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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Don't be goofy about claiming Expertise; you know you ski very well, even if you're reticent about claiming so. (Well, some of you. ) What do YOU do, or what WILL you do this season to improve your skiing? Do you already know what and how you'll ski the first couple days. Where do you find challenge? Is it AS important now to progress as it once was?

to nullify the "i am an expert skier" STUFF, it's just assumed you ski steeps, powder, bumps, etc., at what YOU think PROBABLY tests out (for lack of a better barometer) at, say, PSIA "9." something like that.

other than death-defying skiing, there's no terrains in-bounds you can't handle, and you are adept at almost everything O of B.

what PUSHES you?

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post #2 of 23
I'm no expert, but I do ok on just about any terrain (except bumps). I plan (again) to work on my bump skiing ability. That's the plan - as it was last season.

As you can imagine, I head to the bumps when I want a challenge. Most of the terrain around here is not challenging in terms of steepness, deep powder, trees, etc. However, we do have more than our fair share of ice to contend with.

Active absorbtion/extension is a concept I WILL figure out this season!
post #3 of 23
I'll go up to Mt Snow in December and get an idea of what my "weakest link" is. Then I'll just work on that this season. But really, my goal is to just ski as much as I can, which won't be a lot. So right now, I'm more concerned with trying not to lose anything, rather than trying to gain something. I can't imaging that I would really be able to learn anything new (and be able to make it part of my normal, unconsious skiing) in only 15-20 days on the hill.
post #4 of 23
I have a couple of goals:

Continue to work on my body position... I have a lifelong tendency to bend at the waist.

Improve my woods skiing state of mind. I blew out a knee in steep tight powder trees a couple years ago and I now balk when it closes in.

I already know what I'm doing for my first New England day... I'll be at Killington for opening day skiing one wimpy intermediate run under the Glades lift to the roar of snowguns along with about 1000 of my closest friends. I'll be making as many short-swing turns as possible every run to strengthen the legs. I'll be smiling the whole time.

I guess I'm signing up for a season group lesson deal this year. It's not a particularly big investment and my several day exposure to a good instructor last year at Snowbird convinced me that it'd be good to get a tune up.

I really don't think of myself as an expert skier. I have lifelong friends who are much better... former pro mogul tour, ex-NCAA racers, that sort of thing. I can ski virtually any terrain and condition smoothly and without breaking down but ACL-free knees and middle-aged spread have stopped me from skiing the zipper line and I'm a real wimp in steep, narrow rocky chutes. But I have a great time and that's all that matters to me.
post #5 of 23
I think I'm some degree of an expert.

As far as days skiied, last year, maybe 20.
'99/'00 - about 15 days
'98/'99 - 5?
'97/'98 - 5?
'96/'97 - 2?
'95/'96 - 0 :-(
'94/'95 - 5?
'93/'94 - 50ish
'92/'93 - 50ish

I'm planning my year now. I know it will start on Thanksgiving at Okemo. I will pretty much just ski Okemo until Christmas. I am planning a week or two in Austria, preceeded by some kind of Steep Camp. Either in JH, or the Doug Coombs one in France (or is it Switzerland). Another week somewhere else too, and some weekends mixed in, either in VT or near Denver (the only direct flight out west is to Denver). I've been ramping up my riding (a little), and running for the first time since high school cross-country. Last season I realized that my body would often not do what I requested of it. Need more strength...
post #6 of 23
My goal is to land a 360. Both my kids can so I should be able to. When my son moves up here next month we are setting up his trampling and I'll start working on it.
post #7 of 23
As an instructor I will be working on my skiing models. Straight wedge, wedge turns, wedge christies, open parallel turns and dynamic parallel turns. Most of my first days on-hill will be mostly in the wedge because of the great muscle building exercise it provides that translates to all other areas of alpine skiing.

For my personal skiing later in the season, when we have bumps, I will be working on different turn shapes to get through the bumps (I'm a zipper-line-aholic).
post #8 of 23
When we go night skiing at Mtn. High in early November, I'll let you know what I'm going to work on. Probably ice, because that's all that there will be!
post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 
i don't mind ice. i'll bring the rossi rocks.
post #10 of 23
JohnH said: "...I'll go up to Mt Snow in December and get an idea of what my 'weakest link' is. "

PM says: I'll be seeing JohnH to find out what my own weakest link is. (Actually, I know he'll find several dozen, and we'll have to toss a coin to figure out which of them to work on first.)

If all goes well, I'll start my ski season at Whistler in early Dec as I have a conference there.

Goals for the year: Regain some of the skills that I've lost in the past 20 years, and lose some of the pounds and timidity I've gained. Fend off old age for another year.

post #11 of 23
Curiosity pushes me. "I wonder how much speed I can carry through that shoulder without skeetching into the fence?" My peers push me. "Spaggy, you're getting too old for Indy 3's! Why don't you go to the Lodge and pop a few Centrum Silvers?" Time pushes me... I am getting too old for Indy Grabs! (Doesn't stop me from spinning 'em off one after 'nuther!)

Goals for the year are simple. Create a successful Ski School, Build a HUGE hip jump in our terrain park, and pass my Trainer's Accred. Exam. (I failed in Durango last season, but I was RIGHT THERE,Man!)

I figure that since age 13(I'm 30 now) I've skied at least 60 days a year. At least 10 of those years have been 110+ days. Too lazy to do the math.

Spag's quote of the day:
"Have at'cha and welcome to Wheel of Destruction. For those of you who've never seen our show before, the rules are predictable simple. Contestants try to out-do each other on the caliber of their wipe-outs. Our first contestant is Cookie the Swede! A bouncer from a raucus all-night disco in Chamonix. As he moves into the Fall Zone HE THROWS IT!"
-Greg Stump and Co. in "The Blizzard of AAAAHS!"-
post #12 of 23
"...he throws the eggbeater behind the mound!! The judges'll love that one! Cookie the Swede wins again!"

My first few days on the slopes are usually spent just enjoying myself and getting the feel again. I usually don't try to be too precise or aggressive unless the snow conditions warrant some shredding.

There are a few balance games I play that dial me in, but nothing too rigorous.

I will soon continue where I left off.

General skiing: Working on maintaining contact with both boot cuffs and learning to flex the inside boot as much as the outside.
Keeping the skis PARALLEL(no diverging) through the entire arc(s) so the inside ski can arc.

Increase my ability to ski arcs in the fall-line for speed control on steeps instead of scrubbing. It's like riding a mountain bike. If I brake just before a jump or rough spot I am off balance when I hit it. If I plan my speed and roll through it I am in balance.

Air: Adding more to 360's. This challenges me. Season before last I started doing 3's all sucked up tight instead of stretched (helicopter stylie) out. I can get crossed up, get grabs, but putting them into 360's challenges me. Soon I hope to be able to relax on the spins and let the landings come to me. Learn to ski the pipe fast enough.

Practice sticking my larger airs, and diversifying my landing styles. When I drop in the upper teens or higher I tend to schmear. This limits me when the snow is a bit harder. I notice when I pay attention I can stick them. I just need to do it(conditioning!)

Make a point to get out and about more. As A full-time instructor/trainer I find it challenging to get out and about enough. This can sap my energy. I can't let a hard day stop me from that afternoon hike for pow if there is none to be had 'inside.'

Days on snow: approximately...

2510 days
minus a few for years we didn't open until late Nov./ Early Dec., though I usually found a place to do it anyway. Plus the days before I was 18 and started doing it full-time. -???

Keeping me & my gear in good shape is a challenge too. I have a habit of heading for the bar instead of tuning up.

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post #13 of 23
you taking a jab at me? Huh... Huh?
Just going to have fun and work on reaching short turns, and bumps. Also going to try to learn more MA. Out comes the video camera
post #14 of 23
Mammoth usually opens limited terrain up by the first or second week of November. My buddies and I keep it interesting by playing with lots of tasks. Hop turns, hop turns up the hill, skating drills, javilin/illusions, charlstons, Etc... We also try to create a rutline ASAP. Usually, the pipe opens really soon, and a few hits, and that really helps to keep things fun before the real terrain opens.

How many days? 170 a year is a normal season.

Goals for the season? I guess that depends a lot on how much snow we get, but here are a few. Keep working on tricking out spins. Get further out of the pipe. Get comfortable spining in the bumps. Learn the worm turn. More backcountry! Go for bigger drops, and more technical lines. Get my girlfriend to land 360s. Keep working at being a better, more inspirational clinician. Lincoln loop?, switch 360? Gotta try. More backcountry!
post #15 of 23
Pierre eh!, I will answer that. With 2000 days under your belt and a pro career to boot you are definitely an expert.

There are other people on this board that should think twice before calling themselves experts, but not you!
post #16 of 23
I'm an expert! Expert at screaming bloody murder, expert at my brain going... why the hell am I doing THIS? ETC.
Seriously I want to work on balance on all turns. Short turns I do nicely. Carves are good but I need to watch my balance on long sweeping carves especially when the terrain changes here and there. Years ago I took a class in bump skiing. I would like to get back into practice with that.

Life's a pain... then you nap. Cat philosphy
post #17 of 23
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post #18 of 23
I have had about 110 days the past two years. I am putting together a program for skiers over 60. I am 66 and have had to learn all over again. With knees that are bone-on-bone, I had to do something. I got the top end of the program late last season. I found that I can ski all day without medication (NSAIDS). Now I need to work on the never-ever movements and the intermediates. Should be fun. Also, I need to work on bumps using what I was doing as the end of last season.

post #19 of 23
ski days maybe 30 a year now with a wife and kids. In CO for 3 years 125 a year. Prior to that maybe 25 a year.

Early season: Balance/flow & vision
Rest of the year: Balance/flow/energy

To keep working on always moving on my skis (no dead spots) Not holding on to turns!

Ski with my 3 year old son and travel around the east to ski with great skiers and coaches and maybe get a trip out west!

I find challenge in every run I make, that is the excitement of skiing as good as you get there is always someone else you can learn from and even more than that the mountain is always better than you! So I think it is even more important for me now to improve because it is more difficult to make those improvements.

Need to look into skiing with the bears looks like a lot of fun and knowledge.
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post #20 of 23
Whenever you want to define a word, you have to break it into it's parts. EX (a has-been) SPURT (a drip under pressure) EXPERT(a has-been drip under pressure) I think I qualify on that one. Anyone else?
post #21 of 23

No, I don't qualify, because I'm a never-was-spurt<FONT size="1">

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post #22 of 23

Are you saying everyone's an expert?
post #23 of 23
If the "foo sh*ts wear it" (old joke)
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