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post #31 of 60
The plan at this point is pretty much the same....pre Christmas through at least some of the holiday week....

Maybe over to Utah sometime in January ! (cause of this thread !) Then Spring for another extended stay.

I'll be sure to post plans again on the "meet on the hill forum".
post #32 of 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by SugarCube
As a newer skier, would I fit in? I'm a happy intermediate struggling to face the thrill and excitement of *ulp* the black diamonds. Advice, oh wise Bears? Happy to pay my own way, just don't want to hold folks back.

I'll ski with you anytime... always happy to work on technique while skiing with newer skiers

besides I'm the super gumby... you just can't get more gumby than me.... so i am good for the perspective - because if I can ski then all able bodied persons can ski at LEAST as well as me.... I had one of my instructors students chasing me to try to catch up (trouble was I worked harder & she never caught me while we bith had lessons with him)

besides I am QUITE sure that Ydnar is capable of teaching a group of us all at once & pushing the lot of us all at our own levels
post #33 of 60
LOL, disski, I like the super gumby description!

Appreciate all the advice and encouragement, Bears!
post #34 of 60
Sorry to hear about the disinclusion, Yd. Chalk up another step back from the original ESA idea of getting instructors who contribute regularly on the forum together with folks whose questions they've answered and then being able to get follow-up help after on-snow clinicing.
post #35 of 60
Sugar - I seriosly am - the supergumby is just the lay description of the medical terminology that describes my disability....

I have been described as like a Thunderbird puppet when I try to play sport.... that gives you a visual picture of my "natural gifts"
post #36 of 60

Rsvp

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Originally Posted by ydnar
I would like to set aside several days in mid-January and offer lessons to any active Epic Ski members who can make it. Would anyone be interested in this if I can make it happen?

yd
Well, sure! Where are you tho? And what will you do if we show up by the thousands?
post #37 of 60
We could tell ya---but we'd have to send "No-Neck" Vinnie to visit you.




(deer valley)
post #38 of 60
Nice initiative Ydnar.
post #39 of 60
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Originally Posted by Uncle Louie
You should just get that thought right out of your mind.

Any quality coach (with a name w/o a name) and the vast majority of Instructors will work with you at whatever level you are at. Not only is it their job.....but their passion to take skiers to the next level............no matter what that level.

If you are anywhere near Summit County, Co...I'd be happy to cruise around with you next trip out......any doubts ? Search for the "Lets Go Colorado" thread from last spring in the "Meet on the Hill Forum" and I'm sure you'll get a feel for the attitude and quality of the folks that are just waiting to ski (and hang) with you.
I totally agree with Louie, Sugarcube.
You and I are probably around the same level, and despite being lower level, NO ONE out there made me feel like I was holding them back. Don't let being lower level stop you - after all, how do you get to a higher level unless you get some instruction? That's their JOB.

Also, I felt like I got better when I skiied with people who were better than me even just for fun- not sure if it's osmosis or unconscious modeling, but it happened.

I hear-tell that I may get a week off in December, so I may show up out there sometime too - maybe we can learn together
post #40 of 60
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Originally Posted by FRAU
I totally agree with Louie, Sugarcube.
You and I are probably around the same level, and despite being lower level, NO ONE out there made me feel like I was holding them back. Don't let being lower level stop you - after all, how do you get to a higher level unless you get some instruction? That's their JOB.

Also, I felt like I got better when I skiied with people who were better than me even just for fun- not sure if it's osmosis or unconscious modeling, but it happened.

I hear-tell that I may get a week off in December, so I may show up out there sometime too - maybe we can learn together
Now THAT would be a blast, Frau!! I have room in my condo, so if you need a place to crash, just let me know (you have to be a dog-lover though!).

I agree, skiing with people who are better than me (which includes much of the skiing population at this point!) is extremely helpful and inspiring.

We'll have to take some turns together one day!
post #41 of 60
Thread Starter 
All,

Thank you for the response, it's more than I expected and I hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew here. I did something like this the spring that the idea that grew into the Academy came up and had a blast but because of a short lead time there were only five bears who could make it. Intrest here indicates that I could get quite a crowd with six months for people to plan ahead.

I have no problem with dealing with ten or fifteen skiers with different skill levels as far as the teaching side of things go but that number would effect my offer of lift passes as I only have a certain number of marketing coupons. A large group might also make it awkward to do this at my home resort which would mean that we would have to buy our own passes, but that could open the possibility of seeing a couple different resorts in the course of this thing.

This season will be my 20th as an instructor. 17 of those years have been at Deer Valley. I enjoy teaching high level skiers but probably get more of a charge out of watching a neverever light up as they discover the thrill of this sport I love or helping a stuck intermediate get over the hump to the next level. I work from the idea that skiing is so much fun that learning to ski should also be fun. I teach in what I call a 'down the hill' manner which means we don't do a lot of exercises and drills as such but learn while actually skiing down the hill. Although I love to talk about skiing and have a very deep technical understanding of the sport once I get skis on talking takes a backseat to sliding. I had the signiture line 'My job is putting smiles on skiers faces' for a long time here but never got around to putting it back after it was lost in the big crash a few years ago. That is still my philosophy and I feel that no matter how much progress the student makes if I can't get them to smile or laugh in the course of a lesson I'm not doing the best job that I can.

More later about why I decided to make this offer but for now I can say the main reason is that I want to ski with my Epic Ski friends and have found it very difficult to do around my teaching schedule on a catch as catch can basis.

yd
post #42 of 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mom
Well, sure! And what will you do if we show up by the thousands?
I had the exact same thought.....so I did the obvious..........I PM'd yadnar and offered assistance if he needed it, as I am sure I could work it into my schedule.

yadnar accepted----so-----"Let's go Utah" (and of course the rest of you are invited)

I'll be there
post #43 of 60
And....you all should answer Mom when she asks a question !
post #44 of 60
Yd,
This sounds awesome, big props to you for stepping up and putting this on.

As bonni said, we'd be happy to pitch in. Depending on how many people are interested, would it be possible to get some marketing coupons and then buy some lift tickets and divide up the cost (plus your lunch and drinks after of course)?
post #45 of 60
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Originally Posted by RJP
Yd,
This sounds awesome, big props to you for stepping up and putting this on.

As bonni said, we'd be happy to pitch in. Depending on how many people are interested, would it be possible to get some marketing coupons and then buy some lift tickets and divide up the cost (plus your lunch and drinks after of course)?
Absolutely will pitch in with the expenses and anything else. My first ski trip in Utah and with some Bears...does it get better?!
post #46 of 60
Happy to chip in Ydnar...
post #47 of 60
Randy,

If/when you need help let me know. It sounds like a lot of fun!!! At a minimum have a good time!!!!!!!
post #48 of 60
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Originally Posted by Tom Burch
Randy,

If/when you need help let me know. It sounds like a lot of fun!!! At a minimum have a good time!!!!!!!
Wow, a cuppa sugar added to the stew! :

Simply Irresistable!
post #49 of 60
Ok Ydnar what are the dates so we can all start booking
post #50 of 60
Thread Starter 
disski,

Looks like Jan 6 thru Jan 10 will be the dates that will work with my schedule.

yd
post #51 of 60
Early January won't work for me this time around. I'm still hoping to hit the Park City Gathering. Perhaps you'll be free then?
post #52 of 60
Is this event a 'go?' I'm trying to schedule some stuff in January and need to keep this at the top of my heap of priorities!
post #53 of 60
I was part of ydnar fest #1 in 2001 and it was great. Don't forget to check his boots for that hunk of wood.
post #54 of 60

count me in!

Jumping in a bit late here, but just wanted to say what a totally generous offer! I'd love to participate, if there's still room.
post #55 of 60
Ydnar - I'd love to join in if there's room and if my work schedule allows. I had such major breakthroughs with you and Foosh and the gang at the first 2 ESAs and had a blast doing it. Got a long long way to go to improve more, but you opened up a huge jump in skill and confidence for me. Plus now I can use whatever tips and tricks I can get/borrow/steal to put in my own bag of tricks for teaching.

(Yes, 'roll ze soles and point ze toes' has been known to pop out of my mouth now and then. Thanks man!)
post #56 of 60
Shall we start signing up a roster to see how things roll into? Feel free.

Dates:

Place:

Instructor(s):

Students:
PJ
post #57 of 60
This is awesome. Seems like the focus on this is improve your skiing while having fun and being social. Perhaps there will be a group from CO to travel with?
post #58 of 60
ydnar,

I haven't been active on here since the close of last season, so I wonder if you'll consider having me? This is a wonderful offer and you are an awesome person for doing it. Uncle Louie would be proud to hear that the wife and I will consider coming out for your pow-wow in January and getting some more time in the West. I hear the Utah powder is good or something like that?

Mike
post #59 of 60
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Originally Posted by madmike
I hear the Utah powder is good or something like that?

Mike
Mike, it's nothing short of EPIC.:
post #60 of 60
Mike----WELCOME BACK....

Yeah the OOHTauh Powder is way lighter than the stuff we got into in Vail last year.

Hope you and Mrs. Madmike will end up in Utah for the ski week. Be good to see you guys again....

Snodacious----There are already some planning on heading over from Colorado. You post above hits the concept dead on the nose.....
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