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Proud of my bro...

post #1 of 15
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I'm sure everyone here has tried to get people they know involved in skiing, and I'm no exception. So at the end of last season when i got my brother a set of skiblades (Line Mike Nick's @ 98cm length & 100mm waist) and boots from a friend who was getting rid of them, he finally came to the mountains with us. He's a reasonably athletic kid who's got a good head on his shoulders and also has good coordination so I just gave him the basic pointers and brought him to the top. Told him to act like he was on his motorcycle- stay fluid, don't panic, and stay in control. We started out on a green and showed him how to make clean arcs and how to keep your speed down, etc. By the end of the day, he was tackling blacks without a problem. No fear, no hesitation. Just huge smiles all day. This was at Catamount, so the blacks weren't exactly hair-raisers but I found this to be very suprising regardless. I had to hang back from the group to wait for him, but he was seriously making clean turns and looking really good on his first freakin day. He had a blast and couldn't wait to go back at the end of the trip.

This season came around and I got his ski pants for his Bday, gloves and goggles for X-mas, and keep pushing him to get better. The moment it hit me came a few months ago, when there was a storm approaching and we were at work, talking about the next day's ski trip when he said the magic words- "Dude, I can't wait to go to the mountain and see how those babies float in all that pow- it's all I can think about right now, I'm so excited"... I almost got misty eyed. He just bought my old carvers because he is hungry for more stability at speed now... So the addiction is progressing as it should... A response from CropCliffsNotBombs yesterday really made me think about it, and I just wanted to share this story about my bro. Anyone else got someone they're proud of?
post #2 of 15
Yeah, I'm proud of my son. He had been racing (high school junior varsity, small hill) but it didn't seem to carry over to free skiing.

Our first day on our vacation we took a lesson, and it is a credit to our instructor and to my son that everything clicked. He listened, thought, and applied what the instructor told him, and pretty much caught up to me in that one day.
post #3 of 15
My wife. I taught her to ski about 6-7 years ago. We then bought a house, got married....we just fell out of skiing. This year, we got her some gear and we've been heading up regularly.

She's really progressed a lot. It's amazing to see her get a bit better every time we go to the mountain. She's very focused and determined to keep improving. She's always saying: "I can't wait to go skiing again!" It's so cool that someone relatively new to the sport, can be into as much as I am. It truely is amazing.
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I need to hire my gf for $50 bucks just to ski with me.:
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I need to hire my gf for $50 bucks just to ski with me.:
OK get ready. I don't thik they're gonna let this slide..
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I need to hire my gf for $50 bucks just to ski with me.:
Rome, marry her; that's one heck of a great deal!
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I also have to buy lift ticket and rental for her not mentioning gas, lunch plus dinner :, if sum up I could afford a private woman instructor instead.
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I need to hire my gf for $50 bucks just to ski with me.:
Coming next season: Girlfirend demo centers are being put up on hillsides across the country. Yes for $50 you too can try the newest gf to match your skis- the fast ones, the skinny ones, the curvy ones, or even *gasp* a fatty if that's your thing...

Good luck brotha, it sounds like you've got some work ahead of you! One day it will happen: She'll want to go. Keep fighting the good fight- even if you strike out a few times, you can still hit that homer...
post #9 of 15

Proud of my brother-in-law!

Without a doubt, the greatest ski ambassador in our area! For over thirty years my bro-in-law has taken not only his family but included grand-kids, nieces, nephews, neighbors, in-laws and their families. All total he introduced well over 100 cajuns to the sport of skiing on his favorite mountains of Angelfire and Taos. To this day most all still make a ski trip once a year.
He is responsible for my addiction. I was a never ever at 40! He still maintains I was the worst student he ever skied with! He and his wife are nearing retirement with thoughts of joining mrs cajun and myself on more ski trips in the future; he is a very graceful, energy efficient, old school style skier, refusing to give up his straight 200s! I owe him big time!
post #10 of 15
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that's awesome, man... and still on the straight 200s?! WOW! Maybe you could round up some of the people he got into it and pick him up some new carvers or fatties for the pow... Or if he REALLY refuses to get some new planks, maybe a season ticket to Taos or something? Just an idea, but it sounds like he's got something awesome coming to him with all that good karma! Cool story though- sounds like a great guy cuz I can imagine it's not easy getting people from LA to go skiing! Thanks for sharing!
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that's awesome, man... and still on the straight 200s?! WOW! Maybe you could round up some of the people he got into it and pick him up some new carvers or fatties for the pow...
No way he'll give up those skis! Heck, two years ago he was still in rear entry boots...they finally blew out and had to buy a new pair of Sollies! I had him try my demo RX9s last year...he hated them..too turney! (I had a hard time on his straights..90% of weight on outside ski!!!...)


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Or if he REALLY refuses to get some new planks, maybe a season ticket to Taos or something?
Now that's a good idea!

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I can imagine it's not easy getting people from LA to go skiing! Thanks for sharing
Can't speak for people outside of south La. but for the most part cajuns seem to really like skiing if given an oppurtunity to try it out....
post #12 of 15
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No way he'll give up those skis! Heck, two years ago he was still in rear entry boots...they finally blew out and had to buy a new pair of Sollies! I had him try my demo RX9s last year...he hated them..too turney! (I had a hard time on his straights..90% of weight on outside ski!!!...)

Gotta love it! At least the man knows what he likes!


Can't speak for people outside of south La. but for the most part cajuns seem to really like skiing if given an oppurtunity to try it out....

Oh, I was speaking in a purely geographical context. I've heard you cajuns know how to have a good time (They have this little gathering called Mardi Gras, maybe some people have heard of it...) - no doubts about that!

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post #13 of 15
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Yeah, I'm proud of my son. He had been racing (high school junior varsity, small hill) but it didn't seem to carry over to free skiing.

Our first day on our vacation we took a lesson, and it is a credit to our instructor and to my son that everything clicked. He listened, thought, and applied what the instructor told him, and pretty much caught up to me in that one day.
He must've had some bad coaches if his freeskiing wasn't up to par.
post #14 of 15
I'm pretty proud of my friend who I took skiing this year. He had never even seens skis in real life before this holiday!

My other friend who was out with us had been skiing since he was 6 and used to live in Austria. I started at 4 and spent some years as a kid in Norway (we are all Brits btw, 1 week a year!). I was a bit nervous we would spend all week on nursary slopes teaching him, I even brought my XC skis to play on in case were were stuck on greens constantly.

My fears were unfounded:

1st afternoon he skiied a blue
2nd afternoon he skied a red
3rd day we took him off piste a little way in the deep(ish) stuff just do he could see the mountain away from all the lifts and marked runs.

This is all with no lessons (couldn't afford them). The two of us gave him pointers as best we could (learned to ski too young to know how instruction works!) and videoed him a few times to point out what he was doing wrong.
post #15 of 15
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That's awesome! Yeah, some people are naturals! It seems to me that if you get people in the mindset that skiing is easy and to just relax and stay in control, they get it alot sooner than scaring them into thinking it's the hardest thing in the world & they have to do X amount of lessons, etc... Out of all the people I've introduced to skiing, in seems like the ones that got into the "bunny hill" mentality ended up staying there all damn day and progressed much slower. The people you just bring to the top and take an easy green catch on quicker in my experience. Glad your buddy caught on so fast- you probably just changed his life for the better! Is he hooked or what?
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