You Can Teach an Old Powderhound New Tricks

Sugarbush schooling     Photo: John Atkinson

Three new programs that improve even the best skiers and riders:
POWDER SCHOOL, WINTER PARK, COLORADO
Winter Park's year-old, three-day Steep and Deep camp outfits students with the newest and fattest skis from Salomon, Rossignol, and K2, then pairs groups of three to six with a powder-wise instructor. At the end of the day, coaches pop a video of your turns into the DVD for technique analysis. March 11–13; from $517, lodging not included; winterparkresort.com
EXTREME TERRAIN SCHOOL, CRESTED BUTTE, COLORADO
Mount Crested Butte's North Face is full of 40-degree pitches that, thanks to superior wind and sun protection, hold fresh powder for a week after a storm. There, you'll learn how to safely negotiate hairy in-bounds terrain off the High Lift. Half day, $90; full day, $115; skicb.com
GLADE SCHOOL, SUGARBUSH MOUNTAIN, VERMONT
Sugarbush's brand-new (and awesomely named) School of Gravitational Enhancement, led by John Egan, a veteran of 12 Warren Miller films, teaches the basics of tree skiing on eight new glade trails. Guests learn everything from pole etiquette (remove your straps so you don't blow a shoulder catching a branch) to how to properly point skis down the fall line through the trees. $350 per half day, $600 per full day; sugarbush.com.

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