I'm not necessarily responding to nolo's call above, but thought I'd throw my two cents into the pot - if my experiences, expectations, motivations or anything of that ilk corresponds or doesn't, then so be it.
I was a participant last year at ESA and I am coming back again this year. I was in the group with J_squared and we also skied together the day before at Brighton and the day after at Alta, and I am in complete agreement with his post above. Our four days consisted of quite a bit of skiing, and I will definitively state that we were not
involved in any type of predetermined cookie cutter skills based regiment. Did we work on skills? Yes. Did we work on tactics? Yes. Sometimes we did this on groomers - we also did so in moguls, on steeps, and in the trees. When applicable, the entire group would be involved in the same drill or working on a tactic, while at other times each person would be given their own focus relative to something specific to them, and quite often our coach would snag one of us to work individually on something. Often times pointers from our coach were a simple comment to one of us in the course of a run or a chairlift session (read: no skiing time was lost). If you are concerned that ESA is a week of "follow the leader" down the groomers. Don't be, that is not the case. However, I believe, and will reiterate, what you have acknowledged already: it makes sense to isolate and focus on certain skills on groomed terrain at times, then take this out on the mountain and work it. I cannot think of any ratio that would have applied to skills/tactics vs. skiing, however, I can say it was balanced and matched appropriately to the group - as a group and on an individual basis.
|Originally posted by jqski:
I think that "where I'm at" in my skiing at this time is that I have pretty decent technical skills but want to further develop my experience, confidence, and go for it attitude to apply them even in the most difficult terrain. For that I am looking for a coach - and fellow group memebers - to help guide, encourage, lead, and push me to ski even more difficult terrain agressively and with flow (and provide technical reminders as needed). The technical "level" of other participants is not as much a concern as how much they want and are able to go after it.
From the responses here it certainly seems like Todd and maybe J squared are of like mind (although I wouldn't want to spend a whole lot of time - a little bit is OK - reviewing fundamentals on the groomed). I will wait and see if there seems to be a critical number of people looking to really push it for this clinic. So if you are a potential participant who fits the bill please help me out by letting me know with a post in this thread.
There is no question - many coaches that fit the bill will be there.
How to evaluate a group for compatibility through an online discussion - whew! Well, I can describe my perspective, whether that will be of any value or not.
I think Snowbird is a great area for the academy and I was extremely pleased when it was announced; it has the terrain I want to work on and explore with the guidance of our Epic
coaches. Yes, I want to work on the steeps, but also the rest of the mountain as well - moguls, cat-tracks, trees, groomers..... Much the same as you, to learn, gain confidence, and smooth things out - on all terrain, not just steeps. However, I'm going in pretty open minded and without a set agenda as to which coaches and participants I get matched with, or the amount of time that is acceptable for working on skills. I have had the pleasure of skiing with several of the coaches already; I am confident they will get the groups right (granted, this is easier with an abundance of participants with the same goals), and that if a skill is being worked on, it applies to my skiing at the time. With "About half..." of the registrants being in the L8-L9 range, I would have to believe your odds of landing in an appropriate group would be extremely good. Would we be compatible or in the same group? Who knows. I fit in that range, but I am not a L9 and would not want to slow you down.
EpicSki Academy is a blast and a good buy! I hope to see you there. Good luck with your decision.