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Intermediate at Academy?

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I was thinking about the Stowe Session in December and was curious about a few things.

I know anyone of any level can attend but realistically how will an intermediate fit in at the event? Most folks here seem to be advanced skiers with many years under their belt. I have just been skiing for 2 seasons and ski mainly blue runs and my repertoire consists mostly of skidded parlell turns most of the time but I do know how to carve when the condtions are right. When I left off last year with my instructor I was able to execute carves on moderately steep slopes but have problem with confidence when the speed picks up or the terrain gets too steep.

Quite frankly my biggest concern is not having anyone to ski with or looking like a penguin sliding around on ice compared to everyone else in the instructional sessions.
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SkierXMan, most of the people attending EpicSki Academy events are intermediate level skiers (when they arrive).
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SkierXman, please don't worry about this. There will be many intermediate skiers at Stowe. I almost didn't come to the first event for fear of not being advanced enough. Luckily for me, Oboe convinced me that i would not be out of place. I couldn't have been happier. There was a wide range of ability and I had a great time. This year will be my third and I wouldn't think of missing it. Please come along. There will be a group and an instructor right for you and you will not regret it. I look forward to meeting you there. Believe me, I was just as nervous as you. Come on along.
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SkierXMan, as the other's indicated, not an issue. Don't give it another thought. Go and have fun, you'll fit right in
post #5 of 7
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Thanks...we are having layoffs next week at the office. If I dont get laid off I will sign up. If I get laid off I will be looking for work(preferable out West)

I think I am safe but you never know.
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Originally Posted by SkierXMan
I was thinking about the Stowe Session in December and was curious about a few things.

I know anyone of any level can attend but realistically how will an intermediate fit in at the event? Most folks here seem to be advanced skiers with many years under their belt. I have just been skiing for 2 seasons and ski mainly blue runs and my repertoire consists mostly of skidded parlell turns most of the time but I do know how to carve when the condtions are right. When I left off last year with my instructor I was able to execute carves on moderately steep slopes but have problem with confidence when the speed picks up or the terrain gets too steep.

Quite frankly my biggest concern is not having anyone to ski with or looking like a penguin sliding around on ice compared to everyone else in the instructional sessions.
Dude, no worries. Most folks at the Big Sky event didn't even know which end of the pole to hold.

And one guy even skied with his elbow over his head the whole time!
post #7 of 7
Intermediates will fit in just fine at Stowe. The Stowe event is held early, so unless Mother Nature comes through in a big way they won't have anything except blue cruisers open anyway.

I've done the Stowe event each of the past two years -- as others have said, intermediates make up the largest percentage of the attendees. I'm not sure how they're going to do the group splits this year, but they'll find a group that you're compatible with. It might take a run or two to get everything sorted out, but you certainly won't be alone.

As for ice -- conditions probably will get closer and closer to standard New England "hardpack" as the day goes on. You'll definitely want to get your skis tuned before you arrive. The instructors are all top-notch; the afternoon portions always turned into a "ice-coping clinic". No better way to learn to handle it then coming to ESA-Stowe !
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