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gO Skimo Academy

gO Skimo Academy

2014 Camp Skimo+

This camp is open to ALL levels of participants, including beginners, intermediate skiers and those with their sights on the Grand Traverse.  

The gO Initiative is proud to present the 4th Annual gO SkiMo Academy Powered by gO Orthopedics in Crested Butte,  January 19-21, 2018

This 3-day training camp will include instruction from elite Grand Traverse winners, US National Skimo Team Members, in addition to industry-leading Ambassadors & Griggs Orthopedics-gO Athletes.  Each day will provide a variety of skills and techniques, including – race training programs, nutrition and injury prevention education, and an introduction to the newest, cutting edge gear in ski mountaineering.  Don’t have gear?  Not a problem- DEMO GEAR IS AVAILABLE!  Add that to a weekend of touring in the breathtaking surroundings of the Elk Mountains and you’ve got a recipe for kicking off an incredible winter of fitness and fun!

This camp is open to ALL levels of participants, and we welcome those of you planning on racing the Grand Traverse.

Participants will be introduced to techniques that make uphill skiing more enjoyable and efficient – kick turns, boot packs, and transition tricks.  A portion of the camp will focus on downhill ski technique on lift accessed terrain, and another portion will be devoted to acquiring efficient skating ability on skimo gear.  Forums will cover race day strategies on nutrition and hydration, partner dynamics, technical gear use, and avalanche awareness.

While parts of this camp will focus on race fitness and skill sets specific to the Grand Traverse, we welcome all abilities to participate in this experience!  By offering instruction in both skimo fundamentals and race coaching, our goal is to nurture a passion for this sport, while providing an accelerated pathway to athletes seeking a competitive advantage.

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The Coaches!

Our 3-day Academy will include instruction from past Grand Traverse winners, US Skimo Team Members, and gO Orthopedics Athletes and Ambassadors. Each day these world-class coaches will offer new skill lessons & techniques; helpful training, nutrition and injury prevention tips; introduction to the newest, cutting edge gear in ski mountaineering; and incredible adventures in the breathtaking surrounding West Elks. We will introduce participants to techniques that make skiing uphill more enjoyable and efficient with kick turns, boot packs, gear tips and tricks, training programs and nutrition. We will work on downhill skiing technique with lift-accessed terrain and one afternoon will be dedicated to working on skate technique, which is a key skill for the Grand Traverse race (in the case that you are signed up for this challenge!). Our coaching staff will show you all this + so much more!

SCHEDULE (tentative, subject to change)

Thursday – January 18
Early Bird Registration – 4:30pm-6:30pm
Annex Room, Lodge at Mountaineer Square, Base Area, Mt Crested Butte

Participants arriving to Crested Butte will be greeted with registration and a welcome happy hour.

Friday – January 19
Registration – 7:30am – 9:00am
Annex Room, Lodge at Mountaineer Square, Base Area, Mt Crested Butte
We’ll kick off early at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, jumping right into gear fit, strength and movement testing, skiing uphill, skin technique, kick turns, and boot packs. Groups will be broken up according to skill level and coaches will tailor programs to fit participants needs and wants.

We will break for lunch which will include a talk from Rhett Griggs, MD on injury prevention. After lunch, we will continue with skills with an optional strength conditioning power hour with one of our local ripped strength trainers. Happy Hour will commence at 4:00 pm with Upslope supplying us with the latest Boulder brews, while a Grand Traverse gear table will be set up, coaches will be available to show you a video analysis of your day, Meggan Oliver from Adventure Physical Therapy will be holding 15-min “blitz” sessions and more.

Saturday – January 20
We’ll again convene at CBMR where we’ll break into groups: one taking the bus down to the Crested Butte Nordic Center to work on glide technique while the other group we’ll get on lifts to work on downhill technique.  Lunch will include a nutrition talk, covering general nutrition tips and training diets, in addition to nutrition and hydration specific to race day, as well as an Panel of Experts answering YOUR questions.   After lunch, the option is yours-nordic lessons or some more downhill skiing! This camp is for you! The evening will include happy hour beverages from Upslope Brewery, with waxing demonstrations, Grand Traverse gear suggestions, Physical Therapy “Blitz” sessions with local athlete/physical therapist Meggan Oliver and some friendly competitions.

Sunday – January 21
Let’s put our skills to the test! We will have a practice race course set up, to allow you to practice your skills you’ve learned over the course of the Academy. There will also be an option to tour out to the Snodgrass trailhead, a popular winter touring area that has the feel of the backcountry, with great views and terrain, but offers a less strenuous tour.  An uphill ski resort option will also be offered, if a backcountry experience is not desired.

Sunday will offer a chance to fully engage your new skills! Coaches will tie together the weekends lessons, offering up final tips in the field.

Lodging Discounts

Call Crested Butte Vacations at (855) 318-4633 to book exclusive discounts on the following accommodations or click here to book!

The Grand Lodge
Every room is surprisingly large and includes comforts and conveniences to make your stay ideal, any time of the year.  The Grand Lodge welcomes well-behaved dogs of all shapes and sizes. Pet friendly rooms are limited, so please reserve in advance. A nightly $30 fee for each pet will be charged to your room, and a portion of this fee will be donated to P.A.W.S., a local animal rescue service.

The Lodge at Mountaineer Square
Crested Butte’s Signature Mountain Lodge Property. Located in the heart of the Crested Butte Mountain Resort base area – just steps from the ski lifts, hiking and biking as well as shopping, ski area services and restaurants – Mountaineer Square is an excellent “base camp” for your winter ski vacation or summer mountain getaway. The Lodge at Mountaineer square features luxurious accommodations and impeccable guest service, and the Mountaineer Conference Center is suitable for events for up to 500 guests.Enjoy on-site shopping, dining and entertainment year-round. The Lodge at Mountaineer Square offers specials and packages that make your Crested Butte experience even more memorable.

The Plaza
Groups and families love the Plaza for its convenient location just 100 yards from the ski area’s main lift, the Silver Queen. In one short walk, guests can hit the slope or take in the action at the base area of Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Kids love the Adventure Center (mini-golf or rock climbing, anyone?), and parents love the shops and base area restaurants (hello, happy hour!). The Plaza is also unique for its condominium setting with hotel style services. Spacious two- and three- bedroom suites include everything you need to be independent, while on-site check-in, a restaurant and bar, daily housekeeping services, covered parking and two hot tubs provide all the benefits of a hotel.

Registration Fees

  • September 1 to November 30 – $300
  • December 1 to December 31 – $410
  • General Registration (After Jan 1) – $520
  • GT Racer Discount (Booked with GT Race Registration) – $350

**Registration fees include lunch on Friday and Saturday, adult beverages from UpSlope during happy hours, and all transportation slated to/from venues**

For more information or if you have any questions regarding the Academy, contact sarah@thegoinitiative.org

Cancellation Policy

The gO Skimo Academy remains true to our mission behind the gO Initiative – proper skimo education and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. The Camp itself is run by volunteers who spend countless hours to support this mission and ultimately raise money for the Initiative and our valley’s youth who we hope one day will be just as passionate about skimo and healthy living as we are!

Should the camp be canceled due to inclement weather and/or unsafe conditions, a full refund, less a $50 contribution to the gO Initiative will be executed. If you would like to contribute an additional amount of your choice to the gO Initiative cause, thanks in advance for that!!

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