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Recommendations for ski improvement courses in USA

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Hi,

 

We're planning on coming to the USA next year for ~6 weeks, to do some skiing, and are looking for a ski improvement course.  Preferably in Colorado, but would consider other areas in the USA only.  Would also mix locations / courses.  

 

I've looked on the internet and am struggling to find something that will run for over a few days at a time (which we have done in the past, but really feel as if we need some more intense coaching).

 

We're both good intermediate skiers, who have been skiing for about 20 years.  Currently ski most seasons, however only for 1 - 2 weeks at a time, which never gives you a chance to really improve.  We want to be able to get up the advanced level / increase confidence and able to go off slope.  

 

Can anyone on the forum recommend any courses.

 

Thanks;)

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post #2 of 8
There's ladies' day and men's day course series here that run 8 weeks, starting after Christmas and meeting once a week.
post #3 of 8

The lesson passes from Breckenrige or Keystone sound perfect for you.  I think you have to buy them real soon now.

 

I haven't done a lesson pass, but others here have and liked them much.  Here's a couple threads with info. You might post in these to wake some bears up from summer hybernation if you have questions:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/119636/breckenridge-lesson-pass

http://www.epicski.com/t/112375/keystone-season-lesson-pass-for-2013

post #4 of 8

are you looking for lessons or for specific training camps?

post #5 of 8

Taos Ski Valley.

Their ski weeks are fantastic.

The terrain is inspiring.

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi - camp or course is fine smile.gif

post #7 of 8

Hi fififoll,

 

Welcome to the forum. Are you doing a full six weeks of skiing? Generally if you're only getting 7-14 days skiing a year, you're unlikely to break out of the intermediate plateau... Not to say you can't get better, but it will be hard without putting in more on-snow time. 

 

If your heart's set on conquering off-piste and steeps etc., I'd recommend taking some kind of American equivalent of the Extremely Canadian clinics offered at Whistler-Blackcomb. I'm sure there's a similar Colorado program geared towards offering "coping skills" for off-piste and steep skiing. 

 

If you're still only doing 7-14 days of skiing in that time, I'd suggest to just take one or two day lessons, work on the exercises a bit each day, and spend the rest of the time playing. In the lessons, let your instructor know you want to work on off-piste skiing. Then if there's a big dump, take another lesson to learn some powder tactics. 

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Hi,

 

We're planning on coming to the USA next year for ~6 weeks, to do some skiing, and are looking for a ski improvement course.  Preferably in Colorado, but would consider other areas in the USA only.  Would also mix locations / courses.  

 

I've looked on the internet and am struggling to find something that will run for over a few days at a time (which we have done in the past, but really feel as if we need some more intense coaching).

 

We're both good intermediate skiers, who have been skiing for about 20 years.  Currently ski most seasons, however only for 1 - 2 weeks at a time, which never gives you a chance to really improve.  We want to be able to get up the advanced level / increase confidence and able to go off slope.  

 

Can anyone on the forum recommend any courses.

 

Thanks;)

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Welcome to EpicSki!  Where have you been skiing?  Do you have a favorite ski resort in the Rockies?  Would also help a bit to know if you have a particular time in mind.

 

From what I've read about the Taos Ski Week program, that could be a great way to get started.

 

A couple seasons ago I learned about Bridger in MT.  It's very close to Bozeman and an hour from Big Sky.  Combining the two was great for me.  I'd warm up with a private lesson at Bridger, then go for a ski week at Big Sky.  Bridger is mainly for locals, but has great terrain for all levels.  As a non-profit, the prices can't be beat for lessons.  There are several very good Level 3 instructors, so you could almost set up your own multi-day "clinic".  You could spend 4-5 days skiing Bridger, than have a great time exploring Big Sky.  Lots of terrain, few people.

 

If you want to learn powder, Grand Targhee would be worth considering.  Only a few hours drive from SLC.  Lots of options there.

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