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Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)
, Pinkham Notch, NH
Dates: runs two days (last year: March 23-25)
Price:$406 (non-AMC members)
Description: The AMC is the keeper of Eastern backcountry, and Pinkham Notch is the epicenter of the East’s most extreme terrain, with Tuckerman Ravine and the Gulf of Slides a relatively short slog from AMC’s headquarters there. Its Backcountry Ski Camp is designed for Alpine skiers who feel more comfortable with locked heels. The course runs two days (last year: March 23-25) and includes all technical equipment (except skis). It costs $406 for non-AMC members.
Freestyle America Summer Training Camps, Campton, NH
Description: Freestyle America offers concentrated camps in moguls, aerials, and acrobatics at such places as Blackcomb, BC, Lake Placid, and Crampton, NH. Camps are offered in the summer and fall and last anywhere from 3-16 days.
Kroka Expeditions, White Mountains, NH
Dates: Feb 21-25
Description: In case they ever come out with a winter edition of Survivor, the folks at Kroka Expeditions offer a crash course in winter preparedness. You’ll travel by ski touring over frozen lakes and mostly flat terrain. At camp, you’ll cut and split wood, cook over a fire, chop holes through the ice for water, and sleep on fur boughs in a canvas tent. Sound fun? You’ll have the million bucks in the bag.
Freestyle America Summer Training Camp, Lake Placid, NY
Description: Freestyle America offers concentrated camps in moguls, aerials, and acrobatics at such places as Blackcomb, BC, Lake Placid, NY, and Crampton, NH. Camps are offered in the summer and fall and last anywhere from 3-16 days.
Bolton Valley, VT
Dates: Open throughout season
Description: Bolton boasts two great backcountry trips starting from the resort and ending at the famous Von Trapp Family Lodge. For intermediates, the trail concludes with a two-mile, 1,100-foot climb with views of the Stowe Valley and Lake Champlain. Experts should head off the top of Lift 4 to Wooded Peak and ski to Waterbury Dam. Both trips are unguided, but contact Fred or Art at the Nordic Center, and they might take you out for fun.
Phone: 802-434-3444, x 1076
Mountain Adventure Clinics, Killington, VT
Price: 2-day: $170; 5-day: $385
Description: Killington’s most challenging program for strong skiers. Offered in two or five day deals (weekends and midweek). Pro instructor will use video analysis, varied terrain, and the wisdom that can only come from skiing or riding many miles of terrain.
On The Loose, Mad River Glen, VT
Dates: Feb 9-11, March 9-11
Description: Fifteen minutes from the free-heeled heaven of Mad River Glen, On The Loose expeditions offers guided weekend backcountry tours through Vermont’s classic snowy woods. The trip price includes two nights’ lodging inside a cozy yurt, meals, and group equipment. If you’re looking to get away from the East and its hardwoods, On The Loose also runs backcountry trips in Wyoming.
Slide Brook Tours, Sugarbush, VT
Dates: Open throughout season depending on coverage
Price: $15-$20Description: “Ski or Ride the Wild Side” is the official name for Sugarbush’s tour of the 2,000 acres of off-piste gladed terrain between Mount Ellen and Lincoln Peak. Tours are run by Craig Spear out of the CrisSports pro shop on Lincoln Peak. Experts only for this one: the slope is moderate to steep most of the time, and trees move for no skier.