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Lito is retiring???

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
It seems the father of "skiing on one weighted foot" is retiring from teaching his one week courses this winter in Aspen/Snowmass. www.breakthroughonskis.com

The good news is that our very own "Weems" Westfeldt, of aspen/snowmass fame, will be heading up a new one week clinic called "Diamond ski week". I haven't seen Weems post here lately, but would like to hear more about his new ski clinic.
post #2 of 28
Weems Westfeldt is an unsurpassable genius of a ski coach. If you have a chance to take any sort of lesson or clinic with him, do it! Only one problem: You're gonna' get spoiled!
post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 
What basis of instruction will be used in this new clinic in aspen/snowmass which seems to be endorsed by Lito. Will it be a variation of PMTS or will it be PSIA, or a combination of the two?

Lisamarie, you are 100% right. The best, and most ground gained in my skiing was from one of Weems' instructors last year, Mr. Squatty.

Having every book and video that Lito has produced, It seems that he (Lito) is from the school of the Harold Harb system. Has anyone seen a hybrid of the two systems (PSIA and PMTS)?
Will most instructors here think it will work, if thats the case?
post #4 of 28

Diamond Sessions

Here's what the Aspen site has to say about Weems's Diamond Sessions:

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Weems Westfeldt's Diamond Sessions will show you a simple truth: There is no learning plateau. Instead of wallowing in the plateau metaphor, we'll remix your skiing, and the way you look at it. We'll teach you to use the Sports Diamond, a powerful tool to help you grow to achieve mastery and brilliance in any sport. Offered for all levels on all mountains. The Sports Diamond will teach you how to take charge of your own development so you can always become unstuck, design your own lessons, and self-coach. As a bonus, we will show you the inner workings of the alpine sports cult: the joy, the jokes, and why we have dedicated our lives (and foregone our livelihoods) in pursuit of these sports. Your skiing will be better than you imagined.
Read more: http://www.aspensnowmass.com/diamond/
post #5 of 28
Wow, Nolo, where do I sign up. I think I can find time to take Weems miracle course between my getting rich overnight classes and my lose 30 pounds in a week classes. :
post #6 of 28
I'll bet he'd love to work with you, SnowDog.
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Who says you can't teach a SnowDog new tricks?
Oh, yeah, that would be SnowDog himself!
post #8 of 28
Ragin' cajun'-
Having had Weems for an instructor at the first Epicski Academy, and having spent 4 whole days learning and playing in the snow with him, I can say that Lisamarie is right.



He's phenomenal.



I've never met anyone with such a zest for life, and who can transfer that zest to students. And sadly, she's right on other counts also....like being spoiled? After Weems has been your coach, you always want Weems, but ya can't always have him. Sigh.

I feel very fortunate to have had the experience of learning from the Best. It remains a lifetime highlight for this country girl.
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by Bonni
Ragin' cajun'-
Having had Weems for an instructor at the first Epicski Academy, and having spent 4 whole days learning and playing in the snow with him, I can say that Lisamarie is right.



He's phenomonal.



I've never met anyone with such a zest for life, and who can transfer that zest to students. And sadly, she's right on other counts also....like being spoiled? After Weems has been your coach, you always want Weems, but ya can't always have him. Sigh.

I feel very fortunate to have had the experience of learning from the Best. It remains a lifetime highlight for this country girl.
Yeah, it's like having the best....oh nevermind!
But shameless plug: Weems teaches at the Epicski Academy!
post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie
Yeah, it's like having the best....oh nevermind!
But shameless plug: Weems teaches at the Epicski Academy!
Winter had better get here soon. I'm seeing things!

Perhaps that lust brochure was not sent to you in error, LM.
post #11 of 28
One more shameless plug: If you want to know about "the brochure," you'll have to become a supporter and join us in the lounge!
post #12 of 28
The best part of Lito's videos is Jerry Berg's bump run in his Breakthrough 2 video. By far the best bump skiing I have ever seen. It's worth the price of the video by itself.
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by SnowDog
Wow, Nolo, where do I sign up. I think I can find time to take Weems miracle course between my getting rich overnight classes and my lose 30 pounds in a week classes. :
Look just because Gonzo's Tuesday night diplomacy classes didn't work for you there's no need to be so negative.
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by DangerousBrian
Look just because Gonzo's Tuesday night diplomacy classes didn't work for you there's no need to be so negative.
Whatchya mean? Gonzo said I was a star student! :
post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat
Who says you can't teach a SnowDog new tricks?
Oh, yeah, that would be SnowDog himself!
Mr. Fox,

Me and the boys (the other dogs) are planning a little hunting party, and we'd like you to be the guest of honor. Bring your outdoor shoes, we plan on doing a little run through the woods. Mr. Pit is especially looking forward to meeting you. Do hope you can attend.

Sincerely, SnowDog :
post #16 of 28
Old Weems sure has a way with the 12 year old girls, doesn't he? My but they get so giddy!
post #17 of 28
No, Snowdog, it's just that a Mature Man knows how to Ride Em.
post #18 of 28
Sorry to be out of touch. I've been skiing with my kids in New Zealand--which may be the most beautiful place in the world!--and we haven't been paying much attention to computers. The snow is soooo excellent this season.

Snowdog's right. This program will not only help you create a brilliant day for yourself every day, but it also gets rid of unsightly wrinkles, lowers your cholesterol, cures psoriasis, will help you win the Tour de France, and will qualify you to run for governor of California.

(Thanks, girls. I'm truly humbled. And one of the most rewarding ski weeks I've ever had was skiing with you! I'm not sure about the mature man part. My motto is you're only young once, but you can be immature forever.)

This program is part of a larger picture, and I don't have time this morning to say much about it. I promise to get more out to you when I get back home next week.

The main idea is that, over the years, I've developed a framework which is now "teachable" about how to manage yourself as an athlete--to access your best stuff each day--EVEN WHEN YOU ARE NOT AT PEAK PERFORMANCE. Two days ago, I taught myself how to ride those crazy metal rails using this material. (no falls, no breaks, lots of fun, brilliant day).

The material is independent of technique in that enhances your ability to access any technique you feel good about--mainly because technique is only a small portion of the whole package of who you are and what you do out there.

Gotta go get back on the rails--more later.

And gratitude to Lito for being such a supporter. You know Lito's greatest contribution is reminding people what you folks already know.
1. Commitment over time is the key to success--that's why he does a ski week--for the purpose of immersion.
2. you can really become an expert, not just a better intermediate skier.

See ya soon.

Weems
post #19 of 28
Weems, now that we are closer to being neighbors than we used to be, I look foward to seeing you this season!
post #20 of 28
perfect. me too.
post #21 of 28
By the way, R Cajun, Lito was not necessarily the father of being on one ski. He would be the first to admit this. This is an approach that has been tested and central to good technique for many many years. And to his credit, he made it a central issue.

Interestingly, these days it is more controversial, as the role of the inside ski has become much more active in the snow. I have just skied recently with Claudia Riegler, a recent first seed skier in slalom on the World Cup. She insists, as she has for many years, that both skis receive significant pressure. I don't think this business of being on one ski is as universal as it once was.

The way I manage it, is that I firmly believe that the outside ski dominates the turn, but the inside ski carries what it needs to help the carve.
post #22 of 28

Lito Retiring

I am a huge Lito fan and bought his first book years ago.If I have read it once I have read it 10 times. I have purchased all his tapes and his newer book. I have purcahsed his book as a gift several times.

I think the thing Lito incorporates into his books and his tapes is a level of passion and feeling for skiing that really gets you psyched for skiing. His writing style and ability to communicate with the reader I think is extraordinary.

He advocates a technique that has generated a good bit of controversy among teaching "gurus". Whether he's absolutely correct or not is not all that important to me. I make it a little bit analogous to the golf swing, that is , there are a lot of different ways to swing the golf club that yield very effective results. I think Lito is a master communicator that has the rare ability to articulate his ski technique in a manner that is very appealing to a diehard skier. He puts you there in his writing and captures the feeling and the joy of skiing.

I would have loved to have attended one of his ski weeks , but skiing is full of choices and the money spent for the ski week is always consumed by something else in skiing. I'm real biased about the guy. I reread his stuff every winter and thoroughly enjoy it again and again.

If Leadbetter could write golf instruction as well I might have broken 90 by now!
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by weems
...Snowdog's right. This program will not only help you create a brilliant day for yourself every day, but it also gets rid of unsightly wrinkles, lowers your cholesterol, cures psoriasis, will help you win the Tour de France, and will qualify you to run for governor of California. ...
Holy Smokes ...sign me up for two

What the heck is a "Weems" anyway:

Good to see ya here again, and to know that you're down there making some turns. Hope you had a great summer Look forward to making some turns with ya in January Hopefully I've made some headway on those "more than you thinks":

Chris
post #24 of 28
Roundturns is 100% correct on all counts. Lito has been one of the greatest contributors ever to people's joy and passion for skiing.

His ski weeks in Aspen were epic, and we can only hope to live up to their promise.

Good on ya, Chris!
post #25 of 28

been there, worked with him, done that ;>)

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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post
(snip) I make it a little bit analogous to the golf swing, that is , there are a lot of different ways to swing the golf club that yield very effective results. (snip)

If Leadbetter could write golf instruction as well I might have broken 90 by now!
Hey, i know this post is ancient, and this is my 1st post here, but this had me rollin' on the floor this mornin', so thanks for that!

See, as a chiro physician & master bodyworker, I've both personally treated & worked for the referenced golf instructor, & he is truly one of the world's greatest (at least for some folks).

I'm a 55 y.o. 1st season skier, & I too have carefully read, watched vids, & made notes of both Lito & HH, and I'm beginning to ski the blacks after only several days of dawn to dusk work, due to the successful imprint of straight-to-the-point-parallel-style instructions + super effective (for immediate feedback) skill-building exercises from these 2 great teachers.

The phenomena that immediately grabbed my attention upon beginning to read these ski forums, was the overwhelming similarity to the dogma/dharma debates that run rampant in golf. I persisted in sorting through the various big-muscle/body vs. little-muscle/wristy ideas to find what worked for ME, until I broke 90, then finally 80. Since golf now occupies the status of a fun, if still challenging way to enjoy a good walk (M. Twain not withstanding), I'm able to transfer that former obsession to skiing, at least for a little while.

But I'm grateful to LTF/HH for the fun & accomplishment of being able to immediately ski parallel - safely, no injuries, + a ton o' fun!

best !

g
post #26 of 28

Lito

Lito is not PMTS...Lito predates PMTS tho he and HH had some assoc over the years and Lito gives shout outs to HH. HH also did most of the demos on Lito's 3rd video.

I was perhaps the world's greatest Lito fan, I still use and review those videos regularly...it is all still relevant.

Every single drill in Breakthough I either came directly from ATS or I was also taught at the several PSIA clinics I attended in the 90's.

Every single drill, no exceptions. It is all pure PSIA directly evolved from
ATS(90's) and centerline(80's).

What Lito did, and to my eyes no one has ever done it better to date, was take all the most important and useful drills and exercises, dumb it all down for public digestion and roll it into the most beautiful and inspired ski instructional video every made. There is no comparison. If you don't have a copy.....that is just a shame.

Lito demonstrates early weight shift with a strong up move - a word of caution perhaps with the new technology.....

Aside from inspiring students to primarily weight one ski and providing the clear visuals to back it up there is very little similarity between the Breakthrough videos and PMTS.

PMTS has evolved into something else.....I have all the PMTS videos and read most of Harb's material, tho I have not read the new book. I'll leave and PMTS/ Lito comparisons to the PMTS guys on the forum.

It is all good of course.....as are the freebee's in my signature....

The Jerry Berg high speed demo's in Lito I remains in my opinion some of the best most clear footage ever captured on an instructional video. You must see it.
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie View Post
Weems Westfeldt is an unsurpassable genius of a ski coach. If you have a chance to take any sort of lesson or clinic with him, do it! Only one problem: You're gonna' get spoiled!
Jan 14, 2007

Dear Lisamarie:

How right you are. And I've never even had Weems as a coach but was only inspiried by a slideshow presentation which he gave on the Sports Diamond.

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Originally Posted by weems View Post
Roundturns is 100% correct on all counts. Lito has been one of the greatest contributors ever to people's joy and passion for skiing.

His ski weeks in Aspen were epic, and we can only hope to live up to their promise.

Good on ya, Chris!
Bravo Weem, way to go. We who know you expected no less (generosity that is).

CharlieP

PS: now Weems, where do I sign up for to qualify for the Boston Marathon?
post #28 of 28
Though Lito and I have not crossed paths in a few years, I owe him a HUGE debt of gratitude.

As the Technical Director of the Bear Valley Ski School, at Mt. Reba in Northern California, during the early- mid 70's, he hired me to become an instructor. I will forever remember the interview and the exact questions he asked me at the end of the 4th day of the hiring clinic.
When the SS Director, Peter Brinkman (RIP) asked us all into the instructors locker room (hallowed ground in those days) to make the announcements of who was being hired, my heart was in my throat!
Four of us were hired that day, and my name was read last! Lito was the first to come over and congratulate me. He told me that a lot was expected from us, and I replied that I wouldn't let him down.

Some of the other trainers and supervisors at the time are the who's who of the ski industry! Jon Reveal, Asst SS Director, incredible skier, author, and GM of several different ski areas. Peter Shelton, Staff Trainer, incredible teacher and author. John Wagnon, Staff Trainer, another incredible mentor, author of the "Guide to Modern Ski Teaching", currently VP of Marketing at Heavenly Valley.

I have to hand it to all of them! If they can take a 17 year old hot foot like me and turn that person into a decent skier and instr, they have to be awesome!

With unlimited gratitude, I wish Lito the very best for what ever exploits and adventures he still wishes to explore.
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