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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hi,
A some of you know, I've been skiing about 10 yrs now. I'd probably peg myself a level 7.5? At JH I tried about everthing except Tower #3 and Alta 3 looked a icy so I passed. After a day or so, I can adjust to powder from my midwestern hard-pack and love skiing glades. I really enjoyed off piste in chamonix with aguide 3 years ago. The back-side of the Grand Montet was awesome. I thought the route we took on the Vallee Blanc was a bit tame.

I want to improve my steep technique though as it falls apart in the heavy/melting conditions we had in JH first week of March.

I'm very fit & haven't had any altitude problems. What do you recommend? Why? & What is your experience with/knowledge of the program you suggest?

Thanks in advance all. Like to do this jan or early Feb before Verbier next season if I can $$wing it.

TS
post #2 of 20
Here are some recommendations:

-L'Ecole Ski Fantastique at Verbier
-Steep Skiing Ski Camps at La Grave, France (FI by Doug Coombs)
-Arlberg Ski School (Level 1)

All of them offer excellent advice/instruction in challenging backcountry, those regions are just made for steep skiing.
post #3 of 20
I would also add All Mountain Ski Pros, which is run by Eric DesLauriers (and who goes by Eski here at Epic Ski).

You might want to check out Extremely Canadian out of Whistler too.

How are things on the other side of the pond?

Rob
post #4 of 20
I second the All Mountain Ski Pros suggestion.
You can check out our website at www.allmountainskipros.com.

We do camps at Sugar Bowl in Lake Tahoe, or you can hook up with Eric's Xteam camps which take place all over the place, including Chamonix and Chile.

If you go end up going to one of the xteam camps, let Eric know I sent you. I have taught at one of their xteam clinics because it was at sugar bowl, otherwise I only teach the AMSP clinics.

Cheers, Wade
post #5 of 20
You can sign up (and pay) to ski with John Egan at Sugarbush (or pay less and ski with his hand-picked crew). No doubt, they will take you to the steeps and help you conquer them if that's your goal.

Craig
post #6 of 20
post #7 of 20
I would also highly recommend Eric DesLauriers' camps. I just got back from heli-skiing with him in Bella Colla, BC. He is with out a doubt one of the best instuctors around. Any of his camps would be just what your looking for. I also believe that he will be coaching at next years ESA3, but don't quote me on that.
Todd

[ March 25, 2004, 01:02 PM: Message edited by: tberg ]
post #8 of 20
I have done the 2 day Extremely Canadian Freesking camp at Whistler Blackcomb. And would strongly recommend it. They also offer courses in Verbier and Las Lenas.
post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Holiday:
I second the All Mountain Ski Pros suggestion.
You can check out our website at www.allmountainskipros.com.

We do camps at Sugar Bowl in Lake Tahoe, or you can hook up with Eric's Xteam camps which take place all over the place, including Chamonix and Chile.

If you go end up going to one of the xteam camps, let Eric know I sent you. I have taught at one of their xteam clinics because it was at sugar bowl, otherwise I only teach the AMSP clinics.

Cheers, Wade
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
Wade,
The link does not work...Do you have another web address?

Thankyou,
TS
post #11 of 20
TS,

The same thing happened to me when I clicked on the link Wade listed but when I typed in the address manually it worked for me. Go figure.

Rob
post #12 of 20
The website is fine. There is a period (.) after the dot com on Wade's link and that's why it's not working. Hit the link, backspace to remove the period, and hit return. It'll connect.
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post #14 of 20
Hey You Guys, thanks for the nice punch on the clinics! Treepickersue--drop me a line or a call and let's sign you up! It's snowing again in Tahoe and the spring skiing is shaping up really nicely. And, like they say in Chamonix, spring is the time of the steep skier!
--Bon jour,
E
post #15 of 20
Sue:
If you decide to go Europe for your camp, check out the steep skiing on the Italian side of the Monte Rosa. Contact Carlo Cugnetto at www.guidemonterosa.com. You can stay at his family's hotel right at the bottom of the lifts in Gressoney and from there he and his guides will take you places that are as steep as you want. Great guides, nice hotel, reasonable prices, no crowds, amazing scenery and skiing. Check out http://www.tvmountain.com/ville/gressoney/p1.php for a preview of some super steep skiing with Carlo. Probably want to try a few less intimdating runs before you step into that one.
post #16 of 20
Another vote for ESki and his crew. They don't have you stand around and they challenge you.
post #17 of 20
I was in Eric’s group at this year academy and it was THE BEST 4 days of skiing in my life, so I recommend his camp as well.
post #18 of 20
don't know how that period got in there,
sorry.

Wade
post #19 of 20
Quote:
Originally posted by Holiday:
don't know how that period got in there,
sorry.

Wade
No problem. Great tip for a great camp.
post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thank you one & all. Wow.

I'm drooling!

TS
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