Girls Ride Day - Sugarloaf
Sunday March 5th
Come join us on Sunday March 5th for our second year of Girls Ride Day at Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley, ME! This is a women's snowboarding event for ages 16+. We will be enjoying a full day of riding, followed by a group yoga session taught by a local instructor to focus on the specific muscle groups we use while snowboarding, and will end the day with a delicious dinner of local fare at The Maine Beer Shed, a short snowboard film, and a few small giveaways! This event was a huge success last year and we are stoked to be doing it again. Come level up and ride the best mountain in Maine, get some awesome photos with new friends and old friends alike, have a chance to win some gear, and enjoy free beverages from our event sponsor Orono Brewing. The event ticket does not include your lift ticket. Please purchase your lift ticket separately through Sugarloaf.
*You will most enjoy this event if you can competently snowboard on green terrain with ease, but this event is open to higher levels of experience as well. As with any group setting, similar level riders often break out into smaller groups and venture off together, but we will be doing a large group ride at some point as well.
Alaska Ski & Snowboard All Inclusive (7 days)
March 22, 2023 - March 28, 2023
Come get steep and deep with us in Alaska! This 7 day all-inclusive Alaskan adventure includes 4 full days of skiing and snowboarding at Alyeska, a privately guided snowmobile tour across a glacier and to ice caves of the Chugach Mountains, a morning of snowshoeing, daily evening yoga with our own private instructor, luxurious lodging close to the slopes, all meals, transportation around Girdwood, picturesque views and bountiful photo ops, plus unforgettable memories, bonding with new friends, and all the powder your board or skies can handle!
Where: Alyeska Ski Resort, Girdwood, AK. You will need to fly into Anchorage, AK
Cost: $2,600 (ask about payment plans)
Deposit: $500 (non-refundable)
-Transportation around Girdwood
-Snowmobiling tour and guide gratuity
-6 nights lodging
-Flight to/from Anchorage
-Ski/board/boot rental (additional $225)
-Transportation from Anchorage to Girdwood (train, bus, or uber)
-Any additional costs such as souvenirs, drinks, etc.
*This trip is open to women 18 and up. The trip will have guests with a mixture of skill levels, but guests should be comfortable and competent on green terrain at a minimum. We would love to chat with you in person before booking. Please reach out via email, text, or social media!
Smokies Backpacking & LeConte Lodge
June 10, 2023 - June 15, 2023
Group size: 6-8
A rustic mountain lodge atop the third highest peak in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sleeping at 6,360ft after a warm, home cooked family style dinner. A sunrise hike to arguably the best sunrise spot in the entire park. Hiking along the historic Appalachian Trail and sleeping in trailside 3-walled shelters, some dating back to the 1950s. Biking through a lush valley to explore settlements from the 1820s with abundant wildlife. Sound like a good way to spend a few days of your summer? We thought so too! This trip includes 3 days and roughly 25 miles of backpacking along the Appalachian Trail to the lodge at Mt. Leconte, enjoying views along the way of Alum Cave, Charlie's Bunion, the Jump Off, and Clingman's Dome. After our backpacking trip, we'll switch it up for our legs and take a casual 11-mile bike ride around Cade's Cove to explore the history and wildlife of the Smokies. Time permitting, we will explore some other outstanding views and short trails in the park.
Where: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, fly into Knoxville
Cost: $1050 (payment plans available)
Deposit: $300 (non-refundable)
-First and last night dinners, plus 2 breakfasts
-Shuttle within the park
-Airport transfer to/from Knoxville airport
-Flights to/from Knoxville
-4 lunches, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners (backpacking food)
-Any additional costs such as souvenirs, drinks, etc.
-BYOG (Bring your own gear!)
Day 1: Our first day is essentially a travel day. Airport pick-up will be provided from Knoxville airport. If you will be driving yourself, please meet us at the NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center) in Bryson City and plan on leaving your car parked there for the duration of the trip. Once we're all together (yay!), we'll do a group dinner which is included in the trip price, and will be staying in an 8-bunk bunkhouse at the NOC, a popular spot for Appalachian Trail hikers, which sits right on the Nantahala River in North Carolina.
Day 2: Our second day begins with a beautiful morning drive to the park itself. After some photos with the park sign (because ya have to, right?!) and enjoy views along the curvy parkway, we will park our van at Clingman's Dome, our fishing spot, hop in our shuttle van, and be taken to our starting location, the Alum Cave trailhead. From the trailhead, we have a 5.5 mile hike up to the lodge at Mt. LeConte. With over 2,500ft of elevation gain, this one is a thigh burner, but the pay off is worth every step. We'll hike through Arch Rock, along the Alum Cave bluffs, beside mountain streams, and will be rewarded with panoramic views and neat geologic structures. Once we reach the summit, we'll check into our 2-bedroom lodge before enjoying a family-style dinner, served fresh and hot after our tough hike.
Day 3: If you're not a morning person, better have an extra cup of coffee! We'll be getting up early for sunrise today. Myrtle Point, one of the parks most spectacular locations for sunrise, is a short .3 trek from the lodge. Bring your coffee or hot chocolate along. It's better enjoyed with an outstanding view and friends around! After sunrise, our breakfast will be served back at the lodge. Our hike today is 8 miles from LeConte Lodge to Icewater Springs shelter on the Appalachian Trail. We'll visit the Jump Off lookout, drop our gear at the shelter, hike out to Charlie's Bunion for another breathtaking view, and then head back to the shelter to cook dinner and nighttime camaraderie.
Day 4: Today we'll cover around 9 miles, depending on where we feel like stopping. The hike will feature a mix of rocky terrain and underbrush, with some views throughout the day of North Carolina and Tennessee as we straddle the state line. Once we make it to camp, we'll cook dinner together, and kick our feet up and relax for the evening.
Day 5: Today, we'll have a short 2 mile hike to our end point, Clingman's Dome, the highest spot in GSMNP! At 6,643ft, we'll celebrate our accomplishment of our trek with 360° views, but thankfully, the fun isn't over. Back in the van, we'll make the drive to Cades Cove, possibly seeing elk and bears along the way. At Cades Cove, we'll have a nice 11 mile bike ride to visit historic settlements from the 1820s. Some of these building still standing are 200 years old! The valley also boasts some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities. Now that our legs are definitely tuckered out, it's time to treat ourselves to dinner in Gatlinburg, also included in your trip price! Before dinner, we'll check into out hotel, clean up a bit, and head out for food. Hotel is based on sharing queen beds. We'll be friends at this point and will be used to sleeping in shared spaces, but to ensure your own bed if you desire, an additional charge of $100 will be required.
Day 6: Our last day! Also, essentially a travel day. Anyone parked at the NOC will be brought back to their cars, and anyone flying out of Knoxville will be taken to the airport.
*This trip is open to women 18 and up. This trip is beginner friendly! Our longest day will be around 9 miles, however the Smokies do have some big elevation change. If you have never been backpacking before, this is a great stretch of trail to get started on. Although no backpacking experience is required, you do need to be able to hike up to 10 miles with a fully loaded backpack (about 30 pounds). We will be hiking anywhere from 3-6 hours per day. Being in shape and properly preparing yourself for this hike ensures that you have a fun and enjoyable trip, as well as everyone else on the trip! Don't hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns if you're wondering if this is the right trip for you. We're here to help get you on the trail :)