountain Bike Instruction), and IMBA’s ICP (Instructor Certification Program), Lindsey spreads her passion for mountain biking across the globe through her Liv Ladies AllRide skills clinics. www.ladiesallride.com.
Angi is certified through the International Mountain Bike Association’s Instructor Certification Program (IMBA-ICP), and has been teaching and coaching for over 15 years. She gets her kicks traveling around the country riding, competing in, and coaching many disciplines, including; downhill, enduro, dirt jumping, slopestyle, cross country, cyclocross, and coaster-brake klunkers. After growing up in the suburbs of Tacoma, WA, Angi moved to Bellingham, WA to attend Western Washington University. It was during her time in college that she was bit by the mountain bike bug and started to really explore her backyard - the majestic Cascadia. Her zeal for cycling and being outside continued to grow, leading her to work at a local bike shop for a few years then eventually to a job with the Kona Bicycle Company. Her work as a regional sales rep for Kona and a certified mountain bike coach keep her living her dream of getting more people riding and loving bikes. In the off-season Angi can be found on her snowboard riding and instructing up at the Mt. Baker Ski Area in Washington.Teaching is a great passion of hers and it shows in her enthusiastic and patient approach.
Rae Gandolf, self-proclaimed mountain bike monomaniac, has been increasingly consumed by bicycles for over 15 years. Having started out with XC and endurance racing, she developed and obsession in DH that has spread to dirt jumping and enduro. With several regional pro DH titles, national podiums and World Cups under her belt, Rae earned single digit USAC rankings from 2011-2014 and came second overall in the 2014 USAC ProGRT Series. She attributes the start of her racing success to taking a skills clinic at Snowshoe Mountain with Shaums March (founder of what is now the IMBA ICP Program) in 2006. While Rae continues to race, her focus expanded since she began instructing with IMBA ICP certification in 2010 and she now certifies new coaches under the same program. Feeling like she did a lot of things the hard way, Rae enjoys helping to make the learning curve less steep for others! Rounding out her monomania, Rae is a leader in her regional bike club in Ohio, where she co-directs the Mayhem MTB Festival. When she's not on a bike, you are likely to find Rae balancing her bike passion with her animal infatuation through doctoring critters at an animal shelter. www.ridewithrae.com.
Kathi started racing bikes in 1985 and worked her way through criteriums, road, cyclocross and cross country racing before landing on the Pro Downhill circuit in 1998. During 10 years as a pro, she accumulated many victories including the prestigious Kamikaze downhill, 3 Masters World Downhill Championships, and 5 Masters National Downhill Championships. Upon retiring from racing, she started Dirt Rock n Root Training LLC to help bring more women and kids into mountain biking and to promote mountain biking as a lifetime sport. Kathi holds a coaching license from USA Cycling and is also an IMBA and PMBIA Certified Instructor. When not coaching, you can find Kathi shredding the trails at Mountain Creek Bike Park and other mountains.
Pat has been involved in downhill mountain biking since 1993. She is a certified level 2 ICP instructor and has been instructing downhill mountain biking at Snowshoe Mountain since 2011. This Women's Weekend will be Pat's 7th. One of her many loves is riding with fellow lady downhillers and welcoming newcomers to the sport. In the winter season Pat continues her love of coaching as a ski instructor/trainer with Snowshoe Mountain’s Ski and Snowboard School.
Kelly has been an avid mountain biker for ten years and developed an immediate interest in technical riding. She shares her love of riding with others by staying active in her local bike club and teaching bike skills as an IMBA level II skills instructor at Blackwater Bike Shop, which is owned by her husband. Kelly races for fun, but mostly loves going out for a rip with friends and helping to build confidence in others through skills development. As a new mother she is enjoying the challenge of finding balance between family, work, and getting out to ride.
Bernadette has been biking for 10 years now and biking has opened the door to so many new and amazing people that are not only riding buddies but a community that has grown far beyond bikes. She wants those experiences and that community for all women who decide to throw a leg over a bike! She feels that getting to promote "the stoke" and show that anyone can ride a bike when they have the skills and confidence is amazingly gratifying! Bernadette is level one trained in Terra Method and committed to attain her level 2 and beyond. She is a guest coach with the Ladies Allride team when they roll through Brevard, NC and is excited to coach another Women’s Weekend at Snowshoe Mountain!
Hillary began riding and racing XC, and working as a bicycle messenger in DC in 1996. It was all downhill from there! She was the NORBA national expert DH and DS champion in 2005, and went on to win numerous other titles throughout her career as a Pro level downhill and slalom racer, including winning the M.A.C., Duryea DH, Chomolungma, and G.E.S. She still occasionally races, and loves all types of riding, including road, cyclocross, dirt jumps and motorcycling. She has been coaching since 2006 and got her IMBA ICP level 2 certification in 2013.She works as a coach for events with Rays MTB park, Wheel Mill, Liv LadiesAllrideTour, Snowshoe Womens weekend, M.O.R.E, and Take Aim Cycyling. In the Metro DC area she holds the MadSkillz clinics. She also manages and rides for team BikeDR/Visit Frederick. Follow her on Facebook or Instagram @downhillary.
As a full time coach at Snowshoe Bike Park, Joanna has learned to overcome her fear of riding difficult trails and features by stepping out of her comfort zone. Joanna’s coaching style is full of powerful guidance, technical knowledge and strong structure. She builds confidence in her students by focusing on practice and commitment. As an active member of the local trail club in Pocahontas County, she volunteers much of her free time maintaining the areas XC trails and lending a hand for events and races. She currently holds her Level 1 mountain bike instructor certification though Terra Method and will be attaining her Level 2 in June 2017. From the backcountry to the bike park, Joanna is committed to growing the sport in a positive direction.
Karen is doing her best to check off every square on the “Bike-Related Job” bingo card — wrenching and managing in bike shops, editing magazines, advocating with Bike Pittsburgh, writing, consulting, hopefully getting into framebuilding, you name it — but by far the most rewarding part of her varied career is teaching. She is certified through IMBA and PMBIA to teach mountain bike skills, and through the League of American Bicyclists to teach safe riding on the street. She works with the Wheel Mill indoor bike park in Pittsburgh to help women have a blast on pumps and jumps. Karen rides a bike for transportation most days (check #cargobikeolympics), but also enjoys the rocky-rooty-muddy trails of the Eastern woods, and goes on bikepacking adventures when she can. Like so many women, she first got into mountain bikes through a boyfriend, then ditched the boyfriend and kept the bike. She would love to help you skip that first step and find true love — mountain biking! — the easier way.