Vlad and Rick, I'd have made you proud today! I got tired of doing homework so I retreated to Loveland and celebrated "ski without poles' day. Wow, what a fun time! Really made me more aware of how the lower part of your body needs to do most of the work while keeping the upper part relaxed and not doing 'the twist!' I started on groomed greens (whee!) and worked my way up to ungroomed blues. Keeping the poles horizontal in front of me made me also focus on looking farther down the hill and certainly more aware of my upper body position. Last run--the celebration!--was down my favorite, sans poles, and it felt good to just relax and ski. Lots of grin factor today, for sure!