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Here’s some old news: [R191R, Jackson Hole] has some of the steepest terrain—think Tower 3 Chute, Alta Chutes, Expert Chutes and Corbet’s Couloir—in the Western Hemisphere. For aspiring expert skiers, it’s where Mecca meets the Holy Grail.

There’s no better way to learn the ropes (and jump turns and sketchy entrances) than signing up for a Steep & Deep Ski Camp at JH, where you’ll spend four days catching first trams, getting video analysis, learning how to read a slope, practicing your moves on so-called “Corbet’s Simulators”—less-scary versions of the real thing—and drinking beer at the Moose with your classmates.

Locals, like former Olympian Tommy Moe, often show up to pass on their pearls of wisdom, and been-there-done-that instructors entice campers to return year after year. If you must, you can try for a badge of honor at Corbet’s on the final day—but Jackson’s most notorious run is hardly its best. Nail it, then ask if you can hone your new chops in the backcountry.

What: Steep and Deep Ski Camp 2012
Where: Jackson Hole, Wyo.
When: Jan. 11–14, Jan. 25–28, Feb. 8–11, Feb. 29–March 3
Highlights: Learn to ski the most extreme terrain on the mountain—and in the country—with top instructors.
Tickets: $1,175 including lift tickets, $975 without tickets. Fees include coaching, early-mountain access, video analysis, lunch and dinner parties.
Mountain Sports School Package: Book a camp and stay at the Village Center Inn for $99/night.
Lodging options: The area has some 10,000 beds, including rustic cabins, in-town motels and the Four Seasons.
Ski-in, ski-out lodging: Some lodges and condos, plus a hostel have ski-in, ski-out access. Clarify when making reservations.
Reservations: 800-443-8613

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