I break the "Camps/Clinics/Adventures/Experiences" into two different categories.
1) True Clinics that have as their sole focus to teach you sled skills that improve your experience. The best of them will evaluate your current riding level, strengths & weaknesses and teach you skills that will improve your enjoyment of the sport. Also of importance to these sessions and their operators is Avalanche safety and education (huge in my book)
2) Guided high end Tours or Adventures...
Although you will of course learn things when you ride with these camps and the guides are always helpful in developing skills... the focus is more about pushing your limits on an all day ride with other riders that are, most often, grouped together by ability.
Now, I'm not going to tell you which one is which.... You must decide which one you want from your time spent with the session you choose.
First you must be TRULY honest with yourself to determine your riding ability. Most riders over-estimate their true riding ability simply because they are the best in their group. Better to underestimate, be humble and let the experts do their job at guiding you or teaching.
One of the worst case scenarios is to think that you are a great rider... spend lots of money on a session, transport, time off work/vacation-time...and get to a session where everyone else but you has amazing skills and you are the "anchor" that drags the group down. Not fun for the rest of the group who has paid dearly for their session as well...and definitely not fun for you being the "red headed step child" of the group.
The last thing an instructor/coach/guide that has a group of riders that can ride at a truly high level needs... is a rider that holds them back or ruins the experience for the group. IMO, Don't be that person!!
Second, Decide what you are looking for... A clinic that is focused on teaching you skills with specific drills, lessons, and class goals...with probably less throttle time... OR... an Experience that has as it's focus guiding you and pushing you on a ride that is challenging without the drills/class/practice sessions.
Third, Email or call the Session owner/operator and be clear what you expect and ask them if the particular session you are considering is a good fit for you and your abilities/expectations.
Lots of good ways to go out there... have fun and SHRED SOM POW this season!! :face-icon-small-ton
Here is a list of some of the programs out there. I'm sure I missed some.
NOTE: As of press time here... Many of the Web-sites have not yet updated for the 2014/15 season.
- Dan Adams, NextLevel Clinics http://www.nextlevelclinics.com/
- Matt Entz, Mountain Skillz clinics http://www.mountainskillz.com/
- Nadine Overwater ,Great Canadian Snowmobile adventure http://laninasledcamp.ca/
- Amber Holt, BackCountry Basics, http://backcountrybasics.com/
- Julie Ann Chapman, She Shreds Adventures http://www.sheshreds.ca/
- Great Canadian Snomobile, http://www.riderevelstoke.ca/
- Rob Hoff, Sick-Day Adventures, www.facebook.com/pages/Sick-Day-Adventures/203931963013597
- Brent Rasmussen, RideRasmussenStyle, http://www.riderasmussenstyle.com/
- Jorli Ricker, Snow Ride Adventures, http://www.snowrideadventures.com/
- Chris Brown, Ride with Chris Brown, http://ridewithchrisbrown.com/
- Chris Burandt/Sahen Skinner, BBCA, http://www.burandtsbackcountryadventure.com/
- Geoff Kyle, Freeride Adventures, http://geoffkylesfreeride.com/
- Carl Kuster, Carl Kuster's Mountain Park, http://www.carlkuster.com/