Long time lurker, first time poster. Sorry for a potentially duplicative post, but I've searched around the forums and haven't quite found a good answer to my particular questions.
Background -- I've got a week in the Park City area at the end of March. I only get about a week of skiing a year now, but from the good old days of living in the mountains before I came to the East Coast, I can ski just about anything at any resort. I'm advanced but every ski trip it takes me a day or two to get back in my groove.
First question -- where are good advanced lesson/clinic opportunities? Because no one in my family skis quite at my level, and because I always appreciate some instruction, I try to do a day or two of adult group lessons wherever I ski. As an advanced skier, I usually have good luck ending up in pretty small groups by just doing a resort's "adult group lesson," without having to shell out for a full private. So, what are your recommendations for resorts with good adult group programs/clinics? I might be able to get over to BCC/LCC for a day, but for logistical reasons I'll mostly be at the PC resorts.
Second question - backcountry guide. Within bounds at any given ski resort - okay, sometimes outside of bounds - I usually try to get as "out there" as possible, even where it involves some light hiking. (Think Devil's Castle/Catherine's Area at Alta, or as far as you can trek into Inner/Outer Mongolia at Vail.) But I've never had a true backcountry experience, totally outside of a resort. So I've been thinking about splurging on a private guide who can take me out for a day and show me the backcountry ropes. Poking around online, I found Utah Mountain Adventures/Exum Utah, and it seems like a good deal and basically what I'm looking for. Any thoughts, with them or other guides?
Thanks, all, for any advice.