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Just wanted to drop in and say Hi!  I went skiing for the first time  a couple of weeks ago and am totally hooked !! It has been something I have wanted to try for a while, and now I am so happy I did.  I am sure I'll have a million questions, but will search for as much as possible.  My only sadness comes from getting hooked too late in the season, but the fire will burn !  Thanks for a great site.

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Welcome and enjoy your new addiction.  Timberline at Mt. Hood in OR skis all summer wink.gif

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congrats and welcome!

hopefully Dave, you'll take lessons (even continously) and also seek out a great ski shop that houses a reputable boot fitter.

IMO nailing those 2 things early on will greatly facilitate your ongoing enjoyment and growth in skillsets.

(sure there are other things, too, eg., as with any technical hobby simply putting in the time, being consistent, getting into ski fitness, etc...)

but those 2 fundamental themes were really important to my development and I'm sure would be shared with others on this forum.

this said, I hope that you have lots of fun on the slopes!  beercheer.gif

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Just wanted to drop in and say Hi!  I went skiing for the first time  a couple of weeks ago and am totally hooked !! It has been something I have wanted to try for a while, and now I am so happy I did.  I am sure I'll have a million questions, but will search for as much as possible.  My only sadness comes from getting hooked too late in the season, but the fire will burn !  Thanks for a great site.


Edited by canali - 3/6/13 at 4:52pm
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Just wanted to drop in and say Hi!  I went skiing for the first time  a couple of weeks ago and am totally hooked !! It has been something I have wanted to try for a while, and now I am so happy I did.  I am sure I'll have a million questions, but will search for as much as possible.  My only sadness comes from getting hooked too late in the season, but the fire will burn !  Thanks for a great site.

 

 

Welcome dave and I was also hooked after the first day.  Skiing is an amazing experience that defines many of the best days of my life.

post #5 of 15

Dave,

 

Its not that late in the season but ...

 

If you are hooked consider picking up a season pass while they are cheap

 

They usually start going on sale right around now for cheap with Spring Privileges too biggrin.gif 

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Welcome to the snowy side and EpicSki!  Where did you go skiing?  Late season can be a great time.  Lower rates, fewer people on the slopes and in group lessons, spring skiing temps mean less need for lots of clothing and gear for staying warm in frigid temps.

 

Have you found the Beginner Zone?  Might find some of those threads useful.  There are also EpicSki articles to help beginners get the hang of things.  Look for Articles on the main menu bar.

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Just wanted to drop in and say Hi!  I went skiing for the first time  a couple of weeks ago and am totally hooked !! It has been something I have wanted to try for a while, and now I am so happy I did.  I am sure I'll have a million questions, but will search for as much as possible.  My only sadness comes from getting hooked too late in the season, but the fire will burn !  Thanks for a great site.

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Wow, thanks for the warm welcomes! 

Canali, I went skiing with friends that are very good skiers, so I didn't take a lesson that weekend, but am trying to get out once more in the next week or so to a NC or WVA  resort and will be lining up a lesson for sure. I didn't get past the bunny slope but was able to snow plow and snowplow turn on the easy hill. I also did see our local ski shop in Raleigh, NC and got fitted for a pair of boots. Will demo skis for this next trip. I am 50 years old but have  played sports and stayed fit/active my entire life, and have played rec ice hockey for about 16 years.

MARZNC, looks like we are in the same neck of the woods, thanks for the site tips. Glad to hear there may still be some skiing available in this region in the next couple of weeks! I went to Snowshoe/SilverCreek for my first experience.

Thanks for all your great comments!!  
 


Edited by dave j - 3/7/13 at 7:48am
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great to hear that, dave j!....i'm also 50...as are alot of us on here, too (give or take 10-15 yrs either direction)....one thing you will find helpful over the summer months is to investigate ski specific fitness exercises (esp at our age) ...there are lots of links here (under a search)...will greatly help you recouperate, lessen the stiffness and keep strong to enjoy your wonderful new sport.

 

again, welcome aboard to a wonderful new sport that I hope will keep you young at heart for many yrs to come.

like the late and wise george burns once said 'there is nothing wrong with getting older, just dont' GROW old" 

 

you're at a great advantage, imo, by being a hockey player/ice skater...much easier to transfer those balance and edging skiils

 to skiing, so a big thumbs upbiggrin.gif

 

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Wow, thanks for the warm welcomes! 

Canali, I went skiing with friends that are very good skiers, so I didn't take a lesson that weekend, but am trying to get out once more in the next week or so to a NC or WVA  resort and will be lining up a lesson for sure. I didn't get past the bunny slope but was able to snow plow and snowplow turn on the easy hill. I also did see our local ski shop in Raleigh, NC and got fitted for a pair of boots. Will demo skis for this next trip. I am 50 years old but have  played sports and stayed fit/active my entire life, and have played rec ice hockey for about 16 years.

MARZNC, looks like we are in the same neck of the woods, thanks for the site tips. Glad to hear there may still be some skiing available in this region in the next couple of weeks! I went to Snowshoe/SilverCreek for my first experience.

Thanks for all your great comments!!  
 


Edited by canali - 3/7/13 at 10:18am
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Dave,

 

Always happy to "meet" another Triangle skier.

 

If you are free this weekend, drive up to Wintergreen or Massanutten.  They got over 20 inches of snow in the last 24 hours!  Get there before the melting starts on Monday.  I'll be up at Mnut with another Bear or two, plus our kids.  Doing the 4 hour drive on Sat afternoon, skiing Sat evening and Sun.  Happy to show you around.

 

One reason to drive the extra 45 min to Mnut, instead of driving up the mountain road to Wintergreen, is the Senior Clinic on Sun afternoon.  $30 for 2 hours with a very experienced PSIA Level 3 instructor.  Probably worth $150 or more because the group is always small, meaning 2-3 other students.  I've skied all the major places within driving distance of Raleigh, including Snowshoe.  Lots of reasons that Mnut is my home mountain.  I'm a 56yo advanced skier with a non-skiing husband.  Luckily my daughter liked skiing.  Thanks to the Mnut ski school, she was more than ready for Alta blues at age 7.  16 days of skiing at Mnut for me so far this winter, with two more to go.

 

As an ice hockey player, with a few lessons it will take you no time at all to learn what you need to know to ski black runs in the southeast.  Have had fun with my friend's 6yo son as he learned this winter.  He's a hockey player too.  Was on blue runs on his second weekend after a few days of Mnut ski school.  Not just getting down them, skiing them with good turning technique for his level of experience and age.

 

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Wow, thanks for the warm welcomes! 

Canali, I went skiing with friends that are very good skiers, so I didn't take a lesson that weekend, but am trying to get out once more in the next week or so to a NC or WVA  resort and will be lining up a lesson for sure. I didn't get past the bunny slope but was able to snow plow and snowplow turn on the easy hill. I also did see our local ski shop in Raleigh, NC and got fitted for a pair of boots. Will demo skis for this next trip. I am 50 years old but have  played sports and stayed fit/active my entire life, and have played rec ice hockey for about 16 years.

MARZNC, looks like we are in the same neck of the woods, thanks for the site tips. Glad to hear there may still be some skiing available in this region in the next couple of weeks! I went to Snowshoe/SilverCreek for my first experience.

Thanks for all your great comments!!  
 

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icon14.gif  Spring is the best time of year for those newer to riding on long planks. Hockey experience is probably the best thing to help you transition to snow skiing.  You will definitely learn fast.   The snow is a lot more forgiving and so is the weather.  All of the NC areas are still in really good shape heading in to this weekend.  Appalachian will probably be open til March 24th.  Like MNC said, we're headed North this weekend.  Feel free to join us at Massanutten Sunday, some other new EpicSki bears will also be there Saturday.

 

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Thanks for the invite, but sadly working this weekend. My wife and I are planning either a mid day next week or if unable  a day trip on 3/22. Hope that is not too late.  I have already been checking out the fitness ideas on the site. I do some already for hockey, but have found a bunch of new things to try. Has anyone tried Winterplace?  Mnut  looks very fitting for our level and the lessons are something I'll be taking, if not now next season for sure.  Other places that look suitable are App and Sugar.  Thanks again everyone!
 

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Midweek is always a good idea.  You'll have the place to yourself.  Can pick any ski area you want to try out.  Mnut's last ski day is 3/17.  Not sure what the other places will do.

 

Personally, I prefer Beech to Sugar.  There are people who feel the opposite.  Winterplace is a good place late season since WV usually get much more natural snow than NC.  It's an easy 4 hour drive, all interstate.  I've stayed at a motel in Princeton or at the Pipestem State Park.

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Thanks for the invite, but sadly working this weekend. My wife and I are planning either a mid day next week or if unable  a day trip on 3/22. Hope that is not too late.  I have already been checking out the fitness ideas on the site. I do some already for hockey, but have found a bunch of new things to try. Has anyone tried Winterplace?  Mnut  looks very fitting for our level and the lessons are something I'll be taking, if not now next season for sure.  Other places that look suitable are App and Sugar.  Thanks again everyone!
 

post #14 of 15

Next week would be a great time to do a group lesson.  Spring conditions, no crowds, probably late season rates.

 

For the best daily updates about snow conditions, as well as closing dates as they are announced, check out SkiSE.  It's fair to say that after the last couple weeks of cold weather and new snow, no one is talking about closing dates much.  Snowshoe extended their season to March 31.

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So i have been pretty busy so i haven't been able to get online before now, but I wasn't  so busy I couldn't get up to App Mtn last week for a day on the hill.  Had a great time and learned a little more about skiing!  With the latest snows to hit the East/Mid Atlantic I am trying to see if I can get yet another day in this season. Won't be able to bear the long hot summer if I can't ditch the snow plow turns before next winter !

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