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The mountain as teacher

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
If you were really serious about improving your skiing, you might consider dedicating a season to it. Say you came into a windfall that would support this crazy scheme for ONE season. You wouldn't have enough money to go mountain-hopping, but would have to select ONE place to settle for the season.

What mountain would you choose to be your teacher and why?
post #2 of 14
Wow Nolo, So many choices but....

I would choose Whistler/Blackcomb for these reasons:

I've skied on their glacier at summer race camps, but not in winter.

They have a huge variety and full range of terrain challenges.

Over the course of a season a full variety of snow conditions.

The Canadian ski world would provide a new and different sphere of influence offering different perspectives on what to play with and what to learn.

They are known for having a lot of great skiers that would provide great reference images.

They have a varied international customer base that would offer interesting off snow cross-cultural experiences.

The low altitude is easy to adjust to and ski hard all day at.

There are a fair amount of off snow activity options avaliable.

The exchange rate is quite favorable.

I found the people of the village friendly and hospitable.

It would be great place for fun skiing and meeting new friends.

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Let's spin this for the instructors. What mountain/ski school would offer the best environment for you to learn your craft?
post #4 of 14
Dedicating a season to a resort would be Crested Butte Co. Steep varied terrain, varied snow conditions, reasonable prices and the all important kook element necessary to feel normal as a ski bum.
As an instructor would be Aspen Snowmass but not from a cost point of veiw.
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post #6 of 14
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I think I'd look at the caliber of skiers that call the mountain home. Places like Bridger Bowl have a long list of proven skiers who credit skiing there with where they are today. It's a mountain that teaches you how to ski, because there are so many different kinds of demands it puts on your repertoire.

Ski schools that regularly produce top instructors and or seem to draw a disproportionate number of great instructors: that would be The Ski Schools at Aspen, which I see as the Florence of the midieval world of ski instruction.
post #7 of 14
From the where to teach slant, I'd vote highly for SSoAspen.
I did a couple short holiday stints with them and they have great people and a top organization. They have a great teaching mountain for ever level of client. From beginners at Buttermilk to high-end at Ajax and the Highlands with Snowmass for everything in-between.

Vail has some great folks and internal ed stuff going on as well.

But I'd consider W/B anyway for the diversity of exploring the Canadian, or any other, view of the great big world of skiing outside the confines of the PSIA box. I continue to find that there are so many venues to learn more about teaching this sport that are not denominational dependent.
post #8 of 14
....probably rent a chalet farmhouse in some tiny Swiss or Austrian mountain village, adjacent to some little known resort or possibly adjoining a large ski circus. I'd like to feel at home in the mountains in a community that really is home in the mountains, out of the way of commercialism and hype. The thing to nurture is the love of it and I love skiing and the mountain environment far more than the additional baggage that ski "resorts" offer. I hope the service in my village sucks, in fact I hope that no one in my village ever offers to "serve" me. I look forward to experiencing everything my mountains have to offer, every weather, variation in snow conditions, terrain. I look forward to discovering new chutes and gullies, skiing through the forest above the village and my neighbor's cow pasture on my way back to the chalet. Waiting out the storms that keep us snowbound, sitting by the stove with a good book, getting up every now and then to bring a fresh armload of wood in from the woodshed, while the storms howls around the eaves, knocking back a schnapps with good companions, getting up early to kick steps up to a favorite run.........Well, pretty much a fantasy but you get the picture.
post #9 of 14
Probably Aspen - because they have been the nicest most helpful bunch re disabled skiing for me...

Whistler's attitude to disabled skiers stinks...

I have no idea about disabled skiing in Europe (where I would probably prefer to ski)
post #10 of 14
If you want the best disabled centred (according to several of my friends who have tried a variety of resorts) then you should try Winter Park which is the main resort for the NCDS (or whatever the US disabled skiers association is called)

post #11 of 14
I would rent a room from Arcadie or Tom in Cham.

It would have to be in Europe. Infinetly variable snow conditions, BIG mountains and ski kids that rip but say little ... nice goats too! Probably in France with a Brit Ski Club lodge nearbye, because the suisse girls always want to get married first

Oz :
post #12 of 14
Originally posted by Wear the fox hat:
If you want the best disabled centred (according to several of my friends who have tried a variety of resorts) then you should try Winter Park which is the main resort for the NCDS (or whatever the US disabled skiers association is called)

I was saying FRIENDLY & HELPFUL - Winter Park are yet to answer any of the emails I sent them....

Aspen have made the effort to investigate & agree to remove my instructor from regular duty to disabled teaching for the day if I need him. (plus they answer emails ... a big plus for a north american resort re disabled teaching)
post #13 of 14
Alpine Meadows has the best adaptive skiing program in California (I don't know how they rank against other resorts in the US).
post #14 of 14
For a mountain and community I'd be tempted by Crested Butte. Great terrain and a real friendly feel in town. More old VW's and GD stickers than you can shake a ski at.

As for Europe, well I'd love to ski there and I should take advantage of my German relatives and visit but I barely speak fluent English let alone French, German or Italian.

As for teaching, well, you tell me. Aspen seems to be the choice of the instructors so far and I always wanted to ski there so what the hay, Aspen it is.
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