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Goals for ESA?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
In reading about the fun and value that attendees received at the ETU and the FRFW, I'm getting my jones on for the ESA...

For those of you attending the ESA, have you thought about what you'd like to accomplish while you're there? Are there areas of skill that you'd especially like to explore? Are there specific conditions that you'd like to work on (or avoid?!)? Would you care to share in this thread?

I've been thinking about this a bit, and for me I think I'd like to play with a few areas of my skiing:
  • The impact of terrain choice on turn shape, speed, and line
  • Using gates (NASTAR) to eliminate some of the choices and to develop some objective measurement of my personal improvement
  • Explore isolation and blending drills for tipping, rotary, and pressure management both for my own skiing and my teaching
  • Slow down and understand why I tend to push the speed in so much of my freeskiing--am I masking something?
There are probably others, but those are the ones that come to mind for me. How about you?
post #2 of 24
Hi Steve,

My goals are not quite as sophisticated as yours, nonetheless, I hope I am successful. I'm currently thinking of their priority in this fashion:
  • Charged batteries
  • Blank tapes
  • Remove lens cap before recording
  • Record at the proper time and pause at the proper time
  • Get the correct skier in the frame
  • Keep that skier in the frame
  • Hold the camera steady
  • Learn what I can to improve my skiing
:

See ya there
post #3 of 24
My goal is to not get anyone I like killed while giving tours of the local resorts.
post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by Rio
My goal is to not get anyone I like killed while giving tours of the local resorts.
When and where are the tours?

Do you have any reason to dislike me?:
post #5 of 24
As of now my plans are to be at Moonlight Sunday, Bridger Friday and Big Sky during the ESA. We'll figure out logistics as the time nears. As for being disliked, just don't say anything slanderous about my Blue Noodles and you'll do fine.....I tend to find really steep moguls surrounded by rocks whenever someone makes negative comments.
post #6 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cgeib
Hi Steve,
  • Blank tapes
See ya there
Hey, Chris!

Tapes? This is the digital age, friend. You do have that digital camcorder on your Christmas list, don't you?!

High rez is my friend!
post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rio
My goal is to not get anyone I like killed while giving tours of the local resorts.
OK, so when would you like me to buy the beverage of your choice? Saturday night right after we arrive?
post #8 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by ssh
Hey, Chris!

Quote:
Originally Posted by cgeib
Hi Steve,
  • Blank tapes
See ya there


Tapes? This is the digital age, friend. You do have that digital camcorder on your Christmas list, don't you?!

High rez is my friend!
Format=MiniDV
Digital=YES
Hi-Rez=YES

Still a tape though...for recording anyway

No new camcorders this time around, my quota has been exceeded by ski gear and ski travel

Get off my case or I'll tell Rio you were making fun of his Blue Noodles
post #9 of 24
When I'm not shooting video I'd like to spend a lot of time in natural conditions in trees and steeps or deep, deep powder. Absent primo fresh, I guess I'll work on bumps and skiing 'features'.:
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by Springhill Crazie
When I'm not shooting video I'd like to spend a lot of time in natural conditions in trees and steeps or deep, deep powder. Absent primo fresh, I guess I'll work on bumps and skiing 'features'.:
You're coming to SW Montana so think primo crud. The snow doesn't stick together very well here so even snow with tracks is a blast to ski. Unless you happen to hit Big Sky during a long dry spell you should be able to ski unpacked snow every day you're here.
post #11 of 24
My goal is to find out if gonzo is as much of a tool in person.

And maybe to learn a little about skiing crud and bumps.
post #12 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rio
You're coming to SW Montana so think primo crud. The snow doesn't stick together very well here so even snow with tracks is a blast to ski. Unless you happen to hit Big Sky during a long dry spell you should be able to ski unpacked snow every day you're here.
Oh. In that case, change my goals to:
  • ski as much unpacked snow as possible every day!
post #13 of 24
Quote:
My goal is to find out if gonzo is as much of a tool in person.
Oh, absolutely! But I warn you, if you talk to him about building mountain bikes, you will soon either (1)become very jealous or (2)wish you had some more expendable income on hand.
post #14 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by xdog1
My goal is to find out if gonzo is as much of a tool in person.

And maybe to learn a little about skiing crud and bumps.
if you survive meeting me, you might be in some shape to LOOK AT the snow. forget skiing.

ask rio, he met me last year.
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by dp
Oh, absolutely! But I warn you, if you talk to him about building mountain bikes, you will soon either (1)become very jealous or (2)wish you had some more expendable income on hand.
and after you talk to dp, you will wish that every MD practicing in America was just like him... one of the nicest guys around, and whip-smart is an understatement. he skis well, too, even when his arm is splinted.
post #16 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by gonzostrike
if you survive meeting me, you might be in some shape to LOOK AT the snow. forget skiing.

ask rio, he met me last year.
Don't let him fool ya'! He's a cute little puppy dog!
post #17 of 24
as with most dogs, barks more than bites.
post #18 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by dp
Oh, absolutely! But I warn you, if you talk to him about building mountain bikes, you will soon either (1)become very jealous or (2)wish you had some more expendable income on hand.
I already asked him to hook me up with something with a banana seat and lots fo reflectors, but I haven't seen a prototype yet. :
post #19 of 24
Thread Starter 
So... Do you really not have any focus for your time at ESA? Or are you being shy about sharing them? Or... what?
post #20 of 24
I want to build on what I learned last year.
I want to smile more and ski bigger, harder, faster, with more FUN.
I want to experience another state in the US that I haven't been to.
I want to meet new people who will buy me beer and listen to my inane ramblings.
I want to squeeze every last drop out of the trip (as it may be my only one of the season)
oh, and I want to win the skis in the raffle...
post #21 of 24
I want to get more fluid in steep conditions.

beyond that, I want to have fun and help Zorro with the awards presentation at the end banquet.
post #22 of 24
You were a good help at ESA 2 in terms of getting more fluid...
post #23 of 24
bring me another flagon of mead! :
post #24 of 24
Here are my goals:

1. Get better in deep powder and steep runs
2. Get a flavor for backcountry skiing
3. Ski at a place I haven't been to before
4. Get to know all of you guys and gals
5. Laugh and laugh and laugh (even that I'll be laughing at my skiing ability)
6. Disconnect myself completely from my crazy working hours and relax
7. See my wife reach HER goals as well (she is also attening ESA)
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