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Greetings from Maryland

post #1 of 19
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Hello,

 

Thought I would introduce myself. My actual name is Emily, and I have only be skiing for two years. We don't have very big mountains in Maryland. We mostly go to PA and their main resorts Liberty, Roudtop, and Whitetail. I am 16, and I have to say I love skiing so much. I try to drive up every week to practice. It has been very thrilling, and fun. I wouldn't even come close to expert, so i decided to park myself in the newbie zone. I have however been working super hard this season on perfecting my skills! Thought this would be a great place to talk to others about skiing! I keep reading the term "gaper" and I pray I don't fall under that title, though knowing me I probably do! Haha, nice to meet everyone,

 

 

-Frosteh

post #2 of 19
Take a lesson occasionally (or more often than that) so that you can get an independent opinion of how you're doing with what you're working on and what you need to be working on next.
post #3 of 19

Hi Emily. I think you'll like it here. It's a friendly, helpful and pretty jerk-free place.

post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by Frosteh View Post
 

Hello,

 

Thought I would introduce myself. My actual name is Emily, and I have only be skiing for two years. We don't have very big mountains in Maryland. We mostly go to PA and their main resorts Liberty, Roudtop, and Whitetail. I am 16, and I have to say I love skiing so much. I try to drive up every week to practice. It has been very thrilling, and fun. I wouldn't even come close to expert, so i decided to park myself in the newbie zone. I have however been working super hard this season on perfecting my skills! Thought this would be a great place to talk to others about skiing! I keep reading the term "gaper" and I pray I don't fall under that title, though knowing me I probably do! Haha, nice to meet everyone,

 

 

-Frosteh

Welcome to EpicSki!  I checked out Roundtop for the first time with a friend from the DC area yesterday.  Pretty nice place that wasn't too crowded on a Saturday.

 

My home mountain is Massanutten in northern VA.  Maybe you could come check it out some time.  There may be a special Ladies Clinic on a Saturday afternoon soon.

 

Have you ever heard of TheSkiDiva.com?  There are several Ski Divas who are regulars at the Snowtime ski areas.

post #5 of 19
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Thanks for the welcome guys smile.gif I actually take lessons regularly! They have been an amazing help! I'll be sure to check those things out for sure biggrin.gif
post #6 of 19

I think you would enjoy the trailer for Pretty Faces, a film that is being made by Lynsey Dyer about women who love to ski. The debut should happen late this year.  I can't wait to get the DVD when they are available.

 

post #7 of 19

Lessons will really accelerate your progress. I am much older, but I have also only skied for 2 seasons. My first season I took a class almost every day out and it has made an enormous difference. I now ski everything on the mountain with decent speed, passable form and good control and I am loving it!! Since you're only 16 I would argue that you CAN, in fact, become a true expert skier, and pretty soon.

If you can, explore some of the slightly farther out resorts: Blue Knob is only a couple hours drive from the DC area and it's great, much more to ski than the "MD triple" you mention, and Snowshoe WV is pretty much a real resort with a little something for everyone.

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Lessons will really accelerate your progress. I am much older, but I have also only skied for 2 seasons. My first season I took a class almost every day out and it has made an enormous difference. I now ski everything on the mountain with decent speed, passable form and good control and I am loving it!! Since you're only 16 I would argue that you CAN, in fact, become a true expert skier, and pretty soon.

If you can, explore some of the slightly farther out resorts: Blue Knob is only a couple hours drive from the DC area and it's great, much more to ski than the "MD triple" you mention, and Snowshoe WV is pretty much a real resort with a little something for everyone.

If a ski weekend is a possibility, Elk Mountain just north of Scranton is worth considering.  Far away enough from the major metropolitan areas that it's not very crowded on weekends.  A nice variety of terrain, with longer trails that wind around a bit so they feel much longer than those at Whitetail or Roundtop.  I stayed at a Microtel Inn that's 20 min away and has a Ski&Stay package that's quite a good deal.  The GM is a skier.

 

The drive from the DC area to Elk is much easier than the drive to Snowshoe.  No WV mountain driving, which can get complicated when there is snow on the road.

post #9 of 19
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I just watched that trailer, Pretty Faces, and that looks so inspiring! Wow, those girls are amazing! I am actually making a list of all those places, I honestly haven't skied beyond those three mountains. I would love to travel to others, so I will be sure to check them out. As I am still only in highschool I can only get out on the weekends, but I try to every week! I agree, lessons are great! I have met some great instructors, and get tons of different feed back. I take lessons any time I am up on the mountain. I have a season nightclub card, so it allows me to have lessons anytime. I also am part of Snow Club, which is out schools ski club, and we already take a trip every Friday. I am just now overcoming my fear of heights on the mountains. I get insanely freaked out once I get to the top of a mountain and look down and it is a cliff. My teachers have taught me wonderful turning lessons so I am becoming more confident taking on higher slopes. One of my friends who is also learning to ski goes straight for the black diamonds and this is his first season, and I am always shocked at how fearless he is! I love the thrill of learning, and the beauty the mountains hold however, so I refuse to let anxiety defeat me :)

post #10 of 19

Keep up the lessons and you will be skiing rings around your friend by next season. ;)

 

Check out the book "A Conversation with Fear" by Mermer Blakeslee.  Can get it in paperback or as an e-Book.  She's been teaching folks who have fears related to skiing for quite a while.  Has ideas about how to deal with the fear so that you have fun all the time, not just on trails that are comfortable.

post #11 of 19

Nice, I was just at whitetail this weekend.

 

 

 

If you are looking for better slopes, try Seven Springs in PA or Snowshoe in west virginia. 

 

 

http://www.7springs.com/

 

http://www.snowshoemtn.com/

post #12 of 19

Welcome to EpicSki.  I count Liberty as my home mountain as well, though I ski many of the Mid-Atlantic ski areas.  The people here are real friendly and it is a good place to learn and talk about skiing.  Just watch yourself, EpicSki will make you want take some big trips out West.

 

As others have already stated, the best and quickest way to get your skills up are to take lessons.  Liberty has an excellent ski school and they have skiing programs for teens as part of their ski school program.  I took one of their adult ski programs in January and it really helped my skiing.

post #13 of 19

Welcome to the forum.  I am new myself.  Actually I have been reading for years and finally decided to join.

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Welcome to the forum.  I am new myself.  Actually I have been reading for years and finally decided to join.

Welcome!  Have you found the threads about the Mid-A gathering at Timberline Feb. 21-24?

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Welcome!  Have you found the threads about the Mid-A gathering at Timberline Feb. 21-24?

Yes I found them, but I am stuck in MD this weekend :(

 

Thank you for heads up.

post #16 of 19
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I actually doing super well this season so far! Hopefully I can get a few more ski trips in, and I am now looking to buy skis for myself, so I don't have to rent anymore! I can go down the blues now, and slowly making my way over to the black diamond. I also have checked out the park a few nights! Lots of fun! Friday I was at Liberty, and stayed until they shut the lifts down, it was great! <3

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I actually doing super well this season so far! Hopefully I can get a few more ski trips in, and I am now looking to buy skis for myself, so I don't have to rent anymore! I can go down the blues now, and slowly making my way over to the black diamond. I also have checked out the park a few nights! Lots of fun! Friday I was at Liberty, and stayed until they shut the lifts down, it was great! <3

Good for you!  As you may have noticed in other threads, the important first purchase is boots from a good boot fitter, not skis.  The Ski Center in DC is often recommended.

post #18 of 19
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I actually did just buy boots :) I love them very much!

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I actually did just buy boots :) I love them very much!

Good!

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