Best in 2017 Women’s Ski & Snowboard Gear

On the hunt for the best women's ski & snowboard gear coming up in 2017 at the 2016 Snowsports Industries America's on-snow demo days. Photo: Kersten Vasey   [Update 12/04/2016: 2017 gear is now available! Links updated for you. :) Happy winter! Originally published 2/9/2016] Our team spent February in Denver at the SIA Snow Show and at Copper Mountain for the On-Snow Demo [...]

Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival: No Excuses

words and photos provided by Kayleen Castelli 6:30 a.m. Bishop, California: The sun is beginning to light the horizon. I want to snuggle a little deeper into my sleeping bag. Instead, I crawl out of my tent and breathe a sigh of relief. Today, a Friday, I am thankful not to be at work. Frankly, I am also thankful to no longer be in a [...]

VIDA MTB Series: Women’s Mountain Bike Skills

  *Disclaimer: I attended the VIDA weekend under a comped invitation in order to test and review the organization and their teaching style. I was not asked to publish a positive review in exchange, and I received no financial compensation for this review. At OWA, our aim is to publish reviews that, after testing, we feel would be beneficial to women outdoors.   After spending [...]

Connecting through Art: A Smith Rock Climbing Community Project

words by Meg Kahnle   As I hiked to the base of the wall, I imagined that the gravel and rocks under my feet despised mornings as much as I did. But there was anticipation this morning; so much, in fact, that my palms were sweating and my heart swelled with excitement. That day was to be my first time climbing in the [...]

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2015: Our Top Picks

The Outdoor Retailer Show: Two times each year, thousands of men and women who are passionate about the outdoor industry visit Salt Lake City, Utah to get the first look of what outdoor adventure products will be debuting in the next year. Brands show off their latest and greatest, retailer buyers check out new products, and media representatives (including us here at OWA) meet with [...]

Chicks Climbing: Women Crushing Colorado Ice

Sending my first ever ice route! You know you're in good hands when Dawn Glanc is your belayer. Huge thanks to Eddie Bauer for the Frontpoint 2.0 jacket I'm wearing. “Interested in ice-climbing?”  The post's headline caught my attention while perusing Outdoor Women's Alliance's Facebook page. As an OWA ambassador, no one should be surprised with my answer being decidedly in the positive. The post [...]

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2014: 8 Pieces of Women’s Gear We Want

We went and conquered — no, not a mountain or a monster wave, but nearly as intense. For the 10th time, the OWA team arrived ready to brave the craziness that is the Outdoor Retailer Show. Twice a year outdoor brands, buyers, sellers, and media flock to Salt Lake City to display and discuss all that's upcoming in the industry. It being the largest show [...]

OWA Reviews: REI Outdoor School’s Colorado 14er Training Hike

Summary: A great opportunity to learn new outdoor skills or improve upon what you already know. The outdoors can be intimidating; the right instructor, knowledge, and gear can make it inviting.What: REI Outdoor SchoolWhere to Buy: Nearly every REI store; check to see if one near you offers an outdoor school.Would I recommend to my best friend: Absolutely! It’s certainly not for everyone, but is a [...]

Gore-tex Launches “Pro” with Top Brands at Seattle Peek Event

Gore-tex Peek event attendee tries the Pro fabric in an extreme "weather" lab28. That number was the theme of GORE-TEX's recent Peek Event in Seattle. Red balloons painted with the number decorated the walls of the event space. "28" could be heard constantly in the buzz of conversation between guests and industry representatives. Different stations at the event discussed the number with attendees.So why 28? Look at [...]

Women’s Ski & Snowboard Clinics

Women Get Schooled at Sugarbush's Women's Ski Discovery CampPhoto: Sugarbush Ready to rip? This spring, take your snow skills to the next level with an upcoming women's ski or snowboard camp. Why take a women's-specific workshop? Besides the obvious reason of camaraderie, there's the way we move, the way we are built, and the way we think about pushing ourselves in sports — and it's all [...]