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Heli-Ski Camp



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Telluride has the ideal terrain to build your skills and confidence within the ski area and Helitrax, Colorado’s most experienced heli-ski company, flies right out of the base area of the ski area. Their pristine terrain includes expansive alpine bowls, gladed slopes, and classic mountain couloirs. This wide variety of terrain allows them to choose the perfect run to suit a wide range of ability levels, from upper intermediate skiers to experts, on any particular day. View the following YouTube clip for a glimpse of the terrain available during your heli-ski day.

Do you dream of skiing untracked lines but worry that your skills aren’t up to it? If you ski with confidence on all blue terrain, this camp will build skills and confidence to take your skiing out of the ski area and into the backcountry for an experience of a lifetime.

The wide variety of groomed and ungroomed terrain with the Telluride Ski Area provides a unique environment to gain experience and coaching in similar terrain to what you’ll ski from the helicopter. The third day takes your new found skills and confidence into the backcountry to ski runs chosen to suit your desires and comfort level, with coaching and support provided to help you enjoy and succeed in this new environment.

You’ll ski with one of Telluride’s most experienced instructors for all three days, and a guide from Colorado’s most experienced helicopter skiing company will join the group for the third day.

With a minimum and maximum of 3 participants required for each date, pick two of your favorite friends or family members to share this unique experience and create lasting memories.

For information, call the Telluride Ski School at 970-728-7414.

Daily Schedule (Example)

Evening before Day 1:
Welcome reception, 5:30 – 7pm. 
Get to know your instructor and socialize with the rest of the group. BootDoctor’s, one of America’s leading boot fitters and ski shops, will be on hand to review the latest equipment, and assess your equipment selection and boot fit.

Day 1:
9 am – noon:  
Using stance and alignment (instead of muscle and guts) to turn and control your skis on groomed terrain

Noon – 1 pm: 
On mountain lunch, self-pay

1 - 4pm: 
Using stance and alignment (instead of muscle and guts) to turn and control your skis on ungroomed terrain

Day 2:
9 am – noon: 
Doing more with what you’ve got (tactics and techniques to ski where you’ve always wanted to with the skills and gear you’ve already have)

Noon – 1 pm: 
On mountain lunch, self-pay

1 - 4 pm: 
Mileage to develop comfort and control in soft snow and other ungroomed conditions without fatigue.

4 - 6 pm: 
Get Stoked: Meet your heli guide, preview the next day, questions and answers.

Day 3: Heli Skiing in the San Juans with HeliTrax! (times subject to change due to weather conditions)

8:30 am
Meet HeliTrax at Peaks Hotel (located on the west side of the Mountain Village base area)
-HeliTrax supplies skis, guiding, lunch, and all snacks

3:00 ~ 4:00 pm
Return to Peaks Hotel with HeliTrax

Meet the Instructors

Steve Hindman came to Telluride in 1976 to ski bum only to find no snow and no lifts open. This launched him into the backcountry, where he caught the initial wave of the telemark revolution. For most of the last 30 years, he lived in Bellingham, WA while traipsing about snowy mountains, meadows, and trails on all types of skis. He is a 12 year veteran of the PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) telemark and cross-country demo team, led the adult ski and snowboard school at Stevens Pass in Washington State for five years, and is currently one of the top alpine instructors at Telluride. In the summer, he guides bicycle trips for Lizard Head Cycling Guides in Ophir, CO. In between season, he worries editors as a ski writer.

"My brother and I made the trip out to Telluride late last season to improve our backcountry technique and train for a heli skiing excursion in the San Juan range.  It was our first visit to the mountain, but we struck gold with our backcountry instructor, Steve Hindman.  Steve led us through an increasingly challenging curricula that resulted in immediate improvements in our capabilities and confidence.  He tailored his advice and guidance to our individual strengths and weaknesses, and pushed us through terrain that was both fun and challenging.  Despite the rigor of instruction, Steve's friendly demeanor and positive disposition made the instruction the most fun I have ever had on a mountain.  All told, Steve has earned his place as our instructor of choice -- we've already begun booking our second session with him this season.  If you're looking for the best that Telluride has to offer, look no further than Steve Hindman."

 -- Jason Woosley


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