Escape the craziness of everyday life by spending a relaxing winter weekend in the wilds of Wyoming with Hike Like A Woman founder, Rebecca for our first ever Hike Like A Woman Winter Retreat!
- Dates: April 3-5th, 2020
- Location: Centennial, Wyoming
- Accommodations: The Historic Mountain View Hotel (all rooms are shared but rooms are spacious and comfortable, bring a friend or make a friend)
- Activities: Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, yoga, eating delicious food, drinking freshly roasted coffee and more.
- Cost: $500.00: This includes two nights of lodging, homemade meals (two dinners, two breakfasts and one lunch), snowshoe and ski rentals, yoga and professional ski instruction.
Friday April 3rd, 2020
4-5 pm: Arrive at the Mountain View Hotel, get settled into rooms, enjoy a fresh cup of coffee and snacks while we get to know each other.
5:30 pm: Delicious dinner at the Mountain View Hotel. We are able to accommodate allergies and dietary restrictions.
7 pm: Relaxing group snowshoe hike. After everyone has arrived we’ll get everyone fitted for snowshoes and load up Rebecca’s van (affectionately named Big Bertha) and drive a few minutes up the road to our snowshoeing destination. We’ll snowshoe along an easy trail illuminated by our headlamps (we’ll provide the headlamps) for an hour or so followed by an Apres snowshoe campfire, hot drinks and s’mores.
Evening. Relax at the hotel and enjoy one another’s company before crawling into a warm, comfortable bed. You’ll be sharing your room with one or two other women, you’ll have your own Queen or King sized bed but rest assured that rooms are spacious and accommodating.
Saturday April 4th, 2020
7:30 am: Delicious breakfast followed by ski fittings and picking up sack lunches
9 am: Load up Big Bertha and depart to one of our favorite local trails for a morning of cross-country skiing. We’ll kick and glide our way through an alpine meadow and pine forest under the warm spring sunshine as we cross-country ski together. We’ll stop to enjoy a picnic lunch, hot drinks and take a bazillion photos of the beautiful scenery. Don’t worry about now knowing how to ski or feeling out of shape. We’ll be taking it very easy on this scenic ski tour and Rebecca will impart all of her cross-country ski knowledge on you (because that’s her jam) so you’ll all finish the ski feeling like a real pro.
3 pm: Apres Ski Yoga & Tea. After we’re done skiing we’ll head back to the Mountain View Hotel for gentle yoga and afternoon tea. Or you can take the time to write in your journal, take a nap or just hang out with the group.
5:30 pm: Another delicious homemade dinner and dessert followed by an evening of relaxation, decorating adventure flags to remember the weekend, lively conversation with perhaps a bottle or two of wine and…board games! Or more relaxation. Or whatever the group wants.
Saturday April 5th, 2020
8:00 am: Another delicious breakfast at the Mountain View Hotel followed by packing and farewells. If anyone would like to extend their trip to enjoy another day on the trails we’re happy to throw in snowshoe or ski rentals for free or you’re welcome to check out the sites in Laramie. We’re always available to give sightseeing recommendations after the official retreat ends.
The Mountain View Hotel is located at 2747 Hwy 130, Centennial, WY 82055. The nearest airport is the Laramie Regional Airport with two flights/day or you can fly in and out of Denver International Airport and either rent a car or take a shuttle to Laramie. From Laramie we’re happy to help provide transportation to and from the Mountain View Hotel. Simply let us know your travel plans after you register.
Your guides for the weekend are Rebecca, founder of HLAW and Jill, who works with Rebecca at her outdoor retail store, Basecamp. Rebecca and Jill both have extensive knowledge of the local area and the Snowy Range and are excited to spend the weekend adventuring with you. Rebecca is a certified Wilderness First Responder and Jill is an experienced outdoor woman. We put strict safety measures into place to make sure that you’re safe and comfortable on all of our trips.
Your hosts at the Mountain View Hotel are Mike and Kathleen. Together they prepare amazing meals, delicious cups of coffee and will spend the weekend ensuring that you are comfortable and taken care of.
Centennial Wyoming and Your Accommodations:
Centennial Wyoming is tucked between the grasslands of the Laramie Plains and the stunning natural beauty of the Snowy Range Mountains and the Medicine Bow National Forest. The town Centennial, Wyoming was born in 1875 due to the discovery of gold. Due to the abundance of natural resources the town continued to trade timber even after the gold faulted and in the early 1900s financier and entrepreneur Isaac Van Horn and his associate Fred A. Miller decided to turn Centennial into a bustling commercial center, in the hope that gold would return. Their grand plan for the town included a dance pavilion, bank, newspaper office, upcoming polo grounds and a hotel.
The Mountain View Hotel was built in 1907 in time for the July 4th celebration of the first train to Centennial. Originally painted white with a black trim, the hotel cost $8,000 and featured 20 guest rooms, a dining room and a “most improved system of plumbing”, although the bathrooms ended up in the stables. The original china and registration book can be viewed today at the Nici Self Museum in Centennial with the current hotel also displaying many pictures of the Mountain View in its various stages of renovation. Today it has been lovingly restored, and in July 2007 it was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
The hotel now boasts 6 guest rooms and suites all with private bathrooms, though the history of the building has not been diminished with these modern amenities. It also features an in-house café serving breakfast and lunch and features an espresso bar where the coffee is roasted in-house, perfect for a long day in the mountain range. Situated at the eastern entrance of the Snowy Mountain Range, the Mountain View Hotel is the perfect place to start your outdoor adventures in any season. With a wealth of local knowledge to help you plan your hiking, fishing, ski, cross country, snowshoe trip.
The Mountain View Hotel is as proud to welcome guests today as she did 110 years ago. Click here to learn more.
What To Pack
April is still very much winter in Southeastern Wyoming. We’ll be lodging above 9,000 feet and adventuring between 9 and 10,000 feet so be prepared for high altitudes by bringing nice warm layers, sunglasses and sun protection (the sun can be intense at altitude, especially in winter).
We recommend packing extra socks, baselayers, a warm mid-layer (fleece and down are great) and a warm outer shell. You’ll need a warm hat, mittens or gloves and waterproof hiking boots or snow boots to wear when we’re snowshoeing.
We’ll be very casual around the hotel, so no need to bring fancy clothes 🙂 But do bring comfortable clothing for our yoga class.
We don’t want anyone to feel like they can’t attend because they don’t have the “right” clothing or gear. If you want to come but you don’t have an outer shell or warm pair of gloves or anything just let us know when you register. We have plenty of extra warm gear in lots of different sizes that we’re happy to lend for the weekend.
We’ll provide yoga mats, snowshoes, and ski equipment and medical support but a nice daypack is good to have for snacks and water.
To register for this retreat click the “add to cart” button. Please note that we require a $200 non-refundable deposit to hold your reservation and we ask that the full amount be paid by March 3rd. If you’d like to pay the full amount right now please click the “add to cart” button above. If you’d like to pay the non-refundable $200 deposit to reserve your space and then be invoiced for the final amount of $300 (+ tax) due on March 3rd please email Rebecca (email@example.com) for an invoice.
As soon as you register Rebecca will be in touch regarding allergies and food sensitivities, information for ski and snowshoe rentals and to help with travel arrangements or anything else you may need. We’ll also set up a private Facebook group for women who are participating in this retreat to help coordinate things like airport shuttles and to get to know each other before we meet in person.
You may bring and use your own snowshoes and skis, just let us know when you register if you plan on doing so.
This trip is hosted through Laramie’s Basecamp (Ski Shop LLC), which is an authorized permit holder for the Medicine Bow National Forest. Upon registering we’ll also send you a waiver from Basecamp.
If you have any questions or want to know more information please call Rebecca at 307-703-0172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m looking forward to spending the weekend with you!