or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › EpicSki Community › Getting Together, Gatherings and Let's Go › Epicski Academy › Confirmed Coaches for Snowbird ESA
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Confirmed Coaches for Snowbird ESA

post #1 of 35
Thread Starter 
Hi Everybody!



I just want to give a summer update on the status of the January ESA at Snowbird.



The most important part of any deal like this is the coaching. In all the EpicSki posts there is this underlying insistence on quality coaching and a rabid distaste for ski pros who just aren’t engaged or skillful.



We’ve listened carefully to this concern and agree with it completely. With that in mind, here is the partial list of coaches who have committed to coming to the ESA event in 2006. I am totally excited about working with such a crew as this and I think you will be pleased.



This list is weighted heavily with cronies from AspenSnowmass. I did this purposely, because we are going to introduce you to our Sports Diamond™ and these people will be able to help all of us get a grip on this material. It’s an easy structure to work with, and I know all the other coaches will be able to express their own skills and magic very easily within it.



If we get enough participants we can bring this magnificent bunch together at Snowbird, so please help us and recruit. This is an enormous opportunity to ski with the best of the best. Please take advantage!







Bob Barnes

Now an instructor at Beaver Creek, former dean of the ESA, PSIA-RM Examiner, Colorado ski teaching guru, author, and trainer, Bob is one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met in the ski school business. Bob also is a fanatic representative of both the skiing public and the hard working ski pros. He is one of the all time great contributors to EpicSki as well as one of the driving forces of creating ESA. We are totally thrilled to have him back and would feel kind of lost without him.



Jim Schanzenbaker

Schanzy is from Montana, and has been a ski pro and trainer in the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen for about 6 years. In fact, he is in charge of the training of the 80 or so trainers in our school. He also teaches in the summer at Coronet Peak in New Zealand. He is a former member of the PSIA Demo Team. He has also achieved second place (with Andy Docken, present PSIA Demo Team member) in the World Powder 8’s championships a few years ago. As a teacher he is totally committed—intense, thorough, accurate, and lots of fun.



Georgie Bremner

A superstar from New Zealand, Georgie teaches at Coronet Peak and at AspenSnowmass. In the past she also taught in Austrian Ski Schools. She is presently a member of the New Zealand Demo Team. She is also a trainer in the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen as well as a member of the Divas (the AspenSnowmass precision ski team). Georgie is the history of enthusiasm—a total delight to ski with, because she’s so damn good and such a hoot to hang out with.



Joan Rostad

Joan Rostad—24 year veteran ski pro at Bridger Bowl, Montana. Her articles and essays have appeared in The Professional Skier since 1986. She has been a racer, coach, board member of PSIA, and enormous contributor to the ski teaching world. Her brilliant role in EpicSki as an organizer, thinker, and contributor, under the nom de plume of Nolo, is legendary. She also sounds like a chipmunk when she laughs.



Stephanie Brown

Also a ski pro working both in Aspen/Snowmass and in New Zealand (Mt. Hutt), Stephanie is an examiner in the New Zealand Ski Instructors Alliance (NZSIA) and PSIA as well as a member of the NZSIA demo team and their technical delegate to Interski. Here soft manner, coupled with her discipline and clarity of understanding, give her a teaching style that is at once really pleasant and really productive.



Ursula Howland

She has taught 30 years, the last 15 at Big Sky. She passed German State Cert 1983 and PSIA Level III 1991. She has been a NRM Examiner since 1992, and she has a degree in P.E. She was a 1980-1984 member of the German Freestyle Team and a 1986 member of the German team at the World Championships of Ski Instructors at Arose, Sz (Slalom and G.S.). She is also a research manager and corporate pilot. She is back from last season because of popular acclaim!



Charlie MacArthur

A former member of the PSIA Demo Team, a PSIA-RM Examiner, an alpine/snowboard/telemark pro and trainer (certified in all three!) for the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen, and kayak teacher in the summer, Charlie is one of the great athletes of the world and teaches with a totally disarming smile and charm. And, as you can see from his credentials he mainly spends his time teaching this stuff.



Jenny MacArthur

A former member of the Australian Demo Team, a PSIA-RM Examiner, Aspen Divas Team Member, pro and trainer for the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen, Jenny is also the mother of the beautiful and magical baby Reilly. Since Charlie is the father, that makes Reilly and Jenny Charlie’s better two thirds! Jenny’s classes are recognizable from a distance by their laughter and happy faces! What can I say, She's an Aussie and therefore full of good humor.



Stu Campbell

My personal hero, whose first ski book I read in 1969. Stu has had many incarnations in the ski teaching business both on the East and West Coasts, both in ski schools and in PSIA, but his interplanetary fame is mostly derived from his role as technical editor for Ski Magazine for, like, the last three centuries. Stu is one of those unique guys who has been in the biz forever, but at the same time has remained up-to-date on what’s happening in modern skiing.



Roger Kane

Roger is one of the really smart people in this business. He’s an examiner in the Central Division, and has taught in the ESA for all three of its seasons. We’re really pumped to have him back, as his teaching and analytical skills, as showcased both on the website and at ESA, are completely outstanding.



Squatty Schuler

You’re gonna love Squatty. He is my personal conscience in the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen. He’s an examiner with PSIA-RM and absolutely one of the driving forces in the training department at Snowmass. A lot of his fame in the ski teaching world came from an article that he and I cowrote (he wrote it, I translated it into English) that reduced movement analysis to a simple, easy-to-use approach that has been used by literally thousands of ski pros in their cert exams. His great skill is his ability to keep it simple and clean. His great passion is skiing and teaching. In the summer he teaches at Mt. Hutt in New Zealand.



In addition to these stars, I’m still waiting and hoping to have Eric DesLauriers, Rob Sogard, Maggie Loring, and Chip Loring (and a few others) on board. I hope to hear from them soon, and will let you know, and provide bios at the time.



Wow! What a team!
post #2 of 35
Congrats weems, that is an impressive team of coaches!!

Any chance of adding some of the other Epic Ski main stays like Ric Reiter, Tom Burch, Rusty Guy, Wigs, and Ydnar, to name a few?
post #3 of 35
Coach, There are many great instructors who frequent the forums who have a following. That's not a criteria for selection. As Weems intimated, and we all will learn more about as it develops, what we gain from having Stu and Weems as deans for our two premier events, the ESA Weekend at Stowe and EpicSki Academy at Snowbird, is that they are designing a common experience for all the participants and coaching the coaches in delivering it. Each of our deans selects his team, as is fitting for a Head Coach. Each of our deans designs his program, as is fitting for a Head Coach. This is an Academy. Come if you want to learn from the best. I hope to see you there!
post #4 of 35
Weems, you are killing me! Abso-friggin-lutely KILLING me.

Great work. The big problem is that so many coaches sound like someone I'd want to ski with, and I already have experienced excellence with you and with Roger.

I hate freedom of choice! (uh, kidding. seriously. no, really.)
post #5 of 35
Weems, I'm (almost) speechless. This is going to be absolutely awesome!
post #6 of 35
Thread Starter 

One more!

Okay, the bad news is that the summer sun has fried my brain and I left out one of the coaches on the list above.


The good news is that this one is at the top of the top shelf.

Martin Bell has said he would be available, and I'm overjoyed to have him. Please check his credentials at www.SkiMartinBell.com

He's tooo hot.
post #7 of 35
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Coach13
Congrats weems, that is an impressive team of coaches!!

Any chance of adding some of the other Epic Ski main stays like Ric Reiter, Tom Burch, Rusty Guy, Wigs, and Ydnar, to name a few?
This is a good question, coach 13. Some of these guys are occupied with their activities on another site. The other reason is pretty much what Joan said: I had an opportunity to get these people and I just think they're the best there is, so I did. This doesn't mean any disrespect for anyone, but I'd ski with Martin Bell, or Georgie Bremner, before I'd ski with Weems Westfeldt, any day!

Hope you understand.

Thanks, Weems
post #8 of 35
Amazing choices, Weems. Congratulations on getting them to come on board. Anyone, at any level, who has a desire to improve as a skier should JUMP at the chance to participate in this academy. The opportunity to work with coaches of this caliber is priceless and extremely rare. Congratulations again, and thanks.

PS: Just talked to Bob B. He's still at Vail!
post #9 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by nolo
Coach, There are many great instructors who frequent the forums who have a following. That's not a criteria for selection. As Weems intimated, and we all will learn more about as it develops, what we gain from having Stu and Weems as deans for our two premier events, the ESA Weekend at Stowe and EpicSki Academy at Snowbird, is that they are designing a common experience for all the participants and coaching the coaches in delivering it. Each of our deans selects his team, as is fitting for a Head Coach. Each of our deans designs his program, as is fitting for a Head Coach. This is an Academy. Come if you want to learn from the best. I hope to see you there!
Geez:

Knowing Coach as I do I'll wager $5.00 with that with her sweet response she just lost one return customer.

Coach.....Weems is a great guy, a great pro, and a superb teacher. He'll put together a very good program. I know a few of the folks on his list and they have forgotten more than I'll ever know!
post #10 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by nolo
Coach, There are many great instructors who frequent the forums who have a following. That's not a criteria for selection. As Weems intimated, and we all will learn more about as it develops, what we gain from having Stu and Weems as deans for our two premier events, the ESA Weekend at Stowe and EpicSki Academy at Snowbird, is that they are designing a common experience for all the participants and coaching the coaches in delivering it. Each of our deans selects his team, as is fitting for a Head Coach. Each of our deans designs his program, as is fitting for a Head Coach. This is an Academy. Come if you want to learn from the best. I hope to see you there!
nolo

I wasn't in any way, shape, or form questioning the quality of the coaches or weems' right to choose who he feels is the best. I trust that with what I've heard of him from others in the industry and what I've seen of his writings here, he's one of the best. I have no doubt he'll set up and run an excellent ESA.

I might add that you need not point out that participation here in the forum is not a criteria for being selected to coach at the Academy. I think that fact is painfully obvious for those of us who have been here a while and watched this event evolve.
post #11 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by weems
This is a good question, coach 13. Some of these guys are occupied with their activities on another site. The other reason is pretty much what Joan said: I had an opportunity to get these people and I just think they're the best there is, so I did. This doesn't mean any disrespect for anyone, but I'd ski with Martin Bell, or Georgie Bremner, before I'd ski with Weems Westfeldt, any day!

Hope you understand.

Thanks, Weems
Weems

Thanks for the reply, and I certainly do understand your point. Good luck with the event. I'll sure it'll be fantastic.
post #12 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by Coach13
I might add that you need not point out that participation here in the forum is not a criteria for being selected to coach at the Academy. I think that fact is painfully obvious for those of us who have been here a while and watched this event evolve.
I, for one, would really like to see as many of the coaches that will participate in the events to participate here in the time leading up to them (at least). Weems (and Stu, if you're reading), what do you think? It would be really awesome to be able to converse with the coaches prior to the event as we have gotten to do with BB, Roger, Nolo, and others over the years.

Think they'd be interested? Could we ask?
post #13 of 35
Thread Starter 
Absolutely, SSH. That is my intent now when I send them the next communication.


I can't promise it, but I'm sure going to invite them. As you may understand, some are more comfortable than others on a keyboard. While others are pressed for time. But I agree with this principle, and I'll sure try to pull them in.
post #14 of 35
I apologize if my statement was misunderstood. What I meant to say was merely that Weems has picked some great coaches, and I can't wait to see if we have enough groups to add even more!
post #15 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by weems
Absolutely, SSH. That is my intent now when I send them the next communication.


I can't promise it, but I'm sure going to invite them. As you may understand, some are more comfortable than others on a keyboard. While others are pressed for time. But I agree with this principle, and I'll sure try to pull them in.
Sweet! They'll be welcomed with open arms, for sure. I also understand comfort level with computers and the web... But, I'd like to think that they could benefit almost as much as we could. And how wonderful it makes the first face-to-face meeting at an ESA!
post #16 of 35
Could you tell us a little more about the "Sports Diamond™", or point us at a link with information about it?

On the subject of past ESA coaches not included in this year's lineup, why not offer them some type of "honored guest" status?
post #17 of 35
Thread Starter 
Colossus, in about three weeks, my fervent hope is to have our website and ebook ready and going with a free download for part of the book and a special price for the Bears for the whole thing. By the fall we may be able to have hard copies available.

If my schedule falls apart, then I'll post a draft of parts of it for you to look at. But I'd rather get the whole thing up. I think it's gonna be pretty cool, and I hope you like it.

How would that look to have an honored guest coach? I don't understand that. What exactly do you have in mind?

I certainly honor the past coaches. I also honor the great minds on the site who teach a lot, but who are not coaching. I'm not really sure it's an issue. I've been in environments where I was asked to coach one year, got great reviews, but did not get invited back the next. (National Academy and Firefall at Snowbird are two examples.) I was honored to coach in the first place.

Maybe this is just me, but I keep working toward the thing I'm doing and the next thing. I missed my 35th year Cert award party this year, because I couldn't bear to wallow in just how long I've been torturing people on the hill!
post #18 of 35
By "honored guest", I had in mind something like an invitation to participate for free, and for said guests to move from group to group. I enjoyed having Tsavo and Bud Heishman ski with our group last year, and thought it added something to have them skiing with the different groups.

That said, it was more of an off-the-cuff suggestion than a carefully considered proposal. I'm sure that the many concerned and interested participants in this forum would be able to offer some suggestions.

It would be nice if each and every coach who ever participated in an ESA clinic were to return to the academy every year. The more quality skiers we are able to ski with, the better we will become. I think it would be good for the group to include as many quality skiers as can be enticed to join us.

(I confess that I have an ulterior motive. I love skiing with better skiers than myself; I find the challenge of trying to stick with the experts very beneficial to my own skiing. I hope that whatever group I mind end up skiing with would include a Bud or Katie or Tom: funny, engaging, expert skiers to add a bit of expertise and levity to the event.)
post #19 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by Colossus178
It would be nice if each and every coach who ever participated in an ESA clinic were to return to the academy every year. The more quality skiers we are able to ski with, the better we will become. I think it would be good for the group to include as many quality skiers as can be enticed to join us.
That'd turn into a lot of "floaters" pretty quickly!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Colossus178
(I confess that I have an ulterior motive. I love skiing with better skiers than myself; I find the challenge of trying to stick with the experts very beneficial to my own skiing. I hope that whatever group I mind end up skiing with would include a Bud or Katie or Tom: funny, engaging, expert skiers to add a bit of expertise and levity to the event.)
I don't think you'll be disappointed on this account! I'm pretty sure that Bud'll be back to work on our boots. Who knows who else may show up?
post #20 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by weems
As you may understand, some are more comfortable than others on a keyboard. .

Tell them they need to "get out of their comfort zone" or "push the envelope" etc etc etc...

I've been told that enough times by gungho instructors re my skiing - so get them out of their comfort zone into the challenge of using the internet to meet potential students.... I'm sure their exceptional zeal for teaching will overcome the discomfort of the challenge
post #21 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by disski
Tell them they need to "get out of their comfort zone" or "push the envelope" etc etc etc...

I've been told that enough times by gungho instructors re my skiing - so get them out of their comfort zone into the challenge of using the internet to meet potential students.... I'm sure their exceptional zeal for teaching will overcome the discomfort of the challenge
You tell 'em, girl!

I just hope they do it for both themselves and us. I think we'll all benefit...
post #22 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by ssh
Who knows who else may show up?
OH......do tell us more
post #23 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by disski
Tell them they need to "get out of their comfort zone" or "push the envelope" etc etc etc...

I've been told that enough times by gungho instructors re my skiing - so get them out of their comfort zone into the challenge of using the internet to meet potential students.... I'm sure their exceptional zeal for teaching will overcome the discomfort of the challenge
Quote:
Originally Posted by ssh
You tell 'em, girl!

I just hope they do it for both themselves and us. I think we'll all benefit...
i'll add my vote to this wish. come on now, get on board!
post #24 of 35
Thread Starter 
As I said, I will be writing them within this week to see if I can get them on board. However, that was not in the job description that they got when being hired, so I'm not going to require it. I just know that some of these folks are really poor email communicators, so I'm not sure they'd be better at a forum. But who knows. Maybe they'll all prove me wrong.
post #25 of 35
Can I get first claims on Martin Bell? Not that this is an easy choice, mind you. I feel like a kid in a candy store!
post #26 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by Uncle Louie
OH......do tell us more
I'm hoping your coming, Unc!
post #27 of 35
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lisamarie
Can I get first claims on Martin Bell? Not that this is an easy choice, mind you. I feel like a kid in a candy store!
I sure wish you'd be positive every once in awhile!!!

We will take your request under advisement and pass it on to the committee in charge of the committee in charge of advisement who will then decide to pass it onto the proper committee.

(I'll see what I can do. )
post #28 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by weems
Colossus, in about three weeks, my fervent hope is to have our website and ebook ready and going with a free download for part of the book and a special price for the Bears for the whole thing. By the fall we may be able to have hard copies available.
Any updates on this project? I am still interested in hearing about this system.
post #29 of 35
Colossus, late last week Weems posted in the Universal Truths thread at the T&I forum:
Quote:
next week you can download three free chapters
So the answer to your question is any day now.
post #30 of 35
I'd rather ski clear ice than try to communicate over the web. But since the snow has been sparse here in NZ or at least at Mt Hutt, I've gotten quite comfortable on ice. So now I'll try for comfort here too.
I always look forward to a spirited discussion about skiing.
And thanks to all the people quoting Fred Iselin, he was one of my favorite ski school directors.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Epicski Academy
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › EpicSki Community › Getting Together, Gatherings and Let's Go › Epicski Academy › Confirmed Coaches for Snowbird ESA