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Grand Targhee XTeam clinic 12/7-9/07

post #1 of 17
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Here are some pictures from the Xteam clinic at Grand Targhee last weekend (12/7-9/07). We did 2 half days of cat skiing and the rest on lift served terrain. Base of 55 inches and about 8 inches of new. Great skiing for this time of the year. Much more trip report to follow. Picture one is looking toward the Grand Teton, picture two is our group with our leader Dan Egan unloading from the cat, and picture three is Dan Egan ripping up the pow.
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post #2 of 17
How was the clinic? Is it worth the cash? I am thinking about doing this next year. How great a skier is Egan in person? Give me some more details about your experience is you can, thanks.
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by nolo View Post
....Base of 55 inches and about 8 inches of new : Great skiing for this time of the year. Much more trip report to follow....
yes, please...
post #4 of 17
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Being at the XTeam Clinic at Grand Targhee is a little like crashing a family reunion. Coaches were Dan and John Egan, Eric and Adam DesLauriers, and Dean Decas. Also along were Dan and John's dad Bob, their brother Bob and his three kids, the videographers Muppet (Natalie) and Matt Moe (sp?) who mans the camera for TGR when he's not making his own movies, Sara (valleygrlvt) the organizational genius, and all the people who return year after year who are treated like extended family. By the time we said our farewells we felt like part of the family too.

Along with two half days of cat skiing the guests get a half day with each of the coaches (two half days with the coach they have the first morning before the ski-off to form the groups). The coaching is not so much instructional as it's aspirational -- by that I mean that the coaches took us out of our comfort zone and gave us an ideal to strive for as far as going for it and the inspiration of their utterly bulletproof skiing. The coaches were true to their word about enlarging each of our freakout zones. I don't think we did a single drill, but we skied fast and furious every day from the opening bell to the last chair, and every skier in our group sharpened their skiing noticeably over the three days. My husband and I made the idiotic mistake of using this clinic to get into shape for the ski season. At one point after a somersault in powder I just did not have the energy to pop back up, though I finished in perfect position for a recovery, feet first with skis on. I vowed next year to get to the gym before chasing the XTeam around over rocks and through recently cleared cuts and down steeps through choppy snow mined with early season surprises. But dang if it wasn't a lot more fun than doing reps inside at a gym.

The accommodations on slope at the Teewinot Lodge were cozy with all the modern conveniences like flat screen TV, satellite receiver, high speed Internet, luxurious linens, exotic toiletries, etc. There's a hot tub down the hall and a larger hot tub and outdoor heated pool across the mountain mall from the Teewinot Lodge. The mountain mall has everything a skier needs. Our daily phone message touted the live music at the Trap Bar, yoga from 8-9 mornings, bingo for the kids, the indulgences of the on-mountain spa, etc., but after a day with the XTeam, it was all we could do to make it to bed before nodding off each evening after dinner.

The snow was terrific for early season. We skied all sorts of snow from creamy hero powder to powder with a coating of rime to chowder (chopped powder) to scraped off steep little gullies and corduroy groomers.

In summary, we had a great time, met some wonderful people and made friends, learned some new skills, enlarged our vision of ourselves as skiers, and thoroughly enjoyed a terrific mountain with a friendly staff and more than adequate facilities for skiers seeking an uncluttered ski vacation playing in "snow from heaven, not from guns."

Thanks to Dan, John, Eric, Adam, and Deano for my best first weekend of a ski season EVER, to our cat guide Shannon Walsh for guiding us to the goods, and to Jeff Naylor and Grand Targhee for their warm hospitality.
post #5 of 17
Had to be a wonderful time immersed in skiing at a great place with great people. Worth its weight in gold, as I pay this month's bills for things that do not provide anywhere near the joy skiing does. Good on you and your husband for going and having a great experience. Priceless Right?
post #6 of 17
Nolo, you should have said you were coming. I was there Friday-Sunday.

Were you in Steve's group? Steve, the one who got sliced & diced?

Did you have on blue Lange boots and a black jacket?

Inquiring minds want to know.

HB
post #7 of 17
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No, I was in the Couloir group and wore a blue Helly Hansen jacket and black Nordica Dobermann boots. That's me on the left in the top photo.
post #8 of 17
Are those all children standing next to you, or are you bigger than I thought? (I had the impression that you were part elf)
post #9 of 17
If I'm forced to grow up some day, I wanna be you, nolo!
post #10 of 17
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Trick photography. (I prefer fairy princess to common elf.)

TC, I'll bet there's a young girl out there saying the same thing about you!
post #11 of 17
HarkinBanks & Nolo,

Glad you had a blast at Targhee! It was wonderful having everyone there this year, and we pride ourselves on making it a "family" event. Hope you can come back again soon...I think I'm a little partial to the India trip, if you've got the time and the gall to join us, who wouldn't want an armed guard with them at all times, gesh!?!
post #12 of 17
Unreal. That sound like big challenge and big fun.

It's gonna be so cool to have Dan at Stowe and Eric in AspenSnowmass.

thanks, Nolo.
post #13 of 17
Thanks for coming out to ski with us, Nolo! It was great having you and Phil there to set such a fine example of good skiing! Ya know, I think that may have been the first clinic where I did no drills at all...well, actually, I did a couple with another group, but the skiing was soooo good that is was tough to spend much time on the groomers!

Weems, looking forward to skiing with you and everyone in Aspen!! How's the snow, heard you are getting some??!!

Cheers-
E
post #14 of 17
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HarkinBanks & Nolo,

Glad you had a blast at Targhee! It was wonderful having everyone there this year, and we pride ourselves on making it a "family" event. Hope you can come back again soon...I think I'm a little partial to the India trip, if you've got the time and the gall to join us, who wouldn't want an armed guard with them at all times, gesh!?!
valleygrlvt, I wasn't in the clinic, but I was at Targhee this last weekend. I helped Steve out with his "condition".

Also, here's an FYI for you - I was there the day the cornice fell out from under John and Dan and closed the old Trap Bar (downstairs) with them afterwards.

HB
post #15 of 17
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Eric, skiing with you made my feet smile.

HB, that must have been quite a celebration. As one of the most amazing runs on record, it had to have been such an intense experience, I can only imagine that a person would be totally pumped and yet completely humbled by the enormity of it. Talk about a freakout zone!
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by HarkinBanks View Post
valleygrlvt, I wasn't in the clinic, but I was at Targhee this last weekend. I helped Steve out with his "condition".

Also, here's an FYI for you - I was there the day the cornice fell out from under John and Dan and closed the old Trap Bar (downstairs) with them afterwards.

HB
Interestingly enough I was there that day as well. Worked that day at what used to be Skadis (Sp?). I was 20 at the time so I didn't finish in the trap bar.

I was wondering what all those people were doing standing around in that morning. Now I know.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by slambson View Post
Interestingly enough I was there that day as well. Worked that day at what used to be Skadis (Sp?). I was 20 at the time so I didn't finish in the trap bar.

I was wondering what all those people were doing standing around in that morning. Now I know.

So do you remember: Gabe, Dana, Amber, Alan, Pogo, The Rock, CT, Scud, Crockett & Tubbs, Hollywood? I'm one of the aforementioned.

Someone from that time still has my signed, 1st edition of Paul Parker's "Freeheeled Skiing".

HB
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