This year’s models of women’s skis offer up a variety of choices for all skier types. The addition of early rise in the tip and tails of many ski types, provides women with tools that stay afloat in powder and crud, yet hold an edge for those who savor turning. One such ski is the Rossignol 88. This sturdy bad girl loves to carve, yet floats through powder and crud when needed. The 88’s efficiency in entering a turn provides responsive control, while the extended side cut (135-88-124) securely plants an edge from tip to tale. One of my favorite feelings on the Rossignol 88 is its snappy exit from each turn that propels me into the next turn with ease. These attributes naturally create a ski that likes to play in the bumps. The Rossignol 88 works for the aggressive skier, who understands being the boss, but would…Continue Reading
Check out the Open Arms Classic Flourish Skirt! Click here Where did you get the idea for Open Arms? The idea for Open Arms was inspired by discovering that many refugee women who have been forced out of their homeland and resettled in the US are virtually invisible in our own communities. The idea was born from a passion that everyone should have an opportunity to take care of their children with dignity. Open Arms is a living wage social enterprise, committed to providing full time employment to refugee women who would otherwise be living in poverty Do you manufacture everything in the US? Yes, everything we make is USA made, in Austin, Texas. What keeps you sane, and keeps your head in the game? What keeps my head in the game is looking at the faces of the Open Arms team. There are women…Continue Reading
It did not take long for me to decide which ski was the best ski for me this season….and the winner is…..the Volkl Yumi. I found that this all mountain ski was light under my foot but yet offered a feeling of full control. It turned very easily with a wider turning radius. As a skier, who learned to ski on the slick slopes of Vermont, I felt like the Yumi offered the carving component I am accustomed, and yet at the same time, it can hang well on the powder days. It is a great ski for women who want to have fun on the front side and venture onto the backside every once in a while. And plus, it’s pretty!
The joy of skiing can come in many forms and I thought I’d tried them all. Recently though, I was invited to a day of demoing skis with DIVA associates. In addition to sharing laughs and each other’s company, we tested this years skis. Of course, there are skis specific to my style and experience, which I prefer for hours of happy turning, but trying skis for different styles and experience levels taught me more than expected. I learned women want a ski that allows them to move into the next skill level and beyond. A woman needs a tool specific to her current ability level, based on what she conditions she likes to ski now, and where she would like to ski in the future. For example, an intermediate skier wanting to move into skiing powder in the trees needs a ski that works for cruising groomed slopes, but…Continue Reading
Dimity Mc Dowell :: co author of Run Like a Mother + Train Like Mother How did you become an author? Ever since I started reading Seventeen magazine at age twelve, I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I kept that goal in mind after college, and moved to New York City where I gradually worked my way up the editorial ladder. Run Like a Mother started as a feature story for Runner’s World; there was so much more to say about running and being a parent, a book felt like the natural next step for Sarah Bowen Shea, my co-author, and I. Who is your muse…or keeps you inspired? Starbuck’s non-fat latte? Actually, all the women we meet, both in person and virtually, keep me going. They’re some of the strongest, happiest, funniest, most motivated people I’ve come across in my life—and to have the chance to “lead”…Continue Reading
Isabel Suppé :: climber, writer, adverturer Isabel Suppe is the featured events with DIVAS guest this month! She’s giving a presentation on her inspiring journey on September 3rd at Outdoor Divas (boulder location). We asked Isabel a few questions! What initially led you to climb? Fall. I had climbed with my grandparents when I was a little kid, but I wouldn’t have discovered that mountains are my element if it hadn’t been for fall. I had been saving money to buy a fridge when I saw that the leaves were changing color-and consequently decided to stick my food on the balcony and went on a trip to Patagonia instead. And that was the beginning of my great, never-ending love affair with mountains. How often do you climb these days…it seems like you spend a lot of time in the saddle? It´s true, my book tour by bike has been keeping me super…Continue Reading
Outdoor DIVAS Triathlon! I’ve always loved endurance events and have participated in a few, but never a classic triathlon. During one of my first shifts in the Boulder DIVAS store (I usually hold court at our Denver location), we were hosting an evening with DIVAS: Tri like a girl prep. The information was great, and was meant to ease the anxiety of those gals participating in a multi-sport event, especially for those who would be completing their first triathlon ever! To be honest, I thought to myself “I don’t think I’ll ever do a triathlon…ever”, mostly because I feel most at home on dry land; the last multi sport event i had done was the Mt. Taylor Quadrathlon in Grants, New Mexico: bike, run, ski, snow shoe…no swimming! It wasn’t until race day (we were there to cheer and represent divas) last year that my mind was changed; there were…Continue Reading
As avid outdoor adventurists we pride ourselves on the beautiful America playground. We try to minimize our footprint while enjoying our outdoor hobbies, however there’s another way we can help our country and its “buying American.” Why should we care? Buying products made in the US ensures fair and safe working conditions and a reasonable minimum wage for employees. Manufacturing in the US cuts down on the environmental impact of shipping products from overseas and also has cleaner environmental standards in comparison to standards found abroad. In short, buying products that are made in the USA not only helps the American economy, it also helps keep the production process environmentally sound! The outdoor industry currently sustains 6.1 million American job which is awesome, however we need to keep the ball rolling! We can help sustain a powerful American economy with our day to day purchases of products that complement our outdoor hobbies…Continue Reading