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What Did You Accomplish This Season

post #1 of 21
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This was the best ski season of my life so far and I wanted to share a post that I put on the Ski Diva to share how I felt.

Best Season of My Life
This last season I committed to improve as a skier. It's seemed like a hard road.

But here are the significant points that made this season my all time best:

1) Skied 40+ days (not over yet although goal of 50+ is looking iffy).

2) Attended one day clinic at Heavenly, Kim Reichelms womens clinic and Mermer Blakeslee's fear clinic for women. Advanced further w/each clinic. Met several women who I hope will be lifelong friends and ski buddies.

3) Took private lessons from an outstanding instructor in Tahoe who helped me to ski certains runs that had been goals for some time: Alpine Bowl, Lower Main at Sierra at Tahoe, my first black at Northstar and helped me to ski w/greater confidence and technique than I could have imagined in the timeframe we worked on it.

4) Worked with Mermer Blakeslee privately and another instructor at Vail who helped me to ski two blacks there as well as learn a lot more how to self correct when things go wrong, ski with a lot more balance, understand the importance of POSITIVE self talk and how capable I can be!

5) Met and skied with one Diva (In the Clouds) who I'm sure will be a lifelong friend and ski buddy. She is one of the most positive people I have ever met and a great friend and mentor!!!

6) Skied and met a group of Epic bears at Breckenridge and had a fantastic time and changed my impression of Epic based on personally meeting people. Wouldn't hesitate to go to another gathering!

7) Drove myself up and back to Tahoe several times and this past week drove from Denver to Silverthorne and then Vail.....you Co Divas may not hestitate about this..but driving through 3 mountain passes was a major accomplishment for me (I was the very slow driver!!!!).:

8) Tied skiing to life in so many ways......believing in yourself is absolutely necessary in skiing (and it helps in life too)!

If you believe in yourself and you acquire the necessary skills, you can do things that you never would have dreamed you could accomplish and the feelings of joy will overwhelm you.

The world is full of people who are happy to help another person to fulfill their dreams/goals by just offerring words of support (Divas, Bears,people you randomly meet) , by being friends who encourage/support/ski with you, by being instructors committed to helping you and enjoying the process because they understand your love of the sport and what it means to you.

In short, it was the happiest ski season of my life and the most memorable. I kept having the "best ski day of my life" over and over again. I was so happy when I skied a black at Vail with Mermer Blakeslee that I broke down and cried tears of happiness!!!!!!

FYI, I skied 2 blacks at Vail!

I also need to thank an expert bootfitter in Truckee who helped me w/custom footbeds and boots that were a lot more helpful to me than my former ones.

Thanks to the people on Epic who've helped with info, encouragement, time and effort (you know who you are!!!).
post #2 of 21
Wow Ski Spirit ! What a fantastic list of accomplishments ! You are the queen of appreciation, expression & use of emoticons in my eyes. Your accomplishment to have the best ski year ever is , AWESOME & INSPIRING !!!!
I was going to say I accomplished learning an effective pole plant which helped transform my skiing. And after reading your accomplishments, I realized sooo much more.

I skied a lot ! Wanted to ski more & will, season is NOT over. And I appreciate each & every day I was on snow. Good or bad. 99.9 % good. Actually 100 % Good. I learned from and enjoyed each moment. I met countless wonderful people. Skiers, boarders, instructors, resort employees.

I joined Epic ski & theskidiva.com & have met & continue to meet livelong friends & ski buddies.

Private Ski lessons. Best gift I've ever given myself. I was so fortunate to have had several instructors, each sharing so much of themselves and their wisdom & skills. One so much so, I was able to accomplish skiing some of where I want to ski. The mountain, not the groomed or established runs. To be able to look back & see my own tracks on fresh snow. That was cool ! Mostly because it had not been a specific goal. I accomplished it before I had even thought about it, how cool is that ?! Fresh tracks, feels good.

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Originally Posted by Ski Spirit;895201
Lower Main at Sierra at Tahoe, [COLOR=#0000ff
WOOO HOOO , how fun that is ! [/color]

5) Met and skied with one Diva (In the Clouds) who I'm sure will be a lifelong friend and ski buddy. She is one of the most positive people I have ever met and a great friend and mentor!!! Thanks. RIGHT BACK TO YOU !


7)you Co Divas may not hestitate about this..but driving through 3 mountain passes was a major accomplishment for me (I was the very slow driver!!!!).: OHHHHHH, S. Well, I think I will thank you for this. Maybe. You just reminded me I need to take the opportunity in May of visiting the roots in my childhood for fear of heights. These Colorado mountain passes.


The world is full of people who are happy to help another person to fulfill their dreams/goals by just offerring words of support (Divas, Bears,people you randomly meet) , by being friends who encourage/support/ski with you, by being instructors committed to helping you and enjoying the process because they understand your love of the sport and what it means to you.

In short, it was the happiest ski season of my life and the most memorable. I kept having the "best ski day of my life" over and over again. I was so happy when I skied a black at Vail with Mermer Blakeslee
Ski Spirit, thanks for sharing. Wow, I think you just highlighted the best thing about people and how much is there to share.
post #3 of 21

What A Year

Ski Spirit. Nice post, happy that you had a great ski year and pleased to see you were able to partake of the real plus to skiing - the people you meet and become friends with ,sometimes for life.

911Over, glad to see you also had a great year.

Myself, awesome January powder skiing. The satisfaction of April 12th at Sugar bowl chasing 3 young guys down the chutes under Lincoln and then passing them on the schuss over to Judah - Great wax Alpinord. Great confidence booster for an old fart. Another GREAT year. Also skiing the hill behind my house, not only list tracks but lst tracks ever on this hill. Will post pictures in future.

Way to go Ladies!!!!!!!
post #4 of 21
Great ski year. Bought a mountain condo. Made four ski trips from the midsouth to the Rockies which makes it a great year. Lessons from Ursula in Dec. and at Squatty and Mermer at ESA BS should make me a better skier but I'll need to wait until next year to see how well I integrate (remember) what I learned into what I do.
post #5 of 21
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Accomplishments you didn't know you were looking for...

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Originally Posted by 911over View Post
Wow Ski Spirit !

I was going to say I accomplished learning an effective pole plant which helped transform my skiing. And after reading your accomplishments, I realized sooo much more.

I learned from and enjoyed each moment.

Private Ski lessons. Best gift I've ever given myself. I was so fortunate to have had several instructors, each sharing so much of themselves and their wisdom & skills. One so much so, I was able to accomplish skiing some of where I want to ski. The mountain, not the groomed or established runs. To be able to look back & see my own tracks on fresh snow. That was cool ! Mostly because it had not been a specific goal. I accomplished it before I had even thought about it, how cool is that ?!
911 Over, I think you learned a lot more than an effective pole plant as you mentioned!

But great instructors are a really big help in teaching things you know you want to learn as well as showing you things you wouldn't have predicted you'd enjoy (gullies in my case, off piste in yours). We can always count on them for new challenges, can't we?

As for enjoying every moment, you are the ultimate example, girlfriend!
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
The satisfaction of April 12th at Sugar bowl chasing 3 young guys down the chutes under Lincoln and then passing them on the schuss over to Judah - . Another GREAT year.

Also skiing the hill behind my house, not only list tracks but lst tracks ever on this hill. Will post pictures in future.
Go Pete!!! Experience and technique over youth any day!!!! Waiting to see those photos.....
post #7 of 21
Introduced my 6 year old grandson to skiing. He went 20+ times and progressed much quicker than I could have ever imagined.
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by steveturner View Post
Great ski year. Bought a mountain condo. Made four ski trips from the midsouth to the Rockies which makes it a great year. Lessons from Ursula in Dec. and at Squatty and Mermer at ESA BS should make me a better skier but I'll need to wait until next year to see how well I integrate (remember) what I learned into what I do.
Sounds like a great year!!! Jealous of the mountain condo!!!

Know what you mean about integrating...my first two ski days this season were totally horrifying!!!!
Thank goodness things improved after that. But some of us are more difficult cases when it comes to firmly cementing steps forward (that would be me!).
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by Ski Spirit View Post
What did you accomplish this season
This is the first time I ate snow without meaning to. I'd never skied in deep powder before and was at Snowbird when it was light and anywhere from knee to chest deep. My unskilled self sent the tips of my Nitrous to the bottom and my face....with what must have been a classic opened-mouth gaper expression....right into the snow :.

But I came up and : for more .

Tim
post #10 of 21
Taught my sister how to Ski...Well after falling face first a couple of tries, I guess she learned her lesson...She's into martial arts now..Lol
post #11 of 21

The Ski Year

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Originally Posted by tsproul View Post
This is the first time I ate snow without meaning to. I'd never skied in deep powder before and was at Snowbird when it was light and anywhere from knee to chest deep. My unskilled self sent the tips of my Nitrous to the bottom and my face....with what must have been a classic opened-mouth gaper expression....right into the snow :.

But I came up and : for more .

Tim
Tim, skiing some windblown berms on South of the Border at Silver Mt. this year in late january. Went over lst berm got a little air and all was really great until I saw the 2nd 3' deep berm, my ski tips found it before I did and gues what, yep launch job about 25 ft down the hill. 2nd mistake was having my mouth open when I hit. Took me minutes to cough out all the powder I packed down my throat. Your above post reminded me - keep you mouth shut if you fall in powder.
post #12 of 21
Taking possession of real race plug boots, getting said boots fitted by a proper boot fitter and as a result finally finding the control and responsiveness I sought to ski better than ever before.
post #13 of 21
found a neat short radius turn that had eluded me for years.....
post #14 of 21
  • Skied every weekend from mid-November through March
  • Somehow stayed married to a non-skier
I think that's quite an accomplishment.
post #15 of 21
Got all my gear the way i wanted it. Pain Free Boots thanks to ZipFit and Sven Coomer. Yay!!!! And got goggles with corrective lenses built in which are a LOT more comfortable than contacts.

Also, kept up with my cousin (he had to chase me for a change!)
skied new terrain on our local mountain, thanks to an epic snow year.
skied Whistler for the first time.

One more weekend at Loveland coming up. It was a great season; just not long enough (as usual).
post #16 of 21
Well... I don't avoid all bump runs anymore

The results when I try them must still look hilarious though :

man, I got a lot of work to do...

the only good news is I managed the one groomed "black" at Keystone with no falls. But of course it's groomed so that really shouldn't count.
post #17 of 21
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To ski or not to ski

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  • Skied every weekend from mid-November through March
  • Somehow stayed married to a non-skier
I think that's quite an accomplishment.
I'll have to agree with that! I'm married to a skier who got me into skiing but little did he realize that I would become a fanatic and he's just way more relaxed about getting out than I am........so I can definitely relate...I'll bet your non-skier spouse is ecstatic that ski season is over!!!
post #18 of 21
Justin, looks like all good news!

Best news is that it appears you are having FUN!! Second that you are going to continue to ski, improve and have more FUN!

It all counts. BTW, if I fall, it is often on groomed runs.
post #19 of 21
I accomplished more than I could/would list - Skied in 3(4 if you count Heavenly as 2) states. Met awesome bears, divas & people who are lots of fun to ski or just talk with! I enjoyed & learned from every moment with every person I spent time with. I learned a lot. Skied a lot. And can ski lots more runs & parts of mountains well then I could at the start of the season. Accomplished reducing my travel account which had not been used for years. I laughed A LOT, and wore a wonderfully stupid grin most of the time. It's been a fun year !
post #20 of 21
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Passionate about skiing

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Originally Posted by 911over View Post
I accomplished more than I could/would list - Met awesome bears, divas & people who are lots of fun to ski or just talk with! I enjoyed & learned from every moment with every person I spent time with. I learned a lot. Skied a lot. And can ski lots more runs & parts of mountains well then I could at the start of the season. It's been a fun year !
I'll second that!!! It's been an amazing year!!!!
post #21 of 21
I got in 11 days on 5 mountains in 2 states
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