Winter Park offers Steep and Deep Camp, Backcountry Awareness Weekend

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 6, 2011 7:29 pm

Steep and Deep Camp runs March 11-13

Colorado’s Winter Park Resort put the call out to diamond lovers– double-black diamonds to be exact– for its Steep and Deep Camp, Friday through Sunday. Winter Park Ski and Ride School’s top instructors will help skiers learn to ski better on the resort’s most difficult terrain including snowmobile access to Vasquez Cirque.

For $517 per person with prior online registration or $575 with walk-up registration, campers receive three full days of six hours per day of instruction. For use at the camp, demo skis from Salomon, Rossignol, Volkl, K2 and Head are included in the price.

“During the Steep and Deep Camp, our goal is to build skills that allow our guests to enjoy skiing on the most challenging terrain the resort has to offer.,” said Chris Koch, adult manager for Winter Park Ski and Ride School. “Overcoming anxiety about difficult terrain and experiencing something new and challenging that pushes each one of us to better ourselves are just two of the reasons I enjoy coaching this camp,”

Those interested in attending the camp can register through the Winter Park website or in person 8 a.m., Friday at the Mary Jane Center Moffat Room.

Resort also plans Backcountry Awareness Weekend

Winter Park is also hosting a new Backcountry Awareness Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Winter Park Resort’s Ski Patrol and Grand County Search and Rescue will provide free instruction on how to use a beacon in Beacon Basin, learn snow safety and survival skills and avalanche awareness.

“The Backcountry Awareness Weekend exposes guests to terrain in a controlled environment to gain respect for their surroundings and learn to ski and enjoy the backcountry,” said Mike Schneider, snow safety director for Winter Park Ski Patrol. “This is a great first step for newcomers to backcountry or a refresher course for those who may have not taken an organized educational course.”


Backcountry Awareness Weekend Schedule

Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13

10 a.m.: Free Snow Survival Class w/ Grand County Search and Rescue (MJ Base)

10 a.m.: Beacon Basin* Open for Beacon Training *Lift ticket required to access Beacon Basin

10-11 a.m.: Beacon Training at Beacon Basin w/ WP Ski Patrol

2-3 p.m.: Beacon Training at Beacon Basin w/ WP Ski Patrol

4-5 p.m.: Free Avalanche Awareness Class w/ Grand County Search and Rescue (MJ Base 3rd Floor)

(Photo courtesy of Eric Wagnon)