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post #1 of 12
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I had tons of fun and learnt everything I expected from a lesson but more, ast Sun skiing with Josh(BushwackerinPA), felt I should share the experience here.

I'm pretty much a self-taught skier, who just got into this wonderful sports last season...spent $300+ on a 3-hr private lesson last year but didn't get much out of it. Has been very hesitant in taking a lesson ever since. Private lessons are way beyond a grad student's budget...regarding group lessons...I'm still not sure what level I'm at and what group I should go with. (maybe Josh can answer this for me now )

I've been skiing in PCMR for almost two seasons and have been on almost all terrains it has to offer including the trees, which quote Josh is still "way above my ability". Feeling kinda stuck and confused, I was considering taking a lesson again and PMed Josh asking how I could book a lesson from him. He PMed back and said he'd be happy to ski with me and asked e to contact him if money is an issue knowing I'm a poor grad student.
Luckily I got to ski with him last Sun. (He is nice and generous enough to come ski with me on his day off for FREE!!! That's right...usually a $600 private lesson) We first worked on short-radius turns on groomers. He would draw the fall-line and asked me to fucus on it and make equally spaced short turns. Then we practiced similar drills on some steeper terrain focusing on how to edge less and move hips forward proactively(To quote him, I'm always on edge ) He also showed me how to make hop-turns and use pole plants more effectively. With most of the basic stuff covered, we moved on to some mogul runs, which has always been my biggest headache...Although I would sill be back-seated a lot of the time, staring at my ski tips instead of down the fall-line and not flexing enough, I felt this was the first time I acturally enjoyed the challange of bumps. And during several turns, when I got the rythm, that's like the most fantastic feeling ever! I also talked him into skiing with me in trees...man, I was aweful...but at least he proved to me it's physically possible. :

I got so much "simple" tips I would never be able to figure out on my own and all the fun I had is just a huge bonus on top of it. Thanks so much, Josh! You rock~ And I'm apologizing here first if this post will give you a lot of requests for free instruction
post #2 of 12
Sounds like a great day out there with lots of new success. We've seen Josh go from a Pennsylvania bushwacker to a Utah ripper over the past couple of years. I'm sure he will be pleased with your feed back.

Way to go Josh!
post #3 of 12
Well that is certainly very cool. Thanks for sharing!
post #4 of 12
Glad to see you had a great experience. Way to go Josh!

Wendy....stick around and post more good stuff!
post #5 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by wendyuu View Post
I had tons of fun and learnt everything I expected from a lesson but more, ast Sun skiing with Josh(BushwackerinPA), felt I should share the experience here.

I'm pretty much a self-taught skier, who just got into this wonderful sports last season...spent $300+ on a 3-hr private lesson last year but didn't get much out of it. Has been very hesitant in taking a lesson ever since. Private lessons are way beyond a grad student's budget...regarding group lessons...I'm still not sure what level I'm at and what group I should go with. (maybe Josh can answer this for me now )

I've been skiing in PCMR for almost two seasons and have been on almost all terrains it has to offer including the trees, which quote Josh is still "way above my ability". Feeling kinda stuck and confused, I was considering taking a lesson again and PMed Josh asking how I could book a lesson from him. He PMed back and said he'd be happy to ski with me and asked e to contact him if money is an issue knowing I'm a poor grad student.
Luckily I got to ski with him last Sun. (He is nice and generous enough to come ski with me on his day off for FREE!!! That's right...usually a $600 private lesson) We first worked on short-radius turns on groomers. He would draw the fall-line and asked me to fucus on it and make equally spaced short turns. Then we practiced similar drills on some steeper terrain focusing on how to edge less and move hips forward proactively(To quote him, I'm always on edge ) He also showed me how to make hop-turns and use pole plants more effectively. With most of the basic stuff covered, we moved on to some mogul runs, which has always been my biggest headache...Although I would sill be back-seated a lot of the time, staring at my ski tips instead of down the fall-line and not flexing enough, I felt this was the first time I acturally enjoyed the challange of bumps. And during several turns, when I got the rythm, that's like the most fantastic feeling ever! I also talked him into skiing with me in trees...man, I was aweful...but at least he proved to me it's physically possible. :

I got so much "simple" tips I would never be able to figure out on my own and all the fun I had is just a huge bonus on top of it. Thanks so much, Josh! You rock~ And I'm apologizing here first if this post will give you a lot of requests for free instruction
well first to my bosses I know who are reading this site.....no money was taken by me....just had to get that out of the way, so that this great post could be kept public.

the first run with wende lets just say she knew had to get angles pretty easily while GS turning, but other styles of skiing aluded her. When she said I really cant ski bumps, I was sarcastistly thinking 'really" because I could imagine her trying to GS carve a bump field.

Getting her on a flatter ski and in a better stance did wonders, plus I must say wende is doing very well for 2 years on skis, reminds me alot of myself after.

thanks wende for the props, I REALLY like teaching, enough that I have kept with it this year despite some shortcoming.

Snowbird if your reading this maybe more private lesson asignments.
post #6 of 12
Sometimes when someone steps beyond what is ordinary people never forget. Josh's gesture and generosity I'll bet will be remembered for years to come. Good job Josh!
post #7 of 12
Hey Josh, that was way cool of you! Well done.
post #8 of 12
Am I the only one tempted to channel my inner third grader?

"Josh and Wendy,
Sitting in a tree,
..."
post #9 of 12
Or better yet,

"Josh and Wendy,
Carving through the trees,
S-K-I-I-N-N-G,
..."


You have to spell it wrong to get the meter correct.
post #10 of 12

Having Fun Learning

Wendyuu. Welcome to Epic, great site, great people glad you met one and had a great time.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
Wendyuu. Welcome to Epic, great site, great people glad you met one and had a great time.
That's exactly how I feel. People love skiing genuinly for skiing (some of my snowboarder friends seem to like the image of being a cool, punk snowboarder more than really riding Just to be clear, I love snowboarders ) and come out of their way to provide advice and help for the shared passion JUST WONDERFUL
post #12 of 12
The best lessons are free lessons Wendy.

Nice job Bushwacker.
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