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Name the skiers that influenced you; mentors, coaches or clinicians, etc.

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I have been a skier for a long time and a ski teacher for some three plus decades. Looking back I can recall with clarity those that influenced me in a positive way on skis. The list is surprisingly short. I thought it would be much longer. And I apologize in advance if there are other similar or like threads here in this forum. So here is the list; Jean Mayer of Taos Ski Valley and his brother Dadou. (Dadou is of the Universe but Taos is a place he is known to inhabit at times!) Another is Weems Westfelt, last seen in Aspen former Taos superstar and known to date Pam Dawber of "Mork and Mindy" TV sitcom fame.I worked for Club Med Ski Schools for awhile and will never forget Remy Gullimame the director of skiing at Cooper. Forgive me Remy if I misspell your last name!  So there it is with an honorable mention to Mike Shinkel of Taos, New Zealand and nowadays, I believe Mammoth Mtn. So, who's on your list?  

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My father.
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Alberto Tomba.  Who else would have influenced an Italian guy named Lorenzo.  He later changed his name to Joe Pesci and embarked on an acting career.

 

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As a Canadian the Crazy Canucks.
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As a Canadian the Crazy Canucks.


Steve Podborski and Ken Read had a big influence on my skiing too, the other Crazy Canucks had some influence too, but no so much.


Edited by Ghost - 10/18/13 at 3:53am
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  OK, why not? Joe & Joanne Muretta (my uncle and aunt--race coaches), Scot Schmidt, Ingemar Stenmark, and most importantly Tom Melhuse (my old coach, mentor, and friend). :)

 

     zenny


Edited by zentune - 10/17/13 at 8:27pm
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Back in the 90's there was an instructor named Eric Snyder who taught at Sugarloaf and then Sunday river. He was a very personable charismatic skier who was good looking and a big hit with the ladies. He made the cover of skiing magazine I believe in 93 or 94. I lived in Maine for a year back in 93 and skied at the ""loaf every week. I became pretty friendly  with him and he would take my brother and I for an hour or two in the afternoons and ski with us and basically give us free lessons. When shapes came out he did a demo at Sunday river against a snowboarder and showed everyone that you could lay over an Elan shape ski as well as a snowboard. I don't know whatever happened to him, but he was an incredible skier and a great influence on me and my skiing. He taught me the importance of balance as the most foundation of good skiing. Wherever he is I want to say Thanks Eric. I hope you are well and still banging out turns and teaching others the beauty of this sport!

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HH and his black level coaches

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Yes, there is a similar thread, but I can't remember what it was called or how old...   So good to start a new one.

 

Dad for getting me started!

 

J.P. Pascal, Stu Campbell, Tim Petrick, Don Greb, Harald Schoenhaar & Bill Egan for switching on the light bulb to how it all works.

 

Sylvan Sudan, Patrick Vallencant, Bode, Coombs & McConkey for pushing the limits.

 

Ski racers:

Stenmark, the Mahre's, Girardelli, Aamodt, Steve & Tamara McKinney & more recently Bode Miller & Julia Mancuso.

 

& a whole bunch of other friends & ski partners whose names probably wouldn't be that familiar.

 

:)

JF


Edited by 4ster - 10/18/13 at 10:19am
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HH...

...has been an influence in recent years.

post #11 of 24
Coombs and McLean. Rick Wyatt, Bill Briggs, people like that.

Edit: to be clear, more in the realm of inspiration and influence than actual mentoring.
Edited by Bob Lee - 10/17/13 at 8:58pm
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Have had the pleasure to ski and learn from some very good skiers and technicians but the largest influences came from people you have probably never heard of: Hans Metz, Chuck Painter, Per Bjornrolli.

 

Most to my Dad.  This is as close as he ever would have gotten to being in a ski publicatian

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all direct influnce

 

 

Rob Sogard for showing about the top of the turn. Sogard is the Man demo team head coa

 

The LCC rippers for letting me tag along with them, and getting me to be alot more aggressive.

 

Terry Barbour for showing me how anyone can be as smooth as water flowing down a gentle creek, he skis at MRG and looks like his skiing on a green slope at Stratton while coming though paradise

 

Matt Roberts for getting me to ski though trees instead of around them, this guy gets alot of flack from the established PSIA skiers at stowe but I have never met anyone else including pros who can get though tight woods as well as him. 

 

 

Bob Barnes for showing me(and lots of others) people how to think outside box as well being a huge online supporter of mine.

 

Dave Merriam for telling me I could do it, when even I think I can not

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Hey Josh,  Do you ever wish you had pole & shin guards for that^?

 

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Have had the pleasure to ski and learn from some very good skiers and technicians but the largest influences came from people you have probably never heard of: Hans Metz, Chuck Painter, Per Bjornrolli.

 

Hey Stranger,  I know a Chuck Painter from Pow Mow?

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My dad for giving me the opportunity and fostering the passion. 

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Hey Stranger,  I know a Chuck Painter from Pow Mow?

 

 

I have poles guards from time to time.... and use race style padded gloves.....

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Several PSIA Demo (now Alpine) Team members have influenced my skiing and teaching. Ellen Post Foster helped me develop variable turn shapes. Victor Gerdin got me thinking outside the box and trying different approaches. Sean Warman made me more aware of my feet and ankles. Debbie Armstrong contributed to the sensation of flowing. Rob Sogard introduced me to my femurs. Going through the National Academy with Horst Abraham as the leader changed my teaching forever. Others include Epic's Bob Barnes with the emphasis on positive movement patterns, Weems Westfeld with thoughts on moving from the core and a bunch of the examiner/trainers here at Breck, including David "Franz" Tyrell, Randy Brooks, Chuck Creen, Steve Edberg and Gates Lloyd, all of whom have improved my skiing and teaching.
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Hey Stranger,  I know a Chuck Painter from Pow Mow?

Maybe, but I lost track of this Chuck Painter about 72.  He was the SSD at Pikes Peak Ski area ,and an attorney to pay the bills, in C Springs.  He also taught at Vail for a while, part time.  As a high school kid he took me along to some of PSIA directors clinics and gave me a lot of help in the day.  He would probably be in his 90's now.  He was one of those guys who give the title of, "Man" a good name.

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For me, the biggest influences have been Pete Amos, who got me started back into skiing, Ursula Howland who started helping me to get turn dynamics, Bob Barnes who helped me start putting myself in balance, Jim Schanzebaker who help me learn to steer a ski, and Mark Bagby who's responsible for putting it all together. Most do those folk I met through the Epic Ski Academy.

Mike
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first, my Father(Bob Rose) a former instructor at ALTA in the 60's.  His passion for skiing and technique has been an inspiration.  second,  Georges Joubert for his wonderful books about ski technique.  and then all the  great ski movie stars from my youth like   Scot Schmidt and especially Glen Plake for his example of pure JOY and FUN while sliding down a hill.

 

Royal

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Barbara, unknow family name, then a young ski tracher at the Folgarida-Marilleva ski school. She is american, but was teaching in Italy that winter of many years ago (it was in the seventies of last century)...
My mom for cajoling and pushing, like a drill sargent.
A nameless ski instructor/mentor with the local ski club who, while commenting the ski technique capacities of a group of us children said about my skiing "you'll never improve..." (Not really positive, but it shook me and made me to insist and carry on skiing)
post #22 of 24

My first coaches, Steele Spence and Heath Ordway.

My childhood idols, Shane McConkey, Tanner Hall, and Jonny Moseley

Most recently my PSIA clinicians and examiners. 

 

Beyond that, I find inspiration in all sorts of places....skiers, snowboarders, surfers, skaters, etc, etc, etc.

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Just thinking about this, but I have to pick a HS football coach, Tom Wilson. Most effective coach I've ever had in any sport. Made miserable practices fun, helped us play for with great intensity while laughing. I've taken much from him and applied it to my own way of looking at how to communicate effectively, keeping it fun, and building excellence. The coaches that effectively got in my head are my favorites. Skiing... Rick Bull, the best 'quasi-coach' coach I've had on snow... got me to look at the bigger ski world because it was what interested him. Rupert Lasshofer. One of the magic Boyne Mtn. Austrians. I got to visit his family one summer. Between he and my Dad, I've had a bad travel bug ever since. There are others, but it's the early ones who truly lay the foundations.

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1.  Sal Aurely.  My Snowmass ski instructor growing up and a ski double for T.J. Burke in Aspen Extreme.

 

 

2.  Harkin Banks.  In my High School days I watched Hot Dog...The Movie relentlessly.  I wore out the scenes of the Mogul competition and the powder skiing to "When You Were Mine."  When I tell people that these were the only images of skiing beside Olympic coverage that a young lad could find in the 80s, they understand why I still ski moguls like Harkin did. 

 

 

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