With six slalom courses on four custom-made lakes, a staff of world-class instructors and waterfront accommodations, the Swiss Ski School is as close to perfect as a skiing setup can get. That's why we chose the Clermont, Florida, resort as the site for the 2007 Pro Slalom Shootout.
“What makes it different from other places is not only can [skiers] train with very good coaches, but the rest of the family has the possibility of doing other things,” says Denise Grimm, who built the school with her husband, Pierre, in 1982 from a parcel of orange groves. “There is room for everybody to play. And we are still in Central Florida, 45 minutes from the attractions.”
Amenities include an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, a natural lake designated for wakeboarding, a pro shop stocked with the latest equipment and a range of accommodations, from a camp-style bungalow with a communal cafeteria to three- and four-bedroom houses complete with pools and spas. And with an international clientele, there's no telling who will be sharing the boat.
What is it that lures skiers of all ages and abilities from around the world? “It's everything combined together, really,” she says: location, top-quality boats, skilled coaches, an international atmosphere and “of course, Florida weather.”
For more information, visit swissskischool.com.