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"Steeps", by Weems

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Powder Magazine was nice enough to reprint this article written by Weems Westfeldt. Written in 1978. This was written in a time of long straight skis, but the hills are just as steep. There is a ton of pertinent information here presented by one of the premiere ski teachers of the past 50 years (His last major teaching job was Ski School Director of Aspen). He was involved with Epic for many years and part of the foundation for the ESA. 

 

As he points out steep is a very relative term; for some it's an avalanche chute, for others it's a blue cruiser. Enjoy the read.

 

 

http://www.powder.com/stories/classics/steep-skiing/?sf35731526=1#6lqCSfYdzRfl8CW7.97


Edited by Stranger - 9/12/16 at 3:43pm
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Thanks for posting this. 

 

I loved this:

 

7. Do not hug the hill. The desire to hold onto the hill is a perfectly sound one and should be indulged. But the body should move away from the hill so that the holding on can be done with the edges. The edges are stronger than the fingernails.

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#5 gets me in trouble in moguls a lot. I start off good but then lose my focus and end up way over to one edge looking for a more palatable turn. 

 

Also obligatory tagging @weems so he knows we're talking about him .

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Only met Weems at one ESA but quickly understood why he was so admired by students and instructors alike.  A great instructor, great communicator and a really neat guy all around. Thanks to ESA for bringing him to us.

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Thanks for posting the article. Thumbs Up

 

It's essentially what Taos is all about.  


Edited by KingGrump - 9/12/16 at 4:31pm
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Great article!  What resonates with me is #9.  What I've learned in recent years is that the practice I do at my little home mountain in the Mid-Atlantic really does make a difference when I get out west.  Working with an experienced instructor helps tremendously in making sure that I'm practicing correctly.

 

"9. Do not go to the Steep immediately. Practice in the flats first. You have to learn to walk before you can fly.

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Great article!  What resonates with me is #9.  What I've learned in recent years is that the practice I do at my little home mountain in the Mid-Atlantic really does make a difference when I get out west.  Working with an experienced instructor helps tremendously in making sure that I'm practicing correctly.

 

"9. Do not go to the Steep immediately. Practice in the flats first. You have to learn to walk before you can fly.

Or you may fly and no longer be able to walk. 

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For me it is #2. Do Not Traverse. That has been one of my mantras for a very long time. 

 

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Or you may fly and no longer be able to walk. 

Even eagles have to learn to fly. Interesting to watch that if you get a chance. 

 

 

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Only met Weems at one ESA but quickly understood why he was so admired by students and instructors alike.  A great instructor, great communicator and a really neat guy all around. Thanks to ESA for bringing him to us.

Got to ski with him twice in the way back when. Once in a clinic and once in a film shoot. He would not remember me, but I will never forget him. One of the most capable people on a pair of skis I have ever met.

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