On Sunday, January 13, White Mountain’s Backcountry Sisters Affinity Group hosted their First Annual Women’s Winter Weekend. This year, White Mountain invited Holderness School to join in on a full day of winter activities, conversation and shared appreciation for the outdoors.
The event included clinics led by White Mountain faculty members in nordic skiing, ice climbing, fat biking and freestyle skiing at Bretton Woods Ski Resort. Hot cocoa, ice skating, and sledding on campus followed the afternoon clinics.
“The Women’s Winter Weekend provided me with the opportunity to try something new in an environment free of anxiety or judgement. Being among such a supportive community of women made me comfortable enough to try, whether I succeeded or failed.” – Hannah Butterfield ‘20
The fat biking clinic spent the afternoon at PRKR Mountain Trails just down the road in Littleton, NH. Dave from Littleton Bike and Fitness generously outfitted the crew with fat bikes of all sizes and shapes to try out and share. Without their guidance and generosity, we could not have hosted such a successful and fun afternoon of biking in the snow.
Director of Outdoor Education, Ted Teegarden, and White Mountain alumna, Aliah Connolly ’18, hosted the afternoon ice climbing clinic in nearby Franconia Notch. This clinic focused on the fundamentals of ice climbing which included gear fitting and use, movement and technique.
The nordic skiing crew utilized the groomed trails at Ski Hearth Farm just down the road from White Mountain and spent their afternoon learning how to use and slide on nordic skis with the beautiful backdrop of Cannon Mountain and Franconia Notch State Park.
The afternoon clinics concluded with a screening of the film “Ascending Afghanistan: Women Rising” presented by Yalda Mauj ‘19. Following the screening, Yalda facilitated a conversation about the film.
“For me, the most memorable moment was at the end, when we all sat together and watched a movie. The debrief that followed it helped me gain a lot of different perspectives, and it was just nice to get a chance to talk to other women, who are interested in outdoor activities, about the everyday struggles that we all encounter.” – Andrea Rodriguez ‘20
Thank you to Littleton Bike and Fitness and Ski Hearth Farm for your contribution to a fantastic day of shared love for the outdoors.