Oops! I guess I forgot to introduce myself [img]redface.gif[/img]
Originally I am from Russia, first learned to ski on cross-coutnry skis (was a school champion in 7th-10th grades, was on the college XC team), but then at 18 my friend got me into alpine skiing, and I was hooked.
My first skis were wooden 215-cm boards from the 1960s (I was a first-year student in Russia, so I used my dad's old skis [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] ) which I could not possibly flex with my 55 kilograms (now at 180 lbs I probably could
). Nor could I rotate it into a stem christie. That's how I learned the javeline turn and discovered that I didn't need a wedge. My first boots and bindings were from the 1960 too.
My first wages as a student went into a newER pair of skis and boots and second into a trip to the Caucasus for a ski instruction camp. The instructors were happy to use me for demonstrations, as it turned out I was not that far behind them [img]graemlins/angel.gif[/img] and could communicate the transition from beginner to intermediate skier more easily than they could.
When we came to the States (CA), again my first paycheck went into skis and boots, much to my wife's dismay. Now we are a family of four (3.5) skiers, as our younger daughter is already learning how to ski. (She started at 2-1/2 [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] a year ago) To make sure we never get stuck in the same level and always have something to look forward to, we joined the league racing community six years ago. Now we are fully hooked. I wouldn't want to move anywhere that is longer than a 4-hour drive away from skiing.
Oh, BTW: please forgive me for being too verbose in my posts: that's the engineer in me
:[ February 19, 2003, 03:14 PM: Message edited by: AlexG ]