What do you do in the summertime?
During the off-season months we offer private guided rockclimbing courses. We host a very popular kids rockclimbing camp on Donner summit every July. Our guides are AMGA certified and highly experienced climbers that are very familiar with the climbing routes in the Tahoe National Forest. In August we host our annual trip to Portillo, Chile – which is a must-do for every avid skier at least once in their lifetime.
Do you take snowboarders? Tele skiers?
We welcome other disciplines in our courses, however we do not offer any specialized instruction in these other disciplines. Family and friends that practice other snowsports disciplines are always welcome and are not obliged to ski or ride with the group. A reduced rate for non-participants is available.
How does NASTC pick its resorts?
We pick resorts primarily based on their terrain selection, their location and setting. We also pick resorts that are known for the good quality of snow and ones that have good lodging and entertainment opportunities. We try to select resorts that have the full package and can offer NASTC skiers an exceptional experience.
What other destinations has NASTC visited?
We are entering our 17th season and in that time have brought groups to many different resorts all over the world. We have run a camp at Killington, VT, Big Sky MT, Grand Targhee, WY, Aspen, CO, Silverton, CO, Las Lenas, Argentina, Chamonix, France, St. Anton Austria, Zermatt, Switzerland to name a few. We do re-visit many of the destinations that we have been to as well as adding new resorts to our selection. If there is a destination that we have visited that you are interested in, we recommend that you check our calendar each year to see if that resort has made a re-appearance. We also invite you to call us and let us know what resorts you are interested in skiing at.
What is V1?
V1 is a digital coaching system. It allows your trainer to use V1’s unique video analysis software to add visual aids to the critique of your skiing footage.
What do the "tech talks" involve?
The tech talks that we offer are educational discussions led by our trainers and guest speakers that cover a broad range of topics related to skiing. These discussions serve to increase your knowledge and understanding of skiing. Some of the topics we address are developments in new ski design, boot technology, how to select the appropriate gear for your needs, boot alignment, fitness, avalanche awareness, ski technique and much more
What if I want a double but don't have a roommate?
We do our best to find a roommate for our skiers that are looking to share a room. However we are unable to guarantee a roommate. In the event that we cannot connect you with a roommate, a single supplement fee will be added to your lodging costs.
What kinds of hotel do you we stay at?
We try to choose hotels with character and charm, proximity to the slopes and a offer a wide variety of amenities. The hotels that we select are classified anywhere from 3-4 stars. We want our skiers to feel comfortable and relaxed, enjoy a good night of sleep and rest and feel like they are on vacation.
What is the Demo Team?
The Demo Team also known as the PSIA Alpine Team, is made up of the 12 best instructors in the United States that serve a 4 year term. Members of the team must pass a rigorous selection process that involves a multi-day tryout with eliminations at the end of each day. Typically over 200 hundred of the country’s top certified instructors present themselves at the National Alpine Team tryouts every 4 years. Each team member is selected according to their excellence in teaching, athletic skill and passion.
What is PSIA?
The Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) is the governing body for the profession of ski instruction within the United States. PSIA with the aid of the Alpine Team determine the standards for national certification and the curriculum for ski schools across the country. The American Teaching System developed by the PSIA is one of the most highly recognized teaching programs in the world.
What does a typical day with NASTC look like?
We start each day out meeting indoors at the resort. On the first day of the course, there will be a short orientation/introduction meeting. Typically by 9am we are out on the slopes and gather into our designated groups. You will ski with your group and trainer for the whole day. The morning tends to be more heavily focused on drills and exercises to help develop the appropriate movement patterns. For lunch, the group tends to stick together and enjoy one of the slopeside restaurants (it is ok to pack your lunch too); often times most of the groups take a lunch break at the same place and time.
What type of skis should I bring?
This depends on what type of course you are participating in and what the weather is like. For most NASTC courses a mid-fat all-mountain ski is appropriate. If there has been significant snowfall then a bringing a fatter or rockered ski would be a good choice. When in doubt, bring the ski that you are most comfortable skiing on.
How much off-piste skiing will we do?
This depends on what type of course you are enrolled in and also what level skier you are. In our Big Mountain & Powder skiing courses you can expect to do a lot of off-piste skiing, about 80%. In the All Conditions/All Terrain courses, the amount of off-piste skiing that you will do depends on what skier level you are. The terrain selection is based on the comfort level of the group.
If I am an intermediate skier, are these courses appropriate?
Yes, absolutely! These courses will be an integral tool in your advancement as a skier. There are some courses where the terrain might be challenging and are better geared towards advanced skiers; the minimum skier level is noted on the course descriptions.
How do you group everyone?
Groups are organized according to skier level. We try to group skiers according to similarity in ability level and goals.
How many skiers per group/course?
The maximum number of skiers per group that we strive for is 6. Depending on the number of skiers enrolled in a course there can be anywhere from 2-4 groups out on the hill. There is sometimes the rare occasion when numbers do not match up evenly and a group may have 7 skiers. Some groups may have less than 4, this number depends on the number of skiers enrolled and the breakdown of levels.
Who takes our courses?
Skiers that enroll in a NASTC course are typically between the ages of 35-60. They are students of the sport, keen on improving their technique and skiing more of the mountain. They are professionals who enjoy adventure and meeting new people.
What Type of Skier Am I?
NASTC accepts skiers levels 6-9 or strong intermediates to expert skiers:
- A level 6 skier can ski all blue terrain and groomed black trails with a parallel stance
- A level 7 skier can ski all blue and groomed black terrain with a parallel stance but off-piste remains a challenge
- A level 8 Skier can ski all groomed black terrain with a parallel stance and some off-piste terrain including some steeps and bumps
- A level 9 skier can ski the majority of the mountain but still needs polishing up technically and more tactical development.