Ski For Life Moguls Clinic
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
All clinic participants need to be competent, intermediate-level skiers. You should be able to ski any groomed blue run in control. And, ideally, have at least tried to ski moguls. Yes, jumping in a mogul run for a few turns and leaving in fear qualifies.
This program is not appropriate for beginner skiers or individuals who only want to ski groomed runs. Your objective should be to learn how to ski moguls, or improve your mogul skiing abilities.
Ski for Life Moguls clinic is appropriate for intermediate skiers of all adult ages who want to learn how to safely ski moguls and powder in complete control. The average age of our clients ranges from the 40’s to the low 70’s. We also have parents and adult children who take the program together as a bonding experience. The program was previously called “BUMPS FOR BOOMERS” but the name is no longer reflective of our participants, so for the 2020-21 season, we are now called “SKI FOR LIFE” which represents the goal of our participants: to extend their skiing longevity regardless of age.
The Ski for Life Moguls clinic is an “intelligent approach” to mogul skiing rather than a “knees pumping up and down to the ears like pistons” approach. The program is based around building a foundation of better balance, more control, greater efficiency and less fatigue using smart tactics that don’t require a high degree of athleticism, are low impact, easy on your knees and back with no need for fast reflexes. At a higher level, the program introduces life-long skills that enable you to break out of the intermediate-rut, escape over-crowded groomed runs, gain enjoyment from being able to both ski the entire mountain and extend your skiing longevity.
The number of people in a clinic will vary. What you should know is that we staff the 4-day mogul clinics to have a maximum of four people per instructor. Participants are grouped into small groups based on skiing ability. Groups can be ‘fluid’, e.g., you may start the clinic with one group of people, but if you are seeking a faster pace or more challenging terrain, there might be an option to move you to a more advanced group. Likewise, if you would prefer to be in a slower-paced group on less challenging terrain we have the option to make that adjustment as well.
Yes! We have many participants who repeat the 4-day clinic and some even return every year for a season ‘tune-up’. Given that ski conditions are ever changing and skiing is a movement pattern sport, it’s always a good idea to start your season with a clinic and continue to improve your mogul skiing skills and techniques. Since we break into small groups based on ability, if you’re a return client and ready for it, we’ll continue to challenge and improve your skiing.
The SFL Moguls 4-day clinics are taught exclusively on Aspen Mountain. We primarily use the runs at the top of the mountain. You will begin to develop your mogul technique on intermediate-level mogul runs such as Tourtelotte Park, Silver Dip, Midnight, Pumphouse, Easy Chair, Gretl’s, Roches, and Reardons. As you build your confidence and capabilities you will advance to more challenging black runs such as Pussyfoot, Sunrise/Sunset, FIS, Seibert’s Sunrise/Sunset, Blondie’s, Hanging Tree, Back Of Bell 1 & 2, Glades 1, 2 & 3, Red’s Run, and Percy’s. Advanced groups can challenge themselves on double-black terrain such as the Shoulder of Bell, the Ridge of Bell, Silver Queen, Walsh’s and more. We can’t give away all our secret favorite runs. Our instructors will select the runs that have the most appropriate terrain and the best conditions for the group’s skiing ability and maximizing the development of new skills.
The goal of the clinic is for every participant to become a competent mogul skier. So, the majority of time will be spent skiing mogul terrain (and powder terrain if snow conditions permit). That being said, we first introduce mogul skiing skills on groomed run terrain, because, if you cannot first perform the necessary movement patterns on groomed runs then you are unlikely to be successful attempting those techniques in more difficult terrain.
During your mogul skiing clinic, you will learn new techniques. We introduce and practice these new skiing skills on groomed runs and once they are mastered, we will progress to using them on mogul and powder runs. Typically, participants grasp these new techniques quickly and are introduced to mogul terrain by mid-day on Day 1 of the clinic.
The clinic goal is for participants to be able to confidently ski both moguls and powder. The techniques you learn work equally well in both mogul and powder terrain. The good news is that, typically, we find a combination of moguls and powder on many of the runs we ski. We will always have mogul terrain available but it is up to the ski gods if we have access to powder. However, we can’t forecast the weather or make it snow. Our experienced coaches know where the best snow is on the mountain and they will take you to it.
Lift tickets are not included in the price of the clinic. However, there are many options to get the lowest price on lift tickets.
For the 2020-2021 season, please purchase your lift tickets at the time of booking your clinic. Should the ski area be required to limit overall capacity, previously purchased Ski and Snowboard School lessons and lift tickets will be considered a reservation and will be given priority access to the mountain. For more information visit https://www.aspensnowmass.com/plan-your-stay/tickets-and-passes.
Stay Aspen Snowmass also offers discounted lift tickets in combination with purchase of lodging or airline reservations. Call them at 1-800-456-0897 for more information.
If you are over the age of 70, depending on the number of days you will be skiing in Aspen, it might be more economical to purchase a Premier Silver season pass from the Aspen Skiing Company. For example, the 2020-2021 season Premier Silver pass is $819 for the entire ski season. For more information visit https://www.aspensnowmass.com/plan-your-stay/tickets-and-passes/passes.
Aspen/Snowmass also participates in the IKON pass program. Ikon Passholders must make reservations for the days they will ski in 2020-2021. Please visit this page for details: https://www.ikonpass.com/en/access-details
Finally, Aspen/Snowmass participates in the Mountain Collective program that offers 2 days skiing at each of the 18 partner resorts with no blackout dates and 50% off lift ticket rates for extra days. For details visit https://www.aspensnowmass.com/we-are-different/the-mountain-collective.
Aspen is a town of ever-changing accommodations and we decided years ago to focus on teaching skiing and not booking lodging. We always recommend that our clients call Stay Aspen/Snowmass (SAS) for assistance with lodging, lift tickets and even airline reservations. The Aspen Skiing Company work with SAS to offer great package deals. SAS has access to the vast majority of properties in Aspen. They offer discounted lift tickets when purchased with lodging and/or airline reservations. Please contact them directly at 1-800-456-0897.
For our 4-day mogul clinics we strongly recommend that you select a property in Aspen rather than Snowmass simply for the most convenient access to Aspen Mountain. If you stay in Aspen you will not need a rental car. There is no designated parking area for Aspen Mountain. If you stay in Snowmass, please take the free bus serviced offered between Snowmass and Aspen. For the 2020-2021 season there may be delays due to restricted passenger limits on buses. Please see the RFTA page for details on routes and COVID19 requirements.
There are three airports primarily used for travel to Aspen.
1) Aspen airport is a quick 5-10 minute ride from downtown Aspen. Many lodges offer transportation from Aspen airport to their property. If not, taxis are readily available. United Airlines is the primary carrier into Aspen and offers direct flights from Denver, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. American Airlines offers direct flights to Aspen from Dallas/Ft. Worth, Los Angeles, Chicago and Phoenix. Delta offers direct flights to Aspen from Atlanta, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Please visit the Aspen Airport website for current airline information as services change each season and not all airlines fly these routes daily.
2) Eagle Vail (EGE) airport is approximately a 1.5 hour drive to Aspen. Eagle Vail airport is at a lower elevation than Aspen airport and can accommodate larger airplanes. Several carriers offer non-stop flights from the U.S. East Coast into Eagle Vail. Commercial transportation is available for hire from Eagle Vail airport to Aspen. Stay Aspen Snowmass can assist with booking transportation. Please see http://www.eaglevailairport.com/ for more information.
3) Denver International Airport. Denver’s airport is the closest major international airport to Aspen. If there are no weather or traffic delays, it is approximately a 4-hour drive from Denver to Aspen. Once in Denver, you can rent a car or take commercial transportation to Aspen. Please keep in mind that the drive on I-70 from Denver to Aspen travels over two high mountain passes and can be highly impacted by winter weather driving conditions. Again, SAS can assist with booking commercial transportation from Denver to Aspen. See www.flydenver.com for more information. Visit www.cotrip.org for road conditions.
Please keep in mind that Aspen and Aspen’s airport (ASE) is at 7,980 feet elevation and can be subject to weather delays. We recommend that you plan to arrive 1-2 days prior to the clinic to allow for travel delays and adjustment to our high altitude. We also strongly recommend that you carry your ski boots on-board your flight(s) to Aspen along with necessary medications and personal items just in case you encounter a delay with luggage arrival. Should your checked bags not arrive with you in Aspen, ski clothing is readily available for purchase or rental.
Many operational procedures have been mandated by the State and Public Health to create a safe environment for our guests and community. All clinic participants and guests of Aspen/Snowmass are required to follow COVID regulations. Please take the time to read our COVID19 Guidelines for updated information and links.
Please download the Aspen/Snowmass app on your mobile device prior to arriving in Aspen. Use the app to pre-order and pre-pay “Grab and Go” food to expedite buying lunch. This will decrease indoor standing in line ordering and waiting for food.
Details on clinic start time will be shared in your pre-clinic Zoom meeting. The clinic is a full day lesson with skiing from 9-3.
Details on clinic meeting locations will be shared in your pre-clinic Zoom meeting.
New for the 2020-2021 season, participants will provide their own skis for the clinic. We will e-mail you specific ski rental options prior to your clinic. Overnight ski rental is provided at the base of the mountain so no need to transport your skis back to your lodging while in the clinic.
Face masks are required in all public spaces and while riding the gondola and chairlifts. They are also required when entering an indoor space. If you wear a neck gaiter to cover your face outside, please also bring an ‘inside’ mask to put on when you enter a restaurant or restroom. Those gaiters get wet and cold and won’t be so pleasant to wear when inside.
We recommend all participants wear a helmet during the clinic.
Yes. You are welcome to bring your own skis, or rental locally. Overnight ski rental is provided at the base of the mountain so no need to transport your skis back to your lodging while in the clinic.
We typically separate participants into small groups based on their initial skiing ability. So, if you and your partner/friend do not ski at the same ability or ski slower or faster than your partner or friend, we might recommend that you ski in different groups in order to maximize learning for each of you. However, if you request to ski together, we are happy to accommodate your wishes and put you in the same ski group, but both of you will be placed in a group that is appropriate for the lower ability skier.
Due to COVID pre-cautions at the time of writing, sadly we will not be gathering indoors for our apres-ski party with all of the clinic participants. We will still celebrate your success!
While we are not proponents of missing out on a minute of skiing, we do respect the fact that some participants need to schedule a flight back home on the last day of the clinic. You are welcome to leave whatever time is needed to catch your flight.
Many of you may want to store street shoes, extra clothing or other items at the base of Aspen Mountain. There are three different options available to you. (1) There is a staffed checkroom that can store boots, poles, skis and/or extra clothes. The checkroom cost is approximately $10 for 24 hours. (2) There is a single key access small locker option. To use this option you purchase a token in the Gondola ticket lobby at a cost of $4 per day. (3) There is also a free, but unsecured option, to store boots and/or a small bag under a bench in the Gondola ticket office lobby. For more information, visit Storage Options At Aspen Mountain For Boots and Skis