We run small, intimate camps with a maximum 6 to 1 student to coach ratio, with Champion Chix Coaches. At most camps, ladies may choose an upper level group or lower level group. We ski together for a couple of runs, usually beginning with warmup runs on a blue groomer, then a black groomer, and then some easier un-groomed terrain. At that point, campers can see how everyone is skiing (speed, technique, terrain etc), and decide whether they want to ski with the upper or lower level group. Note that the single blacks at Whistler, Crested Butte, Tahoe, Red, Whitewater, Silverton, A-Basin etc are much harder than the double blacks at most other ski areas, such as Vail, eastern resorts and the midwest areas. The more physically fit you are for these camps, the more you will enjoy the learning experience. And lastly, this is a CAMP to learn steep and off-groomed skiing skills – if you knew how to do these things well, you would not be reading this page. EVERYONE is nervous and scared that they will be the worst one in the group. Just bring a positive attitude and a willingness to learn and have fun.
Upper Group: These ladies can usually can ski any double black on a challenging mountain, but tend to have difficulty maintaining good technique. They usually want to practice catching air correctly, schmearing tight trees, slarving a straightline without catching an edge, and more cool techniques for icky things like roots, rocks, crud, cornices, entrances, etc. This group can usually get down any off-piste run at Jackson Hole, Crested Butte, Whistler, etc. Most ladies want to catch air, but this is optional. Decent physical fitness is required and you should be able to ski off-piste all day long. This group must be able to easily ski ten consecutive turns on an un-groomed double black run, but also knows that they need to learn to do it more smoothly and with more speed, and with less energy. At the Silverton Camp and Selkirk Snowcat Skiing Camp, we have only one group at each, so it is important that you meet the upper group level here, and the criteria outlined on that page. There is no ungroomed terrain at Silverton or at Selkirk, so a warm up is often in trees and deep powder – be ready!
Middle Group: (select camps only – Crystal Mountain) These gals can generally venture off the groomed terrain, but they then fall apart when the terrain gets challenging or the snow gets funky. These ladies can ski open trees but shop for turns across the hill rather than down the fall line. They do not know how or when to schmear or slarve a turn. They have watched others catch airs, but have never considered trying them due to nerves or fear of injury. Little do they know how easy our baby steps are to learn. Some days they can ski double blacks and some days it all fall apart. The usual minimum ability for this group is ten consecutive turns on an un-groomed easier double black run.
Lower Group: These ladies can generally only ski un-groomed runs if the trees are wide and they are confident with the snow. They tend to panic in trees, steeps, or moguls, and have not considered trying those really icky entrances or trees, funky moguls, or crud. Many of the baby step steeps skill progressions will be practiced on groomers and then brought into un-groomed terrain, and finally steeper terrain as confidence progresses. This camp should NOT be the absolute first time you have attempted skiing powder and trees. But remember, this is a CAMP, and you are hear to learn how to ski un-groomed steep terrain with confidence. It is ok to be nervous or scared, but just bring a willingness to ski off-piste and a general level of descent physical fitness. You should already be able to ski all day for two days straight. The minimum ability for this group is ten consecutive turns on an groomed single black run.
All groups will learn all the same techniques, but in different terrain so that confidence is created and not torn apart. At select times, ladies may request to switch up or down a level (except Silverton and Selkirk, as only one upper group level). We aim to please and want you to get the most out of your camp experience. Please understand that coaches get the final say on this. During some camps, coaches may move campers up or down a level due to safety concerns combined with camper expectations.