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Day 4; Alta by Braille!

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WHEW! Talk about a mountain adventure! On Thursday, Randy and Carolyn's group did a regrouping. Carolyn took the skiers who wanted to work on style and grace. Randy took the daredevils. I was with Carolyn.

The visability was non existent. When we unloaded from the lift, I turned to what I thought was a stop. But I was still moving! All of a sudden, major vertigo! Ironically, the same thing happened to Carolyn. Quick thinker that she is, she told us to use our ski poles like cat whiskers. Dragging the poles through the snow was an effective proprioceptive aid. We all got down safely.

We were scheduled to meet a few other groups for lunch at collin's grill. But upon unloading, the visability was worse than before. Once again, Carolyn's genius saved us all! She formed a human slalom course. She skied down. The next person skied down and stopped somewhere down the hill. This continued until we found the restaurant.

After lunch, Randy and Tom Burch's group joined our line skiing. People began to spontaneously make little sounds, or sing song songs as they made their turn.I wish we could have filmed it! This was a sight to be seen!

Since people did not all stop at the same distances, it became a great exercise for making short radius turns. And again, we all got down safely, despite zero visability.

We returned to The Bird in the later part of the afternoon. At this point I need to back track. Despite the appeal of the coaches to have lower level skiers attend the Academy, only one actually did. Keoki's friend Cathy had not skied in a few years. On her first day, she had a major panic attack on Big Emma. She had improved so much, that I urged her to do it again on day 4. What a difference! Cathy was awarded "Most Improved Skier" status at the closing ceremonies. Way to go, Cathy! Hope to see you posting! BTW, dudes, she's beautiful, brilliant and single!

If your goal is to obtain awards at the Academy's closing ceremonies, try to get in to Weem's group at the next event. When he taught our class last year, we racked in a bunch of them. This year, SheSkis was given the Environmentalist Award, based on her somewhat romantic encounters with trees! [img]smile.gif[/img] When she was not hugging trees, she and DP ended up making "on mountain contact" with each other, giving them both the "We have to stop meeting like this" award. In an earlier post, I let out Gonzo's secret. He's a puppy dog in real life! (UH OH! I am in trouble now!}
Gonzo was another participant in Weem's group, and was given the
"person least like their on screen personality award."
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Since my slow connection has not yet "timed out," I can add more.
At the closing ceremony, the coaches showed the videos of some of the goups. This year, we had a big screen, as opposed to a small tV. Despite some really challenging conditions, and in spite of the technical nit picking that everone tended to do {after all, its Epicski! } people looked truly amazing!
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It sounds like you had a great time. I signed up for the Academy again this year. However, on December 22nd I was asked to take up a matter on an urgent basis. I held out hope up until last Friday that somehow I would be able to take care of things enough to break away or four days to attend ESA II. Unfortunately, it proved not possible in the circumstances.

It sounds like all of you had a great time and a terrific learning experience. I greatly regret that I was not able to join you.

I have enjoyed reading your daily posts on ESA activities and DChans photos. [img]smile.gif[/img] I certainly would have enjoyed meeting DChan, Gonz and others and seeing you and the other folks from ESA I. I know that I am cetainly poorer for not having the benefit of WTFH's wit this past week. Anyway, congratulations to all those who made ESA II the great success that it apppears to have been. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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I use the human slalom all of the time in lessons, particularly when I get agroup of children who want to just "fly" down our little hill only turning when they hit the bottom. It's a BIG hit with them and they are often seen doing it after lessons are done. Early this season I met my niece and her children to ski. We used this with her children to help them get back on track turning as they wentdown the hill. She has a little spitfire that likes to take off ahead of everyoneelse, this kept her with us.

Great report LM, glad you had a good time.
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Carolyn first played with human slalom when she was with her friends at Jackson Hole. They were in a complete white out, and the slalom line brought them down the slope. Its also a great way to practice short radius turns.
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[ February 02, 2004, 05:55 AM: Message edited by: sheskis ]
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About those awards: [img]redface.gif[/img]

I'm thinking I need to change my screen name to either danger girl, or better yet, disaster girl! Poor Weems! He was probably glad when he found out the only lawyer in the group was RETIRED.

On a more serious note, what a fantastic time! Despite of myself, I had a serious learning experience. To borrow a term from WTFH, I had some brilliant moments, as I know everyone in our group had them as well. Weems promised that we will take what we've learned in these 4 days, and as we start to apply it to our skiing, we will find that suddenly it will be coming naturally, without thought or premeditation (no, not pre-medication [img]tongue.gif[/img] )

And above all the breakthroughs, brilliant moments, and not-so-brilliant moments (apologies all around to dp and the tree at Alta), was the comradarie of the entire Epicski Academy. It was such a treat to put real names and faces with the screen names that we see here. Everyone who posts here is a real, living, breathing person, with a life and history all their own, but how cool is it that we can actually come from all over the globe to meet in one fabulous place ("yeah, sweet, UTAH!"). What an opportunity! I wouldn't miss it for the world.

BTW, in case you are wondering, Lisa, no, I will NOT be teaching on the bike this week. Coaching strictly from the floor. [img]tongue.gif[/img]

Thank you to everyone who helped put Epicski Academy together. Your dedication to the Epic Turn is truly appreciated.

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In an earlier post, I let out Gonzo's secret. He's a puppy dog in real life!
am not! [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
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WOOF!!!! [img]smile.gif[/img] BTW, without my knowledge, Mark was taking photos of us hanging out together at the closing ceremonies. Maybe we should post them. It may give people faith in the possibility of World Peace! [img]tongue.gif[/img]
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I have a CLASSIC picture to post of you, LM, and the infamous Gonzo. May I?
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Email it to me first. As you recall, I win the award for being the least photogenic!
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Did you guys stay at the Extended Stay America in Sandy? How was the hotel? I understand they do not have hot tubs.
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I posted it in Academy planning already. What do you mean Non Photogenic? Ya look almost SHY!
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