I didn't even get to my computer last night, so I'll give you my brief recap of days 2 and 3 for me...
Both days have seen snow, with many shots available with thigh+ deep snow. The light (as Weems mentioned) has been challenging, but I have been heard to say, "Seeing is overrated!" Many of the groups have been visiting Alta for the terrain and the trees. Since Gad 2 opened for the first time this season on our Day 1, a number of groups have been skiing the trees there, as well.
Even though a number of folks have moved around to new groups, the reports that I am hearing are universally positive. The coaches, as you'd expect, are incredible in their ability to tie students' needs to new movements.
Yesterday, I had the priviledge of tagging along with Ursula's (Little Bear's) group, and two of the members of her group were well-aquainted with Alta. As a result, whether fog, snow, or clear blue skies (which actually happened for short amounts of time), we managed to find terrain that was well-covered with great snow and gave us an opportunity to see most of the area. I tried to decide which runs were my favorites, but it's just too hard to do. From the runs in the trees off the Collins lift to the bowls on the east side of the center ridge to the chutes off Supreme, the terrain is enticing and managed to shelter the snow amazingly well.
Ursula worked on retraction turns with us, using pulling our feet up to start the turn and following it with a combined push-the-snow/rotate the skis movement to complete the turns. I found this to be a solid turn to use when the snow gets inconsistent and/or when I don't really know what's coming next in the soft. As on Day 0, we visited some terrain that I might not have sought out alone, but I was grateful that I skied it with this great group. We even got video on Stonecrusher and in the Ballroom (see dchan's links).
My tip of the day was the location of my pole plants/touches on short radius turns. She moved it back from my "normal" location alongside the shovel so that I planted next to my boot. Hello! My upper body position came along for the ride.
Last night, I dropped into Superior Ski and got a pair of the new leather plug ZipFit liners to put into my XTs (about 60 days on the original liners). More about this below...
Today (Day 3), I was very excited to ski with Nick Herrin and his group. Bud Heishman and I joined him, and he pulled us right into the instructional sequencing, taking our poles away partway through our first tram run. We worked on feeling our femurs open into the turn, moving our bodies forward into the turn, and an appropriate stance--especially the position of the pelvis and femurs.
For my time, it was just amazing to watch Nick ski! He would demonstrate the various drills and movements, with a periodic sidetrip to drop a rock or throw a trick off a bump. His focus for the day was to get our femurs moving together, get us moving with our skis, and to move into the turn in a way that had us creating nice turn shapes. Partway through the day it really clicked for me, but, as Nick observed, I don't feel strong in the new position, yet, so it'll take some time to adjust.
The ZipFits definitely work well in the XTs. They are thin enough to comfortably replace the XT liners (very little but neoprene in the sides of the forefoot, but the normal ZipFit tongue shape and fill together with the sides of the ankle. It'll take some work to get the flow to really work in and to get the buckles adjusted (I needed to work them as they flow moved during the day). I also had Bud check my alignment this evening (0 on the left, 1 degree under on the right). Hopefully, I'll be able to have Steve Bagley shave a bit of the ankle on the shell tomorrow, too.
Terry, on the other hand, was very undercanted: 3.5 on her right, 2 on her left! I'm looking forward to the new feel she'll have for her skis as she goes forward in her skiing.
As dchan mentioned, we'll be interlodged tonight. NOAA expect 7-9" tonight and 9-12" tomorrow. The crew from Boulder needs to leave tomorrow right after the banquet, so I'm hoping we don't have any canyon issues. Otherwise, we may need to miss it...
Terry has had a good time with the coaching all week. The unfortunate challenge of the new boots on Monday did put a damper on things, but she's gotten a lot from her coaching with Joan and has enjoyed her time with the other group members, as well. Whether she'll be back next year we'll have to wait and see. But, I'm hoping so. Perhaps with the kids...