A huge thank you

8 02 2010

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After an action packed weekend we are pleased to report WOW Chamonix was a huge success. An overwhelming response from local riders brought our numbers to a total of 40 participating ladies in the weekend’s various sessions.


WOW Chamonix kicked off on Friday afternoon at our HQ, Dynamic Lives’ Chalet Varaita, where everyone signed up and received their Below Zero goodie bags and t-shirts. A healthy start to the weekend with yoga in the sunshine, bubbles in the hot tub and Chamofix massages, was followed by a welcome BBQ washed down with beer from the MBC local micro-brewery, DJ Jimbo tunes and a late night tour of Argentiere.


Saturday was a great weather day as we headed up to Grand Montets for morning ski and snowboard clinics with Keiran from Blue Mile Snowsports and Scott freeski team rider Stephanie Parizet. Les Marmottons restaurant hosted our crew of ladies for a hearty Savoyard lunch with some witty banter from the waiters. The afternoon saw us scampering around Grand Montets on a cryptic treasure hunt designed by Annabel to challenge our minds and patience, with a dash for stash under Red Bull cans concealing prize tokens for Oakley goggles and Storm t’s and hoodies .


At the end of the day we couldn’t resist popping back into Les Marmottons for a cheeky beer and to check out local group Bodhizapha’s end of season set. Back at the chalet, the pampering continued with massages from Purefix and a good soak in the hot tub.  That evening, the boys at the Office Bar didn’t know what had hit them when 25 members of Women Of Winter walked in and took over the bar. Luckily for everyone, they had a private room ready for us to enjoy a great dinner and wine, chatting and cheering, before testing the barman’s cocktail skills. Paul at the Slalom Bar also excelled in shot making skills, complementary to all the ladies.


Sunday morning saw the survivors head up to la Flegere for a springtime freeride session, but a cold northerly wind came in for the afternoon and lunch at the Rhododendrons was the call of the day. After a little more hot tub and chill out time, The Rusticana was calling.  Sven generously donated a tasty buffet for all and allowed us to take over the bar for the the much anticipated closing party. By 6 pm girls and guys alike were fighting to get their last minute raffle tickets and a chance to win some of the amazing prizes on offer. Michel from Michel Sport in Argentiere arrive as a late entry sponsor with more goodies for the raffle and to bring other shop owners in to buy tickets. There was plenty to go around due to the generosity surrounding us and so the novel WOW format of “choose your own prize” was a huge hit. Amongst the prizes were some hidden gems- a Scott Gore-tex jacket, paragliding flights from Le Tof bar, Scott poles and goggles, a World Sessions Winter Weekend pass, Evolution 2 ski clinics, Mons Royale and Icebreaker merino wool base layers, Oakley and POC goggles, as well as a selection of Storm and Yard t-shirts and hoodies and SueMe Buffs. But the tension had been building for the pinnacle of prizes, 2 pairs of skis, which were crying out for a new home. The Faction Aria skis went to Tara, after a final ‘paper, scissors, rock’ showdown and the Black Diamond Kilowatt skis, donated by the Vert Hotel, were eventually auctioned off after a nail-biting bidding war for 255 euros.


In total over the weekend we raised over 1000 euros for our chosen charities, Alpine Initiatives and Breast Cancer Campaign. We were thrilled by the support from local businesses, bars, girls and guys alike and for the encouragement for more of the same in the valley and worldwide. Thank you to everyone who went out of their way to make WOW Chamonix a huge success, in particular a massive cheers to Dynamic Lives for providing us with Chalet Varaita, our HQ for the weekend. Watch out for the next WOW event soon at http://www.missionwow.org.

For more photos check out our WOW Picasa web album (or paste http://picasaweb.google.com/113394040577922236408/WOWChamonix2010?feat=email# into your browser if link not working)


What is WOW?

WOW (Women of Winter/wheels/waves/water/wind/wandering) was created as an ideas exchange for women in the mountains, a medium through which to trade knowledge and skills, share past experiences and plan future adventures.


Through face-to-face networking events, WOW works to facilitate building communities of women who share a common curiosity to discover their full potential.

Interested in more?

web: http://www.missionwow.org

WOW – Women of Winter Chamonix !

Event Schedule

Friday 9th April

4pm onwards: come to Chalet Varaita for meet & greet and to get your welcome pack! Location: Old town quarter of Argentiere, first driveway on the right of Chemin de Vieux Four (map)

5-6pm Yoga ∈10 at Chalet Varaita

6.30-9pm Snow BBQ with beats from Jimbo and Lindsay, MBC beer ∈1

9pm Rusticana for beginning of bar crawl around Argentiere


Saturday 10th April

8-9am Yoga ∈10 at Chalet Varaita with Kelly

10.30am bottom of Bochard gondola ready for snow clinics

1pm lunch at Refuge du Lognan, Grands Montets

2pm Dash for Stash team event starts at Refuge du Lognan, Grands Montets: win prizes from our sponsors including Red Bull, Scott goodies, Faction t’s and bar tabs for The Office Bar!

4pm Apres Ski with Bodhizapha at Les Marmottons, Grands Montets

6pm Massage for charity at Chalet Varaita

8pm The Office Bar, Argentiere for WOW party: dinner, drinks and sounds from DJ Bulletproof.

12am and 2am buses from the Office bar to take you back to Chamonix


Sunday 11th April

8-9am Yoga ∈10 at Chalet Varaita with Kelly

10.30am bottom of Bochard gondola ready for snow clinics

4pm WOW buffet, raffle draw and farewell party at The Rusticana.

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Thanks very much. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Annabel and Jo

Big thanks to our supporters:

Faction Skis, Scott, Oakley, Red Bull, The Rusticana, The Office Bar, Winter Sessions, MountainGirl, Nikita, Buff, DJ Jimbo and Bulletproof… and more to come!

and to those we’re supporting:

Alpine Initiatives: AI is a catalyst for the mountain community to collaborate, contribute and initiate change in communities and environments worldwide. Through social, ecological and agricultural interactions, AI works to create and nurture sustainable environments and communities.

Breast Cancer Campaign’s mission: to beat breast cancer by funding innovative world-class research to understand how breast cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure. Breast Cancer Campaign is a charity registered in England (Charity No: 299758) and a company limited by guarantee (Company No: 05074725)