And I'll call horsedung on that too. If you can even come up with list of who all the "big mountain freeskiers on the comp circuit" are.
You see your students from Vermont as the best students...but how many students do you even see from Whistler or Crystal? I would venture none. My best student last season was a 5 yo who splits his time between Baker and Switzerland and has over 100 days in already. At 5.
And why all this belief that west coast skiers are less dedicated, or don't get access to bumps or ice? Even on a 700" snow year, I ski bumps and ice, a whole lot more than I want. And I ski 8 to 12 months each year.
My sons is 13. He skis 50+ days each year. And those days aren't yo-yoing a punky little knob. And they're not after school days either. Last November when the ECers were whining, he was getting 15 days in before T-day. and last May when the midwesterners were getting thier golf clubs out, he was skiing corn. And he skis lines on a weekly basis that can't be found in Pennsylvania on the best days.
I grew up on the EC, and when I went west, I found out I didn't know squat about skiing. I look at kids like Kye Peterson knowing he's got opportunities I never had.
Heres the North Face Athletes:
Rick Armstrong - Alaska
Ingrid Backstrom - Seattle
Will Burks - Sun Valley
Sage Cattabriga - Wyoming
Aurelien Ducrox - Chamonix
Dana Flahr - Kamloops BC
Karina Hollekim - Oslo
Ian MacIntosh - Banff
Jeremy Nobis - Park City
Megan Pischke - Squamish BC
Emilio Previtali - Italy
Scot Schmidt - Helena MT
Dave Short - Vancouver BC
Eric Themel - Austria
Stacy thomas - Seattle
Not one claiming as EC or Midwest background.
true have never had single memorable student from the northwest...my guess is they simply dont take lesson even if they do come here. Probably because the precieved ski school lesson will be lame, which is true for the most part. at the very least even with my inexperience the last thing one of the kids would say that i taught last year especially the Level 7 and 8s lessons would be thier day with me was lame.
Totally agreed with you on lack of season too, last year during a crappy year for utah it was the best season for me ever. I skied 6 months pretty much straight though and got in some late season touring in june and august. noway back east could I have done that.
ON the ice thing, to the east coasts that dont ski here daily. Yeah are groomers can get icey, just as icey back east in the freeze thaw cycle of spring. Thats not so bad though, imagine the perverian cirque that is icey but in odd shapes know as coral reef, skiing this smoothly and compently IMO is the highest form of skiing. actaully enjoying take a special person.
Harry your son is lucky to have a dad like you. I bet he kills it.
I didnt know how overwhelmed my first couple months would be at snowbird, it really changes you thoughts on whats skiing is, in my case it even changed my ideas on how my life should be led. All I know now is that I have alot to learn. Alot more days to put it in but that I am willing do whatever is necessary to realize my dreams.