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Grab your girlfriends: Events and retreats for women in 2019

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Throughout Colorado, female makers and shakers create valuable travel experiences for visitors as well as some great goodies to take back home to friends and family. These women are staking a claim in industries as varied as fly fishing and skiing to craft spirits and soul-restoring retreats. They mean business and are a quintessential stop for Colorado adventurers. With the recent announcement that Colorado is raising the bar for pro women’s cycling around the world designating the 2019 Colorado Classic as the only UCI standalone women’s stage race in the Western hemisphere, Colorado is taking the “Year of the Woman” into 2019.
The Colorado Classic is shifting gears with an exclusive, women’s only race, August 22-25, 2019
The Colorado Classic announced this week that it will become the only UCI women’s standalone stage race in the Western Hemisphere—fulfilling its mission to create a socially impactful world-class race. Back in 2017, the Colorado Classic was the first major USA cycling race to go without podium hostesses, and just last year it expanded its races to four stages and intentionally designed the male and female routes similarly—showing its commitment and dedication to women since its inauguration. With the elimination of the men’s race, the Colorado Classic now serves women exclusively and has big plans for its 2019 race, including quadrupling its prize purses and team stipends, introducing free live streaming and longer, more challenging routes, thus empowering female athletes on a global stage.
Events and retreats solely catered to women held throughout the year:
Chicks Climbing and Skiing, Year Round, Ridgway – ‘Chicks’ offers courses for women taught exclusively by female instructors and covers a range of topics including avalanche rescue, backcountry skills, ice and rock climbing, skiing and more. Established with the goal of empowering women through mountain sports, the program will mark its 20th anniversary with a celebration at the 2019 Ouray Ice Festival in January.
8th Annual Women’s Weekend of Wellness, March 7-10, 2019, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs – During the 8th Annual Weekend of Wellness, you’ll learn about ways to increase productivity, be more efficient and more effective by focusing in new ways in order to identify your own Superpower. Our speakers KALEY WARNER KLEMP and JACKIE INSINGER are experts in helping explore how you think so you can increase performance and achieve surprising results. 
Discover Your Inner Cowgirl, June and September, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, Loveland – This five-day ladies-only retreat offers a restorative getaway with a unique balance of activities. From the start, women are encouraged to bond with their horses in the morning and are later treated to a massage after a long day out on the ranch.
Find Your Inner Cowgirl Through Body, Mind, Equine, May 9-12, 2019, C Lazy U Ranch, Granby – This all-inclusive women’s retreat focuses on how to use yoga and yogic practices to improve horsemanship from ground to saddle. The three-day escape begins each morning with a gentle yoga class, followed by workshops on meditation, breath-work and exploring the parallels of yoga and horsemanship.
Ladies Day Out!, April through September, Sacred Rides, Boulder – Guided by local professionals, these cycling trips offer women the chance to experience Boulder’s array of mountain bike trails. Fully customizable for first-time riders or experienced pros, this no-pressure environment is the perfect way to connect with other like-minded women as well as a way to learn new skills and brush up on bike knowledge.
Leave the Boys Behind, Year Round,  Aspen Alpine Guides, Aspen – After a few conversations that shed light on not-so-great female outdoor experiences, Aspen Alpine Guides set out to create a space where women could experiment freely outdoors–without pressure or intimidation of certain activities. This woman-led guide service feels more like a community and it explores backcountry adventure trips regularly through skiing, backpacking, road biking and more.
Ski with a Living Legend: Wendy Fisher, January through March, Crested Butte – Extreme skiing pioneer, Wendy Fisher, has led women – and challenged men to follow – into some of the steepest terrains around the world, hosting special clinics designed to help skiers find their next level of “fearless.”
These Boots are Made for Wading, June 21-23, 2019, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs – This three-day women’s only fly fishing retreat serves as an introduction to the sport, and for those who are already acquainted, a space to perfect their form. The hotel partners with Orvis, a leading name in fly fishing, and provides clinics that teach women the basics of the sport. Wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and nightly fireside s’mores allow women to bond over the day’s activities.
Timber to Table Guide Service, Seasonal, Hotchkiss – This hunting guide service offers guided experiences specific to women who want to hunt for the first time. Timber to Table educates participants on the basic elements of hunting like tracking and how to move through wooded areas as well as how to prepare and process the meat for your next meal. A variety of guided packages are available and participants are welcome to bring along a family member or two.
Women Afield, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Seasonal, Statewide – Women Afield provides seminars and clinics for women to learn the basics of hunting, angling and shooting sports in a comfortable, female-friendly environment. Guided hunting opportunities are offered across the state and applications are accepted from May 1 through July 15 each year.
Women’s Winter Ski, Snowshoe and Yoga Wonderfest, Jan. 26, 2019, Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby – Women’s Quest, owned and operated by world champion triathlete Colleen Cannon, will host a two-day retreat slopeside at wintery Snow Mountain Ranch. Designed for every type of skier, from beginner to advanced, this retreat is packed with activities that focus on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The retreat caps off each day with restorative yoga, tea and wine tastings.
Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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