DETROIT LAKES — When a group of female reporters from the Detroit Lakes Tribune came across last month’s listing in the local chamber’s calendar about a Women Take the Mountain event at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, they saw an opportunity just one night for pampering, with the added bonus of some wine and cheese bonding.
That’s not quite what happened.
“We do this every month,” said Meghan Eastman, Mountain’s internal operations manager, as the group walked in and paid the $10 admission fee.
Since December of last year, she explained, DMRA has held a Women Take the Mountain event on the third Thursday of every month from 5-9 p.m.
At first, the event was designed as a gathering of women entrepreneurs and business owners, Eastman added.
But while some still use the monthly event as an opportunity to network and market their products, it has been expanded to be more inclusive, with wellness activities like skiing and mountain biking, yoga, piyo ( a hybrid of yoga and pilates) and massage. , not to mention a chance to have a little fun.
Doing gourmet s’mores, wine tastings, scenic elevator rides, planting succulents and even making bug spray out of essential oils were all on the menu for the June 16 event.
Olivia Ullrey, who facilitated the making of the gourmet s’mores, said she made the marshmallows she used herself.
“S’mores are my jam,” she said. “They’re the one thing I’m high maintenance for.”
Justin Utecht, the sommelier who taught the wine tasting course, introduced participants to half a dozen red and white wines from Spain, New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy – and the Columbia Valley in Washington State.
He painstakingly explained some of the terms used, such as Riesling, Chenin Blanc and Gruner Veltliner, which are based on the type of grape used, as well as DOCG, a term used in Italy to denote a wine that has followed the highest standards. . in its creation.
Each of the wines introduced in his class was locally available, he said.
Leigh Edwards led a summit yoga session at the top of the main ski mountain, accessible on foot or via a scenic lift.
Past events have included a painting session with local artist Anna Lassonde and a guided mountain bike tour of the DMRA trails.
Although some activities, like the painting class and a previous learn-to-ski session, involved a small fee for gear and equipment rental, everything else is included in the admission fee, Eastman said. . “It’s still $10,” she added.
What: Women take to the mountain
Where: Detroit Mountain Recreation Area,
When: Thursday July 21, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
How: Admission is $10; purchase tickets online at detroitmountain.com (go to the store section and click on the Events tab) or call 218-844-SNOW.