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Epic Academy Observations (long)

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Much has been written about how EPIC the first Epic Ski Academy was. For this reason I will try not to extensively recount what has already frequently been remarked upon. However, this in no way diminishes my feelings on these matters.

First: The coaches truly represented the “cream of the crop” in terms of their experience, ability to communicate, passion for skiing and truly expert technical skiing.

Second: Organizing the Academy was no simple matter. The coaches and participants who were involved in making the Academy a reality truly merit and have, I am sure, the thanks of all whom attended. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

Third: The Academy was much more than just “ski with an expert”. Bob Barnes and the coaches devised a curriculum in advance, and met each afternoon to fine tune things based on progress made(at least, I think that is what went on in the meetings). Having an ”Epic Turn” based curriculum was a key to the success of the Academy.

Fourth: Vail Sno Pro’s ski tuning clinic and Steve Bagley’s boot fitting clinic were a valuable part of the curriculum. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

Fifth: AC, and all those who participated in the Academy are not merely creatures in cyberspace. They are real people and really NICE people to ski and talk with. Special thanks to Vail Sno Pro who got me up to the mountain and down again most days in his four wheel drive. WTFH also really exists. He is quite as witty in person as he is in this Forum and a very pleasant person as well. Lisamarie seems quite the same in person as she is in this Forum. Full of energy and enthusiasm. [img]smile.gif[/img]

Sixth: Brighton came through at a critical time to host the Academy. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] Members of this Forum can acknowledge Brighton’s help and hospitality by skiing there when in Utah. It's worth it.

Seventh: There was something very egalitarian about the Academy, which greatly contributed to its success. A key factor had to do with the Academy being affordable. The Extended Stay in Midvale was only $39.00 a night, the rooms clean and furnished with a kitchen. The folks at the front desk were friendly and helpful. Brighton’s lift tickets were only $34.00 a day, which is much cheaper than many resorts with far less to offer. The Academy tuition was only 375.00. The other key factor was the common denominator of a passion for skiing which brought the addendees together.

I cannot think of a richer skiing experience anywhere and certainly not one that offers a better price/value ratio. I will confess that I had some periodic second thoughts about attending the Epic Ski Academy. Prior to the Academy, I had met none of the coaches or the participants personally. I was also somewhat awed by the proposition of being in the company of so many great skiers. I managed put these reservations aside because I wanted to become a better skier. The Academy provided tools and concepts to enable me to do so. Not just during the four days I was there but since my return home and into the future.

Forum members who want to become better skiers, start planning to set aside some time and budget for next year’s Academy. I can assure you that if the caliber of the coaches remains the same you will definitely benefit no matter what your present skiing level is. Even if you already ski better than 97% of skiers you can be assured that the coaches are in the 3% "better than you" category. And they and the participants are very nice people too.
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Great post, lost boy! I told you I was surprised that you were not a kid, but it seems that you are still a kidat heart! [img]smile.gif[/img]
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The heck with next year. Let's do it again next week. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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I'm with skier_j!! Just say where!

I skied Sunday for the first time since the Utah Experience, and it was golden! I had a totally new attitude and confidence, and I skied the blacks without any trepidation at all! (even though it is the midwest, and blacks are not that bad, they were icy --and before the Academy, I would have stayed on the blues).

I am planning for the next one, and if it's next week, I'm taking out a loan. :

I'm still Stoked! Let's GO!!!!!
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Those who attended this year will be enjoying the effects of afterglow for the remainder of the ski season. We would not wish to cut short this important phase, so next week's academy has been rescheduled to next year.

Besides, it looks like it will take a while to arrive at consensus on where to have it.
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