Women's event celebrates winter sports from cross-country skiing to snowga
Salomon Canada plays host to fun and social day
As I inhaled the fresh wintry air that carried the soft scent of a campfire burning nearby, snowflakes gently sprinkled down, creating the perfect vibe for our Snowga (yoga out in the snow) session.
Snowga session led by Melanie Rimkey of Green River Yoga
What a wonderful way to kick-off the first-ever Women's Winter Wonderland event, held at Hardwood Ski and Bike to celebrate International Women's Day! Sponsored by Salomon, the event invited women to get together and take part in a variety of winter sports such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat biking.
The $99 registration fee ($89 for Hardwood members) included transportation from Salomon's store in Toronto, lunch, gear rentals and a celebratory drink to conclude the day's activities. Raffle prizes were given out throughout the day with proceeds from the 50/50 Draw going to support the work of Protect Our Winters.
As someone who loves winter and enjoys a ton of winter activities, I was more than happy to celebrate my birthday being active and out on the snow-covered trails.
Participants were introduced to cross-country skiing with sweet gear provided by Salomon Canada
After a light lunch, we geared up for the first activity of the day, which I chose a beginner classic-style cross-country skiing session. Holly, our instructor from Hardwood, taught the one-hour session at a relaxed pace, allowing us to fully take in the beauty of nature in winter while picking up the basics of Nordic skiing.
After a short break, I met up with the group signed up for fat biking as their second activity. There were several people at the event who had never been on a fat bike before, which made me even more excited for them because the first time I tried it was at Hardwood. To this day, I still recommend this place for anyone looking to try it in Ontario.
Fat Biking through the gorgeous trails at Hardwood Ski and Bike
Our instructor, Marion, guided us through the hilly trails and inspired us with her stories of doing the 110 km Ice Road Challenge. Getting to know other adventurous people who get out there while getting out there is why I love these kinds of events!
A mini Après Ski Market featuring local businesses gave another opportunity for participants to mingle and celebrate the day's accomplishments.
International Women's Day events such as the Women's Winter Wonderland are a fun way to meet others and learn something new, but also a way to empower women and increase the visibility of women in the great outdoors. I met so many positive women who are also building communities in different sports (like this one) to bring together more adventurous souls.
Other women's events to check out include the Toronto Women's Run Series / 5k (Spring), Iron Girl (Summer) and Fall Fit Women's Weekend (Fall).