New this year at the Camden Snow Bowl is an all-women’s instructional and progressive snowboarding group. While focusing on teaching safety, skill, style and form for snowboarding, the group will be guided through a two-hour, six-class session learning the basics of the sport.

From clean carving, fluid trail riding and speed control, to “ollies” and terrain park safety, this course will cover the basic essentials of snowboarding, including a safe progression to terrain park riding such as jumps and box slides.

This class, along with teaching snowboarding, will also highlight new ways to exercise, helpful nutritional tips and help build a healthy self image. The women’s snowboarding group hopes to produce strong, confident women who can safely ride the mountain, said instructor Kea Tesseyman.

Tesseyman said she is eager to form a group for all females to provide them with the opportunity to harness their physical ability with the proper skill and style needed to become a fluent snowboarder.

Lessons begin Saturday, Jan. 8.

For more information or to register, call the ski school desk at the Camden Snow Bowl at 236-3438, extension 106.

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