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Rippin' The Bumps: Colorado Clinics Aim To Make Moguls Easier

Bumps-Telluride Moguls can be intimidating, but a few days at a bumps clinic in Colorado will get rid of that. (Telluride/Facebook)

We are all guilty of obsessing about "powder days" in the Colorado Rockies. But, truth be told, between big-pow' storms, there are more "mogul days" than anything else.

To keep the juices flowing and legs burning as you wait for the next dump, check out these clinics that make mogul runs easier, faster and more enjoyable. Most are multi-day camps and spots are limited. All are taught by certified instructors who make the bumps easier to ski or ride. Cost starts at $175 a day.

Aspen-Snowmass' four-day Bumps for Boomers targets the older crowd who may think their knees and hips aren't up to many mogul runs. To compensate, instructors focus on skiing smarter, relying upon savvy rather than reflexes and strength, and finding balance and control among the bumps. Even with bumps as bigger than VWs on Ruthie's Run.

The 17-year-old Bump Busters clinics at Copper Mountain have reverted back one-day clinics. With all sorts of terrain to play on, participants will not only learn mogul-skiing techniques but general skills for all-mountain touring.

A mogul clinic at Winter Parkmakes sense, especially if they head over to Mary Jane. Nowhere can you find better moguls. Unusual is that the three-day clinic has room for novices who may be facing the bumps for the first time.

Another mountain with legendary bump runs, Telluride hosts Making Friends With Moguls camps  -- and they mean what they say. Fears of moguls are assuaged first on groomers to get quicker in turns, then on blue-run bumps to develop strategies in a progressive style. If all goes well, a couple of runs down Plunge or Mine Shaft await.



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