Originally Posted by Laurel Hill Crazie
Has anybody ever taken a PSIA-E trees/steeps clinic? I'm thinking about heading up to Jay this season and taking the clinic for my ed credits. Who has taken them, what can you tell me about format, splits, terrain choices, coaches, etc?
I had taken them at Mad River for 5 straight years, didn't go last year. I had Terry for 2 out of those five and it was a blast . He usually takes the highest end and the intial warm up run was Paradise. Thta was for the Advanced Trees/ Steeps. They would also run intermediateT/S and bumps clinics the same 2 days. Also took T/S at Stowe 2 years ago . I take them mostly to learn the terrain. In the advanced groups there is not very much instruction and or technique little bits every so often. It is mostly about skiing and finding lines through the trees. Terry definately gave out some great tips. I saw the Jay Peak one on the schedule and it looks very tempting.
P.S. some would think that the "advanced" group was with a bunch of young hot shots, it is not ,one year I was the youngest at 39 and most of the skiers are between 45- 60 in age but they all can ski pretty well, nobody is jumping off cliffs or anything. I feel it is one of the best PSIA clinics for testing your skills and learning more about terrain and line choices . My only negative about these clinics is that they tend to get 10-12 people in them and I feel more clinicians should be available to get the groups smaller and keep them moving a bit faster. Have fun!