How we improve your skiing
The success of our Aspen Ski Improvement Programs, for more than 20 years, comes from the trust and connection we build with our guests. It goes without saying you’ll improve your skiing with us. We have a 23-year track record to back that up. You’ll ski more miles and more terrain than you can possibly imagine. And all that mileage combined with our expert tuition and feedback = serious ski improvement.
But, long before you arrive in Aspen, you’ve already responded to our pre-program survey. It’s our first step in learning about you. The type of skier you are and the type you want to become. The terrain you love to ski and the terrain you find challenging. Important insights into what you want from your valuable ski time with us. Long before you’ve even jumped on a plane to get here, we’ve started planning. For you.
Less is more = Ski Improvement
We also hold true to the “less is more” philosophy when it comes to improving your skiing. This means we won’t give you ten things each day to work on. That’s way too confusing and it makes learning hard. So we’ll likely give you just one focus each day, maybe two. Then mileage, mileage and feedback. Practice, more mileage, video and more feedback. On uncrowded slopes where you can be proactive with every turn you make. Proactive and not reactive. It’s hard to improve your skiing when you’re trying to avoid people and obstacles. Waiting in lift lines doesn’t help either because you lose momentum. Momentum and flow with the learning process. So here’s another promise. You’ll never wait in lift lines with us. It’s not the Aspen Snowmass way.
Guests will ski in small groups with their instructor for 5 hours each day. Groups sizes are 6 or less per instructor.
January 2019 – brief schedule
Jan 17: Arrival Day
Jan 18: Welcome, orientation then ski Aspen Mountain
Jan 19: Ski Buttermilk
Jan 20: Ski Aspen Highlands
Jan 21: Ski Aspen Mountain
Jan 22: Free Day
Jan 23: Ski Snowmass
Jan 24: Ski Aspen Highlands
Jan 25: Ski Snowmass
Jan 26: Ski Aspen Mountain
Jan 27: Free Day
Jan 28: Free Day
Jan 29: Ski Snowmass
Jan 30: Ski Aspen Mountain
Jan 31: Ski Aspen Highlands
Feb 1: Departure Day
Workshops and speciality days are woven into the program. On speciality days, you can choose the specific area of your skiing you want to improve. This includes bumps, carving, steeps, powder or general improvement. Video analysis sessions are also included.
Our fantastic tour accommodation is located at The Gant. Large and spacious condos are just the beginning with a host of other facilities including pool, spas, gym, cafe, bar and conference rooms at your disposal.
Our après events regularly kick-in once the ski day is over. They are designed to bring people together and to create an enjoyable social environment.
This 15-night program includes a total of 3 free days (not including arrival and departure days). This gives you plenty of time to rest tired muscles or to explore Aspen as you wish. 10 full on-snow ski days are included but with your 30-day lift ticket, you can ski every day if you wish. See our itinerary for a detailed breakdown of each day.
1. Five hours per day for ten full days = 50 hours of focused development on your skiing. Guaranteed groups of 6 people or less. Extremely experienced and qualified Aspen instructors who know this sport better than their parents!
2. Working together in small groups helps everyone improve. While one-on-one instruction is great, the benefits of being in a small group and working to improve your own technical ability with others is a fun and very successful way of reaching that next level. People learn a lot about their own skiing through watching others working on specific skills and listening to how they can improve. It’s like getting a little bag of bonus tips that you can practise along the way.
3.Really knowing Aspen, the terrain, and where to ski depending on the conditions is gold. Our Aspen instructors know what it takes to ski big mountains but more importantly, they know what it takes to develop skiers of all abilities across all types of terrain and conditions. Knowing how to technically improve someones skiing is only half the battle. And mindset is everything. It’s above the shoulders where much of the challenge to reaching that next level is locked away. And we are very skilled at harnessing and unlocking the mind game.
4. The combined terrain of Aspen’s four mountains gives us an unfair advantage. Combined with the right advice and plenty of mileage, you skiing has no option but to improve. We are very good at knowing when to push you, switch focus or pull it back a notch. Our team have built their careers developing skiers just like you.
5. Humour makes the world go round and let’s face it, skiing is meant to be fun. And when it’s fun you learn. Laughter and camaraderie are big components of all our trips and programs. If you’ve been on a Ski Aspen Tour before, or you’ve crossed paths with us on your travels, you know what we’re about.
Why the free skis?
No, it’s not a marketing gimmick. Being on the right equipment is an important part of our ski improvement blueprint. If you’ve elected the skis and bindings as your Aspen bonus, we’ll accompany you to Aspen Sports immediately after our welcome briefing on day 1. We’ll discuss your skiing with the experts at Aspen Sports and based on this, we’ll set you up with a suitable pair of demo skis.
You’ll ski on the demo skis and give us your feedback. We’ll also give you ours. Then, after a couple of days, it’s likely you’ll swap these skis for another pair. And then maybe even another pair. The great thing is, you are under no pressure to make a quick decision on which skis are best suited for you. But when you do decide on the right skis, the team at Aspen Sports will mount you up a new pair and they’re all yours. And with such a vast range of skis to demo and choose from, you can be 100% sure of getting the ski and binding set up that’s right for you.
And best of all, you can choose from any skis* on the Aspen Sports rack. You have an unlimited selection from their extensive range of Volkl, K2, Nordica, Rossignol, Blizzard, Salomon, Armada and more.
*the only ski brand not included in this offer is Stockli
- 15 nights accommodation at The Gant
- 30-day lift pass valid at all 4 Aspen resorts
- 10-day on-snow instructional and guided program with our Aspen team
- Video analysis sessions
- All in-Aspen ground transfers
- 24/7 in-resort hosts
- Regular après events that include food and drinks
- Ski and boot fitting seminars
- Pair of skis and bindings from Aspen Sports OR
- 2019 Hotham/Falls Creek season pass OR
- USD $500 gift voucher valid at Aspen Sports
- Travel insurance
- Ground transport into Aspen from another location in the United States
- Food and drinks (except where supplied during our après events)
Day 1: Arrival Day
Welcome to Aspen. No matter what time your flight lands, our team will be at the airport to meet and greet you. You’ll then be transferred in our private cars to your accommodation. This day is designed to be easy going after your long journey to get to Aspen. Take the time to relax and settle into your accommodation.
Day 2: Welcome and Orientation
We start today by getting all guests together for a meet and greet. You’ll receive your lift pass and learn more about the days to come. This is also the time to get any rental equipment or have your own gear checked by the team at Aspen Sports. In the afternoon we offer an optional ‘find your ski legs’ warm up. This is a gentle warm up on Aspen Mountain and we’ll ski for a couple of hours From 6pm enjoy a welcome party hosted by Aspen Sports in their marque store. Free beer, wine, soft-drinks and food is combined with expert advice and exclusive deals for Ski Aspen guests.
Day 3: The on-snow program begins – Skiing Buttermilk
Today you’ll meet your team of instructors at the base of Buttermilk Mountain. You’ll spend the day skiing Buttermilk, getting properly warmed up and preparing for the big days ahead. Our on-snow groups are very flexible. Initially divided by ability, speed and daring – you’ll have the opportunity to swap groups on a daily basis to push yourself or take it easy. Group sizes are capped at 6 guests per instructor. Lunch is at The Cliffhouse restaurant where the Mongolian Grill is a favourite. After skiing, return home and prepare for another welcome party – this time courtesy of The Gant Aspen. Food and drinks are supplied and it’s another great opportunity to get to know the group and talk all things skiing.
Day 4: Skiing Aspen Highlands
Today you’ll meet your instructors at the base of Aspen Highlands. Be challenged on this fantastic mountain – the locals favourite – then take a well-earned break for lunch at the Merry-Go-Round restaurant. You’ll finish the ski day with our traditional après event hosted by the Ski Aspen team at the base of the mountain – food and drinks supplied.
Day 5: Skiing Aspen Mountain
Nicknamed Ajax, today you’ll meet your instructors at the base of the Silver Queen Gondola on Aspen Mountain. Grab a free coffee for the ride up and take in the views. Explore all that Ajax has to offer and meet for lunch at The Sundeck restaurant. Tonight is a free evening with no planned après events. But as you’re skiing on Ajax, you’ll no doubt join our team when you finish skiing in one (or maybe two) of the best après venues in town! Ajax Tavern, The Little Nell and Schlomo’s are all on your way home!
Day 6: Free day
Today is a day for you. Take a day off-snow and explore the town, go shopping, or visit one or more of the cafes, restaurants or bars. If you’d prefer to ski, choose your mountain and away you go. Often guests will get together on the free days to ski or enjoy the town.
Day 7: Skiing Snowmass
Today you’ll meet your instructors on-snow at the end of the Snowmass Mall at Snowmass. This mountain is big. So big you could fit all three of Aspen’s other mountains into it. Not surprisingly then, today is a solid day of exploring. Generally, you’ll start skiing on the Elk Camp side of Snowmass then slowly work your way across. By the time you reach the other side, it’s lunchtime – and where better to eat than Sam’s Smokehouse. The staff here even save us tables so Ski Aspen guests will never need to hunt for seats. Our ski day finishes back at the Snowmass Mall where we enjoy another great après event – this time hosted by the Aspen Skiing Company. Food and drinks are provided courtesy of Aspen Skiing Company to say thanks for choosing Aspen.
Day 8: Skiing Aspen Highlands
Today you’re back at Aspen Highlands. And (conditions permitting) today is the day for those who want to hike the famous Highland Bowl. Take the Loge Peak chairlift, then the snowcat as high as it’ll go. Then it’s time for a 30-minute hike to the summit of Highland Peak. This experience is one not to miss because what goes up must come down… and it’s a long way down! The skiing from the top of the Highland Bowl is the stuff of legend.
Tonight is another free evening. By now, many of our guests will be socialising together outside of the organised après events. So enjoy a night out with others or maybe a quiet night at home – the choice is yours.
Day 9: Skiing Snowmass
Today you’re back at Snowmass and will be trying to ski all the terrain you didn’t get to visit last time. Take on “Long Shot” for a mid-morning adventure or challenge yourself a little more with “Powderhorn”. Lunch today is at Elk Camp. At the end of the ski day maybe a quick après at Venga Venga.
Day 10: Skiing Aspen Mountain
Back on Ajax and by now you’ve got the routine sorted. Free coffee when meeting the team at the gondola and up you go. Lunch is again at the Sundeck restaurant and yep, après on the way home is pretty hard to pass up – it’s Aspen after all and you now have two free days.
Day 11: Free Day
Welcome to your weekend. Today take it easy and treat yourself to a wander around town or get back up there and take on your favourite mountain. Nothing officially planned for tonight.
Day 12: Free Day
Your second day off and you’ll be feeling good. If you skied yesterday, take today off. If you took yesterday off, make a few turns today. We advise at least one full rest day during this two-day block. You’ve got a big 3 days coming up.
Day 13: Skiing Snowmass
It’s the final Snowmass ski day. Meet the team as usual at the end of the Snowmass Mall and get skiing! Lunch today will be at Gwyn’s High Alpine. Finish the day by skiing your favourite Snowmass runs.
Day 14: Skiing Aspen Mountain
A final day of riding the gondola and taking on all the glades, steeps or groomers that Aspen Mountain has to offer. One last lunch at the Sundeck with the incredible views overlooking the Highland Bowl. No official après event this afternoon but there is always something happening after an Ajax ski day.
Day 15: Skiing Highlands
Meet the team at the base of Highlands and decide. One last hike up the bowl? Or do you want to challenge yourself in Deep Temerity? Or maybe just winding down with some top to bottom runs on the never-ending groomers? The choice is yours. We’ll have a final night dinner arranged for tonight to celebrate with everyone on your trip.
Day 16: Departure Day
Check-out time is 10am. The team at The Gant will transfer you to the airport to meet your flight. If you’re on a later flight we’ll help you store your bags until you’re ready to leave. Sadly, your Aspen adventure for this season has come to an end. Unless you decide to stay on?
It’s possible that the daily schedule will vary slightly from program to program. However, each will include the identical number of on-snow days, free days and après events.
The Gant is Aspen, Colorado’s premier condominium resort, providing the comforts of a condominium style unit with the services and amenities of a luxury hotel. Located at the base of Aspen Mountain, The Gant provides easy access to world-class skiing and historic downtown Aspen, along with their signature Gant Van service for on-demand in town and airport transportation. The Gant is also the only full-service condominium resort in Aspen to offer on-property food and beverage service with Pepperjack’s Cafe. The Gant offer standard, deluxe and premium rated units. Our advertised 15-night packages include a standard rated unit in the tour price. Upgrades to deluxe and premium rated units are available upon request.
Our 15-night program advertised price is based on twin-share per room accommodation in a standard rated 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom unit at The Gant. The maximum number of guests per unit is 4. You have the option to select a single supplement during the booking process which will guarantee you your own bedroom and en-suite. We can tailor accommodation to every taste and budget. If you would prefer your own unit or perhaps a hotel style room, please contact us to discuss the many options.
Dates & Prices
To calculate the price for your Ski Aspen Program, select from the dates below. Then choose what you want from the options that appear. On completing your selections, you’ll see the total price for your program.
Once you are happy with your selected program options, click ‘submit’ and you’ll be taken to our online booking form.
There is a $2,000 non-refundable deposit required upon booking, with the balance payable 90 days prior to your advertised program start date.
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