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Master The Mountains

Whether you want to improve your technique on the fairways, trail, court or in the kitchen, let mountain pros be your guides. Here are six options.

JACKSON HOLE, WYO.

To be young in Jackson Hole is to play well. Here, children ages 3-9 can participate in the Kids' Ranch Summer Day Camp June 18-Sept. 1 (midweek only). Activities include hiking, climbing, horseback riding, fishing and more. 307-739-2691; www.jacksonhole.com.

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CALIF.

Climbers of all ages and skill levels flock to Mammoth throughout the summer. The Climbing Rock and Challenge Ropes Course at Mammoth Mountain test adventurous adults, while kids can hone their skills and strength on the Junior Ropes Course. 888-466-2666; www.visitmammoth.com; www.mammothmountain.com.

STRATTON, VT.

Slice, serve and volley your summer vacation away in theGunterman Tennis School at Stratton Mountain. The staff of teaching professionals can help any player turn the corner with one-on-one instruction, drills, practice and playing time. 802-297-2200; www.stratton.com.

TAOS, N.M.

Throughout July, August and September, you can enjoy the best of Taos Ski Valley's renowned culinary and stargazing opportunities¿simultaneously. Astronomers show guests amazing views of stars and planets as they delight in an out-of-this-world meal. 800-992-7669; www.TaosSkiValley.com.

WINTERGREEN, VA.

At Wintergreen's Golf Academy, PGA-certified instructors help students improve everything from their tee shots and putting to short games and course strategy. 800-266-2444; www.wintergreenresort.com. ¿Darren King