Steep Skiing Camps
- January 13-16: Aspen (adv intermediate – expert)
- January 20-25: Open (private, semi-private)
- February 3-6: Alta (expert)
- February 9-12: Alta (adv intermediate – expert)
- March 17-21: Alyeska (expert)
Some of the best skiing in the world is where most skiers don’t go. Sometimes it’s a short hike or a traverse to get to the un-skied lines; the steeper slopes, the narrow chutes, tight trees and cornices. This is where the best skiing on any mountain is hidden. It’s challenging terrain that requires strong skills to be safe. After winning two World Extreme Skiing Championships and skiing Alaska for 20 years, Kim Reichhelm and her staff have the knowledge and experience of big mountain skiing to help you take your skiing to the next level.
Steep Camps are designed to help skiers work on their techniques in a safe, controlled environment. Aspen, Vail and Alta ski resorts are the perfect places to practice these skills. A large variety of slopes to choose from allow for terrain progressions suitable to different comfort levels. Kim and her staff will ensure that you walk away with confidence, knowledge and a smile on your face, ready to take on the deepest snow and the steepest slopes you can find.
Each resort hosting Steep Camps is different. Aspen is open to advanced intermediate skiers and better. If you are comfortable on all black runs and have the desire to ski double blacks this is your best choice. Aspen, with both Ajax and Highlands, allow for many options including hiking Highlands bowl and snow-cat skiing. There are two Alta Steep Camps. The first is for expert skiers. You must be comfortable on double blacks, steeps and willing to hike and traverse to the most challenging lines on the mountain. The second Alta camp is for advanced intermediate to expert skiers. We will ski mostly the same terrain but at a slower pace and less hiking. The Alyeska Steep Camp is for expert skiers. Here you will be challenged the most with steep long runs, chutes, and deep snow. There is something for everyone at each of these three resorts with 4 Steep Camp dates to choose from.
Each Steep camp is limited to 12 participants and groups are divided by ability and aggressiveness. We meet each morning to discuss the day’s agenda and hit the slopes first thing. Early bird days, accessing the lift an hour before it opens to the public, are a special treat when you ski with Kim. At the end of the day we watch our day’s video and take care of equipment needs while enjoying some refreshments and rewards of a great ski day.
The Steep Skiing Camps addresses individual equipment needs and will teach you about equipment so that you have more confidence. Demo skis, boots, poles and helmets are available free of charge (except in Alaska). If you are interested in buying equipment, Kim’s staff will help you through the process, ensuring your buying decision is the right one. Video review during our private après ski is extremely helpful. Not only will you learn how to change your technique but you will also learn how the right equipment will make skiing easier and more fun.
- Welcome reception
- 4 day lift tickets
- 4 Lunches
- 4 day clinic video review
- Apres ski parties
- Product demos
- Host Shop
- Gift bag
Steep Skiing Camps
Dates: January 13-16.
Kim’s winter home is Aspen, Colorado and there is nothing she likes better than guiding, teaching and entertaining on Aspen Mountains. With three resorts to choose from there is plenty of terrain and some of the finest on-mountain dining in the world. Our host shop, Gorsuch, is located at the base of the Ajax gondola where we will meet each morning for a cup of coffee and equipment needs. Kim and Aspen local and world class skier Dave Stapleton will share their years of knowledge and experience to help you take your skiing to the next level. Aspen/Snowmass is among the most popular ski destinations in the Western U.S. Nestled high in the Elk Mountain range of the Rockies, Aspen and its sister town of Snowmass Village, service four major ski areas: Aspen, Snowmass, Highlands and Buttermilk – easily the highest concentration of skiing anywhere in Colorado. The surrounding peaks are some of Colorado’s most picturesque, and offer a massive playground for winter activities. The region provides a free shuttle between areas, so you can enjoy the mountain of your choice regardless of where you stay in the valley.
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Dates: February 3-6 and February 9-12.
If you have skied Alta before you don’t have to be told how great it is. Hands-down one of the best ski resorts in the country. With access to Snowbird through Mineral Basin or over the Keyhole, the Alta ski experience doesn’t get any better. Kim has had a love affair with Alta since her big mountain free-skiing days, when she trained at Alta for competitions. Steep Skiing Camps were created by Kim for her clients who wanted to take an Alaska Heli Skiing adventure and a Portillo Ski trip. This is the perfect training ground for skiers who really want to take it to the next level. Guided skiing and instruction from Kim Reichhelm and her staff plus two Alta ski patrol escorts make this Steep Camp unique. It is limited to 12 expert skiers willing to ski Alta including traversing and hiking to reach the best snow and terrain. Focus is on improving technique on steep slopes, tight trees, powder, and crud. Days start early, sometimes an hour before the lifts open to the public, and go all day with a nice break for lunch. Hiking Baldy, Devils Castle, snow cat skiing off the top of Superior and trips to Snowbird are all a part of the Ski with Kim experience in Alta. Apres ski in the beautiful Rustler Bar allows us to watch our daily videos, discuss equipment and talk about future ski trips around the world.
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Since 1991 Kim has never missed a ski trip to Alaska. “Skiing in Alaska is the highlight of my season, I love Alyeska Resort and would go there every year even if I didn’t have all these great guests to share it with. If you are a real skier, Alyeska is a must.” Based just 40 minutes from Anchorage, Girdwood is the host town to the amazing Alyeska Resort, truly a playground for all levels of skiers and riders. Offering 1,500 skiable acres, 76 named trails and over 650″ of snow annually, Alyeska lives up to its reputation as steep and deep. The 8 story, chateau-style Alyeska Hotel provides luxury accommodations with modern touches and rich Native heritage surrounded by unspoiled Alaskan wilderness. Set in a lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers and ocean views. The Alyeska Aerial Tram departs from the base of the hotel and rises 2,300 ft in elevation offering views of the Turnagain Arm, up to seven “hanging” glaciers and endless peaks deep into the Chugach Mountain range. A full service Spa, indoor heated 50 foot lap pool with vaulted wood beam ceilings and a16-person whirlpool featuring bay windows and overlooking the north face of Mt. Alyeska are just a few of the ammenities at the hotel. Based at almost sea level, Alyeska is a great choice for the skier who is challenged by high altitude. Options for Snow-Cat and heli-skiing days are available with this camp.