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Just got back from the NASTC (North American Ski Training Center) week-long summer ski training course at Portillo, Chile.  A number of folks on Epic have asked recently where they can find good ski training camps and I can definitely recommend this one.


NASTC is run by Chris Fellows (PSIA Alpine Demo Team, author of "Total Skiing").  Several times a year, Chris organizes week-long training camps around North America and the world.  Destinations rotate and are chosen by Chris with input from past and prospective participants (next up is Niseko, Japan).  Other destinations have included Tahoe, St. Anton, Chamonix, LaGrave, and Alaska.  Coaches are current and former PSIA Demo Team members.  Groups average about six per coach.


Portilllo is an annual trip in August.  As anyone who has been there will attest, it's a phenomenal place for advanced-to-expert skiers to train.  Extremely rugged, good steeps and off-piste, challenging groomers.  (Having three excellent sit-down meals a day, plus 5 o'clock tea served by your own personal waitstaff, doesn't hurt, either.)   Also there last week was the Austrian alpine ski team, Kim Reichhelm and Chris Davenport with their own groups, several well-known Warren Miller types, etc.  Not the best program for folks who are low intermediates, but anyone above that level will likely befit tremendously.  Despite (or, perhaps, because) there was little new snow, the training was excellent.  As Bob Barnes says, "Snow is either good, or it's good for you!"  The snow last week (worst season in memory) was definitely good for us!  Hey, who wants hero snow when you're training?  The challenging stuff lets you know when something isn't working!


Check out NASTC online for more information.  Hope this is of help!