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Wanna be an Extreme skier?

Posted by Heather Burke  March 5, 2013 06:05 PM

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big_sky_coulior.jpgDan Egan was an extreme skier long before the term was dropped by every mediocre skier on the mountain. He and his brother John have been going big in ski films ever since Warren Miller first spotted them at Sugarbush in 1978. The Egan bros have skied all over the globe.

These days Dan Egan is more about pushing your ski envelope than his own. Since 1990, he has operated Ski Clinics - providing small X-Treme Skiing camps that focus on fun while improving your technique, building your confidence so you can conquer steeps, bumps, or even the Big Couloir at Big Sky (pictured above) - one of the steepest scariest runs in North America. Dan loves sharing the extreme ski dream with skiers that want a piece of that excitement, and the skill set to go with it.

This weekend March 9-10 Egan hosts his "Explore the Beast" clinic at Killington. This two-day session, with a 1:5 coach to skier ratio, takes you from trail skiing, working on carving and bumps, to glades and backcountry terrain, for an all mountain ski camp. Dan's clinics are first and foremost fun, his smile and humor are contagious, and his tactful teaching method teamed with his vast vertical experience is just what most skiers need to take their skiing to the next peak. Unlike a traditional ski lesson, these camps include a welcome party, two full days on snow, lunches, video analysis, and evening tech talk. Its pricier than a standard group lesson, but a lot of bang for your $358 bucks.

dan_egan_ski_clinics.jpgEgan gives exclusive tips on how to pick a good line and read ski terrain, for example. "I teach total body skiing, which focuses on balance, controllable acceleration, and expanding the type of terrain people ski," said Egan.

March 14-16, Dan is off to my personal favorite - Big Sky in Montana, where he will guide a group skiing the steep lines of Lone Peak, the biggest vertical in the country and home of the Big Couloir. This 3-day camp is all about honing your steep ski skills on un-groomed, off-piste, often unforgiving terrain.

Other upcoming Ski Clinics include Val d'Isère France, Tuckerman's Ravine Fridays in April, and summer ski adventures to Chile. So yes, Dan Egan is living the extreme skier dream, but you can tag along for a taste at one of his clinics. Maybe Dan's clinic tips will land you in the next Warren Miller, Meathead Films or TGR ski video.

There are a few spot remaining in the Killington and Big Sky clinics. See more on Egan's Ski Clinics and we will see you on the slopes.

Big Sky Big Couloir photo by Greg Burke

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Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.

Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.

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