Because of its renowned ski school and equally famed terrain, Utah's Alta Ski Area has become a center for adult ski camps aimed at giving the experienced skier a way to get better. The lodges at the base of the Utah resort play a critical role in bringing comfort and convenience to these multi-day sessions.
“Our culture up here and relationship with our lodges have made the adult ski camp work well for us,” Alta’s Connie Marshall tells SnoCountry.com. “The lodges, which all embrace a very European model of offering breakfast and dinner as a (required) part of their service, have created a return rate which is very high in the industry -- some of them claim 70 percent.”
That loyalty has spawned a strong relationship off the hill between skier and staff that supports the instruction on the hill, Marshall says.
“Evolving from this model has been a need/possibility for various lodges to work with our ski school to create a very intimate adult camp experience,” she says. “Essentially the skiers, our ski school staff and various lodging staffs share breakfast before skiing and also are very involved in the après-ski and dinner.”
Here’s what Alta has to offer this season (note that space is limited):
Performance Ski Camps: For advanced skiers at least 18 years old, these three-day sessions cost $2,315 if double occupancy at Alta Lodge. Running Feb. 22-26 and March 22-26, package includes three days of coaching, dryland training, lift tickets and demo skis in order to push good skiers to the next level.
Powder Tracks. Linked with Alta Lodge, this four-day program aims to get intermediates more comfortable in the untracked powder. Set for Jan. 10-15, it has five days lodging with breakfasts and dinner, four days instruction and tickets and demo skis for $2,949 double occupancy.
Ladies Days. From Jan. 8-Feb. 12, Thursday mornings 9:30 a.m.-noon are for the women. For $490 (lift tickets separate), ladies get six sessions of tactics, technique and equipment know-how especially designed for them. Participants grouped according to ability. Space limited so click here to sign up.
Women’s Camps. Set for Jan. 22-26, Feb. 8-12 (advanced skiers only) and March 8-12, these female-specific camps aim to get women who ski at least blue runs off the piste and into the ungroomed, steep stuff. Cost is $2,390 with double occupancy for four nights and meals at Alta Lodge, and three days of instruction, tickets and demos.
Teen Camp. At $130 a day (ticket separate), teens ages 13-17 get guided skiing and coaching in small groups. All-day sessions run Feb. 13-19 with lunch included. Overnight camps required registration at Alta Lodge.
Photos: Top -- Alta ski camps take the sport to new heights (Alta/Facebook); Bottom: Alta's Wildcat Base is a gateway to amazing ski experiences (Alta Ski Area)