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ALASKA

Alaska Off Piste

Dates: November-July

Price: $125 per person for two

Description: Do pictures of Alaskan heli-ski adventures and deep Chugach powder haunt you while you slave away behind a desk? Well, if the helicopter trip is a little beyond your budget (as it is for most), you can get all of that sweet terrain (6,000-10,000 vertical, in fact) powered by your own two feet. All sorts of privately guided courses run from November to July; $125 per person for two, includes transportation and lodging.

Phone: 907-441-2249

Web:

www.alaskaoffpiste.com

Chris Anthony Adventures, Alyeska, AK
Price: $250 and up
Description: Ski with 1996 Alaskan Extreme Skiing Champion Chris Anthony as he and his staff educate you on the best types of equipment, route selection, basic education, and snow safety. Participants should expect a physically demanding day of aggressive skiing tied together with instructional tips on backcountry skiing technique. Heli-skiing packages are also available.
Phone: 970-845-9082
Web: www.chrisanthony.com

Doug Coombs Steep Skiing Camps Worldwide & Valdez Heli-Ski Guides, Valdez, AK
Dates: 3 trips ranging from Jan 13 - May 15
Price: $510 - $2495
Description: Valdez is offered as a day trip, and includes 6 guided heli-runs averaging 20,000 ft.
Phone: Steep Skiing Camps 307-734-0028, Valdez 907-835-4528
Web: www.dougcoombs.com/signup/index.html

Moguls Ski Tours "Fresh Tracks" Program, Alyeska, AK
Description: Ski tour company offers a fond farewell to anything resembling a crowd. The "Fresh Tracks" program is designed to take you to resorts that remain largely undiscovered by the skiing public with untracked expanses of ski trails, back country, and "oh my god" scenery.
Phone: 800-666-4857
Web: www.skimoguls.com

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Extremely Canadian Freeskiing Clinics, Whistler/Blackcomb, BC
Dates: Run twice weekly from Dec 16 to April 17
Price: $299 for 2-day clinic
Description: Intensive two-day program. Hand-picked coaches show you the ropes on some of the best terrain North America has to offer. Perks include lift line priority, video analysis, and a wicked decompression session at Merlin's Bar & Grill.
Phone: 800-938-9656
Web: www.extremelycanadian.com/clinics.html

Extremely Canadian Freeskiing Trips, Kootney Triangle, BC
Dates: 5 trips between Jan 13 to Feb 11
Price: $2995 - $3495 Canadian
Description: Whistler-based company specializes in all-mountain guiding and coaching for advanced-intermediate to expert skiers. Trips last seven or eight days.
Phone: 800-938-9656
Web: www.extremelycanadian.com/trips.html

Freestyle America Summer Training Camps, Blackcomb, BC
Description: Freestyle offers concentrated camps in moguls, aerials, and acrobatics at such places as Blackcomb, BC, Lake Placid, NY, and Campton, N.H. Camps are offered in the summer and fall lasting anywhere from 3-16 days.
Phone: 603-726-4283
Web: www.freestyleamerica.com

Moguls Ski Tours "Fresh Tracks" Program
Description: Ski tour company offers a fond farewell to anything resembling a crowd at BC resorts like Fernie, Selkirk, and Whistler/Blackcomb. The "Fresh Tracks" program is designed to take you to resorts that remain largely undiscovered by the skiing public with untracked expanses of ski trails, back country, and "oh my god" scenery.
Phone: 800-666-4857
Web: www.skimoguls.com

Mountain Pursuits, Fernie, BC
Dates: November-April
Price: $165 per person; $40 per adtional person
Description: The pictures on the web site say it all: Go now! Trips start from Fernie resort with a lift pass that allows you to skip a long slog up to the sweet backcountry terrain branching off from the ski area. The outfit's owners have a great outlook on backcountry skiing, believing it should be shared with friends. To support their belief, they charge a day rate of $165 for the first person and $40 for each additional bud.
Phone: 250-423-6739
Web: www.elkvalley.net/mountainpursuits

R.K. Heli-Ski, Invermere, BC
Price: $599 - $3832 Canadian
Description: If you ski in control, regardless of trail conditions, you are a candidate for Western Canada's most exhilarating ski experience. Offers several packages that include certified mountain guide service, powder "Fats" rentals, and a picnic-style lunch on the mountains.
Phone: 800-661-6060
Web: www.rkheliski.com

Smart Mogul Skiing, Whistler/Blackcomb, BC
Description: SMS offers a variety of freestyle camps: moguls, new school, aerials. They offer a spring mogul camp in March and April along with private and international camps.
Phone: 604-905-4421
Web: www.smartmogul.com/camps/CampHome.html

Spearhead Mountain Guides, Whistler, BC
Dates: November-April
Price: $400 Canadian for one day (up to 4 people); $500 per group
Description: Although it already topped out this year's Adventure Guide survey ranked as the number-one ski area in North America, Whistler and the surrounding area offer even more than meets the eye. Let the folks at Spearhead Mountain Guides take you behind the ropes and into the spectacular expanse of Garibaldi Provincial Park. Single or multi-day tours are available for intermediates and above.
Phone: 604-905-9033.
E-mail: annab@whistler.net

CALIFORNIA
All Mountain Ski Pros, Sugar Bowl, CA
Dates: Beginning Feb 15
Price: $565
Description: Hook up with frequent SKIING contributor and all-around ski guru Eric Deslauriers in conjunction with Alpine Skills International for a two-day introductory backcountry course run out of Sugar Bowl ski resort. Designed for strong intermediates, the course starts with on-piste training at the resort and at the tail end, moves into Sugar Bowl's phenomenal backcountry. A four-day course is also available, as are programs for more advanced skiers.
Phone: 888-754-2201
Web: www.allmountainskipros.com

Alpine High Adventure, Alpine Meadows, CA
Dates: November-April
Price: $420 for six-person group
Description: Alpine's open-boundary policy means anyone who has the skills can taste the area's sweet back side. But smart people always know what they're getting into before heading into unpatrolled terrain. That's why Alpine's ski school offers six-person guided tours. The traversing is fairly strenuous, and the pitches are steep. Make sure your group is up for it.
Phone: 800-441-4423
E-mail: skischool@skialpine.com

North American Ski Training Center, Truckee, CA
Dates: Year-round
Price: $125 and up
Description: These guys run everything from one-day introductory courses to multi-day ascents of Mount Shasta. If you're a backcountry novice itching for experience, you might want to save up and take them all. The price for one day is $125; for an overnight backcountry course that goes into crampon use and technical skills, you'll pay $295. The guided trek to hike and ski Mount Shasta will run you $315. They also offer international trips.
Phone: 530-582-4772
Web: www.skinastc.com

Sierra Mountain Center, Bishop, CA
Dates: December-March
Price: starting at $250
Description: If you love the terrain but the San Diego surfer-brah crowd is keeping you away from Mammoth, bypass the resort altogether by hitting the Sierra backcountry. The Sierra Mountain Center runs backcountry trips throughout the winter, from introductory courses to more advanced tours to avalanche training. Trips run well into the spring, which around here is legendary for snow, snow, and more snow.
Phone: 760-873-8526
Web: www.sierramountaincenter.com

OREGON
Mt. Hood Summer Ski Camps, Mt. Hood, OR
Dates: May-August
Price: $515 - $870
Description: Offers professional training, video analysis from coaches, and adult programs. Mogul training offers professionally shaped jumps, dual mogul runs, one-and-a-half mile terrain park, big air, roller courses, and top competitor demonstrators.
Phone: 503-337-2230
Web: www.mthood.com

Wing Ridge Ski Tours, Joseph, OR
Dates: December-April
Price: $30-$495
Description: If the crowds at your local ski resort are driving you to the point of agoraphobia, these guided trips into the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon are just the therapy you need. You'll run around the Eagle Cap Wilderness and sleep in historic cabins (with propane stoves) that provide cozy shelter as the freshies are dumped from the sky. Trips top out at $495 per person, but you can take off $100 by sharing KP duty. A self-guided option is available for $30 a person.
Phone: 800-646-9050
Web: www.wingski.comting at $250
Description: If you love the terrain but the San Diego surfer-brah crowd is keeping you away from Mammoth, bypass the resort altogether by hitting the Sierra backcountry. The Sierra Mountain Center runs backcountry trips throughout the winter, from introductory courses to more advanced tours to avalanche training. Trips run well into the spring, which around here is legendary for snow, snow, and more snow.
Phone: 760-873-8526
Web: www.sierramountaincenter.com

OREGON
Mt. Hood Summer Ski Camps, Mt. Hood, OR
Dates: May-August
Price: $515 - $870
Description: Offers professional training, video analysis from coaches, and adult programs. Mogul training offers professionally shaped jumps, dual mogul runs, one-and-a-half mile terrain park, big air, roller courses, and top competitor demonstrators.
Phone: 503-337-2230
Web: www.mthood.com

Wing Ridge Ski Tours, Joseph, OR
Dates: December-April
Price: $30-$495
Description: If the crowds at your local ski resort are driving you to the point of agoraphobia, these guided trips into the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon are just the therapy you need. You'll run around the Eagle Cap Wilderness and sleep in historic cabins (with propane stoves) that provide cozy shelter as the freshies are dumped from the sky. Trips top out at $495 per person, but you can take off $100 by sharing KP duty. A self-guided option is available for $30 a person.
Phone: 800-646-9050
Web: www.wingski.com

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