Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has the goods - the steeps and the deeps. The resort takes advantage of their abundant steep chutes, bowls, and gullies and oodles of dry powder for their popular Steep and Deep Camps. The resort is even adding an adaptive camp (for disabled skiers, riders) to its standard lineup for skiers and snowboarders this winter.
Alpine skiers catch the early gondola up the mountain each morning to grab first tracks. You'll learn how to find the best line, how to read a slope, and select the right terrain-skiing on black and double black diamonds, depending on conditions. Count on throwing some turns down the Hobacks, the Expert Chutes, and Corbet's Couloir on the last day. Groups will also head out of bounds during the camp, conditions permitting.
You must already be a level 8 or 9 skier to participate in one of the skiing camps. Alpine skiing camps are scheduled for Jan. 8-11, Jan. 21-24, Feb. 4-7, and Mar. 5-8.
The snowboarding camps, scheduled for Jan. 28 - 31 and Feb. 25 - 28, target intermediate through expert snowboarders who are riding at levels 4 through 6. Campers will learn to evaluate terrain and potential avalanche slopes. You'll also learn techniques like the "Tip Roll" and the "Tokyo Drift" for steep terrain, and advanced riders will head into the backcountry.
The camps cost $800 for those who already have lift passes; they cost $990 if you need lift tickets included. The four-day camps include coaching, video analysis, lunches, apres-ski activities, tech talks, and an awards dinner with prizes. Sign up for one of the camps by calling 800-450-0477 or 307-739-2686.
The new adaptive Steep and Deep Camp, which costs $650, is scheduled for Mar. 5-8. It's geared toward advanced skiers and may include cat skiing, weather permitting. Jeff Inouye, assistant ski director at the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, and guest coach, and Paralympic Gold Medalist Greg Mannino will head up the camp. Call 307-699-3554 for more information and to register.
- Snow Reports