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Everyone reading here knows Bob and his posts on EpicSki. Many have skied with him at an ESA or one of his boot camps. Although I do not have confirmation from him, I am holding out hope that I'll be able to interview him during the ESA for an upcoming podcast.

So, if you have questions for Bob, please post them in here. I'll let you all know as soon as I hear from him one way or the other. Even if it has to wait until another time, I certainly hope to get it done!
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I have a sense that in the arena of moving forward into the turn, I am more intense and radical than you. I feel that your focus is more on the middle of the ski. I'd just like to hear your thoughts on moving forward into and through the turn. We may differ, or we may be the same from different perspectives. Either way, it would be fun to hear you talk about this.
post #3 of 14
Jan 10, 2007

Dear Bob:

Hi, been about a month since ESA Stowe 2006. Well, what can I say, we Eastern stiffs can only drool about the snow you guys are enjoying in Colorado.

I have several questions I'd like to ask of you (which I've asked when we were at Stowe but still not clear on):

(1) the back peddaling move for skiing moguls. I remeber that you kept telling us to use "offensive" moves in skiing. How is the "back peddaling" an "offensive" move? Since I want to go down the hill, why shouldn't a person not be "forward peddaling" (I think that Seth mentioned this move for newbie bump skiers in the thread about bump skiing)? Especially for my skiing, you observed that my skis tips were prone to be pointing up, wouldn't the back pedal exaggerate this pointing up? Or is it all in the timing?

(2) Looking carefully at the pictures in Weems book, the LeMaster sequential turns photos, you can always see, or induce a moment in the turn where the racer is on "flat skis" and therefore not on edge. Is this the "neutral" position which you talked about at Stowe? Also, how do good skiers leave perfect parallel railroad tracks in the snow, if between each turn the skis are momentarily flat? Or is my observation incorrect (about skis being flat).

(3) Finally, you mentioned that in bump skiing one should use the cross-under move. When and why would one use this move in regular skiing? For really "quick" emergency turns? Also, please describe the execution of this move again.

Thanks.

CharlieP
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Jan 10, 2007

(1) the back peddaling move for skiing moguls. I remeber that you kept telling us to use "offensive" moves in skiing. How is the "back peddaling" an "offensive" move? Since I want to go down the hill, why shouldn't a person not be "forward peddaling" (I think that Seth mentioned this move for newbie bump skiers in the thread about bump skiing)? Especially for my skiing, you observed that my skis tips were prone to be pointing up, wouldn't the back pedal exaggerate this pointing up? Or is it all in the timing?
Jan 11, 2007

Dear Bob:

As a corollary to the above: I was told by my Instructor that skiing moguls is like "walking down" them (well for recreational skiiers like myself). As a practical exercise which I can do everyday, how can I apply "back pedalling" when "walking down the stairs" in my house or office? Or is this not an applicable exercise of the back pedal?

Thanks.

CharlieP
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What reference books do you consult in writing your Encyclopedia?
post #6 of 14
This is one for all the instuctors (I asked weems too!),

What is something you learned from your students?
post #7 of 14
Bob:
  • How would you encourage an advanced to expert (mature) skier who has many years over a ski to actually take the time for new professional instruction?
  • What questions should that skier be asking or what would you expect be asked of a professional instructor?
  • Just how does that (busy) skier find the right professional to meet his or her needs?
post #8 of 14
Are there three things you would like a new student to take home from their first lesson?
post #9 of 14
Hey i have a question for him im new to this site and probably am too late too reply to this but why does PSA/ESA recruit so many new ski instructors that dont use the proper technique to ski.
post #10 of 14
Hi Sony, I'm not sure what the PSA is. The ESA is the EpicSki Academy, run by this website. It uses ski instructors of various ages, various styles, various techniques, but all are great instructors. Some are former Olympians or World Cup racers. Some are certified with BASI, some with CSIA, some with NZSIA, some with PMTS, and some with PSIA (apologies if I've left out any others) Many of them believe there is not one proper technique, but that there are several techniques, a variety of skills that can be called upon.
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Hey i have a question for him im new to this site and probably am too late too reply to this but why does PSA/ESA recruit so many new ski instructors that dont use the proper technique to ski.
I need a bit more to go on, I'm afraid.

Who recruits instructors? The ESA doesn't.

What is proper technique?

What is the technique they are using and what is the technique that they shouldn't be using? With some insight, perhaps I can come up with a line of questioning that will get to your answer.

Then again, perhaps not.
post #12 of 14
Bob,

What do you believe are the pros and cons to focusing on edging skills at the beginner level?
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I need a bit more to go on, I'm afraid.

Who recruits instructors? The ESA doesn't.

What is proper technique?

What is the technique they are using and what is the technique that they shouldn't be using? With some insight, perhaps I can come up with a line of questioning that will get to your answer.

Then again, perhaps not.
Why are you answering your own post?
post #14 of 14

Tm

hello all...

This is T.M. (Don Collins) from Houlton, Maine...I am in Murray, Kentucky visiting my daughter and our "grandkids"...I need the web site for the Epicski (video) session we had at Aspen/Snowmass this past January...you can post it on site and/or email it to her email address <courtmicjac@aol.com>...Thanks a bunch...weather is great...played 18 and was in Weems touch corner all day...and what a great day it was...

T.M. Don Collins
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