Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows to offer camps and clinics

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. – This winter, skiers and riders can take their mountain experience to the next level with a little help from the pros. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Ski and Snowboard School offer a wide range of specialty clinics in addition to group and private lessons. A resolution for the New Year – tackle the mountain in ways you never dreamed you could.Free Tuesday Tips at Squaw ValleyWednesday Free Tips at Alpine MeadowsOffered at Squaw Valley every Tuesday through March 19 and at Alpine Meadows every Wednesday through March 20.For those not ready to commit to a full-day lesson, get a free taste of how expert instruction can make your experience on the mountain better at Tuesday Tips at Squaw or Wednesday Tips at Alpine. Receive personalized feedback and experiment with skill-building exercises on terrain suited for your ability with 45 minutes of coaching with express lift access, lift ticket not included.Visit or and JumpsOffered Fridays at Squaw Valley through March 22 and Mondays at Alpine Meadows through March 18.Jibs and Jumps is an introduction to the playful realm of manmade and natural features: boxes, rails, tabletops, tree jibs, wind lips and more. Whether on skis or a snowboard, this clinic will help skiers and riders learn to play all over the mountain and in the terrain parks with confidence, awareness and safety. Open to strong intermediate and above adult (13 +) riders and skiers who are either just starting out in the park or looking for some coaching to take their skills to the next level. More details at or Valley’s Chutes and HikesOffered Mondays at Squaw Valley through March 18.This clinic helps the advanced and expert skier/rider get the most out of Squaw’s legendary expert terrain. Access and conquer Squaw’s steep lines and drops. Find the best snow conditions and “secret” lines only the locals know. Using a high-energy tactical approach, skiers/riders are encouraged to learn through self-discovery in a fast-paced environment. As conditions permit, groups will hike the Palisades, Mainline Pocket and Granite Peak, and explore the cliffs and chutes of Silverado, KT-22 and other nooks and crannies of the mountain not found on the trail map.Visit Excursions Offered Fridays at Alpine Meadows through March 22.Explore Alpine Meadows’ legendary back bowls, trees and chutes. Alpine’s guides will show skiers and riders the easiest routes to the best skiing and riding Alpine has to offer and provide tips on how to ski whatever type of conditions are encountered along the way. Visit SquawOffered Thursdays at Squaw Valley through March 21For skiers who have skied all their lives or those who joined the sport late in life, this clinic is designed for skiers ages 55 and up. Vintage Squaw combines quality skiing, great instruction, and group camaraderie with exercises paced to specific needs. Participants meet at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and tea, tech talks, and team building; skiing begins at 9:30 a.m. and goes until noon.Visit 55 at Alpine MeadowsOffered Tuesdays at Alpine Meadows through March 19.For the active, mature adult, this program offers the opportunity to ski with peers and pick up a few tips from Alpine’s veteran instructors. Designed as a social ski experience, skiers will improve technique while making new friends.Visit’ CampOffered at Squaw Valley Jan. 20-21 and at Alpine Meadows March 14-15.Riders can explore groomers, back bowls, trees, park, chutes and hikes with Squaw and Alpine’s Riders Camp. Squaw and Alpine’s snowboard coaches create a positive vibe that fuels the stoke for riding and progression. Participants will take their riding all over the mountain: groomers, back bowls, trees, park, chutes and hikes.Whether a rider is learning their first 50/50 on a box or dialing in a back flip, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows coaches will break tricks down into the steps necessary to stomp that landing. Video will be shot and reviewed daily (weather permitting). Lunch is also provided each day on the hill for a hassle free recharge that keeps close to the park. Groups will be built around existing skills and desired goals. For intermediate to expert riders ages 13+. This is a two-day program including coaching, video review and lunch. Visit or Women, By Women at Alpine MeadowsCamps offered at Alpine Meadows Jan. 23-25 and again March 11-13.Clinic offered every Thursday and Sunday through March 21.Guests will ski with Alpine’s top female pros who will inspire them to take their skiing to the next level. Alpine’s women’s programs are the perfect opportunity for women to meet other like-minded women who are passionate about the snow. This clinic is also offered as a single day program or three-day camp.Visit or find details on clinics at of Winter at Squaw ValleyCamp offered Feb. 24-26.Clinics offered at every Wednesday at Squaw Valley through March 20.For women who love to ski, this program is designed to improve and challenge black diamond skiing. Squaw’s top pros share their energy, passion, and devotion to coaching this clinic so participants can take their skiing to the next level and ski Squaw’s legendary terrain like they own it. Designed for advanced to expert abilities, these programs provide a fun and supportive environment where skiers become better skiers as they laugh with friends old and new. Visit and PackagesLearn to Ski & Ride Progression Package.This three-day progression package includes lift tickets, rental equipment and beginner lesson for any three days throughout the 2012-13 season for $299. Those who have already taken a first-time lesson or participated in a learn to ski and ride day can upgrade to the three-day progression package and enjoy the remaining two days for just $160. Visit PackageLearn the basics of turning, stopping and riding lifts at a comfortable pace. Expand skills and gain confidence as you explore Squaw’s extensive beginner area, featuring our progressive balance-building terrain gardens. Enjoy new-found camaraderie and feelings of accomplishment as you experience the freedom of gliding. All-Day Price: $169, 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Includes lift ticket, rentals and lesson.Half-Day Price: $129, 1-3:30 p.m. Includes lift ticket, rentals and lesson. Afternoon lesson: $79, 1-3:30 p.m. Includes lift ticket, rentals and lesson. Visit or find details at more information about Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows, group lessons and advanced lessons, visit, or call 1-800-403-0206.

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