Snowboard Yukon is running Steeps and Bumps Clinic this weekend

Snowboard Yukon will be hosting the Steeps and Bumps Clinic at Mt. Sima this weekend.

Through Morris Procope on January 27, 2022

Snowboard Yukon will be hosting the Steeps and Bumps Clinic at Mt. Sima this weekend.

The clinic is for women, transgender, non-binary and 2-spirit people and takes place on Saturday and Sunday.

The start time is 10:30am in front of the Main Lodge where they provide introductions, an overview of the day and warm ups.

Riding time is from 11am to 4pm, with a 45 minute lunch break.

“At 10:30 we usually check in, meet and greet and organize people because it can get hectic in there and now that interior space is limited…then we try to be on snow from 11 to 4 o’clock”, says organizer Antje Schiebel.

According to Snowboard Yukon’s website, the clinic is “suitable for intermediate and advanced riders ages 10 and up who want to improve their skiing and challenge themselves on terrain they wouldn’t normally ride or are nervous about.”

Drivers over the age of 18 must present proof of vaccination.

Helmets are mandatory.

The fee is $60 for both days (including lessons for both days) and a Canada Snowboard membership (for insurance reasons). The fee does not include a lift ticket, rental equipment or membership.

“We have been doing this event for four years. It’s more or less successful every year depending on whether we have the coaches and we try to do it at least two or three times during the season with a rookie and then we build on that,” said Schiebel.

She explains why this clinic is for non-male riders.

“Snowboard Yukon is part of Canada Snowboard and they designed these women in snowboard clinics a long time ago.

“This is a camp to empower and be a part of women and minorities in sport and have fun training and learning in a safe environment run by women for women.”

That year, Snowboard Canada named the clinic Elleboard.

“Some of our trainers who either identify as non-binary or they/they have expressed their opinion that they cannot coach as they don’t identify as such and they are such great trainers and have a point, so for us As an organization, as Snowboard Yukon has integrated into the Yukon communities as such, we want to make a change and adjust these criteria to welcome those who don’t necessarily identify as women, but are also not men.

“We’re currently working to make it better and more inclusive than just women in snowboarding, while still allowing people to join a fun, safe teaching environment for those who want it,” said Schiebel.

Trainers for the clinic will be female or non-binary.

“This week’s special is basically about empowering women and non-binary people to get out there and shred. Many people, especially women, have been intimidated in the past. You don’t want to be coached by a man. They always feel pressured, they don’t trust themselves. A lot of these people just don’t trust that they can actually do these things.

“So we want to empower them to get out there, try it, train in a safe environment with really well trained and good coaches who empower them to try it, be more open to the things they can do and cheer her,” she explained.

Schiebel said the clinic is focused on being comfortable in challenging terrain.

“We went into some tree runs, found some bumpy terrain – at the top of Dan’s (Descent) for example is very intimidating for a lot of people, so I try to make it very interesting for them, for the people trying new things , things they are normally perfectly capable of.

“They just don’t dare to enter this terrain alone or with a less advanced friend, for example. So that’s our goal.”

“And then of course listening to the feedback on what participants would like to learn, what they would like to share and what they would like to improve,” she added.

According to Schiebel, Dan’s Descent is sort of a racetrack at the top of the chairlift and “a very steep area right up top that a lot of people don’t climb, but it’s super fun.”

It’s hard to predict what kind of numbers they will have this weekend.

“With COVID and the restrictions it can go from one to one person – I’ve capped it at 18,” said Schiebel.

“I have to make it safe for the coaches … I’m alone for training on Saturday, for example, so I have to keep the numbers at seven because I can’t train … nor can I teach anything worthwhile if I have too many people,” said Schiebel.

On Sunday the number of participants is limited to 18.

“That’s because I have three coaches in total and in a ratio of one to six we like to have numbers above six, because then you can actually train properly.”

Snowboard Yukon has a few more clinics planned.

“I have another women’s clinic — another one of those clinics coming up in February that’s going to be a little more park-oriented, which was a huge hit last season,” Schiebel recalled.

“And then of course spring break is a week in Dawson City where we usually do a three day camp for everyone up there and they’re super excited we’re coming.

“And then hopefully we’ll do a weekend in Watson (Lake) and help out and teach the kids how to race.”

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