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Make 2010 the year of the woman in the Vail Valley

Special to the Vail DailyVail Valley: Skier Kasha Rigby began a yoga practice 15 years ago

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Women are invited to connect with each other and find peace within themselves during a inspirational women’s getaway in Colorado’s Vail Valley, Wednesday through Saturday.

The second annual ReTreat Yourself, hosted by The Osprey at Beaver Creek, features four action-packed days of skiing and snowboarding with female pro athletes, yoga classes and life-coach sessions.

“During these changing and transitional times, I want to create a place for women to reconnect within themselves, to encourage self-love and self-healing and joy and fun,” pro snowboarder Megan Pischke Porcheron says. “I have always been fortunate to find this within yoga, snowboarding and being a Colorado mountain girl. My desire is that other women can connect with that same vibe.”

Porcheron has competed in X-Games and appeared in Warren Miller films. She currently works with her longtime sponsor The North Face in research, development and demos, and also helps cultivate the North Face snowboard team.

Pro snowboarder Barrett Christy Cummins and pro skier Kasha Rigby join Porcheron for the retreat’s on-mountain activities.

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Cummins was a member of the first Olympic Snowboarding team and has competed in the X-Games, US Open, Grand Prix, and Mt. Baker Banked Slalom. Barrett is the women’s program manager for Gnu Snowboards, and works with Nike as a mentor to aspiring professional snowboarders.

Rigby has been telemark and alpine skiing – and climbing – for almost 20 years, and has skied on nearly every continent. She began a yoga practice 15 years ago. She also works with The North Face and Smith.

Injecting the retreat with spirituality is Forest Yoga Instructor Amy Baker, who heads the yoga program at Dogma Athletica, and Boulder life coach Linda Kennoy.

Sandwiching the activities are daily breakfasts at the Osprey and lunch at various mountain locales, like Trapper’s Cabin, a private retreat. There is a “tea greeting” welcome reception that includes a consultation with a skin esthetician, as well as a final ceremony lunch Friday.

There will also be a fundraiser for Boarding for Breast Cancer at the Vilar Center on Friday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Foods of Vail will serve up gourmet fare while Organic Bonterra Wine will pour the vino, plus there will be tea from Aspen’s Two Leaves and a Bud and Muscle Milk. Lisa Witty will play music.

Giving a donation at the door, from $40 to $100, guests will receive a choice of three spa services: chair massage with Jim Blumenthal of Alpine Chiropractic and Celeste Linker; reflexology with Dawn Horn; Mini microderm/facials/eyebrow tinting with Michelle Connolly and Krissy Sprinkle of In Your Face; tarot card readings with Linda Kennoy and men’s/women’s haircuts with Alex from Hairs To Vail.

This event is open to the public.

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