An Extreme Team clinic follows this general pattern:

First morning: Ski the blacks and double blacks. Not hard, you know. This is not only to show off your skills but also to help instructors group you with others at your level.

First afternoon: Ski on and off groomed runs to learn the basics of carving turns on steep terrain while finding what Dan refers to as a “balanced center on the ski, [a] focus on using the whole ski to do the work.” Getting a bit tougher.

Second morning: The objective here is “visualization,” which involves skiing both on and off double-black runs, at sustained high speeds, to gain an inner sense of the ultimate that extreme skiing demands.

Second afternoon: More and more demanding. Searching for all different snow conditions and exposure to such little handicaps as rocks,
trees, and chutes. Learning specific techniques for those conditions. Now it’s damned tough.

Third morning: Take to the air. Shoot off the moguls. Leap from 10, 20, 30 feet. Ski everywhere.

Third afternoon: Search it out. Tear it up. Explore the toughest that the mountain has to offer and that you have to give.

Third evening: Every man and woman who’s survived these three days gets an award at a noisy, exuberant, “we-made-it-alive” celebration.

Want to join them?

For further information, contact: Extreme Team Advanced Ski Clinics, P. O. Box 368, Crested Butte, CO 81224; or Grand Targhee, Extreme Team, Box Ski, Alta, WY 83422. Or check with your favorite resort. It now may be offering special programs for extreme skiers.

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