Originally Posted by jdcooper
I've just taken up skiing in the last few years, but I've really taken to it and I'm motivated to improve. Probably skied <= 20 days total. I'd call myself a level 6 skier.
My wife went out for the first time last year. She's at 3 days, but feeling comfortable on greens and getting comfortable on easier blues. She's more athletic than I am and has some background in ice skating. Probably a level 3 - 4.
Would it be useful for us to come to ESA Stowe? We both want to progress and are committed to and enjoy skiing! We just don't want to hold anyone back, or to be uncomfortably at the bottom of the ability range.
Thanks for any input.
PS - We intend to make our first ski purchases this year - boots - would Stowe be a good place for us to sort out a fitting and purchase?
jdcooper, have you come to the right place, or what?!
Having attended EpicSki Academies from the very first ever in 2003 at Brighton, Utah, including the first one at Stowe the next year, I think I have some experiences and impressions you'd like to know.
I was a terminal intermediate. Then I had the phenomenal luck to work with the kinds of professionals you'll see at an EpicSki event. You simply can't just show up at a ski resort and get this level of pro. Now, there are some pretty good (and some not so good) ski instructors wherever you go. However, at an EpicSki Academy, you don't just have "instructors". You have people who are at the top of the field - the people who are known at the top of the profession. I won't name every one, but here are a few: Weems Westfledt, former Ski School Director at Aspen and the author of the recent book Brilliant Skiing, Every Day
in which you can learn about the concept of the Sports Diamond. You can easily get a copy of that in paper or CD, and I'll give you one if you come to Stowe for the Academy. Weems is the Dean of Epic Ski Academy. Have you ever read SKI Magazine and read the instruction section? That guy in the photos is Mike Rogan, who also has been on the EpicSki staff. Bob Barnes is the author of the Complete Encyclopedia of Skiing,
and one of the most articluate and imaginative coaches you'll meet. Joad Rostad - known as nolo on this website - has been a member of the national board of PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America). Let me stop the name dropping for a minute and get on with the story.
So, there I was - a terminal intermediate out in Brighton, Utah at the inaugural EpicSki. I was in a group of five. My coach was nolo - Joad Rostad. This is no exaggeration - the next season I was a ski instructor (ok, it helped that she "knew people" - but, still).
All levels can benefit from an EpicSki Academy - but I gotta say that novices and intermediates will notice a profound awakening on skis. You'll take away concepts that you'll carry with you everywhere you ski. If you can be with us in Stowe - you should be. Come ski with the best ski coaches on earth - you'll never regret it.
As for sorting out skis to buy? Can you do that at Stowe? OH ya! In fact, one of the folks who posts here - Whiteroom - will be there with skis to demo. There also are demos from virtually every one of the stores on the Mountain Road and one right at the ski lift.
See you in Stowe!