Everyone talks about Extreme Skiing, Off Piste powder shots, and epic
backcountry ski runs. But very few skiers really do it or do it right for that
Dan 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 - 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.
Every winter, Egan hosts his X-Treme Ski Clinics at
Loon New Hampshire,
Big Sky Montana, Val d'Isère France and
Austria. These two to four day sessions, with a 1:5
coach to skier ratio, take 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-$800 bucks. Lodging is
not typically included in these ski clinics, but suggestion of where to stay are
provided at each host ski resort.
Egan 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.
Our favorite of Dan's clinics is at Big Sky
in Montana, where he guides a group of skiers on 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.