Third annual Skadi Vail returns in January |

Third annual Skadi Vail returns in January

Skadi Vail is a weekend full of women's programming offered at Vail Mountain, with demo equipment as well as guided experiences with female instructors. The third annual event returns Jan. 13-14.
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What: Skadi Vail — an event designed by women for women.

Where: Vail Mountain, Vail Village.

When: Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, Jan. 13-14.

Cost: $129.

More information: Visit

VAIL — Vail Mountain, Vail Resorts Retail and Outdoor Divas present the third annual Skadi Vail Women’s Ski and Snowboard Fest returning for a weekend in January.

Skadi — pronounced “Scotty” — is the Norse goddess of winter. This celebration of women coming together to enjoy all that the mountain and village have to offer will be held during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, Jan. 13-14. This marks Skadi Vail’s first event to be held during a weekend period.

“Skadi is a unique event for women to come together and experience all that Vail has to offer. Skadi Vail is not just about skiing and riding, it is an event that unites women through a passion for skiing, riding, the outdoors and the mountain lifestyle,” said Ingie Franberg, product manager for adult specialty programs. “Skadi returns for the third annual event this coming season which is a true testament to the women’s programming offered at Vail Mountain.”

Designed By Women For Women

Skadi Vail gives skiers and riders a large collection of female-specific ski and snowboard equipment to demo paired with customized on-mountain guided experiences with female instructors, allowing for quicker lift access during the holiday weekend.

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The event is also about off-mountain activities. The festival will kick off Saturday, Jan. 13, with wine, music, an auction and raffles. On Sunday, Jan. 14, there will be yoga and visit to the vendor village to demo gear followed by an apres event.

“What we didn’t struggle to find time for was sharing experiences, swapping stories of what we’re working on in our skiing and in our lives,” said Skadi Vail participant Heather Fried. “Conversations that showcase and strengthen the bond beyond just gender, connecting us in our mutual reverence for skiing.”

Skadi Vail is an event designed by women for women. Skadi is open to any level of skier or snowboarder and is a gathering of goddesses from near and far.

In addition to scheduled events, participants will receive a spa discount at The Lodge at Vail or The Arrabelle at Vail Square.

Proceeds from the silent auction on Saturday night will benefit Pink Vail, the world’s biggest ski day to conquer cancer on Saturday, March 24. Proceeds from Pink Vail fund patient care and survivorship programs, including free exercise training, nutrition coaching, emotional support, outdoor adventures, a nurse navigator, massages and more.

For the full event schedule or to register, visit

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