Giving professional female skiers the edge

The Women’s Edge training camp.  January 2013, Le Massif de Charlevoix, Quebec.  Photo contributed by Monna-Leigh McElveny

The Women’s Edge training camp.
January 2013, Le Massif de Charlevoix, Quebec.
Photo contributed by Monna-Leigh McElveny.

The upper levels of ski instruction still seem to be dominated by men. To respond to the inequality in numbers of women with Level 3 and Level 4 CSIA qualifications, Monna-Leigh McElveny has launched The Women’s Edge ski camp for CSIA members.

“For whatever reason, there just doesn’t seem to be enough Level 3 and Level 4 female instructors and I wanted participants to be motivated and inspired to continue to work toward their next level and beyond,” said McElveny

McElveny herself is a full time ski instructor at Mount Ste Anne in Quebec, and after launching her clinic at Le Massif last year, will be bringing it to Sun Peaks this spring.

To facilitate the training, she has an all-star line-up of CSIA Level 4 examiners and Canadian Demo team members, as well as Olympian and World Cup medalist Genviève Simard, coaching the four day long clinic.

“The Women’s Edge camp is a great tool for any female skier looking to improve her skiing, teaching and developing her skills at any level,” said Simard. “We had skiers last year working on different aspects of their skiing and I believe we were able to provide them with guidance in accomplishing their goals.”

Goals, according to McElveny, that include providing high-end ski training and networking opportunities for women with their CSIA Level 1 and beyond. The coaches will guide the participants through daily five hour, on-snow sessions, plus dryland training, equipment selection, ski tuning and maintenance that McElveny is sure will cater to all.

Sun Peaks local, Anne Terwiel, has been working in the ski instruction industry for over 30 years and feels female instructors offer unique aspects to the sport that can be invaluable to female students.

“Working with female ski professionals who are at the top of their game is a wonderful experience for a female athlete,” says Terwiel. “They provide a visual model that a female skier can emulate more easily, and valuable career information to pass along to younger female ski professionals.”

The clinic will run from March 10 to 14, 2014 at Sun Peaks, although registration caps on December 14, 2013.

Click here for more information or here to register.



About Kirsten Flinn

Kirsten has a Bachelor of Arts from McGill, and a BEd from TRU. She started the teaching program when her daughter was six months old, and finished it when she was pregnant with her son. In lieu of teaching in a classroom, she spends most of her time being a mom.