Thursday and Friday January 25-26
Saturday and Sunday January 27-28
The unique steep ungroomed varied terrain of the infamous Silverton Mountain will enable you to take the skills from Rippin Chix to the next level. This extremely intimate camp combined with Alison’s unforgettable technical tips and tactics will redefine your confidence in pillows, powder, trees, crud, roots, rocks, moguls, ice, bumps, air, jump-turns, straight-lines and chutes. While there is never a powder guarantee, Silverton is completely off piste and ungroomed. We schedule the camps each year based upon the best chance of good snow, lack of crowds, and cold temperatures.
Named Backcountry’s Top 5 Camps 2016, TGR’s Best campS 2015 and Best Gals Adventure 2014, Rippin Chix Camps are no-frills affordable steep skiing/adventure/powder camps for real women skiers. Expert champion chix coaching and video analysis will have you conquering your fears and expanding your comfort zones with our unique and unconventional baby-step skills progressions.
At Silverton, there is no groomed terrain or easy way down. Must be relatively fit and comfortable hiking 5-45 minutes per run with skis on your back at high altitude. We will usually do 3-5 runs per day, each around 2000 feet of ungroomed vertical. This camp definitely offers the most adventure of all our camps, but it does not offer as many runs as our other steeps camps. Often if has the most chance of powder, but it does have less opportunities for practicing catching air off rocks and pillows than Red or Whitewater.
Gals must fit the requirements of of our “upper level” on this page. Campers must have had experience in crud, powder and trees, even if it has not been pretty. One must also be able to ski non-stop in ungroomed terrain for 25 turns and be comfortable in rustic conditions, as there is no running water at the “resort”. The runs at Silverton are similar to the double blacks at Crested Butte, Jackson Hole, Whistler and Squaw Valley, but much harder than those at Vail and Aspen. Do not underestimate Silverton, as not only is there no “easy” way down, no groomers, but also you are skiing at over 12,000 feet in elevation.
Backpack, Beacon, shovel and probe are required: you can borrow gear or contact Silverton for rentals. Your coach will have a select number of Osprey Ski Packs for demo, which you can reserve in advance at no charge. Trained Silverton Mountain Guides are provided in addition to the star instructors and no backcountry experience or prior use of avalanche equipment is needed. Visit Silverton Mountain’s Webpage for common questions to skiing at Silverton.
All Rippin Chix Camps are non-refundable and non-transferable, with no exceptions. Therefore we highly recommend travel insurance.
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The two-day camp is $450 plus lift tickets/guide, for a total of $724, including two full days of instruction and video analysis (weather dependent), with Champion Free-skiing women coaches.
This is Rippin Chix most intimate and adventurous camp, with typically just one group of seven students.
Silverton Rippin Chix Camps
Rippin Chix is renowned for its unconventional, unforgettable, and unique teaching methods. This camp is about as far from traditional ski-school steeps lesson as one can get. Be prepared for graphic visuals – such as “serving martinis”, “pushing the bush” and “squeezing the thong”. It may not be PC, but you won’t find yourself forgetting your new ways to master the steeps.
Progressions are taught with non-intimidating baby-step methods – how to catch air five different ways, how to ski faster/bigger turns and/or how to straight-line, how to hop turn in tight places and power slide and scrub speed in others, how to save energy, and how to tackle those yucky double-black entrances.
Also included in the camp – amazing trivia prizes from our sponsors: Osprey, Epic Bar and Elemental Herbs. Visit these great websites, along with information About RippinChix.com to increase your chances of winning epic gear like All Good and Osprey Packs during the Trivia Contest!
Camp also does not include lodging, drinks, food, travel or gear rental.
You must bring your own super fat skis (115mm waist or more), rent in advance and bring them with you, as most rentals at Silverton are too long and heavy for most gals. Contact Silverton to see what they have for rentals available and RESERVE+Pay in advance. There are no fat skis for rent in Grand Junction, Montrose, or Durango, so you must rent from Telluride or in advance at your local shop, luck out at Silverton Rentals, or bring your own..
Spaces limited to 7 gals only with two guides/coaches.
Almost all of us usually stay at the The Benson Lodge during our camp. This is the best hotel in Silverton, with just a few rooms, and it sells out quickly. Food is not the most wonderful in Silverton, nor are the grocery stores, so bring a cooler if you are able. Meals together are optional, but many times gals connect for dinner on Friday or Saturday via email or in person.
Don’t forget to pack a lunch and have lots of snack for the days at the camp, as there is no food or water at the ski “area”. I leave my lunch in a tote bag at the bottom of the lift, so that I can ski with less weight. Bring at least 2-3 quarts of water to the ski area. I only ski with one bottle of water in my pack and snacks that are easy to eat on the lift ride as we sometimes don’t stop for lunch. The only other gear in my pack is my probe and shovel, and room to ditch a warm layer. Your pack should be able to attach skis for hiking above the lifts. If your pack is not appropriate, we have awesome OspreyPacks.com for complimentary demo.
Dress is casual ski bummed style – bring your best long johns!
This is the ultimate CLASSIC true ski-bum vacation, with the bonus of chick guiding and world-champion coaching.