Bumps For Boomers Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions About the 4 Day Clinics
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.
No, you do not have to be a Baby Boomer to take our 4-day BUMPS FOR BOOMERS clinic. It 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 70’s. Our youngest participant was in his late teens and our oldest participant was 84! We also have parents and adult children who take the program together as a bonding experience.
The name “BUMPS FOR BOOMERS” is intended to convey the notion that the program 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 your 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 BUMPS FOR BOOMERS 4-day mogul 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 can not 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.
If you plan to purchase individual daily lift tickets and want to avoid paying premium lift ticket prices, please make sure that you purchase your lift tickets at least 7 days in advance of your first day skiing in Aspen. 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 2019-2020 season Premier Silver pass is $539 for the entire ski season. For more information visit https://www.aspensnowmass.com/plan-your-
Aspen/Snowmass also participates in the IKON pass program that offers terrific lift ticket values across a large number of domestic and international resorts. Two versions of the pass are offered:
- the IKON base pass (that allows a total of 5 days per season skiing in Aspen/Snowmass with some blackout dates – perfect for a 4-day clinic plus 1 extra day, and
- the full IKON pass (that allows a total of 7 days per season skiing in Aspen/Snowmass with no blackout dates).
For more information and pricing visit https://www.aspensnowmass.com/we-are-different/ikon-pass. If you purchase an IKON pass you are also eligible to take advantage of special IKON pass lodging deals when skiing in Aspen/Snowmass. Call Stay Aspen/Snowmass at 1-800-456-0897 for more information on IKON lodging deals.
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 mogul skiing lessons not 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 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. Allow at least 45 minutes for bus transportation between towns.
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.
Clinics start promptly at 9 am therefore we will ask that you plan to arrive at the meeting location by 8:45. Your group will head up the mountain and ski until approximately 3:30 each day. Clinics break for lunch mid-day. Additional warm-up or bathrooms breaks are easily arranged with your coach.
The BUMPS FOR BOOMERS 4-day mogul clinic meeting location is at the plaza level (street level) Gondola ticket office lobby which is to the right of the stairs that go up from the plaza level to the gondola loading area. Look for us to be gathered either just inside the entrance doors of the lobby (on a cold morning) or immediately outside the doors in front of the lobby (if it is not too cold). We will be in ski school uniforms (gray jacket, red pants) with name badges. DO NOT go up the stairs to the gondola loading area.
For days 1 and 2 of the 4-day mogul skiing clinic we introduce new techniques on short skis which accelerates learning. Those skis are provided for both days and included in the clinic price.
We have partnered with a local ski shop to provide the short ski rentals for you. It is each participant’s responsibility to visit the ski shop the day before the clinic – or very early on the first day of the clinic – to have your ski bindings set for your boots and to pick up your skis. Additional details on ski rental arrangements will be provided two weeks prior to the clinic start date.
For days 3 and 4 we have a coached transition skiing techniques learned back to traditional length skis. Participants are responsible for providing ski equipment for these 2 days, either by renting locally in Aspen or by bringing their own skis.
Most participants who fly into Aspen for the clinic do not bring their own skis simply because of the cost and inconvenience of flying with skis. During the clinic you will experience the many benefits of skiing off-piste on a shorter length ski. After learning new techniques most participants are surprised to find how much better they can ski using a shorter ski than they have typically used before.
After Day 2 of the clinic, having seen you ski, coaches are available to recommend an optimum ski and ski length for you. We do not recommend skis based on height and weight; we recommend skis based on your skiing ability and conditions. We strongly recommend that you wait until you arrive in Aspen to rent skis. We have negotiated discounts for our participants with several local shops. And we do not receive compensation for referrals from these shops!
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 then need to be placed in a group that is appropriate for the lower ability skier.
BUMPS FOR BOOMERS hosts an après ski get together at the end of Day 4 of the clinic to celebrate everyone’s on-snow successes. The party starts at 3:30pm and usually wraps up around 5:00pm. Because many of our clients travel alone to Aspen to take the clinic they will often ask others in the clinic to get together for dinner but this is not formally organized and is completely up to the individuals. Don’t be shy about asking.
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.