Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype
lacks force, strength, and power. --William Moulton Marston, creator
of Wonder Woman, in a 1943 issue of The American Scholar.
By Erin Crowell
You could say William Moulton Marston knew what gets your blood
pumping in more ways than one. The inventor of the systolic
blood-pressure test, which led to the creation of the polygraph, or
lie detector, was also the creator of Wonder Woman, the tall, leggy,
raven-haired beauty that graced the pages of DC Comics, and eventually
television screens across the globe.
Put aside those physical traits and you are left with attributes
enviable by any woman: strength, independence, smarts, guts you name
Its the reason why the super-heroine is the image for this years
Womens Winter Tour, an annual event that celebrates women, bringing
them together for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, chocolate and fun
all while raising money for the Womens Resource Center. The event
is scheduled for February 6 & 7 at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in
BIRTH OF AN IDEA
One day I was talking about a few moms, and single moms I know, and
how they work full time, have kids, work three jobs and I thought,
God, theyre amazing. Theyre like Wonder Woman, says Kaye Krapohl,
director of the Womens Winter Tour. (Wonder Woman) is about honesty
and integrity. You can be beautiful and feminine and still be
Each year, Krapohl designs the poster art for the tour. This year,
its Wonder Woman on skis.
Krapohl says the tour is about letting women, no matter their age,
shape or size, come out and discover something fun.
The event is always about empowering women. It doesnt matter who you
are. It doesnt matter how you look. Its just about getting out and
discovering the fun of winter.
By getting out, Krapohl means cross-country skiing and snowshoeing,
winter activities she says leave you feeling energized and happier,
like youve beaten the winter blues a phrase that remains at the
core of the tour.
The event is non-competitive, allowing first-timers and veterans alike
to meander through the wooded trails, stopping along the way for
demos, food, wine and chocolate.
Its basically a party, says Krapohl.
The tour, now in its 12th year, evolved from the first womens weekly
gathering at Timber Ridge Resort in Traverse City. The small learning
group was evolving into a crowd.
I thought, Wow, theres magic with this event, says Krapohl, who
served as president of the VASA in 1999. There were so many women
coming out for the Wednesday nights that it just made sense to make it
Four years ago, the event was moved from Timber Ridge to its current
location, at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville.
Weve been re-growing there and its been a strong partnership, says Krapohl.
Twelve years, and $98,000 later, the Womens Winter Tour has become a
weekend adventure and message of hope for thousands of area women.
Every year, proceeds benefit the Womens Resource Center, courtesy of
Active Women Now, a local non-profit that focuses specifically on
Its about getting out of an unhealthy relationship, making good
choices, says Krapohl. (Domestic violence) transcends demographic
and economic status. There are amazing women out there who are
incredibly strong and can help by supporting the WRC.
Wonder Woman represented strength and courage to young girls in 1941,
the year she was created. With war came change, and Marston seized the
opportunity, continuing his advocacy for the advancement of women in
He was quoted as saying the following in an August 1942 issue of Family Circle:
As a psychologist Im convinced that the ever-increasing counterparts
of Wonder Woman in real life will lead the way. More power to them!
Let them keep their Amazon chain bands polished. And their magic
lassos limbered up! Women are nature-endowed soldiers of Aphrodite,
goddess of love and beauty, and theirs is the only conquering army to
which men will permanently submitnot only without resentment or
resistance or secret desires for revengebut with positive willingness
Wonder Woman became the second most popular comic strip for DC Comics,
earning the lady with the invisible jet her own chapter in American
history. This weekend, women from all over can feel like a wonder
Old Man Winter doesnt care what your butt looks like, says Krapohl.
You dont have to be hyperfit or super small. You just have to wear a
You dont need red, white and blue spandexbut you could!for the 12th
Annual Womens Winter Tour, happening Feb. 6-7 at Crystal Mountain
Resort & Spa in Thompsonville. Heres a breakdown of all the
Saturday, Feb. 6
Snowshoe d Art, 10am-noon
This event is open to both males and females and is held in the
Michigan Legacy Art Park. Take a leisurely tour by snowshoe along the
rolling trails and discover art by local Michigan artists nestled in
the woods. Hot chocolate, coffee, doughnuts and fruit available.
Register at womenswintertour.com.
Lunafest Film Festival, 7 p.m.
National traveling festival of short films geared to women, about
women. Held in Hudson Bay of the Crystal Center. $15 in advance.
Attendees can judge the brownie contest.
Ron Getz Trio, 8 p.m.-midnight
Performing live, Friday and Saturday, in the Vista Lounge, located on
the upper level of the lodge.
Sunday, Feb. 7
First Tracks, 8 a.m.
The slopes at Crystal Mountain open an hour early JUST for women of
the Winter Tour. There will be plenty of time for participants to get
ready for the tour, happening later that day.
Madeleine Thomas Memorial Womens Winter Tour, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Its The Main Event, where hundreds of women converge on the
backcountry cross-country trails for food, wine, chocolate and good
times. 3km, 5km and 10km loops available. Includes snowshoe demos. For
each pair of snowshoes sold, SS Snowshoes will donate $10 to charity.
To register for events, visit womenswintertour.com. Crystal Mountain
is offering a one night special accommodations package to Womens
Winter Tour participants, which includes special lodging and spa
discounts. For more info, visit crystalmountain.com or call them toll
free at 800-968-7686. Want to volunteer? Email the tour at