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STEEP AND DEEP CAMP AT JH?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hello everyone.
I'm considering taking a S&D camp at JH the first week in March.
Anyone ever take this course?

Thanks in advance
post #2 of 10
Yeah, I have been to three. Do you have specific questions? Other members have been more recently. There are old threads you can read, also.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Yes;
My only concern is my physical shape? I am in excellent shape at sea level, mntn bike, surf, kiteboard, lift, etc but during ski season, I usually only ski abt 20 days. I've been skiing most my life and still ski as well as I ever have but at 54, I really find no matter how great of shape I'm in at sea level, when I'm at 8000+, I have to stop more just to breathe. Just last week I skied w my brother and his bud, both patrollers (powder mtn), and skill wise I can hang w them but I was dying while they were hardly breathing. I skied two really hard days last week (abt 7 hours/day) and I was pretty sore for a couple of days.
My concern is... if I can hang for four days of intense 8 hr days. Skill wise Im pretty sure I could hang and would love to learn some great techniques from great instructors in such a great resort. I just don't want to be lagging. I'll will have at least 15 days in before the camp so I'm sure I'll be better acclimated.

Thoughts?
post #4 of 10
The camps follow an early start and late finish, but long lunch schedule. And some people give up early. On my 2nd camp I was the only student in my group the last hour one day.

A lot of students live at sea level, and a fair percentage are older. You will be fine.

I can share my ski off tips another time, if you are interested.
post #5 of 10
I was 49 for my first camp and 55 or 56 for my last, by the way.
post #6 of 10

DO IT!  Everyone else in your class will be gassed by the 4th day too.  It's not like the instructors are sadistic; they'll dial it back for you and your group if needed.  You'll be grouped together with similar skill skiers.  Yes, be in shape, but don't let the thought of being tired worry you one bit.  I did the camp in 2002 at age 43 and it was a game-changer.  

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Definitely interested in the ski-off MDF???

Also, did those camps prepare you to ski Cobert's in terms of skills and mental confidence? I think I read somewhere that after the camps still only about a third will try it?

I did find the previous S&D threads on here. Interesting!

One more question? Do you recommend a 90-100 mm ski for the camp? I have a 115 powder ski and am demoing 90-105 skis now for my new all mountain ski.

Thanks again
post #8 of 10

THere is some COrbet's prep involved, since that's on alot of camper's bucket lists.  However, Corbets can vary in difficulty on the entrance by a vast amount from day to day, and sometimes it's not even open during the camps.

 

Go all mountain for the skis, and skip the 115 powder boards unless you're bringing your whole quiver.  They'll teach you to carve among other things.

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks Spikedog.

Great advise!

Cobert's....Definitely a "bucket list" item for me.
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by Airbusguy View Post

Definitely interested in the ski-off MDF???

Also, did those camps prepare you to ski Cobert's in terms of skills and mental confidence? I think I read somewhere that after the camps still only about a third will try it?

I did find the previous S&D threads on here. Interesting!

One more question? Do you recommend a 90-100 mm ski for the camp? I have a 115 powder ski and am demoing 90-105 skis now for my new all mountain ski.

Thanks again

I would bring the 115's and demo the all mountains there.They got 50 inches in 3 days on one of my trips. You would be wanting the big boys if that happens. Just as a note, Corbet's is a feather in the beanie for a lot of folks, but there are far, far better lines to be had within the boundary. I skied Corbet's once as a tourist, but I spent 5 entire winters there skiing with the locals and we never skied it.

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