Jamesj's son, and EpicSki member in his own right, VinceK just passed his Level 3 exam at Hunter Mountain. Hey @VinceK,congratulations on your fine achievement. Vince was the only one of 12 to pass. This was his first attempt. I've had the pleasure of watching Vince's skiing grow from advanced to dynamic expert. His feedback to me has always been spot on. Way to go Vince!
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If what I saw last weekend was Vince uptight and not having fun, I don't think I want to try to keep up with him when he is loose and cheerful.
According to the OP, none of the others passed, only Vince...
Thanks everyone! However, I don't have the gold pin yet. There are two major parts to the Level 3, the skiing and the teaching. I just passed the skiing at Hunter Mountain. Now I am off to pump up my teaching skills.
There were 12 people total who took the skiing part of the exam. As you can see in the picture there were a number of people who passed the teaching and got their gold pins (The guy in the ball cap asked me to take some photos of him).
I actually had a group of very young (by PSIA demographics) and good skiers. Four of the Five in my group were in their 20's and the oldest guy was in his young 30's, while the other larger group of 7 had all the older guys. Even though I was the only one to pass all three performance areas, one other guy was super close (passing 2 of 3) and the other three guys were close as well (passing 1 of 3), so we had a group of really good skiers. To no surprise, I believe everyone in my group passed the Agility/Versatility section (which is the section they make you do hop turns and stuff that is really hard if you have replacement knees and hips). I don't think anyone in the other group passed any performance areas.
There was quite a range of conditions at Hunter for the two days of the exam. The first day (in the morning) felt like a normal day in February on the groomers, but the nastiest gnarled mogules off piste. Then in the after noon they had to shut down the high speed quad that took you to the top due to 90 mph winds, so for the segment in the afternoon we had like 400 vertical feet of skiing with a slow chairlift ride up. That afternoon was by far the hardest part the exam because the exam was done shotgun style. You get like 150 vertical feet to do something and then the next 150 vertical feet you have to do something completely different, if you made a single error there was no time or distance to get it together and do well (now I know how it feels to take a Level III exam in the Central division). Then the second day was sunny, but the snow was crusy and broken up. I actually felt most confident on the second day.
I must admit that having a really long and good snow coverage season was a huge contributor to my success. If my resort had opened in early January (which it did last year) instead of opening on November 29th I don't think I would have had enough time to nail all of the drills and tasks I needed to do.
Most of the "Mountain Skills" meaning the free skiing like tasks were done at Hunter West, however much of the agility, versatility, and mogul skiing was done on the front.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate an epic member who is also a member of my division, PSIA-NW, on the recent passing of his L3 skiing and teaching exams...@kogu, nice work!!!!