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post #31 of 41
I learned new terms too:
Monkey Snot
Cream Cheese
Terrain Ignorage
In Bob Barnes' group we learned that there are only two types of snow conditions. All together now:

There are conditions that are good... and conditions that are good for you.

post #32 of 41
Faisasy's post about retraction is the same thing I spent a day working with Harald Harb on back in January. See, there really isn't much difference. Good skiing is universal.
post #33 of 41
Exactly, Frau. (The joke is how I would ski off still blabbing away, ever more indistinct as I ski down the hill demonstrating something.)

If I may make a correction, it's ignortion. Terrain ignortion. It just scans better that way.

Frau, I'm tickled that you came to love powder. Told ya!
post #34 of 41
and.... This Cartoon is for Nolo


A Classic that was on my refrigerator for YEARS while daughter GINGER was growing up!!!! So true, so true.....
post #35 of 41
Originally Posted by ChrisInSeattle
In your case, I suspect it was more like hooligan'ing!
I have been exposed! So you saw the powder graffiti!

Here's an Arcmeister phrase: Mental Constipation
post #36 of 41
I learned:
1. Get my hips up and further forward than they were.
2. Anyone can be a POWDER skier.
3. Kiwis like to drink quality whiskey.
4. Listen to the boot guys! (I went to see Steve after the Academy, and now have my Tyrolia bindings 1.5cm further forward on my Head skis, and it makes a BIG difference)

And the one thing I taught an instructor:
Dave Grogan has now learned a new use for sheep... WOOL!
post #37 of 41
Thanks for the insights folks, I practiced some of this stuff while skiing the last four days at Snowshoe WV (where we got a cool 12-15" of powder from the "blizzard" of 2006).

When doing retraction/compression turns, I had a hard time doing retractions on flat terrain. Speed helped, but it was still hard to do. I was pretty much doing no-compression/compression turns. However, in irregular terrain (including bumps and crud), the retractions came easy as I let the terrain push up on my legs, and then pushed back down on the backside of the turn. And it was pretty cool, all of a sudden I was soaking up bumps a lot better than normal. I still have a long way to go with bump skiing, but definitley felt like I was making progress this weekend. Four days in a row helped too!

While skiing everything from ice to untracked powder to crud to bumps all in a single run, I was reminded that the key to being a good skier is versatility. No single type of turn/skill would have worked here. In fact, my strengths as a hard pack carver and powder skier suddenly became partially irrelevant, and it forced me to work at my lesser skills. Crud and bumps are always a good challenge for me. My new Elan M666 pretty much tame the crud, but bumps remain a frontier!

post #38 of 41
My reflections on ESA:

Martin Bell skies like a god, period. He's a super guy & constanly pushed our group. I've never skied stuff so deep & steep before. At the opening get together Weems stated that our instructor wouldn't ask us to do anything that we couldn't do but they would be getting us to do things that we'd never done before! Martin certainly followed this doctrine which I might not have been too comfortable with at the time but as I reflect back I'm really glad that I was pushed. Martin also took the stick us Brits regularly gave him about his brother being better than him in the spirit that it was intended (Martin's brother Graham is currently commentating on the Winter Olympics for BBC TV in the UK).

Bud is the boot god! Bud checked my boot fitting which thankfully was fine but when I took my stance on my b5's & he measured my legs etc he concluded that my boots had too much forward lean, my boot ramp angle was too steep & that I needed a 1 degree adjustment to outside of my left boot sole & 1.5 degrees to the outside of my right boot. A couple of hours later I collected my modified boots. What a difference the next morning. The new more upright stance just took a couple of runs to get used to but that feeling of potentially 'going over the handlebars' was now gone. I couldn't really tell the difference on the left boot but I immediately noticed the difference on my right turn initiation, especially carving at low speed on the cat tracks. I can now do the 'one legged balance down a shallow fall line' drill & I continue to run straight instead of turning.

Steve Bagley's balancing gizmo really works. Luckily my Neox bindings are virtually infinately adjustable so after Steve's analysis I could easliy alter the bindings without needing to redrill etc. I'm +9cm which meant moving the bindings 1cm further forward than the forward position on the Neox's that I was using. Now I'd tried this position before & turn initiation was superb & pivot slips were real easy but I felt I was in iminent danger of going to go 'over the handlebars' if I hit a small bump or some soft snow or something. However, with my newly balanced & more upright boots this binding position was perfect. I've never carved so securely, positively & as fast as I did on the groomers at the local resorts during our second week. Pivotting in bumps is also noticeably easier. Steve is a great guy & the service levels that he & his 'Superior' colleagues offer within Christy Sports is second to none.

Deep powder is really fun although I wasn't much good in it. The terrain our group skied was a little too steep for my powder virgin status & I would have preferred something a little shallower to develop my powder technique & confidence before venturing on to the blacks. Having my boots adjusted for the 3rd day & then hiring some fat B4's & Intuitives certainly helped my fore/aft balance & by the 4th day I was managing to link a few turns together in the powder & my bump skiing had noticably improved. I skied Snowbird again on the Friday with the other Brits & we had a blast searching out the last of the powder in & around the trees. I recall one particular tree run when it all came together for me - unfortunately it was one day too late for Martin to see me do it. Hopefully I'll be able to show him in Aspen next year.

I finally managed to grasp/crack the cross under move for carving which meant I felt a lot more stable which gave me the confidence to increase my angulation etc. Luckily my old extension/flex move was great for powder, when I remembered to really exaggerate it. My pole planting has definately improved also. We never got as far as learning retraction turns but from the descriptions given above they're certainly something I'm going to work on during my trip to Val Cenis in a few weeks. Steep & deep is now something to be sought out rather than avoided.

Sports Diamond
I read Weem's book on the plane home & found it very illuminating. In my previous years I was a pistol shooter to National, European & World Champs standard & I could have done with the book then. I certainly spent far too much time spent in Power mode. I'll be reading it again in a few weeks & I'll take it with me to Val Cenis to use as a training reference.

My only regret about ESA was that I was so damned busy skiing, getting boots altered, altering bindings, attending excellent presentations by Bud/Steve & Dr Dave etc that there just wasn't enough time to meet & socialise with more Bears.
post #39 of 41
Thread Starter 
Jon, great write-up!
Originally Posted by spyderjon
My only regret about ESA was that I was so damned busy skiing, getting boots altered, altering bindings, attending excellent presentations by Bud/Steve & Dr Dave etc that there just wasn't enough time to meet & socialise with more Bears.
You're not alone in this. Terry and I felt the same way.
post #40 of 41
Missed ESA this year. However, ESA 1 with Tom Burch and ESA 3 with Arcmeister were the best investments in skiing that I've made in both learning and fun.
post #41 of 41
I need to be more patient and let the skis turn me instead of me turning the skis!
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