What does it mean to be a Ski Diva?

By Wendy Clinch •  Updated: 09/11/12 •  4 min read

These days, you can’t shake a stick without running into the term Diva. There’s the Kitchen Diva, the Nutrition Diva, the Social Diva, the Surf Diva, The Gluten-Free Diva (who happens to be a friend of mine). Not to mention all the businesses that have Diva in their names: Outdoor Divas, Hotel Diva, Diva magazine. And loads of Diva products: Diva shoes, Diva skis, a Diva cup for your menstrual cycle. You get the idea.

When I named this site nearly six years ago, I never thought I was jumping on the buzz word bandwagon. It just seemed like a good way to go. Even though the term Diva  originally referred to opera stars, it’s become a term for a successful woman. To me, Ski Diva seems empowering. Passionate. Even sexy. It means, We’re powerful women who love to ski. We can be feminine, but that doesn’t mean we’re weak. We can act and think for ourselves. And if you don’t like it, move aside;  you’re blocking the trail.

So there.

I know, a lot to gather from two little words. But words define us. They tell people who we are and what we aspire to be. Ski Diva has long been a common term for successful women skiers. And if we aspire to be Ski Divas, then that’s A-Okay with me.

So what does it mean to be a Ski Diva?  I asked the women on TheSkiDiva forum what they thought, and here’s what some of them said:

Of course, being a Ski Diva  means different things to different people. That’s okay, too. But for the women who belong to TheSkiDiva, it means one thing above all: a love for skiing. I think we all have that, in spades.


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