I live in Sydney Australia, and I'm planning a trip for a few weeks in late January, early-mid February. I've skied the past few northern winters with my wife and daughter, but my daughter is starting a new school, so this year I'm going to be traveling alone.
At the moment I think I'm going to visit Aspen and Jackson Hole; Aspen because I've been there on a couple of previous trips and know it and love it, and Jackson Hole because I haven't been there yet and everything I hear and read makes me think I'd love it.
So as not to be skiing alone the whole time, I thought I might sign up for a camp or camps. My early thinking is perhaps to do something more technical for a week, like perhaps Lito Tejada-Flores' camp in Aspen, to get my skiing in place, before something more challenging like a Steep and Deep camp in JH.
Has anybody been to either of these camps? Are there others I should consider? I would also value suggestions and opinions on back-country BC heli-skiing and/or cat-skiing camps, where a solo traveller wouldn't feel like he was crashing someone else's group (although I shouldn't really go heli-skiing without my wife.)
I'm a good skier - level 9 when I've skied with groups in CO and UT on previous visits - in my mid 40s and pretty fit, but I don't like jumping off cliffs.
I'd also value any suggestions on hotels in Aspen and Jackson. Traveling alone I don't need a suite or any pampering, but I'm happy to pay a premium for authentic atmosphere, a good bar and good food in-house and nearby.