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Telluride Colorado

Ski Biomechanics Camp

The Essence of Efficient, Effortless Skiing

Winter 2020-21 Dates TBA


Biomechanics is the word and the word is spreading. Ski Biomechanics is a science-based approach to ski teaching. Instruction is centered on awareness of natural functional skeletal alignment, allowing muscles to do less work. The camp’s goal is to facilitate understanding of anatomic origins of movement, leading to efficient and precise ski performance.

Dr. Kim Hewson, Orthopedic Surgeon, former Director of Sports Medicine at University of Arizona, and a lead Telluride Ski School Instructor, has refined this industry leading biomechanics approach to ski instruction over more than a decade. This innovative approach is widely accepted as one of Telluride Ski School’s elite training programs for professional instructors and is now available to the public through the Biomechanics Camp.

The Ski Biomechanics Camp is open to intermediate to advanced skiers. Ability level groups, maximum four guests per instructor.

The Camp is based out of The Peaks Resort & Spa in the Mountain Village where our classroom sessions and lunches will be held. The Peaks is an excellent ski-in ski-out venue which provides preferred lodging rates for our participants (See Below).

Students benefit from the following:

  • Twelve-year ski instructor training program available to the public.
  • An innovative biomechanical approach to alpine skiing.
  • Easier skiing through less effort enjoyed in a unique learning experience.
  • Experience the value of continuity of instruction over 3 days on-snow.
  • Learn "how the body works" using natural functional alignment.
  • Discover how to "stack" your bones so that your muscles do less work.
  • Pre and post Camp personal video analysis.
  • Come away with special technical knowledge, improved skills and training exercises to check performance after leaving us.

On-Snow Training Topics

  • Basic parallel turns, initial personal video analysis.
  • Foot and ankle skills - refine ski edge control and improve turning skills.
  • Independent leg actions - outside leg rotation, inside leg steering, long leg-short leg.
  • Upper-lower body separation - "Zone of Separation": inclination, angulation, counter.
  • Compare skill blend demands in varied snow conditions and terrain.
  • PUT IT ALL TOGETHER - dynamic parallel turns, final personal video analysis.

Classroom Training Topics

  • Skeletal analysis - skeletal anatomy, stance, balance, stacking.
  • Foot and ankle mechanics - “it all starts in the feet”.
  • Boot structure and alignment - effect on foot/ankle mechanics and stance.
  • Hip and knee mechanics.
  • Upper-lower body separation.
  • Skill blending in varied snow conditions/terrain - steering, tipping, pressure control.

Ski Camp Sample Schedule


5:30pm–7pm: Welcome Reception – Peaks Resort & Spa, Legend Room

  • Meet and Greet: Instructors/Participants.
  • Camp Overview, preliminary guest groupings.


8:45am—9:30am: Classroom – Peaks Resort & Spa, Legend Room

9:30am—Noon: On-snow training

12:15pm—1:30pm: Lunch with Open Discussion on morning topics – Peaks Resort & Spa, Legend Room

1:30pm–4pm: On-snow training


8:45am—9:30am: Classroom – Peaks Resort & Spa, Legend Room

9:30am—4pm: On-snow training with lunch on-mountain, restaurant by group preference

5:30pm—7pm: Closing Reception – Peaks Resort & Spa, Appaloosa Room


Meet the Directors

Kim Hewson

Dr. Kim Hewson

Orthopedic Surgeon, former Director of Sports Medicine at University of Arizona, Ski School Instructor (20 years) and Staff Trainer

Annie Savath

Annie Savath

One of the nation’s first female ski school directors, former Director of Telluride Ski School, Ski School Instructor and Staff Trainer

Fifty plus ski seasons experience in five different countries

Richard Thorpe

Richard Thorpe

Ski School Instructor and Staff Trainer

Colorado Ski Country—USA Instructor of the Year, 2010

44 years' experience


Dr. Kim Hewson at or call (970) 729-1313

Annie Savath at or call (970) 275-8795

Preferred Lodging

The Peaks Resort & Spa

The Peaks Resort & Spa, located in Telluride’s Mountain Village offers luxury hotel and residential vacation accommodations. Enjoy world-class outdoor adventure, unparalleled views and amenities with a dedicated staff committed to providing genuine care for our guests.

Allow us to Elevate Your Experience in the San Juan Rocky Mountains with breathtaking scenery, mountain wildlife, and ski-in/ski-out access to Telluride Ski Resort. Enjoy the full experience of Telluride whether you are visiting to hike, bike, golf, fish, ski, festival, or relax in the spa.

To secure your reservations please call (855) 420-9027 and reference “Biomechanics Camp” for preferred rates.