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Local ski training center offers new trip to Snowbird

Photo courtesy of NASTCChris Fellows (above) founded North American Ski Training Center in 1994 with wife Jenny.

The North American Ski Training Center is a high-performance ski school based in Truckee for intermediate, advanced, and expert skiers offering multi-day, total immersion clinics. NASTC offers ski trips and clinics throughout the Western U.S., Canada, Europe, and Chile for skiers eager to catapult their skiing to new levels. NASTC courses are led by Demonstration Team Members for the PSIA or Certified Ski Guides with the American Mountain Guide Associations. Based in North Lake Tahoe, CA, NASTC was founded by husband/wife team Chris and Jenny Fellows in 1994, and has helped to improve the abilities of thousands of skiers around the world. NASTC has earned a reputation for its excellence over the past 10 years. For more information or a brochure, NASTC can be reached at ski@skiNASTC.com, PO Box 9119, Truckee, CA 96162, (530) 582-4772, or visit the Web site at http://www.skinastc.com.The following local ski clinics are available and upcoming: Instructor Certification Level I Training; Sugar Bowl, Dec. 11-13.If you are looking to expand your horizons in the world of skiing, NASTCs annual Instructor Training course is a good one for you. In it, youll improve your own skiing through the use of exercises, drills, video and intensive free skiing. You will learn the skill demonstrations that you need to know to start teaching at any resort. This course prepares you for the PSIA Level I Certification, and most students attain it on Day 3 of the course. Dates: Dec. 11-13, Levels 7-9 Price: $655 (includes three days of lift tickets and instruction, two dinners and two breakfasts) Boot and Ski Technical Tune-Up; Alpine Meadows, Jan. 20-21, 2005.During these two days, the primary focus will be to get your equipment dialed-in by the guru of gurus, Jim Schaffner of Truckees Start Haus ski shop, while also improving your technique on the snow under the watchful eyes of our instructors. Each student will go through a full personal evaluation of his or her boots and skis. We will use computer assisted video analysis and instant feedback tools to determine your specific remedies to rectify your equipment, stance and alignment issues. Dates: Jan. 20-21, 2005, Levels 6-9Price: $641 (includes two days lift tickets & instruction, one dinner)

NASTC has planned a new trip to Snowbird, Utah, with a warm-up first at Grand Targhee, Wyomings Catskiing Powder Fun and Skills Course: Grand Targhee, WY: Jan. 8-12, 2005This four-day course with NASTCs top trainers at this powder mecca features two days of ski improvement at the resort and two full days of guided snowcat skiing. With acres of untracked powder snow on moderate to steep terrain, its no woinder it was among the top ranked in Ski Magazine in 2004 for snow quality. Targhee is a friendly and quaint resort with breathtaking views of the Grand Teton. The days will be rounded out by delicious dinners, hot tubbing, video review, tech talks, and a long sleep. Dates: January 8-12, 2005, Levels 6-9.Price: $2,090 (two days lift tickets, two full days CAT skiing, four days instruction, four nights lodging, and lunch on CAT skiing days). Fly in/out Idaho Falls or Jackson Hole. Powder and Free-Skiing Skills; Snowbird, Utah: Jan. 22-26, 2005If you have never skied Snowbird, you need to. NASTCs trainers have spent a great deal of time exploring this mountain and are ready to take you up the tram and beyond. This course is sure to see some powder, bowls, steeps, tree skiing and bumps for you to really improve in whatever challenges you most.Dates: Feb. 19-23, 2005, Levels 6-9Price: $2,116 (includes ground transfers, double occupancy lodging, four breakfasts, four dinners, lift tickets, instruction).Below is a list of courses being run by North American Ski Training Center this winter season. Visit http://www.skinastc.com for more information.

DaySiteCourseExpertiseDec. 4-8Squaw Valley, CAEarly Season JumpstartLevels 6-9Dec. 11-13Sugar Bowl, CAInstructor Certification TrainingLevels 7-9Jan. 8-12Grand Targhee, WYCatskiing Powder ImprovementLevels 7-9 Jan. 20-21Sugar Bowl, CABoot & Ski Technical Tune-UpLevels 6-9Jan. 22-26Snowbird, UTPowder & Free-Skiing ImprovementLevels 6-9 Jan. 28Alpine Meadows, CAWomens Ski and Spa DayLevels 6-9Jan. 28Sugar Bowl, CAOne Day RefresherLevels 6-9 Jan. 30NASTC Kids: One-Day FunJan. 30Feb. 3Alpine Meadows & Squaw Valley, CAAll Conditions/All TerrainLevels 6-9Feb. 12-14 Tahoe, CAAvalanche I CourseLevels 7-9Feb. 18-26 St. Anton, AustriaEuropean Ski AdventureLevels 6-9Feb. 20NASTC Kids: One-Day FunFeb. 24NASTC Kids: One-Day FunMarch 6-7Kirkwood, CAAll Conditions/All TerrainLevels 6-9 March 8-10Squaw ValleyOff-Piste Adventure SkiingLevels 6-9March 12-13Tahoe, CAIntro to Backcountry Skiing SkillsLevels 7-9 March 15-17Tioga Pass Resort, CAOvernight Ski Mountaineering AdventureLevels 7-9March 20NASTC Kids: One-Day FunMarch 24-26Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl, Tahoe Backcountry Tahoe MixerLevels 7-9April 3-10Alyeska, AlaskaFree-skiing Improvement & Heliskiing AdventureLevels 7-9April 17NASTC Kids: One-Day FunApril 15-17Sierra East SideSierra Ski Classics Backcountry AdventureLevels 7-9 May 21-22Bay Area, CASpring Skate to Ski Dryland TrainingLevels 1-9June 3-5Mt. Shasta, CAClimb and SkiLevels 7-9Aug. 12-22Portillo, ChileSummer Dream SkiingLevels 6-9 Oct. 8-10Tahoe, CAFall Skate to Ski Dryland TrainingLevels 1-9 Summer 2005Tahoe, CASierra Mountain Guides Rock Climbing Courses for Kids and AdultsCOMING SOONFeb. or Mar 2006Chamonix, FR International Ski AdventureApril 2006Big Sky, MT Spring Skiing Winter 2007Korea Exotic Ski AdventureNASTC is for intermediate, advanced, or expert skiers. The explanation of levels follows below:Level 6: Ski groomed blue and some black trails, usually with parallel turnsLevel 7: Ski groomed blue and most black trails with confidence, but steep terrain or bumps are a challengeLevel 8: Ski black diamond terrain and can handle most steeps and bumpsLevel 9: An expert skier; can ski most anything, but would like to polish it upLevel 10: Certified instructor level

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