By Jill Adler Tecnica Blizzard and Keely’s Ski Camp for Girls want to send two girls to ski camp. I wish I was 15; I’d be all over this. Hopefully, by the time Sage is old enough she can find a scholarship this cool. The 2nd Annual Girl on Fire sponsorship is serving up equipment and training for two motivated and committed female skiers. One alpine racer and one big mountain free rider that show dedication and a passion for skiing both on and off the hill will score two pairs of Blizzard skis, one pair of Tecnica boots and a 2015 spot to race or freeride at Keely’s Camp.
Tecnica Blizzard athlete and U.S. Ski Team alumni, Keely Kelleher, founded Keely’s Camp for Girls to “empower, inspire, educate, and connect the next generation of girls in skiing.” It started for young racers but has since embraced big mountain girls as well. Those camps are open to intermediate and higher level females, ages 10 to 17. They get video analysis, avalanche awareness, gift bags from sponsors, Blizzard powder ski demos, and the chance to be coached by big mountain pros, Olympians, and ski racing champions. There’s a mini competition for prizes on the last day. The custom freeride and race camps bring some of the best all female, Olympic and world class coaches to Mt Hood, Oregon, Alta, Utah, and Big Sky, Montana.
Girls ages 13 to 18 have a chance to win a spot through the Girl on Fire Contest. But it’s not a sweeps. They’ll need to write in 250 words or less their future goals in skiing, involvement in their community, and what it would mean to be a ‘Girl on Fire’. A winner will be announced October 31, 2014, so enter ASAP; it’s not too late.
Even if you don’t win the sponsorship you can still sign up for a camp. The Alta Big Mountain sesh March 28-29, 2015, should be ultra cool. Not only are you ripping Alta but March still holds some of the best Wasatch powder days around. The price is $375 for the activities and coaching. Tickets and lodging are separate.