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The Final Week

post #1 of 13
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Tomorrow, Sunday, March 25, begins my final 6 days as a full time instructor. What a ride it has been! For the last nine years I’ve loved full time teaching and being trainer at Copper with 17 years of part time stints preceding this tour as I wound my way through the corporate years, teaching weekends and evenings at Mt. Holly, MI; Hunter Mountain, NY and the place I started so many years ago Ski Liberty, PA. I still remember the hiring clinic and that scary first beginner lesson at Liberty-with the infamous Viki yelled at me for teaching turns with upper body rotation.

But life moves on and new visions arise. My other life (PGA Golf Professional) is calling loudly to see how far we can push my golf game, taking on the challenges of competitive golf on a limited basis in some lower level senior events as well as answering that question that just continually nags me- how good can I really be. (Plus I am damn tired of paying my fellow professionals; I rather take their money instead.)

Next winter will be spent in beautiful Port St. Lucie, FL dedicating myself to training in the world of the little white ball. It will be quite a change for me and my fur ball Golden Retriever. In about three weeks I’m heading down to furnish the new condo in the PGA Village, then back to Summit County to get ready for our golf season up here.

But the skiing memories of the people and places will never go away. Somebody asked the other day won’t I miss skiing and teaching. The answer is of course a resounding yes. Just as from my corporate years the only thing I really miss is the people (and the paycheck) so it will be with skiing (except for that paycheck part, the corporate world was a wee tad better). Am I giving the white world up completely? No, I may make a cameo appearance for a few weeks teaching-and a little pin polishing.

What won’t I miss? Only the cold; the ultimate decision maker came on the Saturday of MLK weekend this season when I went into Solitude Station at Copper with my class, took of my gloves and my finger tips were blue/black. Tolerance of cold has become more and more of an issue. I'm sure my toes won't ache from the cold in the evenings in Florida.

So thanks to the thousands of students and instructors who made my life so much fun. Thanks to the great trainers and clinicians like our own Bob Barnes, Copper’s Don Coleman and all those who inspired me and nurtured my development.

A special thanks to the late, great Otto Frei (even if he did fail me in skiing in my associate exam, whew-Thank God the other two passed me), what an inspiring human being and great teacher. And who can forget Willy Tate in the East? We could judge the length of our on hill discussions by the number of cigarettes he put behind his ear as we pulled to a stop.

Even to my good buddy, the PMTS WACKO, SCSA-I hope we can make more turns some time-IT'S JUST SKIING You and I agree on that.

And a special thanks to all of you in the EpicSki community.
post #2 of 13
Mike, I hope that you will come back to visit us here at epicski from time to time. At least your fingers won't get cold if they are busy typing missives to the gang here!

Best of luck in your change of life purpose.
post #3 of 13
Wish you the best of luck in your new adventure. And its a wise man who LISTENS well to the INNER self in full realization that Life is NOT a dress rehersal ---ENJOY
W.D.
post #4 of 13
Good for you. Sounds like you're ready for this.

Thank you for your contributions here and hope you continue to be a part of our world and Epic Ski.

I'm ready for some golf myself and now that I no longer have a coaching job for Baseball this season, I am determined to et my golf game back where it was a while back.

Good luck Mike.
post #5 of 13
Hey Mike--congratulations on your success in the PGA world. I know how long and hard you have worked for that. I admire your talent and your tenacity, and I, too, look forward to seeing just how far you can go with your new adventures.

We will surely miss you up here in the cold, snowy, high country next season.

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #6 of 13
So Long Mike,
Enjoy your new career. It's been great knowing you and skiing with you the last 6 seasons.

We're going to miss you.

bong
post #7 of 13
Come to think of it, I may need to learn golf or something too, if only to "global-warming-proof" myself and ensure that I have a job in the coming years. Way to think ahead, Mike!



Best regards,
Bob
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Bob Barnes/Colorado View Post
Come to think of it, I may need to learn golf or something too, if only to "global-warming-proof" myself and ensure that I have a job in the coming years. Way to think ahead, Mike!



Best regards,
Bob
Hey, I'm only 8 miles from the ocean in Florida-I'm planning for it to be ocean front in a few years.

Of course in the meantime you can enjoy the front bowls of Keystone, Breck, Copper and Vail as the pine beetles clearcut the forests!!

Edit: I could be teaching golf up here 8 months a year if this warmth keeps up.

PS: They are hiring the maintenance staff next week-how are you with a lawn mower?
post #9 of 13
mike, it's been my pleasure getting to know you--and hearing your encouragement and challenges about things skiing and EpicSkiing. I am certain you will prevail in the PGA world, as well, and look forward to hearing of your adventures there.

Don't be a stranger, eh?
post #10 of 13
Mike, I enjoyed your post, as I'm veering that way myself. Only a desk, and growing tomatoes, are calling me! Not a glamorous PGA life. I don't know if my break will happen the coming winter, or if it'll be a hiatus or a total one.

I hope you hang around here though. You don't stop being an instructor just because you're not wearing a uniform.
post #11 of 13
Oh, and one thought did occur to me while I was reading............Golf OR Skiing? I didn't know that was a choice:


Mike, you need to stick around to give me golf tips.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
Oh, and one thought did occur to me while I was reading............Golf OR Skiing? I didn't know that was a choice:


Mike, you need to stick around to give me golf tips.

I'll never give up keeping in touch with EpicSki. If you or anyone else ever has a golf question either shoot me a PM or ask in the off season sports forum.
post #13 of 13
Okay, make a deal with me!
I think you may remember I took up golf last year, and I said, "Though I like playing the game, I think watching it is like watching Jello Set"
But...........
If you are in a tournament in Michigan, send me a pm and I'll come out to watch.
I promise I won't be a PITA!
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