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Ever been to Edwin Terrel?

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This post may be sort of a regional thing, but have any of you ever attended an Edwin Terrel Clinic at PSIA-RM (Southern district)?

I'm just curious for two reasons.

1) What were some of the topics discussed and what did you get out of it?

2) Todd Murchison. Are you the same TM who used to run the school at Wolf Creek two seasons ago? If you are, I attended the Edwin that year at W. Creek with the Angel Fire contingent. (Player was there too!) We experimented with the short Elans and had a blast!

Anyway. There has been some really neat information come from those clinics and I thought this would be a good format to share it. I'll post some of my experiences at a later date.

Spag's quoteof the day:
"Then be called ten times a donkey, and a mule, and an ass, and begone! Or I'll clear the world of thee!"
- Capt. Ahab in Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" -
post #2 of 6
Yeah, been to a few of 'em...hey, waita minute, aren't you the bleeder from Telluride?!?
Great idea Spag, good place to tell uncle milty zen stories.
post #3 of 6
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Robin. Read the quote of the day. (and yes I'm the bleeder from Telluride. On cold days the scar makes me look like Jaquin Phoenix.)
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Hey cool! I remember that clinic Spag! I was pleased to run into other folks from the Southern Rockies. Yep I was the bleeder from Wolf Creek.

Found out that running a Ski School doesn't pay enough for the stress. Great mountain to play on, and even to work at -- as long as you stay on an hourly wage and don't go to Salary.

That was a fun clinic, I've been year round out East since the trauma of being a Director.

I miss the Edwin Terrel clinic though, maybe I'll have to fly out for next years, it was fun.

Robin were you in the one at Wolf Creek?
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No, I was doing that Director thing...sent Spag and some others (spag, do you remember who?). Unfortunately, I missed a couple. That was the great thing about hosting...you got to attend!
Can't beat the talent...
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Robin. That was the year David Zero and Player went with me. We had to sleep in DO's Jeep.

Here's a breakdown of what happened.

We started the clinic with a discussion about movement patterns and their application to the "Principles of Skiing", as we called them. Going with gravity, Natural/Skeletal alignment, and Landing in Balance. There was a lot of esoteric discussion about "Sharing our passion for the sport" and "Beliefs vs. Ideas". The word Paradigm came up a lot.

After that wheel ground to a stop (Player was getting frustrated.) we decided to test out our own theories about movement patterns by putting on the Super short skis from ELAN. (133 cm and shorter) Those of us who were stuck in the "push off and juice" mode, learned quickly... That doesn't work. It was only a short while before Almost everyone in the group was leaving the old days of LEVERING behind and standing on the sweet spot. To further our understanding of this concept, we wore one short ski and one of our own, longer skis. WEIRD!!! But amazingly enough, we started to figure out that the using the same movements on either side yeilded the same results. Hockey stops with the short ski out front were still DIFFICULT! (I got tacoed a couple times)

The second day was more of the same, except we left the shorties in the barn and applied what we had learned out on the steeps. Mega Blast!

I really don't do the clinic justice here, there was just so much information. The one thing I really remember was tossing a big 'copter with two different sized skis on. I think I may have peed my pants a little when I spotted my landing and ther was a big ol' K2 and an itty bitty Elan below me. Pretty stupid, in retrospect.

Anyway, the Edwin Clinics are always fun because it's such an open arena for innovation. Everyone is encouraged to develop and present their thoughts, not just the clinicians. If someone has a revelation during the exercises, they share it immediately. I think I learned more from these clinics than anywhere else.(kiss-ass!)

Todd, Do you remember anything else from that partiular clinic?

Spag's quote of the day:
"When danger reared its ugly head, Sir Robin turned his tail and fled. Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Robin!" (singing and skipping)
- Sir Robin's Minstrel in "The Holy Grail"-
(The Minstrel was later eaten, as I recall.)
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