Specialty Camps


Advance your snow skills with one of our Specialty Camps.

Development Squad

Development Squad at Telluride Ski Resort

The development squad is a 7-session, full-day ski and snowboard program offered through the Telluride Ski and Snowboard School. D Squad’s goal is to foster a fun and safe learning environment, while developing well-rounded skiers and snowboarders who have a true love for the sport, the mountains and Telluride. Each session, D Squad will promote team building and model safe mountain tactics in a non-competitive environment.

We will continue to offer Terrain Park, Big Mountain and Race training in the second half of the program for those age groups and abilities that are appropriate for learning these disciplines. D Squad is limited to one day per child per weekend. You may not sign your child up to Ski on Saturday, and Snowboard on Sunday for example. Please also note that lunch is included. If your child has any food allergies, we highly recommend packing them a lunch.


Coaches are experienced Telluride Ski & Snowboard School instructors.

SATURDAY PROGRAM: Jan 7, 14, 21, 28; Feb 4, 11, 25 (No 18th) SUNDAY PROGRAM: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb 5, 12, 26 (No 19th)

AGES: Alpine: 3-14 years old | Snowboard:  5-14 years old

PRICE: $650


Development Squad is available for:

  • Skiers ages 3-4 years old all experience levels. Child must be 3 years old by start date, completely potty-trained, and prepared to be outside for the entire lesson.
  • Skiers ages 5-14 years old Green (able to ski chair 10 making controlled wedge turns) through Black level.
  • Snowboarders ages 5-6 years old – all experience levels.
  • Snowboarders ages 7-14 years old Green through Black level (able to ride chair 10 making controlled turns).


For more information, please email lessons@telski.com or call (970) 728-7414.

Women’s Weekend

Take your skiing to the next level!

Women's Weekend

Session 1: Jan 27-29, 2023
Session 2: Mar 3-5, 2023

Women’s Weekend Camp (w/o lift ticket): $725
Women’s Weekend Camp (w/ 3 day lift ticket): $875

3-Day Weekend Camp

This no-frills weekend camp is focused on ski improvement.

  • Intermediate through advanced skiers
  • 3 days expert instruction by our leading women instructors
  • Assessment of alignment and ski equipment

The first morning we will meet at the base of chair 4 in Mountain Village. The entire group will ski together in the morning and based on skier profile as well as ability on the snow, smaller groups will be determined before lunch. The rest of the 3-day camp, coaches will provide activities and drills to help you improve and give you suggestions on where you should practice your newly developing skills and where to challenge yourself.

Ski in a small group setting with like-minded skiers who share similar goals. Women instructors lead a ski focused experience with daily on snow activities, yoga class, mobility work and apres ski activities. Ages 15 and up.

  • Stance – balance fore and aft and side to side.
  • Steering – actively turning both feet.
  • Edging – increasing or decreasing the amount the ski is on edge.
  • Pressure – increasing or decreasing the amount of weight applied to the ski.

Join us for a great weekend of skiing, improving your technique, and having fun.


Ski Biomechanics

The Essence of Efficient, Effortless Skiing

Jan 13-16, 2023

Biomechanics Camp (w/o lift ticket): $1,800


Ski Biomechanics

Do you want to take your skiing to a new level? Biomechanics is the vehicle to get you there. Ski Biomechanics is a science-based approach to ski teaching. Instruction is centered on awareness of natural functional skeletal alignment, allowing muscles to do less work. Our goal is to facilitate understanding of anatomic origins of movement, leading to efficient and precise ski performance.

Dr. Kim Hewson, Orthopedic Surgeon, former Director of Sports Medicine at University of Arizona, and a lead Telluride Ski School Instructor, has refined this industry leading biomechanics approach to ski instruction for close to two decades. This innovative approach is widely accepted as part of Telluride Ski School’s elite training program for professional instructors and is now available to the public through private lessons.

The Ski Biomechanics Camp is and limited to 24 campers and is open to intermediate to advanced skiers. Groups are based on ability level with a maximum four guests per instructor.

Biomechanics Camp Guests benefit from the following:

  • An innovative biomechanical approach to alpine skiing.
  • Easier skiing through less effort enjoyed in a unique learning experience.
  • Experience the value of continuity of instruction over 3 days on-snow and in classroom.
  • Learn “how the body works” using natural functional alignment.
  • Discover how to “stack” your bones so that your muscles do less work.
  • Pre and post Camp personal video analysis.
  • Come away with special technical knowledge, improved skills and training exercises to check performance after leaving us.
  • The personal feedback from Telluride’s most acclaimed instructors.

For Detailed Information:

Contact Camp Director Richard Thorpe at rthypno@yahoo.com


Ski Biomechanics Camp Schedule:

Friday evening: Welcome Reception


  • 8:45am—9:30am: Classroom Session
  • 9:30am—Noon: On-snow training
  • Lunch INCLUDED with Open Discussion on morning topics
  • 1:30pm–4pm: On-snow training

Monday evening: Closing Reception

For more information and to book, please email lessons@telski.com or call (970) 728-7414.

Meet the Biomechanics Camp Directors

Dr. Kim Hewson


Orthopedic Surgeon, former Director of Sports Medicine at University of Arizona, Ski School Instructor (20 years) and Staff Trainer.


One of the nation’s first female ski school directors, former Director of Telluride Ski School, Ski School Instructor and Staff Trainer, 50+ ski seasons experience in five different countries.

Richard Thorpe


Ski School Instructor and Staff Trainer, Colorado Ski Country—USA Instructor of the Year (2010), 44 years teaching experience.

Making Friends with Moguls Camp

Explore the fundamentals to ski moguls the easy way.

Why Mogul Camp?

In the moguls, space and time between turns are abbreviated. Therefore, inefficiencies that can be disguised on groomed runs will be ineffective in moguls. To ski easily in moguls requires more precise movement patterns.

In our camp, we spend time on groomed runs refining these precise movement patterns before entering mogul fields. The camp time and activities are split up between drills on groomed runs, discussion of mogul lines and tactics, and practical application on mogul runs. The amount of time on each depends on the skills our guests bring to the camp.

The goal of the camp is to use the above mentioned to make friends with moguls and be comfortable in Blue level mogul runs. We will start out slowly, with proven exercises and progressions, to help attendees achieve their goals. Camp groups will be based on ability levels. The camp leaders are mature skiers who have successfully taught these techniques for many years at the Telluride Ski School.

Benefits of the Mogul Camp

  • To explore the fundamentals of efficient skiing in moguls.
  • Create tactics for low impact skiing.
  • See more of the mountain than ever before.
  • Learn to overcome the fear of skiing moguls.
  • Develop a mogul strategy that can be used on any bump run.
  • Learn how the right equipment choices make skiing bumps easier.


I learned more about skiing in those two days with the Making Friends With Moguls Camp than in all of the past 10 years combined.” — Mitch V., Mountain Village, CO

2021-2022 Making Friends With Moguls dates:

Session 1: Jan 20-22, 2023
Session 2: Feb 28- Mar 2, 2023

Moguls Camp (w/o lift ticket): $825
Moguls Camp (w/ lift ticket): $975


For more information, please email lessons@telski.com or call (970) 728-7414.

Meet the Instructors


Richard is a fully certified, 64 years young instructor and Telluride Ski Resort trainer who specializes in mogul skiing. Richard has an extensive bag of tricks to make learning to ski easy and fun. Richard has 43 years of teaching experience and in 2010 was selected as Colorado Ski Country’s Instructor of the Year.


A 68-year-old fully certified instructor who has skied for over 60 years of his life. Larry has been skiing Telluride for 43 years and has taught for 28 of them, teaching guests as young as two and as old as 80 all levels of skiing. Larry currently specializes in teaching mature skiers how to enjoy skiing with less fear and muscle fatigue.


Andrea has taught skiing for 38 years in Vermont, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado; at Breckenridge, Purgatory, Monarch and Telluride. By identifying your personal strengths along with embracing efficient moves, Andrea believes your day on the hill will be more FUN, even while skiing bumps! Yup, bumps are a challenge; no doubt about it. Our camp is successful because you are given time to learn and your coach time to teach.

For more information and to book, please email lessons@telski.com or call (970) 728-7414.

Silver Skier Program

For skiers 50 years young and up.

Our newest program within the Ski and Snowboard School, the Silver Skier Program is offered to skiers 50 years young and up. Offered in January and February on Thursday mornings, each session includes 4 mornings with top pros from the Ski School.  Silver Skiers will enjoy exploring the mountain with new friends who share your same passion and love for the sport in a small group setting and just the right amount of coaching. Having fun and broadening your social circle are the main goals for the program, so we look forward to including you in great days out on the hill.


The program is designed for Novice/Cruisers all the way through Advanced/Hard Core skiers and we will be creating the groups based on each person’s ability level.


Rentals and Demos at an additional cost will be available so you can try out the newest ski gear to help improve your skiing.

Silver Skiers Program: $195

Session 1: Jan 5, 12, 19, 26
Session 2: Feb 2, 9, 16, Mar 2

Thursdays from 9am-noon


For more information, please call
(970) 846-9179 – Christi Northrop McRoy

Meet the Instructor


Started skiing at Winter Park at age four, this will be Christi’s 66th year skiing. With an Austrian father, skiing is what her family did. In 1962 at the University of Colorado, Christi started teaching skiing for Jack Beattie in his kids’ program and has been involved in teaching for 52 years since. In 1976 Christi wrote the book SKIING WITH KIDS and worked as a writer for SKI MAGAZINE for 25 years.  At SKI, Christi helped found and develop their national kids teaching program SKIwee.  In addition, she covered ski equipment for SKI and headed up their Junior Equipment Test.  From 1991-2005, Christi coached juniors with the Winter Park Competition Center and raced in the Rocky Mountain Masters program.  Christi holds her Level 2 USSA Certified Ski coach.


Coaches will be from the “senior” ski school staff with an interest in making skiing fun, relaxed, and enjoyable for our fellow seniors. Once our groups are formed (based on ability and interests), we will try to keep the same coach and group throughout each session.

For more information and to book, please email lessons@telski.com or call (970) 728-7414.