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Group of People Cat SkiingIf visions of white-capped mountains, the satisfying swoosh sound of a good slice, and a cute new slopes-friendly outfit is a reoccurring day dream of yours, you’re not alone. Women are the fastest-growing market in the ski and outdoor industries for the past three years running, says Annie Savath, who runs the Annual Women’s Ski Week in Telluride, CO, who sees groups of female friends traveling together way more often, too.

It’s not just about mastering moguls, snowboard parks, and the ski lift together: Many ski weekends add a scoop of wellness on top of slopeside action. “[Women’s ski weekends] have evolved significantly to include quality-of-life packages such as ski and yoga, ski and nutrition, ski and today’s trends in equipment, ski and meditation, etc.,” says Martina Vala, snow sports supervisor for Sun Valley, Idaho.

So, if you’re looking to buddy up and bundle up—or just be out in nature (forest bathing, anyone?), here are some of the best wellness-friendly ski retreats this winter… —Erin Hanafy

(Photo: Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort)

 

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women_ski_tellurideTelluride, CO
Telluride has the oldest women’s ski program in the country, and one of the most wellness-friendly. The three-day ski intensive now includes daily yoga and fitness classes, nutrition counseling, and access to the pools, steam rooms, saunas, and spa amenities at Telluride’s Peaks Resort. And for serious skiers, they’ve got an equally serious educational component, from perfecting you form to picking the right equipment for you.

3 Day Women’s Ski & Wellness Weekend, Telluride, CO, February 26–28, $675 (lift ticket included)

(Photo: Telluride Ski Resort)

 

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women_ski_jackson_holeElevate Women’s Ski Camp, Jackson Hole, WY
Wobbly ski legs often run (or let’s face it, stroll) over to the spa for a massage. But at Elevate, you’ll have apres-ski Pilates to look forward to, helping you soothe and strengthen—not to mention renew you for another run down the mountain. You’ll also get stretching instruction from pro Crystal Havell or watch an inspirational presentation from another ski pro, Kim Havell, so that you go home a bit healthier and (maybe) a bit savvier.

Elevate Women’s Ski Camp, Jackson Hole, WY, February 29–March 4, 2016; $1,380 (lift ticket included)

(Photo: Jackson Hole Ski Resort)

 

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Amber Aldercotte, Nicole Augspurger, Darcy Conover, Amie Engerbretson, Chris Klug, Adam Moszynski, Robert Pettit, Eddie Sciarrone and Gordon Bronson Cat Skiing in Aspen ColoradoAspen Snowmass
Colorado is ahead of the game when it comes to women’s ski weekends, and Aspen Snowmass’ four-day Women’s Edge program, is super wellness-friendly. Before your black diamond runs, you can take the Aspen gondola up 11,212 feet for a yoga class each morning. (Not a bad commute at all.)

Aspen Snowmass Women’s Edge, ongoing, offered through mid-March, $664 (without lift ticket)

(Photo: Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort)

 

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women_ski_killingtonKillington, VT
Killington is light on the yoga-Pilates-massage amenities, but if you and your girls want to get your game faces on together, this two-day program is for you. It’s for blue-level skiers and above—and taught by Olympic gold medalist Donna Weinbrecht (which is the whole reason they started women’s programs, actually). “With an Olympian on staff it made sense to offer her to the public,” says Rob Megnin, Killington’s director of sales, marketing, and reservations.

Women’s Ski Camp with Olympic gold medalist Donna Weinbrecht, Killington, VT, February 20–21, $399 (lift ticket included)

(Photo: Killington Ski Resort)

 

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winter_ski_retreatsSun Valley, Banff, Canada
If you’re looking for more of a styling-on-the-slopes kind of getaway—or if by May your winter-wan skin is ready to free itself from bundled-up bondage—check out the Bikinis and Boardshorts breast-cancer fund-raiser in Banff. The one-day annual event has a vibe that’s distinctly (and delightfully) grrl-power. (Even the dudes have to wear bikini tops.) Party on!

Bikinis and Boardshorts at Sunshine Village in Banff, Canada, May 14

Looking for something a bit…warmer? Here are the 11 best wellness retreats in the world right now. Or, if you’re a billionairess, splurge on this $15,000 customized fitness week in Costa Rica.

(Photo: Bikinis and Boardshorts/YouTube)