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post #31 of 47

Oh @#$%that's right, my bad . . . You just did the Skiing Part . .  Are you doing the Teaching Part at Whiteface? 

 

Good Luck.

post #32 of 47

I'm on my way to the hill in a few minutes. Skied yesterday afternoon. Snow was very variable from beautiful slush bumps (face shots!) to the iciest icy things I've ever seen. Skied my first bumps of the year and rediscovered my bumps steeze. Ate a little mexican food and spent the rest of the night icing and consuming vitamin I for my leg.

 

Here's today's theme song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8OpsPok6iQ

post #33 of 47

Good luck eric and matt!!

 

First time in the bumps this year? :P

 

I guess I didnt see you absolutely killing it in the bumps at stowe ;)

post #34 of 47

 Well I didn't kill anything today except any ideas of getting on the Dev Team this year. I thought I skied well, but the score cards said otherwise.

post #35 of 47

Eric,

 

Hope you did better than you think.  Good Luck!

 

RW

post #36 of 47

No I didn't. They made a cut today and I was on the wrong side of it. 

post #37 of 47

Epic, Good for you to try, especially with a banged up knee. Not having 100% really is a handicap at that level. Did you find the tasks harder this time versus last time you went for it? Or was the physical aspect of your knee holding you back? You'll get it back ,you seem determined, maybe next time you try out ,you ski with BWPA  AFTER you take the exam. I nearly impaled myself on a tree at Snowbird skiing with him last year, luckily no branches were sticking out just a big round trunk to bump into.

post #38 of 47

 There were pretty much no tasks.

 

Leapers into Hop to Shape on frozen ungroomed terrain

GS turns in mashed potatoes

10 short swing to 10 reaching shorts repeat

bump run

 

one-footed garlands (this is the only thing that was really tasky and also the only thing done on blue terrain)

lane-changes

reaching shorts into mediums

freerun on Skyward

 

another bump run

reaching shorts hugging the tree line

 

I know that I am a better skier than two years ago (when I did make the ski cut). My strategy was to ski clean controlled runs and complete all of the tasks (not everyone actually does what they are supposed to do). My knee didn't feel too bad, but the first task was exactly what it did not need first thing in the morning. I don't think it really held me back, but not skiing for the last six weeks. My legs were feeling pretty tired. (My legs NEVER get tired) I had to ski at a pace that I could hold for the whole run (they were all 1,000 vert feet plus). I think they wanted more excitement than what I gave them. People who's skiing appeared technically flawed (to me) made it and I didn't. I don't have any video. Maybe I skied worse I don't know. I'm not sure that I see myself trying out again. There was a guy who was back for his seventh try. That's just sad. If they wanted me on Ed Staff, I'd be doing teaching tasks tomorrow.

post #39 of 47

Hopefully you didn't lose any fillings on that 1st part, what a fun start, yeah right. I hear you on repeatedly trying, we have had 1 guy who tired out 3 times and he just isn't going to get it. Then there was Chris who you met on your 1st try and everything he did seems to be 1st times a charm. I have been asked by some examiners if I wanted to try out but 1) I'm 47 I feel I don't have the time for that process and 2) my heart just is not in it. I had a blast at eastern demo try outs a few years ago and thats really all I wanted to do was get to ski with them.

 

Well good job on trying anyway. Saw Christy, I think one of your examiners running a workshop at the Snowbowl this past weekend, she said she was doing dev team this week, she was working the attendees with some 1 legged drills. One of the better workshop group of skiers I have seen.

post #40 of 47

Thanks for the nice report.  Sorry you didn't make it to the second day.  You know you are better than you would have been had you not trained for the exam.  How many total candidates?   How many they take from the first day?  How close were you to making it?  Who did you clinic with today?

post #41 of 47

Ignore my PM eric, I just saw this.

 

Sorry you didn't make the cut - bug huge kudos to you for trying after that injury.  

 

 

post #42 of 47

That's got to be the hardest thing to do, try to ski well when you're being scrutinized by someone. I know I just did some pretty intensive training where my movements were videoed and then broken down into slow motion so my instructor could really tear me apart. I skied like a robot, after watching it I realized I would have been a lot better off if I had just gone out and skied and not worried about it so much. An instructor once told me that I would ski a lot better if I thought about it less. Probably some truth to that.

post #43 of 47

 

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Originally Posted by Snowbowler View Post

 

Epic, Good for you to try, especially with a banged up knee. Not having 100% really is a handicap at that level. Did you find the tasks harder this time versus last time you went for it? Or was the physical aspect of your knee holding you back? You'll get it back ,you seem determined, maybe next time you try out ,you ski with BWPA  AFTER you take the exam. I nearly impaled myself on a tree at Snowbird skiing with him last year, luckily no branches were sticking out just a big round trunk to bump into.

 

ummm yeah pretty sure you sketched me and tim out.

 

translation dont ski with snowbowler before a exam/tryout

 

he like to ski tight skied out trees over tons of exposure!

post #44 of 47

 

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 There were pretty much no tasks.

 

Leapers into Hop to Shape on frozen ungroomed terrain

GS turns in mashed potatoes

10 short swing to 10 reaching shorts repeat

bump run

 

one-footed garlands (this is the only thing that was really tasky and also the only thing done on blue terrain)

lane-changes

reaching shorts into mediums

freerun on Skyward

 

another bump run

reaching shorts hugging the tree line

 

I know that I am a better skier than two years ago (when I did make the ski cut). My strategy was to ski clean controlled runs and complete all of the tasks (not everyone actually does what they are supposed to do). My knee didn't feel too bad, but the first task was exactly what it did not need first thing in the morning. I don't think it really held me back, but not skiing for the last six weeks. My legs were feeling pretty tired. (My legs NEVER get tired) I had to ski at a pace that I could hold for the whole run (they were all 1,000 vert feet plus). I think they wanted more excitement than what I gave them. People who's skiing appeared technically flawed (to me) made it and I didn't. I don't have any video. Maybe I skied worse I don't know. I'm not sure that I see myself trying out again. There was a guy who was back for his seventh try. That's just sad. If they wanted me on Ed Staff, I'd be doing teaching tasks tomorrow.

 

Yeah, I was surprised at some of the people that made it.  It made me feel as though, not only was I not as good as those people . . . I don't even know what good skiing is when I see it.

 

Then I realized that this isn't really the case.  They just weren't looking for my kind of skiing.  I guess that's fine, but if you have to ski like some of the people who passed (completely missing some tasks, skiing with very pronounced lead changes/balance issues), then I guess I don't want to continue higher.  I was totally taken aback by some of the people who made it.  A lot of people skied well, but a lot of people ummm . . . might not have been as strong. 

 

I think my real problem started in the morning when Eric Lipton Demoed the freerun on Skyward in our group, and he made a ridiculously fast run that looked in some parts like it was on the edge of control.  So I was like "Ummm . . . Okay, if that's what they want."  So I put together a sick run (heli in the middle, huge GS turns with my body way outside the skis, slalom turns with wicked rebound) until I got to the very end, where I hit some soft snow, somersaulted over the front of my skis, ripped my toepiece in half (the plastic itself), and bent my brand new skis.  Had to ski the rest of the day on my twin tips, 20cm longer, 28m turn radius instead of 14m, little to no edge from rails, etc.  At this point, I'm just making excuses, but I feel as though I could have done a little better on the "PSIA skis".  (My feedback was that I should have gotten more extension away from the body in my short reaching turns and more edging/less steering in my GS/bigger type turns - both things that I felt might have been a little better with more trust in the sticks under my feet).

 

If I were to do it again (and as much as I don't want to now, I'll probably give it one more try in two years), I'd do every task slowly and deliberately and focus on making the most accurate moves possible.  They didn't seem to want balls to the wall cranking, they seemed to want slower, controlled, accuracy.  Seems simple now, but when I was so amped up in the morning and when I saw Eric Lipton going for it so hard, I just assumed that's what they wanted.

 

Ehhh well, it was a fun day of skiing, got some decent feedback on the second day, and I might do it again (cause I'm a masochist).  Next year, though, I'm going to do the Level III Tele and nothing else.  I've spent too much money already.

post #45 of 47

 

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Originally Posted by mattchuck2 View Post

 

 If I were to do it again (and as much as I don't want to now, I'll probably give it one more try in two years), I'd do every task slowly and deliberately and focus on making the most accurate moves possible.

 

That was my strategy. Especially after having Jeb tell me (at an earlier clinic) that my strategy should be to slow down because I can always add speed. Having Matt ask me "So still skiing 100 mph all the time?" and also having Dave Merrriam tell me that I should go slower. Oh yeah, also breaking the leg and taking half the winter on the couch. Whatever I did was not what they wanted either.

post #46 of 47


 

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Originally Posted by mattchuck2 View Post

 

 

 

Yeah, I was surprised at some of the people that made it.  It made me feel as though, not only was I not as good as those people . . . I don't even know what good skiing is when I see it.

 

Then I realized that this isn't really the case.  They just weren't looking for my kind of skiing.  I guess that's fine, but if you have to ski like some of the people who passed (completely missing some tasks, skiing with very pronounced lead changes/balance issues), then I guess I don't want to continue higher.  I was totally taken aback by some of the people who made it.  A lot of people skied well, but a lot of people ummm . . . might not have been as strong. 

 

I think my real problem started in the morning when Eric Lipton Demoed the freerun on Skyward in our group, and he made a ridiculously fast run that looked in some parts like it was on the edge of control.  So I was like "Ummm . . . Okay, if that's what they want."  So I put together a sick run (heli in the middle, huge GS turns with my body way outside the skis, slalom turns with wicked rebound) until I got to the very end, where I hit some soft snow, somersaulted over the front of my skis, ripped my toepiece in half (the plastic itself), and bent my brand new skis.  Had to ski the rest of the day on my twin tips, 20cm longer, 28m turn radius instead of 14m, little to no edge from rails, etc.  At this point, I'm just making excuses, but I feel as though I could have done a little better on the "PSIA skis".  (My feedback was that I should have gotten more extension away from the body in my short reaching turns and more edging/less steering in my GS/bigger type turns - both things that I felt might have been a little better with more trust in the sticks under my feet).

 

If I were to do it again (and as much as I don't want to now, I'll probably give it one more try in two years), I'd do every task slowly and deliberately and focus on making the most accurate moves possible.  They didn't seem to want balls to the wall cranking, they seemed to want slower, controlled, accuracy.  Seems simple now, but when I was so amped up in the morning and when I saw Eric Lipton going for it so hard, I just assumed that's what they wanted.

 

Ehhh well, it was a fun day of skiing, got some decent feedback on the second day, and I might do it again (cause I'm a masochist).  Next year, though, I'm going to do the Level III Tele and nothing else.  I've spent too much money already.


 

Mattchuck2, that sounds like an almost awesome 1st run and very familiar sounding to me.3 years ago at Eastern demo tryouts 2nd task on the 1st day was gs run down from top of superstar at Killington, as the order was alphabetical I was 2 back from E Lipton, He skied just as you described and sure enough I thought I better do it like that. I got wrecked badly, went for about a 100-150' tumble. One of the observers comes down to me thinking I broke my neck, not that bad just severly sprained my left foot, could barely stand on it at the time. I finished the day, foot was starting to go numb anyway but just survival skiing. I dreaded taking that boot off though.Numbed up with Advil for day 2 and got thru it. Lesson: ski some where in your zone, pushing the envelope is fine but not 3 envelopes. good luck if you try again.

post #47 of 47

Anyone going this year?

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