Hey, ladies: Get off the beaten path and learn about the simple joys of snowshoeing at today's Atlas Explore Winter Women's Workshop held at the REI Denver flagship store. "The biggest thing we want to point out is that snowshoeing is fun," says Mark Guebert-Steward, REI special-events coordinator. "It's getting more and more popular every year."
Sponsored by the Atlas Snowshoe Company, the clinic will cover everything from snowshoe and footwear selection to trip planning and basic map and compass skills.
"We're going to tell you what kind of clothing to wear, talk about how to stay hydrated, where to go," says Guebert-Steward. "The best thing about snowshoeing is that it appeals to a wide audience. It's similar to hiking in that you can make it as simple or as strenuous as you want."
Adventure racer and athletic trainer Cathy Sassin will teach the workshop, and the short film Winter Escape and tips on the many fitness benefits of snowshoeing will be included. "Cathy is an incredibly talented athlete, but she also does an amazing job of connecting with the audience," says Guebert-Steward. "It's a very non-intimidating atmosphere."
The free women-only workshop will be held at four locations this weekend: today at 7 p.m. at the REI Denver flagship store, 1416 Platte Street; tomorrow, December 5, at 7 p.m. at Eastern Mountain Sports, 870 South Colorado Boulevard, Glendale; Saturday, December 6, at 9:30 a.m. at Galyan's, 8435 Park Meadows Center Drive, Littleton; and Sunday, December 7, at 2 p.m. at the Lakewood REI, 5375 South Wadsworth Boulevard.
For more information, visit www.atlassnowshoe.com. -- Julie Dunn
DU's hockey team keeps the heat on
The University of Denver Pioneers hockey team isn't skating on thin ice. Despite a few early rough patches -- including back-to-back home losses last month to number-one-ranked University of North Dakota -- coach George Gwozdecky's charges should have a smooth path to the start of playoffs next March.
"We played a lot better in the second game," says DU sports information spokesman Erich Bacher, referring to the 6-2 loss that featured a freshman as the crimson-and-gold goalie. "And North Dakota was our toughest opponent so far."
Through the years, DU's puck-men have won five NCAA hockey titles and more than a dozen league playoff championships, and they're projected to finish in the upper echelons again this year, Bacher points out. After all, six players on the Pi roster have already been drafted by National Hockey League teams.
So you can expect some red-hot play when the University of Wisconsin team skates into Magness Arena, with its 6,000-plus seats, at 7:30 p.m. tonight and 7:05 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets, $9 to $22, are available at the Ritchie Center box office, 2240 East Buchtel Boulevard, or by calling Ticketmaster at 303-830-TIXS. -- Ernie Tucker