Ski re­treat de­signed by­wom­en­for­women

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AWanaka-based women’s win­ter-re­treat des­ti­na­tion to ful­fil their snow­play­ground as­pi­ra­tions while be­ing pam­pered has been an­nounced.

Cre­ated by Re­lease Wanaka and Mis­sion WOW, an in­ter­na­tional per­sonal devel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion, it in­volves a package de­signed by women for women.

Ad­ven­ture, lux­ury, re­lax­ation and in­spi­ra­tion are com­bined in the spec­tac­u­lar win­ter re­sort of Lake Wanaka.

Ad­ven­ture comes in back­coun­try ski tour­ing, with a course aimed at pro­fi­cient skiers who want to de­velop their off­piste skill base and con­fi­dence.

Coaches in­clude Mis­sion WOW’s Jo Guest and lead­ing Hi­malayan moun­tain guide Anna Cook – and the course will fea­ture the skills needed for safe back-coun­try ski­ing.

Th­ese in­clude de­vel­op­ing ski- ing skills and ef­fi­cient skin­ning tech­nique, and in­struc­tion on trans­ceiver use and nav­i­ga­tion.

All that is re­quired is an ‘‘I’ll try any­thing’’ at­ti­tude.

‘‘It’s all about gain­ing con­fi­dence and in­spi­ra­tion in an en­vi­ron­ment where women feel com­fort­able to chal­lenge them­selves and en­joy learn­ing with like-minded oth­ers,’’ says Guest.

Evenings are spent at a more leisurely pace re­lax­ing in the hot tub un­der the stars and in­dulging in restora­tive yoga classes and mas­sage treat­ments.

Din­ners fea­ture menus de­signed to re­fuel and nour­ish ac­tive bod­ies, com­bined with pri­vate wine tast­ing from lo­cal winer­ies. Added in­spi­ra­tion is pro­vided by spe­cial din­ner guests.

The package in­cludes five nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion at the Moun­tain Range lux­ury lodge, daily chef ser­vice, four days ski/ board back-coun­try in­struc­tion and guid­ing, all equip­ment, on­the-ground trans­port, yoga classes and mas­sage.

The price is $4950 a per­son, with the project run­ning from Au­gust 28 to Septem­ber 2, 2013.

Num­bers are lim­ited to en­sure guests re­ceive in­di­vid­ual at­ten­tion and to pro­vide an in­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence.

See re­leasenz.com/pack­ageswomen­zone

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