COLORADO , Dec. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Throughout Colorado, female makers and shakers create valuable travel experiences for visitors staking a claim in industries as varied as fly fishing and skiing to craft spirits and soul-restoring retreats.

The Colorado Classic is shifting gears with an exclusive, women’s only race, August 22-25, 2019 - The Colorado Classic announced this week that it will become the only UCI women’s standalone stage race in the Western Hemisphere—fulfilling its mission to create a socially impactful world-class race.

Events and retreats solely catered to women held throughout the year:

Chicks Climbing and Skiing, Year Round, Ridgway - ‘Chicks’ offers courses for women taught exclusively by female instructors and covers a range of topics including avalanche rescue, backcountry skills, ice and rock climbing, skiing and more.

Discover Your Inner Cowgirl, June and September, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, Loveland - This five-day ladies-only retreat offers a restorative getaway with a unique balance of activities.

Find Your Inner Cowgirl Through Body, Mind, Equine, May 9-12, 2019, C Lazy U Ranch, Granby- This three-day all-inclusive women’s retreat focuses on how to use yoga and yogic practices to improve horsemanship from ground to saddle.

Ladies Day Out!, April through September, Sacred Rides, Boulder - Guided by local professionals, these cycling trips offer women the chance to experience Boulder’s array of mountain bike trails.

Leave the Boys Behind, Year Round, Aspen Alpine Guides, Aspen - This woman-led guide service feels more like a community and it explores backcountry adventure trips through skiing, backpacking, road biking and more.

Ski with a Living Legend: Wendy Fisher, January through March, Crested Butte - Extreme skiing pioneer, Wendy Fisher, hosts special clinics designed to help skiers find their next level of “fearless.”

These Boots are Made for Wading, June 21-23, 2019, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs - This three-day women's only fly fishing retreat serves as an introduction to the sport, and for those who are already acquainted, a space to perfect their form.

Timber to Table Guide Service, Seasonal, Hotchkiss - This hunting guide service offers guided experiences specific to women who want to hunt for the first time.

Women Afield, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Seasonal, Statewide - Women Afield provides seminars and clinics for women to learn the basics of hunting, angling and shooting sports in a comfortable, female-friendly environment.

Women’s Winter Ski, Snowshoe and Yoga Wonderfest, Jan. 26, 2019, Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby- Women’s Quest, owned and operated by world champion triathlete Colleen Cannon, will be hosting a two-day cross-country ski and snowshoe retreat slopeside in wintery Snow Mountain Ranch.

Meet some of the leading ladies of experiences in Colorado:

Anne Dowling, Ridge Street Wine/Breckenridge Cheese and Chocolates, Breckenridge - This shop and tasting room was founded in 2000 by former U.S. Ski Team member turned sommelier, Anne Dowling.

Annelise Loevlie, Icelantic Skis, Golden - Currently, Lovelie is CEO of Golden-based Icelantic Skis. All of Icelantic's products are handmade with pride in the U.S.

Dana Rodriguez, Work & Class and Super Mega Bien, Denver - Featuring a unique blend of American and Latin flavors, the James Beard Award semifinalist Dana Rodriguez got her start in the restaurant industry as a dishwasher and moved up the ranks co-founding and owning Work & Class and Super Mega Bien.

Dori DeJong, Platte River Fort, Greeley - Platte River Fort is a woman-owned and operated agritourism destination and can accommodate up to 37 guests in its variety of bedrooms. Adventurous visitors can also stay the night in their comfortable yurts set along the river or in an upscale covered wagon.

Elke Bergeron, By Elke, Boulder - Bergeron owns a leather goods studio off of Pearl Street, where she makes every item from scratch using vintage and leather materials, resulting in one-of-a-kind boho chic handbags and accessories.

Jen Brill, Silverton Mountain, Silverton - Jen Brill and her husband, Aaron, opened the first ski area in the U.S. to cater exclusively to expert skiers and boarders. Silverton also hosts several women’s ski clinics and special weekends.

Dr. Kim Langmaid, Walking Mountains Science Center, Vail – Langmaid is the Founder and VP of Sustainability at Walking Mountains Science Center, which inspires environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education.

Loren Matthews, Elevation 5003 Distillery, Fort Collins - Matthews is the owner/distiller at Elevation 5003, a small batch distillery focusing on innovative, hand-crafted spirits and the environmentally empowered processes.

Shae Whitney, DRAM Apothecary, Salida - Shae Whitney is the co-founder of two dynamic Colorado businesses. DRAM Apothecary offers offerings bitters, syrups and ready-to-drink beverages. The Poor Farm offers overnight lodging for up to 12 people in the newly renovated historic farmhouse.

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Abby Leeper
Communications Manager
Colorado Tourism Office
Phone: (720) 662-4049
E-Mail: abby.leeper@state.co.us