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Thread Starter 
I am delighted to announce that SKI luminary, SKI magazine editor and instructional guru, former PSIA Demo Team member and coach, EpicSki Academy Head Coach, and many other accolades too numerous to mention Stu Campbell has offered to be interviewed for an EpicSki podcast!

Given his longevity in the sport, his intense understanding of skiing, and his quiet and humble demeanor, the topics are wide open. So please drop any questions that you'd like to have Stu answer into this thread...

post #2 of 25
How important is unweighting in modern upper level and advanced skiing and if it is, how should it be effectively executed? Carving, short turns, powder, bumps etc.

BTW, thanks for brilliant SKI magazine Turning Points articles .
post #3 of 25
Jan 11, 2007

Dear Stu:

Thanks for being at the ESA Stowe 2007 event (both days) and also at the video analysis session. I also wish to thank you for the comment about "he's not afraid to linger in the fall line". Finally, after too many years of race training, something is happening to my skiing. However the video was taken on a gentle pitch, so ....

I'd like to ask you a question about skiing on "ice/hard snow". While at Stowe, there was a stretch roughly 100 ft long, which was icy. I think that it was just prior to getting to the part where the moguls formed in the afternoon. Initially slipping, almost falling once and going down hard once when skiing this stretch, I finally anticipated this stretch, and instead of "jamming the edges" when I felt slippeage I sort of let my lower legs "relax" and tried to "guide" the skis gently with my feet and legs in the direction in which I wanted them to turn or travel.

Is this a good/acceptable/correct way to handle ice? I've heard people say "ski with the big toe" or "really be aggressive and commit fully to the fall line and angulate so that you put as much pressure on the downhill edge as possible". Since one can't always be prepared/forwarned/anticipate when an icy patch will show up (like I was finally able to do at Stowe), what are your thoughts on how a skiier should handle these "random ice patches"?

I ask you this, because I remember once reading a short article in Ski Magazine (1980s), about how to ski ice. The author said that one should ski like one was carrying a bowling ball in one's stomach and should gently lift the ball and direct it in the direction of travel.


post #4 of 25

are we allowed 2 questions...? ;)

I would like to hear Stu discuss the early days of his teaching career, (ie-where, who were some of his co-workers, etc) and what were some of the more dramatic changes he has seen during his career.

Could you please explain the development of, and the concept behind, the NEC program used at HV in the early 80's. I think this may be very illuminating as it might be germain to many discussions taking place today.

Regards, Ric
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
Anyone is allowed as many questions as they'd like to post, whenever they'd like to post them. Keep them coming!!!
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My standard question...

What is something you have learned from your students?
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Has technology made skiing easier for ordinary people to excel at or is it still a sport where very few will ever be experts? Please explain your answer.
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I started skiing a year ago and enjoy the sport almost to the point of worship. I am comfortable skiing pretty much anywhere on the mountain, however i'v had the same problem since day one and don't know how to correct it. When i make any kind of turn (carv, jump...) i have issues keeping weight on both skis, my weight is mostle on the outside edge. When i do get the weight distribution right the turn feels asume. Is there some type of techniuqe i could practuse to get more consistent? Any pointers would be appriciated.

post #9 of 25
Stu - If you were emperor of skiing and could decree any change in skiing or ski instruction, what would it be?
post #10 of 25

Q # 2

Hi Stu, its me again. One more question:

Im an european ski instructor and Im only familiar with PSIA through this forum but one thing I find surprcing is that at very slow speed or wedging leaning my upper body towards the outside of a turn in order to shift pressure on the outside ski is considered by some PSIA LIII instructors here at epic as beeing a "negative" move. It is the first thing I usually teach beginners; if you want to turn right you need to lean left. In your SKI magazine articles you talk about the same thing and if I dont remember it incorrectly you called it "counterintiutive". Is that your own thaughts on skiing or is it PSIA? I would much appreciate it if you could share your thaught on this highly debated topic?

And thank you one more time for those brilliant SKI magazine Turning Points articles .
post #11 of 25
hi stu,

I hope that you're enjoying the new year.

I'd love to hear the story of your favorite ski trip ever ... where, what you did, why it's your favorite.

happy chocolate,
post #12 of 25

A question for Stu


In Europe, especially in France, teaching skiing is a true profession. Although there are some who teach at the biggest resorts who earn a decent living, what can we do here in the US so that those of us who love to teach skiing can actually make a living at it full time.

Thanks for all your contributions to the sport over the years. You're a legend.

post #13 of 25
Over the years, technology has evolved in a tremendous way.

How has that technology changed the way you teach skiing?
Further, how many methods have you seen come and go along the way?
What teaching/coaching method has given you the best "ah ha!" results with your students?

Thanks for all you've done for ESA. I hope you know how loved you are!
post #14 of 25
Thread Starter 
Time to resurrect this!

I have not been able to get back to this since my Aspen trip was interrupted for me in January, but we're now back on track...

So, take a few minutes in the next couple of days to add to the topics outlined here. What would you like to know from Stu? From historical to visionary, he has a wide ranging knowledge, experience, and insight to share with us all.

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How do you feel about the technical/instructional information published in the ski media today? It seems so paltry compared to what we see from the golf magazines [the only other sports mags I read regularly]. It appears the driver of both ski resorts and magazines is real estate, and second homes at that. It seems like the sports has segmented off the population in the upper 10% of the income bracket. Has skiing become polo? Will there come a day when resorts put gold jackets on the instructors and send them out to lineups with listings? Will private, gated ski resort communities like Yellowstone Club become more prevalent?
post #16 of 25
There are a lot of sacrifices and of course many rewards in being a ski instructor. Looking back, what accomplishment(s) or "reward" has given you the greatest satisfaction, and kept you returning year after year?

How would you advise an aspiring expert skier to pursue coaching? Would you suggest working exclusively with an individual coach, or do you think skiers benefit most by working with diverse ideas, techniques and exercises?

What do you feel are the benefits (if any) of a camp environment, as opposed to private or semi-private lessons?

How would you coach a skier to overcome their fears and let go to take on a steeper drop and greater acceleration than they have previously been comfortable with?

Thanks Stu. I'm looking forward to your interview.
post #17 of 25
As the former gear editor, I would like to hear how technology has evolved in the gear. Also where he sees the manufacturing headed
post #18 of 25
Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
As the former gear editor, I would like to hear how technology has evolved in the gear. Also where he sees the manufacturing headed
Ski equipment evolution seems to have been directed to save participants' energy by sparing large and capable body muscles from continuous or significant spurts of work.

Yet it seems to tax and challenge anatomically disadvantaged muscles that are not normally trained by recreational participants, and may well be more difficult to condition prior to the start of a ski season.

Is this direction of evolution a dead end?
post #19 of 25
Originally Posted by vail snopro View Post
I would like to hear Stu discuss the early days of his teaching career, (ie-where, who were some of his co-workers, etc) and what were some of the more dramatic changes he has seen during his career.

Regards, Ric
June 29, 2007

Dear Stu:

Along the same line, I would appreciate it if you could share some of the "inside scoop" (if possible) about you and your cohort of ski testers in the 80s. I remember being so impatient to get the Equipment issue of Ski and would devour it with much excitement. It always seemed to me that you testers were the most fortunate skiers around and that your group was getting into all types of shenanigans and having fun. For example, one year, a tester wearing a "tiger outfit" (or was it a leopard outfit?) fell into a "tree well" and couldn't get out. You guys were so bad:, poking fun of the unfortunate tester on the pages of the magazine. This "fun" spirit truly made your testing reviews unique, since it always included the reader with a wink and a nod.

Also, could you name some of your mentors who influenced your skiing/coaching and how?

Be well and have a wonderful summer.

post #20 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the additional questions...

I'm scheduled to speak with Stu on Tuesday morning, so you've got another 30 hours or so to get your questions in. Here is your chance to ask questions of one of the amazing patriarchs of the sport... and he's promised me that he'll be "very candid."
post #21 of 25
You're one of the relatively few people who has actually made a career of ski instruction. What made that possible?
post #22 of 25
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We got a deadline reprieve due to some technical issues. You have a bit more time to post questions!
post #23 of 25
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Just another notice. The planned date for this interview is this Wednesday morning. If you have any questions you haven't posted, please do so now. God willing, nothing will get in the way and we'll get it done this time!
post #24 of 25
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Last call! If you'd like to get a question in, please post it this evening. I'll check this early tomorrow before we speak.
post #25 of 25
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Stu and I had a great conversation this morning, covering many of these questions and taking about 90 minutes. After I get the audio files and mix them down, we'll get the podcast posted just as soon as we can.

Thank you so much for contributing some truly great questions!
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