Keely’s Ski Camp For Girls: Girls Moving Mountains at Alta

Posted: April 15th, 2014 | Author:

Words by Keely & Brenna Kelleher

What happens when you combine twenty-seven teenage girls with five 80’s born female coaches at Alta for Keely’s Ski Camp For Girls?

Countless spread eagles, spring corn and zipper lines down High Rustler.

This session’s campers came from six different states and Australia making it a fun-filled weekend of skiing and new friends.

Alta Ski Area Keely's Ski Camp for Girls

The campers!

We kicked off Keely’s Camp for Girls by placing the girls into ability-based groups. Once in their groups we took to the slopes. The morning spring ice was a great opportunity for the girls to push themselves to stay balanced and aggressive over their downhill ski.  Around noon the snow softened up beautifully.

Nine-year-old Arden explained it perfectly, “It’s feels like I’m skiing on butter! Yeah Arden that’s what we call perfect spring corn. She and many of the girls had never experienced true corn skiing. Their smiles told the story.

Sunday the girls were anticipating a mini competition that would involve them ripping their line of choice down ‘Thirds.’ We scouted the venue and helped them select fun lines. However, dense fog and a spring blizzard rolled in and cancelled the competition.

Though the girls were bummed about the cancelation of the mini comp, a fun alternative included a throwback to the ‘80s with a shred posse zipper line down High Rustler. It was an epic adventure skiing out the high traverse in wind, snow, and fog.

When we got to the top of High Rustler conditions were variable at best, including ice moguls with troughs of fresh powder. The girls were nervous, but a group powder cheer restored their confidence.

One of the goals we had as coaches was for the girls to ski High Rustler top to bottom non-stop. What we observed when we sent them will be fondly remembered as twenty-seven ponytails bouncing, yard-saling, and dominating extreme conditions.

Rounding out our run we stopped for a quick spread eagle parade off the cat-track. Again we witnessed flying braids and ponytails as the girls shot through the air in hopes to split their snow pants with the biggest eagle.

The weekend was an unpredictable jumble of changing weather. Through it all the girls persevered and learned valuable lessons about their own skiing and their own tenacity. The old saying rang true, “You’re not hard core if you only show up on powder days.”

The last few runs of the camp the girls were rewarded with spring powder and finished with huge smiles and yips down Wildcat.

Special thanks to Alta Ski Area and the incredible coaches: Siri Wierenga, Hadley Hammer, Sarah Scott, and Brenna Kelleher for inspiring girls everywhere to move mountains!

Alta Ski Area Keely's Ski Camp for Girls

The Coaches!

For more information on Keely’s Ski Camp for Girls please visit www.keelyscamp.com.

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