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Congratulations to Bob Barnes

post #1 of 50
Thread Starter 
Bob Barnes has been named the Director of Training at Keystone. There is no doubt in my mind that in short order Keystone will have one of the premier ski schools in the state!
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WOW!!!! Just when they made a more direct bus route form Dillon to Keystone!!! Now I have two excuses to go there. AWESOME!!!
post #3 of 50
Keystone is fortunate indeed. And so are we: Bob got the time off to coach at both EpicSki Academy events!
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Congrats Bob!

Now, get back here where you belong.
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Bob, looks like I have needlessly been worrying about you since you have been out of touch. Congratulations, it makes the trip to work a lot shorter and the territory is familiar....

....Ott
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Hey...thanks everyone! The new job at Keystone promises to be quite a challenge, but I look forward to it.

Sorry for being out of touch, Ott. I've sort of exiled myself from EpicSki for a while, trying to use the time for some other pressing projects. Now that my new job starts in about a week, I'm working overtime trying to put the finishing touches on a video project for the PSIA-RM Adaptive program, and on some projects for the Alpine program as well. But I have been checking in at least semi-regularly.

I will find time to come back to play at EpicSki soon, I promise.

Meanwhile, I'd love to hear from anyone with any suggestions, comments, ideas, complaints, whatever, regarding the Keystone Ski and Ride School. With a new Director (Pete Sonntag, formerly of Beaver Creek and, most recently, Copper Mountain) and lots of enthusiastic support from the big wigs at Vail Resorts, it is the dawn of a new era at Keystone. What sort of programs and opportunities would inspire you to consider coming to Keystone and skiing with us?

Welcome to winter, everyone. It starts now!

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #7 of 50
Bob, wow we're all happy for you. Good luck and enjoy. Visit us here when you can.
post #8 of 50
That is fantastic news! What an achievement, and lucky Keystone ski school. Things will be looking up there now.

I remember Bob's very evident affection for Keystone, and know he'll be over the moon at returning there. I wonder if some of the other lost personnel will now return?
post #9 of 50
Congrats, Bob! Good luck as you embark on the new adventure

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Originally Posted by Bob Barnes/Colorado
... What sort of programs and opportunities would inspire you to consider coming to Keystone and skiing with us?
Well, Weems has already promised to make my unsightly wrinkles disappear! So, what have you got to offer? If you could stop or reverse aging altogether I might be convinced to partake

Best regards,

Chris
post #10 of 50
Congratulations, Bob!
post #11 of 50
Way to go Bob! (Does this mean your now the Don Coleman of Keystone?)

Guess we won't see you at Loveland next week.

Still planning on doing MA on Tuesday nights?
post #12 of 50
Wow! Major Congrats to you Bob! I haven't been on Epic in an epic amount of time, but it's great to run into such good news.

-JohnH (a.k.a UberDad)
post #13 of 50
Congratulations Bob,

I get across the street at the Keystone Center (the Center has nothing to do with skiing, but if one needs a top mediator. The US Senate is using Keystone for a project)
every now and then, for meetings. Perhaps I can over to visit. It has been awhile.

Rick H
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mikewil
Way to go Bob! (Does this mean your now the Don Coleman of Keystone?)
the mold was tossed out with Don.

i spent two days in a clinic with him last winter and it was one of the best clinics that i have ever attended. he did, however, make us hike to Tucker Mountain because the cat line was too long.

i actually worked with Don's brother three years ago at Eldora. he was the last guy i knew to wear stretch pants.
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Sounds like a great opportunity, Bob. Good luck with it. How's the Fourth Edition coming?
post #16 of 50
Way to go, Mr. Barnes! You're the luckiest, aren't ya?:

Yes, I gotta ditto Kneale. Itching to buy an autographed copy of your book. Got a date?
post #17 of 50
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Originally Posted by Rusty Guy
the mold was tossed out with Don.
Don IS one of a kind and I wish I everyone could spend time with him.

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i spent two days in a clinic with him last winter and it was one of the best clinics that i have ever attended. he did, however, make us hike to Tucker Mountain because the cat line was too long.
A few years ago Don was leading the weekly 8 AM training of the Copper Mountain Alpine Training Group. We got off the top of the American Flyer lift and Don stood there gazing into the sun (we accuse him of enjoying the 60's immensely), then, noticing Sierra lift was running, radioed patrol and asked if we could go hike Union Bowl for our "warm up" run.

Riding a lift another time he got wired watching another instructor come down under us. Turning around and nearly falling off the chair he exclaims-"Notice how his left ankle is much more effective in flexing than his right ankle" His eye is beyond belief.


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i actually worked with Don's brother three years ago at Eldora. he was the last guy i knew to wear stretch pants.
Don was actually asked by the COO of Copper a few years ago to ditch his RED stretch pants.
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Oops-duplicate.
post #19 of 50
Congrats Bob,

Hope they have increased the size of the instructors locker room since I was there last.

Here's a suggestion: Turn up the heat!

best wishes
bud
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Here's a suggestion... offer a learn to ski/ride package that's comparable to Winter Park's. I admit, I was lazy and didn't look to see if this already exists, but I'm betting it doesn't. WP offers lift ticket, lesson, and rentals for $40 for first timers, if not cheaper. That would be great to have at Keystone- there's nothing like it in Summit County and it would surely bring attention to the mountain and bring more skiers to the area. Just something to think about...
post #21 of 50
How about offering something similar to Loveland? Three all-day group lessons (first lesson must be beginner lesson) + rentals (approx. $70 per lesson + rental) = a free season pass. Just an unbeatable deal for a beginner to get into skiing -- it's what got me into it. First, it not only showed me the value of proper instruction, but also gave me the ability to ski the rest of the season, to improve, and keep coming back for more.
post #22 of 50
A program like Breck's unlimited lesson program.
It is great for Summit County locals and
Front Range skiers who may not otherwise
take lessons. It provides lots of students
for the higher level classes.
post #23 of 50
Hey Bud, I thought Keystone's locker room was excellent! The kids and part timers had a new palatial one above the rental shop, while the oldies (adults FT) had a little wooden building right in the centre of town. Couches, tuning bench, microwave, video and TV for watching our embarassing skiing ... it was rather nice I thought. I've had many that were way worse, that one is about the best (current one is excellent too, but not as homey).
post #24 of 50
Cool, It was a long time ago when we had a drought in the Sierras and none of the resorts could open for the holidays so a few of us went to teach at Keystone. The locker room then was very tight.....and it was soooo freeeekin coooold. the ski school treated us great though and we enjoyed the mountain and village and A basin and bowling in Dillon with the Copper s.s. crew. did I mention it was Cooooold?

I'd visit again though!
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I find most buildings in the US are way overheated in winter, so maybe the coldness is why I liked it! It seemed alright. We tended to spend a lot of time in there, slopping about gossiping.
post #26 of 50
Way to go Bob! That's GREAT news! I know you will do a great job!

Remember, when your book is finished I am also in line for a signed copy!
post #27 of 50
Wow--thanks again, everyone! I really appreciate your words and encouragement, and your suggestions as well--keep 'em coming!

Bud--I'm not sure which locker room you're referring to, but I assume it was the old locker room at the Mountain House base. It served for many years, but it certainly did get tight in there. Whatever you may remember about that, though, it fades in comparison with what we affectionately called the "Love Shack," a few years later.

When I first went to Keystone, the new River Run base area had just opened, and I was part of a small and (at least in our minds) elite group of instructors that were essentially cast away to the new satellite base area. There never really was even a locker room there--we had lockers inside the main room of the little "children's center."

When we outgrew that situation--actually, it was a couple years AFTER we outgrew it but persisted anyway--they "created" a new "locker room" for us. It was an abandoned camper-trailer, circa 1950's, standing on the outskirts of the Keystone development, backing onto a large field on the other side of the Snake River. The decor consisted of aqua-turquoise accents on dark wood panelling, and chewed up old carpet. And there was no heater!

But we loved it. It was unique and it had character, to say the least, like something right out of Aspen Extreme.

Those days are long gone, I'm afraid. River Run is now River Run Village, and it has become the main base area at Keystone. I'm sure the Love Shack was demolished long ago, replaced by high-rise condos or trophy homes, or both--not sure I could even find the spot it once stood on.

Ironically, my office at Keystone will be in what used to be the very Mountain House locker room that I think you're remembering. It has been converted, and I believe it even has heat.

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
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Unless they've changed things, the Mtn House locker room did share a wall with The Bosses. We were quite sure they used to listen to our conversations though strategic holes in the wall!
post #29 of 50
Bob, allow me to add my heartiest congratulations! I have no doubt that you've been incredibly busy--and will continue to be--but I hope we'll have opportunity to make some turns together at some point.

I think that the unlimited lesson package is a great deal. I'd also suggest something to piggy-back the 5th/6th grade Colorado Ski Country passes (lesson/rental packages). My (6th grade) daughter and her friends would find such an option quite attractive. And they are certainly worth getting into the sport...

I also think some avy training or related backcountry training would be welcome, as well (didn't get up to A last year for theirs, but I'm watching for it this year).
post #30 of 50
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Originally Posted by Bob Barnes/Colorado
I will find time to come back to play at EpicSki soon, I promise.
We're going to hold you to that!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Barnes/Colorado
With a new Director (Pete Sonntag, formerly of Beaver Creek and, most recently, Copper Mountain) and lots of enthusiastic support from the big wigs at Vail Resorts, it is the dawn of a new era at Keystone.
This is very exciting, indeed... Keystone has had a bad rap the past few years, and this is a wonderful way of really turning it around. While I didn't get to knw Pete well at all, I thought he was a great director at Copper, and I'm sure he'll provide great oversight for Keystone.

But, above all, you as training director! Wow! Can I crash some training?
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