Originally Posted by sibhusky
Remind me NEVER to take this camp....
Come on!! Don't be such a poo-pooer! It was "mostly" a great (or shall I say memorable) experience.
Actually nobody was ever pressured to ski anything they didn't feel comfortable with, but the goal was to overcome some of our anxiety of challenging terrain. Dan asked who wanted to ski "The Big" and then decided if he thought we were ready enough.
Pete, who is 68 has been taking Dan's camps for years and had a ball. He's not seen in the above video because he decided to go another route with the rest of the group. Actually, Dan went with them after setting two of us up with the guy from ski patrol who would lead me and Mike down because we said we wanted to do it. In fact, on day 1, everyone said they wanted to do it, including Pete and they did.
I had planned on it, but took a pretty scary slide just before lunch. When we went down to the base to pick up some avy gear, Dan took me aside and asked if I still wanted to ski the Big. I said reluctantly, "yes." He thought about it for a minute and then said he thought I really should sit it out. I was a bit surprised and didn't want to be the only guy not to ski it - that happened to be a beautiful sunny day too! But I said, "He knows I damaged my psyche, and he's right." So I sat that one out. It was the right decision and I gave Dan a lot of credit for setting me straight.
We had "early ups" on day 3, a powder day, but the wind was fierce. Dan wanted to give me my shot at skiing The Big because he knew I didn't want to go home as the only guy not to ski it. He took me aside and gave me a good pep talk before we went into the booth and really gave me a lot of confidence. I felt ready. Unfortunately, the wind and visibility were horrific. Dan hooked the two of us up with Brandon, the sales director at BS, and a Whitefish local friend of his, Ben Storm, to also ski it with us. Both GREAT guys who helped me find my way down.
I'd take that camp again tomorrow to ski with Dan for sure. It was a great experience and Dan was a real pleasure to hang out with afterward as well. But I actually had my best time on one or two afternoons when we spent time doing some ugly crud skiing in a wide open bowl that nobody else would ski. Dan taught me some good techniques and we were ripping it up with big huge gs turns top to bottom. It was a hell of a lot of fun and became much easier than I could have imagined.
I have to say it broke me out of a rut or two. Considering the wildly variable weather, we covered a lot of ground and where I may have safely stuck to groomers otherwise, we got out and really explored. After the morning run you see above, we headed off to ski some nice soft bumps and terrific glades much lower on the mountain where the visibility was good and ended up the day with Brandon leading us to a great powder stash off the Challenger chair! We all finished up by enjoying several hours of revelry at Whiskey Jacks on St. Patty's Day!