Wasn't sure whether to put this here or in resorts.
For the last 5 years, my gang (wife, daughter and I) have had at least one and sometimes two weeks at Whistler each winter. It has always involved most if not all of us taking a multi-day camp. I have done Dave Murray and Ski Esprit, wife has done Ski Esprit. My (now 8 year old) daughter essentially equates a ski vacation with their 5 day adventure camp. We all (but ESPECIALLY my daughter) like getting to know the same instructor and classmates over a several day period. My daughter still corresponds with some of the girls she has met there, and I feel the “muscle memory” laid down over several consecutive days really helps my (our) progression. After that week, when I go back to my home mountain I have always noted significant improvement in how well I ski.
All well and good…but this year we were thinking about going to either Colorado or California so that some of our relatives could join us. That is when I discovered that those types of consecutive day, same instructor same classmate camps are relatively rare. Even the bigger resorts seem to only have that type of camp during a select few, high volume weeks – not every week like at Whistler (and we intentionally go on “off” weeks, extra homework done leading up to trip for daughter). A few more offer it for kids than do for adults, but unless my google-fu has really crapped out, it is more an exception than a rule. Multi-day private lessons would be an option I guess, but awfully expensive and you don’t get the chance to meet new people (some of the stories that Brazilian couple told about Carnival …WOW!). So....back to Whistler it is (there are worse fates).
So my question is….Why? Is it simply volume at a destination resort? I can see that but I looked at several large, destination resorts with the same results. Is Whistler really THAT much larger volume wise? Is there something different about the clientele there vs other resorts. I guess finally I could be simply not finding the programs due to weak searching/browsing skills.