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What a weekend! Just finished Bob Barnes Boot Camp at Keystone, and it was an awesome experience.

Friday, 12/8
Drove up to Keystone on Friday evening. There was a presentation that evening where Bob presented his "Keys to Great Skiing", which contained great gems that may be familiar to many Epic regulars (e.g. skiing the slow line fast, right tip to go right, etc.). Jeff Bergeron gave a talk on boot fitting and alignment, and we got to meet some of the other participants. cgeib and alreiner were the other Bears in attendance.

Saturday, 12/9
On Saturday morning we met up at Mountain House to split into three groups. Bob led one, Pete Amos another, and Jerry Berg took charge of four of us: cgeib, alreiner, Rick (non-Bear), and myself. Dan, an examiner from New Zealand also joined our group. Conditions were hard-pack with good grip under blue skies.

The Tenmile Range and Breck in the distance on Saturday:


We spent the morning working on carving on groomers. Just following Jerry and Dan around made us better -- they can carve! We worked on getting a strong inside half, leading our turns with the inside leg. I also worked on getting more square to my skis on mellow terrain -- I was getting way too countered when I didn't need to be. We spent most of the day on the front side, working on technique, and just ripping up the corduroy.

Dan (right) discussing technique with cgeib:


We had lunch at the Summit House with the rest of the group, after which we headed over to North Peak and Outback for some bumps. Heading down Mozart was challenging -- not only was it completely skied off, avoiding hundreds of speeding, scraping, wedging skiers and riders required all our concentration. We found some nice soft bumps on the left-hand edge where the snow-making guns were going.

We found soft bumps on Big Horn and Porcupine, where we worked on absorbing and extending. We hit bumps off North Peak -- the coverage in those bumps were very sketchy. We hit lots of rocks and stumps, especially in the troughs. Before we ended, we got some video on University trail. By the end, I was beat.

We headed back to Mountain House, where all the groups joined up. We watched our videos and had Bob give us his MA for each person. It was a great session, to see each skier and see what was good and what needed improvement -- it was the kind of video analysis that I'd hope would happen at ESA.

Sunday, 12/10
Conditions were very similar to Saturday as we headed up the Peru Express. We mixed it up, hitting some groomers to warm up in the morning, then diving into some bumps. Big Horn and Porcupine still held great soft snow.

Our group at the top of Outback (from L to R: Rick, faisasy, our fearless leader Jerry Berg, cgeib, alreiner):


We followed Annie Black's BettyFest group down Bushwhacker and it was superb! Big steep bumps through trees.

Entrance to Bushwhacker:


Coverage was also very good, and got a bit thin only at the bottom. We shot some video in there, and I'll post them as soon as I edit them.

We had lunch atop North Peak, and with Bob's group, headed over to Outback. From the top, we hiked about ten minutes up the ridge to some fantastic views.

Our group and Bob's, atop North Bowl:


A grand view of the Tenmile and Gore Ranges:


We dropped into North Bowl, and were instantly greeted with breakable crust. It looked a lot nicer than it was, and it took a while for us to get the hang of it somewhat. The snow got better once we got into the trees.

Al negotiating North Bowl:


Jerry and Dan in North Bowl:


The most impressive was Jason (non-Bear), who skied with us with only 10 days under his belt!

The rest of the afternoon we alternated between bumps and groomers. On one run down Big Horn/Porcupine, I finally got bumps. I was taking too round a line, hitting the bumps side-on in the middle. Jerry discussed taking a straighter line, skiing around the top of the bumps. I turned my brain off and just skied, and voila, everything clicked! After a great run through the bumps I had a spectacular crash on the flat at the bottom as my ski got stuck into the wet/slushy pile left by the snow-guns. Fortunately, I wasn't hurt.

We made our way back to the front, hitting some bumps and groomers to cool down.

View of Dillon Lake from Schoolmarm:


We ended day with some high-speed chase of Bob, Jerry, and Dan down to Mountain House.

All in all, it was an awesome camp. Two days of intense skiing in a small group. I felt a significant improvement in my skiing, and the videos bore them out. cgeib was also visibly skiing better than in October. Jerry is a fantastic instructor. Just watching him ski was a lesson in itself. And he never got too technical, just kept it simple and gave us only one or two things to think about.

I think there's talk about holding another of these camps later in the season. I highly recommend it!

Our group "un-geared" (from L to R: cgeib, faisasy, Jerry, alreiner, Rick):
post #2 of 14
nice report as usual
post #3 of 14
nice.

sounds like you guys concentrated a lot on bumps.
post #4 of 14
looks like fun.
post #5 of 14

Great post Sizzle.

Awesome time with great people.
Great improvment by all. I have some video that I will download soon. Thanks again for a great two days. Bergie 618:
post #6 of 14
Is this a streaching exercise?
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hey - on the end there---thats tip your other right to go right

great looking weather! I wish we were going to summit county this year. :
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What a weekend! Just finished Bob Barnes Boot Camp at Keystone, and it was an awesome experience.
Yes it was

Great TR as usual ...Sizzle!

It is always great to experience excellent coaching and Jerry is 110% top notch ...not to mention a lot of fun to ski with Sounds like others will be lucky enough to work with him at ESA Aspen Be fore warned though, gravity gets confused around Jerry ...one moment it seems to have multiplied as he is accelerating away from you and the next it is so weak he cant keep his feet on the ground:

Thank you for all the pointers, Jerry!!! ...and thanks everyone in the group for a fun weekend! Lets do it again.

Chris
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sounds like you guys concentrated a lot on bumps.
With no new snow, it was basically a choice between groomers and bumps. So yes, we did focus on bumps quite a bit.

Here's a video Dan took on Bushwhacker: 6.6MB Quicktime .MOV
The order of skiers is faisasy, Rick, alreiner, cgeib, Jerry.
post #10 of 14
Shoot, I was in Annie's Group. We applauded you all on great skiing
My husband Shawn and his friends, Bob and Stephen took the Boot Camp. So there we were all having lunch and I had no idea you were there.
post #11 of 14
Soooo, is there a TR on Annie's thing?
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Soooo, is there a TR on Annie's thing?


Not as good at writing as faisasy...

I have taken "Betty Fest" the last 4 of 5 years. 3 of those have been with Annie. Any day you can ski with Annie is a honor. We worked mostly on bumps, a bit on carving late the second day. I will say that if Annie was coaching at Bob's Boot Camp I would have taken it. I am not all that motivated by a Women's Ski Camp. What keeps me coming back is the opportunity to ski with Annie. At 175.00 for the 2 days it is a bargain! Bob if you are listening my suggestion would be to add a cat ski day to the clinic. I would gladly pay the extra money.

For those worried about a women's clinic being all bonding and no skiing. Worry not. In years past it was more touchy feely with time wasted for group photos and such but feedback from attendees showed that we girls want to ski. My skiing improves every time I take the clinic.
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At 175.00 for the 2 days it is a bargain! Bob if you are listening my suggestion would be to add a cat ski day to the clinic. I would gladly pay the extra money.
While we did not have the cat, we did hike up from the top of Outback to North and South Bowls. The snow, unfortunately, was not as good as we had hoped -- mostly breakable crust.
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For those worried about a women's clinic being all bonding and no skiing. Worry not. In years past it was more touchy feely with time wasted for group photos and such but feedback from attendees showed that we girls want to ski. My skiing improves every time I take the clinic.
I have to say, after watching you guys, I agree! I was impressed with the hardcore skiing at BettyFest. I told my wife that she definitely needs to do it next year.
post #14 of 14
I am still sorry we did not meet. Did you meet my husband? He was in Bob's group.

Tell your wife I said she should sign up for Betty Fest. They have others set for this season.
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