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Endless Slope, San Fransisco, 9/9/07

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Took a trip to San Fansisco this morning to spend an hour with Sam Morishima and the Endless slope ski machine.http://www.endlesslope.com/ Conditons were overcast, traffic light and the ramp smooth.


Sam had me start on the floor with some basics regarding the foot /boot/snow interface


We then proceed to get on the "endless slope and he gave me some instuction in balance ,both with 2 skis



And one:



We pretty much worked on tipping the left ski onto the right edge, big tow side, while balancing on the that edge with the right ski either off the mat or later slightly gliding. Then the same with the other ski. Oh, he had me use a wedge at first and then quickly to a more parallel stance.




The lesson lasted an hour. This was an introductory lesson $75. Following lessons are 1/2 hour. Sam advises at least 5-6 lessons to allow the student and his body to go thru the trough and over the hump that he says will occur at about lesson 3-4. I believe the whole program is 12 lessons.

Overall I was very impressed with Mr. Morishima, his presentation and direct teaching methods. I believe I will take a few more lessons as long as it aint snowing:.
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pretty funky
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I'm impressed with his vintage ski collection on the wall.
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Very cool machine, but I think I'm missing something. What does this teach you to do?
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Very cool machine, but I think I'm missing something. What does this teach you to do?
The "endless slope",(moving carpet), is just a tool, the coach, Sam Morishima, describes it like this
"Students receive individual attention where lessons are geared to tutor each student's needs and goals.

The lessons are all about the student's situation as each movement of the student is analyzed.

The student view themselves in a mirror as they improve. Most important they feel the ride understanding the difference between correct efficient movements versus unsafe harder ones. Everything is transferable to the snow."

Sam told me in our initial meeting that his primary goal was to make me an athletic skier. Who know it might help!
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