I was about to mention Rusty, "the Bear from Eldora," but I see Rusty has appeared in person.
Rebecca--Welcome to EpicSki! What are you looking for in a ski school? If you can be more specific--beginner programs, ski weeks, kids' programs, race camps, "extreme skiing," women's programs, or other special interests, we might be able to give you more specific suggestions. Some ski schools have created outstanding reputations in certain niches.
That said, you've gotten some worthy suggestions already. I can speak for the Mahre Training Center at Keystone. Although I haven't worked at Keystone for three years, I was a coach for the Mahre Training Center for almost fifteen seasons. I can affirm that it is run by some very good instructors, in addition to the Olympic, World, and World Cup champions, Phil and Steve Mahre. There is no other camp where you can count on skiing with the two most successful ski racers this country has ever produced! Over the years of tweaking and evolution, it has become a very "mature" program. It's a good time, and great for your skiing. And it is NOT a race-specific camp, despite its association with the Mahres--it is a recreational ski camp for skiers of all levels, including racers.
Nevertheless, I'm convinced that the best ski camp available this season will be our very own EpicSki Academy (click here for information)
, to be held at Solitude Resort in Utah at the end of January. An enormous amount of work is going into this thing, which originated with suggestions here in the forum. It will involve some of the very top instructors in the country, as well as top equipment and fitness experts. And they are all accessible right here in the Forum for questions and discussion before the camp, and followup after it. That's an opportunity you won't find anywhere else! This is the first EpicSki Academy ever, and the price has been kept as low as possible--it is half the price of anything else that approaches its scope and quality.
The only other program I'm aware of that involves a staff on par with the EpicSki Academy is the NASTC (National Ski Training Center), which offers a variety of programs around the world, at a MUCH higher price than the EpicSki Academy. So if you're looking for a truly excellent multi-day program, please do check out the EpicSki Academy.
We will have official enrollment information, including a full Enrollment Packet, available very soon--within the next few days. Check the Academy Planning Room (click here)
for latest information, to ask questions, or to register suggestions or requests for the Academy. One main reason this Academy will be such a success is that it has been, and continues to be, driven and shaped by the very people who will participate in it. We look forward to your comments and suggestions, and hope you can join us!
Bob Barnes[ October 20, 2002, 09:18 AM: Message edited by: Bob Barnes/Colorado ]