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What type of instruction should I seek next?

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To the instructors and gurus of Epic,

I am a level 8 skier. I went to two years of summer bump camp at Momentum-Whistler and it really pushed my skiing to the next level. My bump skiing has vastly improved and it will be something I continue to focus on when not chasing POW. I still want to keep pushing and am trying to decide if I keep doing bump camps or head to something like Steeps camp at Jackson or UT instead or in addition to? Any recommendations? What I really want to do is keep learning how to charge hard and aggressively (while of course not taking crazy risks) so that I can truly handle anything the mtn. throws at me. I, of course, have fun and work on things when I'm freeskiing but I do believe in having a pro give one feedback from time to time.

So that's the question...whats my next investment in becoming the skier I want to be? I'm open to thoughts and suggestions and I have no pre-supposed answer in mind.

Thx!
post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by locknload View Post
I went to two years of summer bump camp at Momentum-Whistler and it really pushed my skiing to the next level. I still want to keep pushing and am trying to decide if I keep doing bump camps or head to something like Steeps camp at Jackson or UT instead or in addition to? Any recommendations?

So that's the question...whats my next investment in becoming the skier I want to be? I'm open to thoughts and suggestions and I have no pre-supposed answer in mind.

Thx!
I would suggest a race camp before a steeps camp since it would emphasize additional skills which were probably not covered in skiing bumps. These skills such as turn shape, timing and initiation, pressure and edging and fine tuning balance would be helpful in better completing your total skill set which would then prepare you for the steeps. Managing the forces of gravity and centripetal pressures while obeying the requirements of gates is great training for your overall skiing abilities.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks, Gary. You make some great points. I haven't run many gates in my career and, candidly, it doesn't grab me the way freeskiing does. That said, the worlds top racers are obviously the best technical skiers around and I greatly admire what they do and the risks they take to go fast. I know I could learn something from the way they think about and approach skiing. Any suggestions of some better known race camps?

Randy
post #4 of 12
Uhhhh! I would suggest a Spring camp in Big Sky....say around March! Oh yeah, I think ESA is having a camp there about that time and I hear there are plenty Steeps there to practice on and some great coaches!
post #5 of 12
Take a look at the self proclaimed World's #1 Adventure Ski School.
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Bud,

Good call...that sounds fun. I'll check it out to see how many slots are left...
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I would strongly consider learning to Telemark or snowboard. A new way to slide can really open your eyes to new ideas for using your preferred equipment. Tele in particular will get you to a much more consistently powerful two footed style quicker then almost any alpine progression.
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Any suggestions of some better known race camps?
Randy
Mount Hood in Oregon has a well respected summer race camp. Check out http://www.mthood.com/race_camps.htm Summer camps are fun and a great winterish break in the middle of the heat of summer.
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I would strongly consider learning to Telemark or snowboard. A new way to slide can really open your eyes to new ideas for using your preferred equipment. Tele in particular will get you to a much more consistently powerful two footed style quicker then almost any alpine progression.
Unfortunately it also makes you smell like patchouli and listen to crappy world music.

I'd vote race camp too, although those Str8line adventure camps look like three days of pure awesome. Since you like Whistler, those Extremely Canadian steeps camps tend to get pretty good reviews.
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So that's the question...whats my next investment in becoming the skier I want to be?
Not a camp, but a video camera (and someone to film you).

Filming yourself performing drills and then all-around skiing, posting it to the internet, and then getting MA via various ski forums is the way to go bank-for-the-buck wise. Seriously, its ridiculous that for less than the price of a half-day private lesson virtually anywhere you can have hundreds of ski pros from all teaching disciplines give you video MA for life.

Get in on this before everyone figures it out and the really good ones start charging for the service.
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
Good ideas Onyx. I will do so. The straightline adventure camps are really starting to catch my eye. I will also do an ESA gathering but the schedule doesn't work for me this year. I think in the short run, I'll post some video and get some feedback....thanks for the ideas.

Randy
post #12 of 12
I will second the video camera suggestion. I think that you can only go so far by trying to interpret what others are saying that you are doing. You probably already know what you should be doing, and maybe you think you are already doing it, but the video will tell the truth and will allow you to see the difference between your skiing and that of those who are better than you.
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