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I've been "released" YAY

post #1 of 17
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I skied 5 hours on Friday January 14th including a few groomed black diamonds here at Sugarbowl. except for a few twinges it felt great. On the 15th, I worked in our learning center all day and my leg still felt great. Since it's usually the day after when you find all the aches and pains I decided to let my supervisor know I wanted to start teaching some. He agreed that he would really like to have me back teaching since on this holiday weekend we were getting swamped. I geared up to teach today and got to teach 4 hours!. 2, 2 hour private lessons. One lesson was a couple of kids 10-12 years old that wanted to ski Steep blues and black diamonds all afternoon. Sure felt great being back on the mountain teaching and sharing my love of this sport.

I'm almost back! Thanks for all the support everyone.

DC
post #2 of 17
Alright! Well done!
post #3 of 17
This is good news, Dave. Go and have a great season in all that snow!
post #4 of 17
Hot diggety damn. Glad to hear it.
post #5 of 17
Great news, Dave, there is lots of time left in the season...gaining confidence after coming back is the trick, I know, but you are well on your way, and in teaching you can rest a little while explaining and demonstrating...good luck...

....Ott
post #6 of 17
Great news, dchan. Just keep those kids out of the terrain park for a bit longer. The jumping's great, but the landing can be a real pain.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson
Great news, dchan. Just keep those kids out of the terrain park for a bit longer. The jumping's great, but the landing can be a real pain.
Heh, My 2 rippers came back for a second day (Monday morning) for another 2 hour lesson. One of the things we did was go into some bumps/crud and I noticed they were trying to use the same turn that they did on groomers as in the bumps. They were also getting thrown all over the place. Our next stop was the terrain park! By getting them to learn what it feels like to turn over the lip of bump, turn on the back side of a ramp, turn using the side of a ramp, it gave them more options to ski the bumps. No real instruction here, just to get them to experience the difference. I also did a quick safety lesson on the chair ride up so they would be a bit safer in the terrain park and off we went! NO Jumping or landing for me. I told them I would be their spotter so I slowed or stopped at each ramp or bump and made sure it was clear
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by dchan
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Sure felt great being back on the mountain teaching and sharing my love of this sport.

I'm almost back! Thanks for all the support everyone.

DC
It's really cool that you're back. There's that initial feeling of trepidation about how things are going to go, and then that wonderful sense of joy when you realize that you can still remember how to ski and all the parts seem to be working. Congratulations.

And thanks to *you* (and AC) for all you do to keep this place what it is.

Bob
post #9 of 17
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Spent a good day skiing with my Dad on Friday. His first day of the season so we took it easy. Then on Saturday I taught for 3 hours. The first hour was 2 kids. trying to remember how to slow and stop. When they focused they could wedge. Still not really turning. The older one (6) when given the goal of trying to navigate the little slalom course was sort of able to turn. I told her when she could ski and turn (not step) through the cones. I would take her on the chair. She really tried hard but still had to stop and step through most of the turns.
The younger one (4) just liked going a little ways and falling down. When pressed he could stop. but it was so much more fun just falling over. I pretty much spent that whole hour running and "skiing" backwards in my boots. I only put my own skis on the last run of the class. (Ow.. my toes hurt)

The second class was 2 sisters 8 and 10. Both could stop and turn on easy greens and would get out of control if it got a little steeper. Mostly focus and concentration. they were too distracted with everything else going on. So I had to maintain eye contact with them to keep them focused on the task at hand.

2 more hours of skiing mostly backwards :P . After this my toes hurt even more but my knee and leg were doing good. We had to get back home so I loaded up and drove home (4 hrs of driving). When I got home, the leg still felt pretty good. (good news) as after sitting for 4 hrs I expected some pain. Progress!
post #10 of 17
Great news Dave. Have fun but be careful.
post #11 of 17
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6 days of Skiing in Telluride and I'm still in one piece. Some pain from skiing, some pain from my Brother-in-law's great massages. I averaged about 20K vert per day and skied quite a few of black diamonds while there. Mostly steep, and some bumps which were painful but managable. High speed cruisers were great fun. Most of my group that took lessons (Thanks John Briner) saw major improvement.

and only 2 Aleve tabs were taken by me all week.

post #12 of 17
Nice! Glad to hear it!
post #13 of 17
Great news Dave, glad to hear you are having fun. I'm envious. You guys have snow out there. Right now its going up to the mid 40s here and they are predicting rain during the next two days. #$% February thaw! Its really great on top of the lack of snow in the East. Oh well, at least we have some white stuff and you can slide on it.

OK, now the big question. When you doing the Level III?
post #14 of 17
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OK, now the big question. When you doing the Level III
Going to have to wait until 2005-2006 season. I already missed the skiing portion of the level III out here. (last week). I'll keep training like I have a chance to take it again this season but I don't think they are planning on scheduling another module until next season.
post #15 of 17
Damn, sorry to hear that. You were so close last year with the exception of some stupid little fall. Hopefully, you'll get a chance this year. Hey, any chance on taking in another Division?
post #16 of 17
Great news! Keep the faith!
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by T-Square
Damn, sorry to hear that. You were so close last year with the exception of some stupid little fall. Hopefully, you'll get a chance this year. Hey, any chance on taking in another Division?
Actually I needed to fix a few flaws in my skiing to pass so it's not just the fall. I'm pretty sure if I had the chance I would have passed the teaching and written but the format we have doesn't count for that.

I'll just have to be that much better next go around and just blow the exam out of the water.
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