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Thread Starter 

Hello out there!

 

So I'm really excited to hit the slopes again this year and I'm always striving to improve my skills. It might be too late for this upcoming season, but I am interested in possibly attending ski clinics in the future. I tried searching the forums on here but I came up with zilch (though it could just be my search skills). I'm in the NY/NJ area so ideally something in the Northeast but am willing to travel. Any one have recommendations for places? I saw Okemo in VT and shot them off an email, just figured I'd also ask the experts here.

 

About me - I'm an intermediate skiier who can ski groomed blues, but do have a fear of that fall line... So I'm not as comfortable as I'd like to be on them. I learned later in life (20s) and usually always do a multi-week program of some sorts continuously throughout the season (27 yr old, female). I'm always looking to learn and love doing skill drills. I'm the nerd who keeps doing it long after the lesson is over... :)

 

Thanks!!

 

Cheers,

Lisa

post #2 of 13

Are you specifically looking for a multi-week program?  2 or 3 seasons ago, I researched women's ski clinics on the east coast.  I was looking mostly for weekend or consecutive day clinics.  I can try to post that info if you think it would be useful to you as a starting point.

post #3 of 13

Welcome to Epic Lisa!

 

It's not too late. A lot of resorts have multi week programs. Search Google for "ski multi week instruction" and you'll get a ton of hits. 

 

Hunter has several programs.

 

"Clinics" are something ski instructors take. You might get more hits searching for "camp" if you want short term multi day instruction. Camps are a great experience.

 

Hopefully Epic can add to your learning as well. Get some video of yourself and we can give you better recommendations. Have you considered gong out West yet?

post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thank you both!! I guess I wasn't entirely clear - I'm more looking for a weekend or a consecutive day program (2 or 3). Vickieh if you had it easily available, that would be great. If not, no biggie.

 

TheRusty - thanks for the info. I didn't realize that clinics were for instructors. I'll try searching for some camps too! I'm going up to Hunter hopefully next month to check out their demo day so in the meantime I'll see what else they offer (the mountains by me are smaller).

 

Video! Ohh I'll have to see if I can have a friend do that - great idea! And I am DYING to go out West but the winter is my busy season at work so it makes taking time off more difficult, but it's on my "to-do" list. :)

 

Thanks guys!

post #5 of 13

The perfect thing for you is the Amateur Ski Instructor Association (ASIA).  ASIA runs several weekend programs for intermediates through advanced skiers.  Despite their name, it's not just for instructors or aspiring instructors. 

 

Some of my friends and I have done their weekend programs at Belleayre for the past few winters.  There is the "Fall Rally" December 15-16 and the "Belleayre Bumpfest" February 9-10.  They bring excellent instructors from around the east coast.  You get two full days of top-level group instruction at a very reasonable price.  They also have programs at Okemo and in Pennsylvania.  My skiing has improved dramatically through these programs.

 

http://www.asiaski.com/

post #6 of 13

Originally Posted by music gal View Post


...I am DYING to go out West but the winter is my busy season at work so it makes taking time off more difficult, but it's on my "to-do" list. :)

 

 

Nov 15, 2012

 

Hi music gal:

 

You've got some good information about joining a season long program.  I just wanted to comment on "skiing out west".  You know that "spring skiing, i.e. skiing in April, May can sometimes be the best part of the season.  So if you would be able to ski after March, you should have a good time out west.  Snow is great (nice, soft and plenty of it), climate and temperature is mild usually with plenty of sunshine and blue skies and to top it off, crowds have dispersed, since many people are now busy doing their spring thing e.g. golf, tennis, sailing, biking etc.  Sometimes you may even luck out and get a late spring storm, which would mean plenty of powder, but that's another story for when you are ready.  So hopefully, your work loads starts to lighten up after March and you can enjoy the west while extending your skiing season.

 

Think snow,

 

CP

post #7 of 13

If you are looking for an early season weekend program, instructor training clinics are the best deal in skiing.   For less then the price of lift tickets you get to ski with the top ski school trainers.  If you can link turns on blue trails you'll fit right in.

If you have the budget for it, this is a great program as well:

http://www.windhammountain.com/lessons-programs/

 

BK

post #8 of 13

While I agree that "camp" is good for a Google search to answer the OP's question, there are "clinics" that have nothing to do with instructor training.  Putting in "ski clinics" brings up plenty of options at all levels.  Massanutten does "clinics" for ladies and seniors on a weekly basis.  Alta Lodge calls it's multi-day powder adventure the "Powder Tracks Ski Clinic."

 

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Originally Posted by TheRusty View Post

Welcome to Epic Lisa!

 

It's not too late. A lot of resorts have multi week programs. Search Google for "ski multi week instruction" and you'll get a ton of hits. 

 

Hunter has several programs.

 

"Clinics" are something ski instructors take. You might get more hits searching for "camp" if you want short term multi day instruction. Camps are a great experience.

 

Hopefully Epic can add to your learning as well. Get some video of yourself and we can give you better recommendations. Have you considered gong out West yet?

post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thank you guys for this great info! I'm looking at the ASIA and Windham's programs now. These are really great - much appreciated! The "Fall Rally" seems great but I have plans that weekend - gonna see if I can switch it around (holidays make everything so crazy). I'm now itching to get out on the snow... I think the teaser we had last week has put me into ski mode (and my skiis are at the shop - can't wait to have them back next week)! And yes, I can definitely link my turns on blue trails :)

 

CharlieP - I LOVE spring skiing. And last year, the winter was so mild even in March it was like spring conditions here. Last year and this coming year, my company's big event is in April/May (usually it's in March), but maybe I can sneak over at the end of April. Or add it to my 2014 list when we hopefully move back to March! Where do you prefer to go skiing out West? Colorado, Utah?

post #10 of 13

Here's the info I gathered.  I can't do an attachment, so it's a looong post.  I just double-checked ... it was FOUR years ago!  (Where did those seasons go?)  But this may give you an idea of costs of different places, relative to each other.  Many of them did not post the info very far in advance of the season, so I was calling around quite a bit.  Hope this is helpful, or at least makes you more aware of some of the options.  I'm also looking at the ASIA offerings this year.  Good luck!

 

 

New York


Hunter

 

1- or 2-Day Workshop … open to intermediate to advanced skiers

 

January 24, 25 (Sat–Sun)

February 28, March 1 (Sat–Sun)

 

1-day workshop: $159

2-day workshop: $299

 

If you choose a 1-day workshop, you may choose any one of the 4 dates listed above. For a 2-day session, you must do two consecutive days; you can not combine January 25 and February 28 as a 2-day workshop.

 

Includes lift tickets, breakfast, lunch, and instruction. Average ratio of students to instructors is 8:1. [Note: this is a high ratio. The rule of thumb I’ve gotten from other locations is a ratio of 5:1.]

 

http://www.huntermtn.com/huntermtn/the-learning-center/camps-and-workshops.aspx

(800) 486-8376

 


Gore

 

2-Day Workshop … open to intermediate to expert skiers … $209

 

January 10-11 (Sat–Sun)

February 7-8 (Sat–Sun)
March 7-8 (Sat–Sun)

 

Includes light breakfast and lunch. Does not include lift ticket.

 

http://www.goremountain.com/mountain/adults.cfm

(518) 251-2411

 


Windham

 

Fear Workshop … open to lower intermediate skiers and above … $700

 

January 28-30 (Wed–Fri)

 

Includes 2 days on snow (5+ hours each day), lift tickets, breakfast, lunch, presentations, après ski

 

http://www.windhammountain.com/lessons/fear_workshop

(800) 754-9463 ext. 1120

 



 

Pennsylvania


Elk

 

1-day “Women’s Day” … open to all skill levels, except 1st timers … $85

 

January 10 (Sat)

February 8 (Sun)

March 7 (Sat)

 

Includes lift ticket and lunch

 

http://www.elkskier.com

(570) 679-4400 ask for Patty in Snowsports school 

 

 

 



 

Vermont

 


Stratton

 

2 Day Workshop … open to all skill levels … $298


January 29–30 (Thurs–Fri) 
March 9–10 (Mon–Tues)

 

 

3 Day Workshop … open to all skill levels … $399


February 9–11 (Mon–Wed) 
March 9–11 (Mon–Wed)

 

 

Includes 5 hours on snow each day, breakfast, lunch, demonstrations, and activities

 

http://www.stratton.com/lessons-and-rentals/snow_school/womens_workshops/womens_ski_workshop/index.htm

(800)-STRATTON

 


Killington

 

2-Day Workshop … open to skill level 3 and above

 

January 17–18 (Sat–Sun)

February 21–22 (Sat–Sun)

March 21–22 (Sat–Sun)

 

Includes video analysis.


Cost: $299 with lift ticket … $199 without lift ticket

 

http://www.killington.com/winter/school/adult_specialty_programs/womens_weekends/index.html

(800) 923-9444

 


Okemo

 

2-Day Workshop … open to skill level 4 and above … $339

 

January 22-23 (Thu-Fri)

 

 

3-day programs … open to all skill levels … $499

 

January 9-11 (Fri-Sun)
February 6-8 (Fri-Sun)
February 25-27 (Wed-Fri)

 

 

5-day program … open to skill level 4 and above … $659

 

January 26-30 (Mon-Fri)

 

 

Includes lift ticket, Welcome party, breakfast, lunch, discount on lodging at Jackson Gore (probably 10% discount)

 

http://www.okemo.com/okemowinter/learning/lessons/womensalpine.asp (includes sample itineraries for the women’s programs)

(800) 78-OKEMO

 


Sugarbush

 

3 Day Workshop … open to all skill levels … $389

 

January 14-16 (Wed-Fri)

March 9-11 (Mon-Wed)

 

Includes breakfast, lunch, a wine and cheese social, snowshoe hike, indoor training, video analysis, and discount on lift ticket for workshop

 

http://www.sugarbush.com/vermont-skiing-snowboarding/adult-programs-lessons#women

(800) 53-SUGAR

 

 


Stowe

 

3 Day Workshop … open to skill level 5 and above … $800 (approx.)

 

January 9-11 (Fri-Sun)

February 9-11 (Mon-Wed)

March 2-4 (Mon-Wed)

 

[Stowe was still compiling information on the workshop, but emailed me to say they expected the cost to be just under $800]

 

http://www.stowe.com/equipment/lessons/women

(800) 253-4754

 

 


Jay Peak

 

1 Day Workshop … open to intermediate and above … $229

 

February 16 (Saturday)

 

Includes clinic, lift ticket, video analysis, lunch, & après ski cocktails & snacks

 

http://jaypeakresort.com/#/skiing_riding/snowsports/specialty_clinics/womens_clinics

(802) 988-2611

 

post #11 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by music gal View Post

I LOVE spring skiing.  

 

... my company's big event is in April/May (usually it's in March), but maybe I can sneak over at the end of April. Or add it to my 2014 list when we hopefully move back to March!

 

Where do you prefer to go skiing out West? Colorado, Utah?

 

Nov 16, 2012

 

Hi music gal:

 

"Love" to hear that from another Bear.  It seems like you should  fit in  and feel right at home on this forumicon14.gif.

 

As for the "big event" happening in April/May, you know there are places out west that sometimes last until June and even longer.  One resort which comes to mind is "Timberline" close to Portland, Oregon which has skiing all summer (think race camps, mogul camps and "some" (not many) open to the public skiing trails).  However, beyond Timberline, June skiing is a hit or miss proposition and should be taken after you've confirmed that (a) the area you're contemplating is open (b) snow conditions warrant the expense of getting there, lodging, lift tickets, meals and rental car.  I see that your "sneaking out end of April", is a good choice, since the choices of resorts are probably better and the conditions are more reliable.

 

Got to think out of the box here.  Why restrict yourself to only two states?  You know that California has Lake Tahoe area with many resorts and the scenery of the lake and surrounding mountains is to die for, and Mammoth, also in Calif, is famous for staying open late, sometimes even into June, July.  Also, it is probably one of the largest ski areas (I think largest or second largest, with maybe Vail being the largest, just not sure anymore) in the country.  Then you've also have Washington State, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming which have their share of large excellent areas as well, not to mention Western Canada.  Since you are young, you have many trips to make, and at this point, you can't go wrong with either Colorado of Utah.  Even Killington, VT or Sugarloaf, Maine in early April is a blast maybe for a short trip to consider this year.  At this point, if you do go out west, picking a good resort with the kind to terrain you like should probably be the most important factor.  Remember that some "Blues" our west, could pass for "Deep Blue/Light Black" or even "Black" trails compared to what you are used to skiing here on the east coast.  A few suggestions for resorts out west for April/May would be Breckenridge/Keystone in Colorado and Park City, Salt Lake City.  All these areas have tons of greens/blues which would keep you happy and bonafide  blacks which you can challenge yourself with.  At this point in your skiing career, I would suggest staying away from mountains that have a "tough" reputation, such as Jackson Hole, Snowbird, Taos etc.  You can always visit these areas when you are ready for the challenge.

 

Have a fun season,

 

Think snow,

 

CP

 

ps: Also, I would be amiss  for not mentioning summer skiing in the southern hemisphere i.e. New Zealand, Chile.


Edited by CharlieP - 11/16/12 at 10:00am
post #12 of 13

Elk Mountain also has a season long program that may be just right for what you need: Instruction every weekend all season.

 

Adult Skiing Improvement
Adult Skiing Improvement is a learning experience for strong, all mountain, adult (21 or over) skiers. The program is offered Saturday and Sunday, January 7th - February 26th (excluding February 18th & 19th) 9AM - 11:30 AM (2 1/2 hours per day). This will allow the participants to ski/train with the same coaches over the duration of the entire program, providing continuity and learning in a relaxed, unhurried environment. There are a minimum number of participants required for this program. If minimums are not met the program may be canceled.

 

The cost for the full season is $400 which is cheaper than some of the 3 or 4 day programs elsewhere. If you are doing that, you would also save money with a season pass. I know some other mountains have similar programs.
 

By the way, I also love drills and find real devotion to them to be a great way to make very fast progress.

post #13 of 13

There is a website that lists a lot of women's clinics all over the place.  Found a link to it recently on another ski website.  The creator is in the UK.  She covers large and small places in North America.

 

http://www.skilikeawoman.com/

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