The PowerLearn Program

An Elite Program For Big Improvement!

Windham Mountain hosts Mermer Blakeslee’s PowerLearn Program. Mermer and the team of PowerLearn instructors instill the physical and mental components necessary to master the art of skiing.

PowerLearn is designed for men and women who are intent on dramatically improving their skills. The program requires a high level of dedication, but it offers a generous list of added amenities and features – including well-tuned skis and custom-fitted boots, video analysis and intensive, customized, ski-oriented coaching.

VIDEO of PowerLearn at Windham Mountain on Vimeo.

Develop the versatility and technical finesse to ski the mountain anywhere in any condition with athleticism and grace. PowerLearn’s power starts with its teachers. All are certified with the Professional Ski Instructors of America, hand-picked by Mermer and trained in her PowerLearn curriculum.

The PowerLearn Essentials:

Appropriate Equipment: We’ll align or “set up” your boots to enable you to ski with a correct stance. We’ll also make sure your skis fit your ability, size, and strength, and that they are tuned regularly so they can work as designed.

Technical Curriculum: We’ll offer coherent, consistent instruction using an experiential, ski-oriented approach to develop fundamental skills.  With the intensity of a race camp or instructor training program, you’ll practice and refine essential drills and integrate what is learned into your mountain skiing.

Psychological Awareness: Whether negotiating bumps, steeps, ice, or speed, we will challenge you to expand your comfort zone, incorporating ideas and strategies found in Mermer Blakeslee’s book, A Conversation with Fear.

Customized Learning: We’ll cast a wide net, using as many learning modes as possible: video analysis, indoor movement and Q&A sessions, personal cue words, customized practice, etc. But most importantly, we’ll teach you, not a system, so no matter what your learning needs are, we will meet them.

Included in the PowerLearn Program:

  • Season Pass
  • 8 PowerLearn Clinic days
  • Video capture and review
  • Access to the private-lesson lift line
  • Custom boot fitting by Mountain Sports Boot Lab
  • Ski tunes
  • Equipment demos
  • Lunch and aprés ski on clinic days

Read what some previous students have to say:

“Coming to PowerLearn was the best ski decision I ever made. Mermer and her team are awesome!”
-Phil Binkow, PowerLearn 2006

“Mermer is wonderful, enough said.”
-Rene Gonzalez, PowerLearn 2007

“The PowerLearn staff has been cooperative, helpful, and supportive in every manner.”
-Murry Zborowski, PowerLearn 2013

“The best invention since the ski brake.”   
-Bob Sanna, PowerLearn 2013

PowerLearn Tuition:

Before April 30th – $6,000

May 1st to October 9th – $6,200

After October 9th – $6,400


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About Mermer

Mermer Blakeslee started skiing at Windham in 1960 at the age of three and has taught skiing here since 1979. In 1996, Mermer won Skiing magazine’s Instructor of the Year Award. That spring, she successfully competed and became a member of the PSIA National Demonstration Team, an elite team which spearheads the development and direction of ski teaching in America and represents American skiing internationally. (She was one of the few women and the only mother to do so.)

MermerMermer has lectured at PSIA’s National Academies and National Women’s Seminars, and the National Ski Patrol’s annual conventions. She has traveled throughout the country training ski instructors and for the last 29 years served as an examiner for PSIA-Eastern. She has been a coach for the Divisional Clinic Leaders, the Development Team, and the Eastern Demonstration team. Every spring in Snowbird, Utah, she leads the Women’s Adventure Camp.

Mermer has run The Fear Workshop here at Windham for over 25 years and has been called “the ski industry’s fear specialist.” She has published four books, A Conversation with Fear (formerly In the Yikes! Zone) about her work with fearful skiers and three novels, the latest being When You Live by a River.

Click Here to Purchase A Conversation with Fear on Amazon Or Click Here to download the E-Read.