Would you like to master the mountain in Olympic style?
Okay, so you’re not headed over to XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea (Feb. 9-25). But Crystal Mountain is serving up some unique tune-up opportunities every Friday in February, so that intermediate and advanced skiers of all ages can take advantage of Olympian-sized tips from our Snowsports pros.
Crystal’s Master the Mountain clinics break down tackling terrain variety by focusing on different topics each Friday at 6pm. “The idea is to improve your skiing ability by being able to deal with changing snow conditions and terrain, wherever you are on the mountain, says Chris Fisher, Crystal’s Snowsports School director. “We focus more on tactical decisions, as opposed to getting into an in-depth lesson with all of the nitty-gritty.” Here’s the clinic schedule:
February 2 - Groomed Terrain: Intermediate to expert runs, focusing on skidded to carved turns.
February 9 - Off-piste Terrain: Intermediate to expert runs, focusing on managing ungroomed powder and crud.
February 16 – Moguls: How to ski bumps with different tactics depending on conditions.
February 23 - Carving into Gates: Find out how tactics and technique combine for a fast and furious experience on our NASTAR course.
Cost is $29 per session, or $99 for all four. Advance reservations are required – call 888.968.7686 ext. 2000.
Now if you think you’re already a pretty good skier, it’s smart to see if you’re on the right track. Learning to ski better is often a matter of overcoming old, deeply ingrained habits and replacing them with stronger, more effective habits. Tips from a talented instructor can help you explore your style, diagnose what you can do to deal with constantly changing conditions and terrain, and thus enhance your time on the slopes. In improving one’s skiing ability, it’s like NASTAR, Fisher observes. “We can’t guarantee a gold, but we can improve the experience”.
You may have skied the same way for a long time – but it won’t take that long to sharpen your skills by getting some feedback “After taking many, many clinics over the years, I’m now almost as good as the skier I thought I was ten years ago,” claims Tom Fleming, a veteran skier and part-time instructor with the Crystal Mountain Snowsports School.. Making regular tune-ups to his skiing skills has benefitted him tremendously – because experienced skiers like himself realize it’s a constantly changing relationship between their skis and the snow. So take time during this upcoming Olympic February to sharpen your skills on a variety of terrain types with our Master the Mountain clinics. You’ll be sure to come out a winner!