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Need backcountry and avalanche training? Pro coaches like Michelle Parker and Garrett Russell teach skiers everything from building backcountry jumps to ripping tree lines in style. SASS Global Travel wants their clients to arrive back home with the education and confidence to tear up the backcountry.
Dates: August 2-September 6
Guides: 5:1 ratio. Pros include Michelle Parker, Garrett Russell, Piers Solomon, and Mauri Camilla.
Want to improve your park and all-mountain skills? At this camp, you get on-mountain lessons from pros like Tanner Hall and KC Deane. Camps are mainly geared toward youth skiers, but there is a session for interested adults.
Dates: July 27-August 18
Guides: 6:1 ratio. Guides include pros Tanner Hall, KC Deane, Mikey Hornbeck, Brady Perron, Alex Bellamare, Chopo Diaz, and Ben Moxham. Evolve Chile’s coaching motto is “challenge by choice,” meaning coaches allow skiers to decide whether or not to push to a new level or have fun at their current one.
Experts: this camp’s designed for you, if you’re looking to push your limits with pro skiers like Chris Davenport and Ingrid Backstrom. Along with on-mountain instruction the camp features nightly talks by the pros, and an on-site professional photographer to document the adventure.
Dates: August 9-16
Guides: Maximum of 30 skiers broken into small groups. Skiers are taught and guided by pros Chris Davenport, Ingrid Backstrom, Mike Douglas, and Chris Anthony.
With off piste, cat skiing, and inbounds tours, CASA Tours leads 10 tours in Argentina and Chile that give you time to explore local attractions and cuisine. CASA has personal relationships with local haciendas, lodges, and cabanas that will even provide home cooked meals.
More advanced skiers will quench their thirst for Patagonian powder at the Glacier Martial with the 15-day End of the World tour ($3,095). Those looking for beautiful in-bounds skiing, an introduction to the backcountry, and a chance to delve into Argentine culture should check out the nine-day Powder Triangle camp ($3,195). Skiers looking to relax a bit more will love the combo of hot springs, wine tasting, and snow on the 15-day Endless Winter tour ($5,295).
Dates: July 30-September 20
Guides: 4-5:1 ratio. All CASA guides are Avalanche Safety Procedure and First Aid/CPR certified with extensive backcountry knowledge. CASA provides guests with avalanche transceivers, shovels, and probes. Introductory avalanche classes are also available.
Ski with Kim tours provides guided lift accessible skiing, heli-skiing, cat-skiing, and women’s group skiing. Tours are recommended for intermediate to expert skiers looking to continue their ski season in Valle Nevado, Portillo, and surrounding areas. Once the ski day ends, tour guests get to experience Chilean culture and hospitality.
Dates: August 1-30
Guides: 3:15 ratio. The guide team is comprised of five trained backcountry experts. Kim Reichhelm, the tour company’s namesake, has skied with the U.S. Ski Team and Women’s Pro Tour. Other guides include a technical advisor for K2, a World Cup Trophy holder, and a X-Games Ski Cross champion.
Dan Egan leads skiers in private and semi-private clinics designed to perfect and advance their all-terrain skiing. His clinics allow individuals, groups, or families to customize their trip by choosing the specific terrain and skills they want to work on.
Dates: August 16-30
Guides: Up to 8 people per group. Dan Egan, who appeared in 12 Warren Miller films, is the main guide. Six other experienced ski instructors accompany him.
Powder Quest offers skiers the opportunity to fine-tune their South American experience. From a women’s camp taught by Ingrid Backstrom to various backcountry, cat, and resort tours of Chile and Argentina’s best skiing, Powder Quest has a wide selection of camps and tours. Powder Quest has incorporated yoga classes into select tours for the zen skier.
Dates: July 31-September 20
Price: $2,695-6,595 and upon request
Guides: Ratio varies by tour/camp. Powder Quest guides are fully trained and experienced professionals from all over North and South America. All guides are trained in field rescue. Lead guides are International Federation of Mountain Guides Association certified members.
U.S. Ski Hall of Famer John Clendenin holds his annual Clendenin Ski Method camp in beautiful Portillo, Chile. The camp is focused on providing an experience that will improve everyone’s skiing, from the novice to the seasoned expert. Anyone looking to bring their skills up a level and have fun in the South American snow will fit right in.
Dates: September 6-14
Guides: Guides include John Clendenin and his staff of certified coaches.