Your Turn Women's Clinic
January 21-22, 2021
Holiday Valley Snowsports School is featuring the eighth annual "Your Turn" women's clinic on Thursday and Friday, January 21 and 22, 2021 led by Lisa Densmore Ballard, a widely acclaimed coach, instructor and ski racer and assisted by several of Holiday Valley's finest women instructors. Intermediate through advanced level skiers (can comfortably ski blues, some black diamonds) will benefit from this clinic. The clinic will begin at 8AM with registration and breakfast. Pre-registration is advised as attendance is limited. Questions, call 716-699-3506.
Cost of the clinic is $315.00 and it includes 2 days of coaching, demo equipment, breakfast and lunch each day plus dinner on Thursday. Mud, Sweat 'n Gears Ski Shop will provide shopping incentives at their specialty ski shop in Ellicottville. Specially priced lift tickets will be available. Lodging special at the Inn at Holiday Valley for Wednesday and Thursday nights, Call 800-323-0020.
The clinic will include a continental breakfast each day, talks about ski equipment and proper boot fitting, 2 lunches and one dinner, plenty of skiing with Lisa and HV Instructors, video analysis of each participant, demo equipment and door prizes! Lodging and lift tickets are not included, but are available at special rates.
Wednesday, January 20th
4:00-6:00 PM Pick up your shopping incentive voucher at Mud Sweat 'n Gears in Ellicottville. (If you are unable to visit the shop, you can pick up your voucher at check-in on Thursday.
Thursday, January 21st
8:00-8:30 Sign-in and breakfast burritos – Explorer / Maple Leaf – 1st Floor of Main Lodge
8:30-9:30 “Trends in Women’s Ski Gear” and select demo skis – Base of Mardi Gras Lift- Mud Sweat 'n Gears demos
9:30-11:30 Group skiing and video
11:30-12:30 Video analysis – Explorer / Maple Leaf
12:00-1:00 Boxed lunch and select new demo skis – Explorer / Maple Leaf
1:00-3:30 Group skiing and video, return demo skis
3:00-4:00 Video analysis – Explorer / Maple Leaf
5:30-6:30 Boot Camp via Zoom
7:00-8:00 Dinner at Ellicottville Brewing Company in Ellicottville, upstairs dining room. Apps, dinner and a beer provided.
Friday, January 22nd
8:00-9:00 Sign-in and grab-n-go breakfast – Explorer / Maple Leaf. Select Demo skis
9:00-10:00 Meet at GS Course, top of Foxfire. Presentation by Lisa, "Gates 101: A Tool to Help You Ski Better"
10:00-Noon Ski the GS Course. Video
12:00-1:00 Lunch and select new demo skis
1:00-3:00 Group skiing specialty clinics: skiing the steeps, skiing the bumps, skiing firm snow or "hand jive".
3:00 - 3:30 Return demo skis. Door prizes and wrap up at demo area.
Lisa Densmore Ballard has been involved in many aspects of the ski world. A member of the U.S. Ski Team in the late 1970’s and a six-year veteran of the Women’s Pro Ski Tour in the 1980’s, Lisa has competed in ski racing for most of her life. Today, she is a standout on the master’s circuit, with 4 world titles and 76 national titles across all alpine disciplines. She has been the number one ranked skier in her age group and a member of the U.S. Alpine Masters Ski Team since she joined the master’s circuit 1991.
In addition to competition, Lisa has been highly regarded ski instructor and coach for over 20 years. During the 1990’s, she was the instruction editor for Snow Country and then Mountain Sports & Living magazines, introducing and refining ski technique on shaped skis in the United States. Lisa was Director of the Snow Country Ski Schools and later the RSN Alpine Excellence training centers in conjunction with the PSIA Alpine Demo Team. At the same time, she founded the Head-Subaru Women’s Ski Clinics which have now become the Your Turn Women’s Ski Events. Over 6,000 women have had breakthroughs in their skiing while taking Lisa’s clinics. Lisa has also coached numerous junior and adult race programs over her long career and is currently director of the master’s program and a coach for FIS-level racers at her home mountain in Red Lodge, Montana.
In addition to helping people improve on-snow, Lisa has written hundreds of articles and produced and hosted numerous television shows on skiing. She has covered the sport for networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports, ABC, NBC, CBS, A&E, The Weather Channel, The Travel Channel, PBS, and Outside TV. She has served as a consultant to many ski gear manufacturers and ski resorts on their women’s products and programs, and she periodically speaks on women’s skiing topics at national ski trade events. She has written 7 books, including “Ski Faster!” (McGraw-Hill), a top-selling ski instructional book.
Learn more about Lisa and her many talents at LisaDensmore.com
Special Lodging Rates at the Inn at Holiday Valley
The close, convenient and cozy Inn at Holiday Valley offers a special lodging rate for Your Turn Clinic participants, starting at $119 per night plus tax. And you'll appreciate the hot tub after a day on the slopes!