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post #1 of 8
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Haven't skied Snowmass in some time.  Does anyone have any insight on this program?  Seems like a cool way to learn the mountain and to get some personalized instruciton.  Thanks.

 

LINK:  http://www.aspensnowmass.com/-/media/Schools/Lessons/S31314BlkDiamondExp.pdf

post #2 of 8

It's probably a pretty good program.  Could be great, if only 1 or 2 show up.  

It does take Snowmass a while to open up the best terrain, so January may be a little early.

It also takes a while to access the best terrain and usually takes two or more lifts to get back.

Definitely spend a day each at Aspen and Highlands, much quicker access to the goods.

post #3 of 8

That description wasn't very good.  If the 'black daimond' thing means that you'll have some of the Diamond Pros teaching

http://www.edgechange.com/pros , then I would say it should be good.  Weems started this program (I believe) and there are some quality instructors here.  There should be, or BETTER BE, good enough conditions to learn whatever you want to learn at Snowmass in January.  If not, there is no reason they can't take you to Highlands or Ajax for a day or two. 

 

So far, we have an excellent start and more to come Wed. and Thurs!  

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

The plan is to be in Aspen/Snowmass last week of Feb.  Should be enough coverage by then.  Hopefully, I can time it with a storm cycle.  Thanks for the input.

post #5 of 8

No worries. 

 

I'm sure you'll have some top-notch instructors and the price is a very good deal for our neck of the woods.  You'll have a blast and may decide not to leave like me.   haha

post #6 of 8

Hi Rouleur--

 

It should be a great experience for you. Snowmass is an extraordinary place to ski, with a tremendous variety of terrain. Although concerns about coverage in the early season anywhere are not unwarranted, Colorado--particularly including the Aspen areas--has had a great early season so far. Virtually everything is open and well covered already, and we are expecting some more snow for the next few days. Your timing of late February is almost always a good bet, condition-wise, but this year we're already in good shape.

 

There is nothing like a multi-day camp with good instructors to make real changes in your skiing. But if you find yourself in the area before that, and you're looking for a good tuneup in technique and tactics, don't hesitate to check out some of the Aspen area's other new programs. Aspen Mountain (Ajax) and Aspen Highlands now offer single-day Performance Coaching clinics, featuring tiny groups (no more than three) and purpose-designed terrain features, gate drills, "bamboo forests," and other unique tools for fun and education. I am really excited about these programs. They are unique in the industry, carefully planned, progressive challenges and features designed to improve your game at your pace, whether your goals are pure technical improvement or gaining comfort and mastery of varying terrain and conditions. Wanting to ski Aspen Highlands's legendary Highland Bowl, but not sure about your skills in the steeps and varying conditions? Want a stronger repertoire of techniques and tactics for bumps or trees? That's what these clinics are all about....

 

And yes--I am excited about getting involved with these programs myself. After 30-some years of teaching at other areas in Colorado and elsewhere, I have finally landed in Aspen. So far, nothing else compares.

 

Best regards,

Bob Barnes

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Hi Rouleur--

 

It should be a great experience for you. Snowmass is an extraordinary place to ski, with a tremendous variety of terrain. Although concerns about coverage in the early season anywhere are not unwarranted, Colorado--particularly including the Aspen areas--has had a great early season so far. Virtually everything is open and well covered already, and we are expecting some more snow for the next few days. Your timing of late February is almost always a good bet, condition-wise, but this year we're already in good shape.

 

There is nothing like a multi-day camp with good instructors to make real changes in your skiing. But if you find yourself in the area before that, and you're looking for a good tuneup in technique and tactics, don't hesitate to check out some of the Aspen area's other new programs. Aspen Mountain (Ajax) and Aspen Highlands now offer single-day Performance Coaching clinics, featuring tiny groups (no more than three) and purpose-designed terrain features, gate drills, "bamboo forests," and other unique tools for fun and education. I am really excited about these programs. They are unique in the industry, carefully planned, progressive challenges and features designed to improve your game at your pace, whether your goals are pure technical improvement or gaining comfort and mastery of varying terrain and conditions. Wanting to ski Aspen Highlands's legendary Highland Bowl, but not sure about your skills in the steeps and varying conditions? Want a stronger repertoire of techniques and tactics for bumps or trees? That's what these clinics are all about....

 

And yes--I am excited about getting involved with these programs myself. After 30-some years of teaching at other areas in Colorado and elsewhere, I have finally landed in Aspen. So far, nothing else compares.

 

Best regards,

Bob Barnes

 

Sweet!  Bob Barnes in the house! 

 

(btw - I was explaining your medicine ball theory today and had some better turns visualizing that myself). 

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After 30-some years of teaching at other areas in Colorado and elsewhere, I have finally landed in Aspen. So far, nothing else compares.

 

Best regards,

Bob Barnes

 

 

Yeah, I kinda thought you might like it here!

 

 

Hopefully we can get some runs in sometime after the Holiday?

 

Good luck with your new position and home!

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