The Story Behind The Ski Retreat


Thanks for being here.


Hi! I’m Charlotte.


I’ve always felt like I live two dreams.


The ski bum dream. Live out of a converted van. Chase snow. Leave no trace.

I grew up in a small rural town in the foothills outside of Lake Tahoe with my mom. My dad put me on a pair of skis when I was 2. And my entire life, I’ve always felt most fulfilled in nature.

I’m at home when I’m on a hike, in the mountains, by the water, in a forest or in the countryside.

The bosslady dream. Work hard. Create something meaningful to the world around me. Leave a mark.

I’ve lived in San Francisco and worked at tech companies in marketing for the last 10 years, escaping the city most weekends for another adventure.

Embracing the dreamy ambitions, diverse cultures and many ways of thinking here, I’ve fallen in love with being in the thick of it all.


Starting The Ski Retreat as a passion project is my attempt at the best of both worlds. Sharing the best of life in nature intimately with a community of bossladies.

When I’m not writing autobiographical pages about myself, I’m usually itching to get off my computer—to leave the city, go on hike and be back in time to explore the newest restaurant down the street.

I spend most of my free time with the people I love most—my best girlfriends, my family, my boyfriend, and, most importantly, my little 12 year old pug and Zen teacher, Martian (who you’ll meet on the retreat!)


It means the world to me that you’re even reading this, and I sincerely hope we get to meet one weekend this season.

At the least, say hello. It’ll make my day.

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If you want to get involved with TSR or if there’s any way that we can support each other formally or otherwise, I’m especially excited to talk!