Ramos to host clinics at Sierra-at-Tahoe
It’s payback time for Travis Ramos.
The reigning men’s national moguls skiing champion will spend the winter in Lake Tahoe, giving back to the ski resort that has encouraged him in his freestyle career.
Ramos will hold clinics and camps for young and old throughout the ski season at Sierra-at-Tahoe, where he learned to ski at age 2.
“Sierra-at-Tahoe has supported me extensively throughout my competition career. This season I have found myself still in Tahoe without an intense competition schedule, so I’d like to return the favor as much as I can,” the 24-year-old Ramos said. “I’m trying to feel it out to see if people can get excited about it.”
Ramos hasn’t talked to U.S. Ski Team coaches since winning his first national title last March and is enjoying a respite from living out of a suitcase.
“In my mind I’m retired. Truthfully, I don’t know if they’ve kicked me off the team or not,” Ramos said.
The first of Ramos’ camps is Saturday and Sunday. It is open to anyone of strong intermediate ability. For $200, the camper receives four hours of instruction each day, demo twin tips, picnic lunches and video analysis.
Next month, Ramos will host two youth camps for children and young adults who are advanced all-terrain skiers. Camp dates are Jan. 1-3 and Jan. 18-19. The multi-day camps are $50 and include instruction, video analysis and one day of competition and prizes.
In addition, Ramos will host four-hour clinics every Saturday and Sunday throughout the season. Participants, who must have strong intermediate skiing ability, will explore moguls and pipe terrain. Participants will receive instruction and twin tip demo ski rental for $100. Space is limited to four people and reservations are required.
“The whole feeling and purpose for all of the different camps and clinics I’ll be doing throughout the year will be to try and give people as personalized attention as I possibly can, so they can have more skills and enjoy 100 percent of the mountain,” Ramos said.
“Lots of skiers I know, both young and old, have the ability in them to take skiing to higher levels but lack simple knowledge that my years spent in competition and on the U.S. Ski Team can help.”
With resorts now devoting more space to parks and pipes, Ramos wants to give his skiers the ability and confidence to handle that terrain.
“A lot of people have these expert skills, but they shy away from terrain, whether it be in the parks, in the pipes or in the moguls,” said the seven-year member of the U.S. Ski Team.
Ramos recently recovered from a torn spleen, which happened during a dirt bike accident six weeks ago. He spent 24 hours in intensive care after doctors discovered internal bleeding.
“Statistically, they have to operate on something like that, but I was able to heal myself. I feel fine,” he said.
Riding a dirt bike for the first time is part of the reason Ramos left the U.S. team.
“There are so many other things to do in life and I want to go experience them,” he said. “I’m not burned out on skiing at all. I still love skiing.
“I wonder what it’s like to get on a surfboard. I wonder what it’s like to get a real job. I got on a dirt bike for the first time this summer and loved it. I wonder how many other things like that that I’ve never done before that I’d like, so I want to get after it.”
Ramos hasn’t ruled out returning to the U.S. Ski Team at some point.
“There is a chance I could come back to competition, but right now I’m excited to enjoy the season without the pressures of competition,” Ramos said.
For more information on Ramos’ clinics and camps, phone Sierra-at-Tahoe at (530) 659-7453, ext. 290 or visit the Web site at http://www.SierraAtTahoe.com
Anyone attending this weekend’s camp should meet at the ski school meeting bell in front of the ticket office between 8:30 and 9 a.m.
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