Originally Posted by dchan
For the students that would like to see this happen, please keep making suggestions. If this does come to pass, we will need as much input as we can get to make it the best experience we can offer.
Ok. To add a couple of cents to the suggestion cookie jar--as a potential and strongly interested attendee...
1. I prefer coming west as opposed to heading up northeast for the camps.
2. For me personally, a day (perhaps a pre-event day or the day after the event) of demo skis--lots of brands and models--would be great. I'd be willing to fork out some dough to be able to try a bunch of skis. $50 - $100 maybe?
3. I'd like to see something of a "here's our target student profile" and "this is what we teach" or "these are the instructional paths available" sort of info.
4. I think an optional session about backcountry skiing and avalanche safety sessions would be quite fun and informative. I'd be willing to pay extra for that, too.
Now, these are just suggestions. The death of a good fast-food joint (2nd place behind lazy, rude and ill-informed employees) is a wildly expanding menu: You become just average to everyone. And I wouldn't want to see such a program which now enjoys a sterling reputation become bland and mediocre.
That said, the core content and activities of the program should be protected in deference of over-expansion. That's why I suggested a demo day and a backcountry session be scheduled outside the core academy.
It's a super-cool idea (ESA and ETA) and certainly fills an underserved gap in ski training offerings. I hope it continues to be a success.
I'm looking forward to being there in '06. I am actively searching for pre-event therapy to help me get ready to meet and deal with gonzo. (I'm Ok, you're Ok; I'm Ok, you're Ok................)