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I have been looking at different resorts across the US for the best women's skiing program. I am a high end intermediate skier and want to find the best program/s that will help take me to the next level. 

 

I would love to know what you think in terms of personal experience or friends/family partaking in such courses. I will be travelling for a months worth of skiing and I am planning to end the trip in Jackson Hole.

 

Have read about Squaw's/Jackson Holes Ski improvement program's and each have great merit. Can do two programs.

This trip is planned for season 2016 mid to late Feb.

 

I won't be able to respond to reply's for 24 hours. Forward thanks in advance. 

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I have been looking at different resorts across the US for the best women's skiing program. I am a high end intermediate skier and want to find the best program/s that will help take me to the next level. 

 

I would love to know what you think in terms of personal experience or friends/family partaking in such courses. I will be travelling for a months worth of skiing and I am planning to end the trip in Jackson Hole.

 

Have read about Squaw's/Jackson Holes Ski improvement program's and each have great merit. Can do two programs.

This trip is planned for season 2016 mid to late Feb.

 

I won't be able to respond to reply's for 24 hours. Forward thanks in advance. 

Sounds like a fun month!  Where else have you skied in North America?  You are planning more than a year in advance, correct?

post #3 of 17
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Yes, trip for 2016. Due to work have to plan so far ahead.  I have skied in Aspen and loved it. I would like any help with regards to finding the best program. I'm excited about skiing more terrain in the U.S. Thanks so much for your reply. 

post #4 of 17
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Yes, trip for 2016. Due to work have to plan so far ahead.  I have skied in Aspen and loved it. I would like any help with regards to finding the best program. I'm excited about skiing more terrain in the U.S. Thanks so much for your reply. 

When you were at Aspen, which mountain did you like the best of the four?  I know you said "high intermediate" but it would help to have a better sense of your ability and interests.  Trees?  Steep chutes?  Long open bowls with deep powder?  All of them?

 

I know a woman from Australia who did a women's clinic at JH last January.  She had a very good time.  I was there for the first time a few weeks later.  Did a private lesson with one of the Level 3 female instructors with a couple ski buddies.  We all learned a lot that morning in spite of the fact that there hadn't been new snow for three weeks.  My sense is that JH puts a lot of emphasis on their ski school and clinics.

 

The Alta Lodge clinics for women are great but depends on whether one fits in your schedule.  I haven't done one yet but stay there regularly with a group of friends during late season.  I would definitely recommend spending some time skiing in the SLC area.

 

Whistler has short clinics for women that come highly recommended.

 

This list is a bit dated, but may give you some ideas:

http://www.theskidiva.com/womens-ski-clinics-the-list/

post #5 of 17
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I fell for Aspen Mountain, great village and people there. I didn't get a chance to ski much of Highlands but will be going back for more. 

I would love to learn more of all of the above. I ski black runs and I am an aggressive skier.  

My goal is to do a Heli-ski trip in about four to five years. I have made a commitment to get to that level and I am blessed I live in a ski resort in Australia.

I have seen from the net only that JH has a strong emphasis on ski programs.

Any suggestions to ski other resorts would be much appreciated.  

I would love to check out your country every year come winter and progress to the level needed to ski big mountains in the future. I am 41 and I believe that my goal is attainable with the help of programs and time on the hill. 

post #6 of 17
Women's edge at Aspen/Snowmass!
post #7 of 17
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Thank you. Love Aspen, didn't get the chance to ride Snowmass. I will check out that program. Any other suggestions by anyone is much appreciated. Thanks again!

post #8 of 17

Elevate Women's camp at Jackson Hole. I did the January camp last year and would do it again in a heart-beat. JH does indeed have a particular expertise in ski programmes. What set them apart, for me, was the very high calibre of the coaching team, the focus on skiing (as opposed to some camps which appear to be more focussed on long lunches and apres), and their ability to place people in groups that worked well together. In fact a good number of people skipped some apres activities to get some sleep - you can ski from mountain opening to mountain close. 

 

The only catch is that I don't think that there is a camp in February, I think the second one is usually early March.

 

Here's some video and a link to a review that sums it up really well. The first video is the promotional one, most of the skiing featured is the pro's, but that is the terrain that we skied (skiing with the pro's was actually really useful - we skied with Crystal and it was really useful - I went from skeptic to convert). The second video gives you more of an idea of the range of levels in the camp. 

 

The review pretty much mimic's experience (right down to having Kori as an instructor)

 

http://www.jacksonhole.com/elevate-womens-camp-2014.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E8XEaCmCNk

 

http://rootsrated.com/stories/hard-charging-with-hugs

post #9 of 17
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Elevate Women's camp at Jackson Hole. I did the January camp last year and would do it again in a heart-beat. JH does indeed have a particular expertise in ski programmes. What set them apart, for me, was the very high calibre of the coaching team, the focus on skiing (as opposed to some camps which appear to be more focussed on long lunches and apres), and their ability to place people in groups that worked well together. In fact a good number of people skipped some apres activities to get some sleep - you can ski from mountain opening to mountain close. 

 

The only catch is that I don't think that there is a camp in February, I think the second one is usually early March.

 

Here's some video and a link to a review that sums it up really well. The first video is the promotional one, most of the skiing featured is the pro's, but that is the terrain that we skied (skiing with the pro's was actually really useful - we skied with Crystal and it was really useful - I went from skeptic to convert). The second video gives you more of an idea of the range of levels in the camp. 

 

The review pretty much mimic's experience (right down to having Kori as an instructor)

 

http://www.jacksonhole.com/elevate-womens-camp-2014.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E8XEaCmCNk

 

http://rootsrated.com/stories/hard-charging-with-hugs

Hi SkiKiwki,

 

This is exactly the kind of information I am after. I have done one camp where it was long lunches with the instructors which is not my bag. 

You mentioned above that you can ski first lift till last, is that with the course? That is more what I am looking for.

I'm not interested in Apres too much so bonus if host's are not offended by getting more sleep for turns in the morning. 

 

The camp in March was what I was looking at so that's ok. Crystal is a women I admire and watch on the world tour. :)

I have seen on JH's website their types of programs and they communicated quite well their focus on the skier's progression with the understanding of the client's passion to break through.

 

I will watch the links you so kindly added. 

Thanks so much for your help and reply skikiwki. :) 

post #10 of 17

I've never done one of her camps, but I really like skiing with Kim.

 

http://www.skiwithkim.com/ski-aspen/

post #11 of 17

Allison Gannet Rippin Chix Steep Camps. Amazing woman, athlete, activist, survivor.

 

"Named “Best Gals Adventure 2014″, KEEN Rippin Chix Camps are no-frills steep skiing/adventure/powder camps for real women skiers."

 

She has camps in a variety of Western US and Canada resorts like Red, Whitewater, Crystal Mountain, Silverton in January and February. I've done her camp twice and my friend (who has taken a LOT of camps including Kim R. and Jackson Hole Steep and Deep - although not the women's one mentioned above) has done Rippin Chix three times. She's a small one-woman outfit, so you will ski with her and her co-instructors have been amazing in my experiences.

 

Ski friend also likes Kristen Ulmer's Ski to Live camps but, though taught by a woman, they are co-ed.

post #12 of 17
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Allison Gannet Rippin Chix Steep Camps. Amazing woman, athlete, activist, survivor.

 

"Named “Best Gals Adventure 2014″, KEEN Rippin Chix Camps are no-frills steep skiing/adventure/powder camps for real women skiers."

 

She has camps in a variety of Western US and Canada resorts like Red, Whitewater, Crystal Mountain, Silverton in January and February. I've done her camp twice and my friend (who has taken a LOT of camps including Kim R. and Jackson Hole Steep and Deep - although not the women's one mentioned above) has done Rippin Chix three times. She's a small one-woman outfit, so you will ski with her and her co-instructors have been amazing in my experiences.

 

Ski friend also likes Kristen Ulmer's Ski to Live camps but, though taught by a woman, they are co-ed.

Hi Mom,

 

On Allison's website it states if it doesn't change your life, you get a full refund. That is fantastic! Total confidence in her product. Allison looks like a inspiring women. 

 

It's not a priority to do a course with women, The course I did was was more men's specific with the group being all males and found the long lunch's disappointing.

Allison seems to understand the market for women who want more of the experience of all round mountain skills with their passion to progress. Awesome link there, that didn't pop up in browser when doing my research.

 

Kristen Ulmer has a fantastic approach. I practice Zen mediation and love the emphasis of skiing in a holistic way. Again great link haven't come across Kristen's website. 

You have been so helpful, thank you so much Mom for your links/reply. :)

post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
 

I've never done one of her camps, but I really like skiing with Kim.

 

http://www.skiwithkim.com/ski-aspen/

Hi Shredhead,

 

Have checked out Kim's website and yes comes across as very professional. Kim's camps seem to focus on getting your skiing to the business end of the clients ski dreams.

Again this is exactly what I am after.

Thank you for your link as I have not come across her website. I have enough camps at this stage to ski the next 3 years with pro skiing instructors! Exciting. Thank for your reply. :)

post #14 of 17
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Hi SkiKiwki,

 

This is exactly the kind of information I am after. I have done one camp where it was long lunches with the instructors which is not my bag. 

You mentioned above that you can ski first lift till last, is that with the course? That is more what I am looking for.

I'm not interested in Apres too much so bonus if host's are not offended by getting more sleep for turns in the morning. 

 

The camp in March was what I was looking at so that's ok. Crystal is a women I admire and watch on the world tour. :)

I have seen on JH's website their types of programs and they communicated quite well their focus on the skier's progression with the understanding of the client's passion to break through.

 

I will watch the links you so kindly added. 

Thanks so much for your help and reply skikiwki. :) 

Yes it is with the camp. JH camps have a feature that I haven't seen  anywhere else, Before the mountain and lifts open to the public, the tram and gondola run for camp groups so that you are at the top of the mountain before it opens, and you start skiing as soon as ski patrol opens the mountain. The first day the meeting time was 8:30 sharp and everyone was there before 8:30. The remaining days our group (and others) met at the gondola between 8:00 and 8:15am and we skied until the lifts shut.

post #15 of 17
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That is customer service orientated by the truck loads. Impressed.

 

You could not ask any more from a mountain op's/ski patrol department than to offer that kind of service.

 

Yes, it's sealed the deal for me. Have had a great feeling about JH's ski school since checking out their creds. 

 

Thanks so much for helping make that decision skikiwki. :) Off into the mountains I go……. :) 

post #16 of 17

Found an article written about a JH women's camp in March 2013.  Certainly sounds like a good way to improve!

 

http://www.onthesnow.com/news/p/688/a/584559/2-days-skiing-at-jackson-hole-with-terra-women-s-camp

post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 

That is a great article marznc, Thanks for sharing the link. I like the sound of the steep and deep program. There are great programs out there to be had. So glad to have asked the question. 

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