Whistler
Courtesy: Core Snowboard Camps

All-Around Plateau Busting TECHNIQUE WEEKS, PARK HYATT BEAVER CREEK RESORT AND SPA, COLORADO. This is the best program for intermediate and advanced adult skiers looking to take it up a level -- or two. It is also one of the most luxurious, a unique partnership between the slopeside Park Hyatt, one of the finest ski resort hotels in North America, and the Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School. A rare camp that includes lodging, it also offers most meals and endless après-ski parties, ensuring a lot of camaraderie, plus photos, a DVD, and pricey ski-gear gifts to take home. Beaver Creek is widely known for having one of the world’s top ski schools, and this program uses instructors who are the best of the best, including former national team and World Cup skiers from the U.S., Australia, Argentina, and elsewhere. Camps are held early in the season, and one benefit is the chance to apply the lessons for the rest of the winter. Fortunately, Beaver Creek has some of the most reliable early snow anywhere, which is why many national teams come here for early training. Technique Weeks are run by former extreme skiing champion Chris Anthony, a veteran of more than 20 ski films who has raced at the highest levels in the freestyle, downhill, and extreme disciplines. The five-night program allows for a warm-up day and final day on your own, with three full days of on-slope instruction utilizing video analysis, plus seminars on ski nutrition and fitness. Technique Weeks is a pioneer of the immersion ski camp, and this is the program’s 13th year. Thanks to the quality of lodging, dining, and -- most of all -- instruction, it has enjoyed an extremely high repeat rate, with as many as 75 percent of customers returning the following winter. Participants routinely see a one- to two-point jump on the nine-point scale used to measure skier ability. Technique Weeks are December 9 to 13, 13 to 18, and January 6 to 10. $2,299 to $2,899 per person or $3,899 to $4,699 double occupancy. Contact Federica Goldberg, federica.goldberg@hyatt.com, parkhyattbeavercreek.com

Snowboarders CORE SNOWBOARD CAMPS, WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA. With the highest vertical drop of any resort in North America, the ski resort -- which includes the twin mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb, now connected by a new gondola -- is consistently rated the continent’s number one ski resort by both SKI and Skiing magazines. But the resort is even more famous for snowboarding and is a top dream destination among riders. It will also host all the ski events for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in February. Because of this popularity, Core Camps is able to offer five-day sessions every week of the season, which is very unusual in the immersion-instruction business. This also allows attendees to link weeks and create camps up to five months long. While 20 weeks of lessons has limited appeal, the two-week camp is Core’s most popular offering. Because Whistler is home to so many of the world’s best snowboarders, Core’s coaching staff includes top pros, such as the frequently filmed Etienne Gilbert, PSA (Pro Snowboard Asia) Snowboard Pro Tour half-pipe champion Ryan Rausch, and Dane Kaechele, who is also coach of British Columbia’s Snowboard Development Team. Since Whistler is such a huge resort, much of the best terrain is not visible from the lifts or easily found on trail maps, but all Core coaches are longtime locals who know the place like the backs of their hands and can find the best secret powder stashes and perfect terrain for that day’s instruction. While many snowboard camps focus on a particular skill, such as terrain park or pipe tricks, and often attract a young audience, Core teaches everything and routinely receives riders from ages 17 to 40. “Not everyone wants to be in the pipe all day, so we try to cover a broader range,” says head coach Turner Montgomery, who has been running the program for five years. Core also has a private terrain park just for its campers and a guest-to-instructor average ratio of 4:1 and a max of 5:1, as low as any camp in the industry. While best known for snowboarding, Core offers similar camps for skiing. One-week snowboarding camps are $755, or two- to four-week sessions run $695 per week, and are offered Monday through Friday all season long. corecamps.com