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ESA Big Sky What is the three main skills you took away from Big Sky ESA?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

1 I can now Ski Powder alot more Comfortably and Confidently by learning the proper technique!!

 

 

 

2 I feel I Ski with no effort now and I hope I look  alot smoother comming down the mountain!!!!

 

 

3 I learned there is nothing you can't achieve if you just put your mind to it and apply yourself at 100 percent!!!    

post #2 of 19

I find my skiing much more effortless than in the past.   

 

Sometimes getting the Will is the hardest part. 

 

 

post #3 of 19

Sometimes "Will" is just a friendly push over the edge! 

post #4 of 19

For me it was finding, "Rhythm" and "Patience", which was my first step towards at least visiting the "Touch" corner. I also experienced a significant paradigm shift towards lifting the edges of my feet up the hill and shifting my weight to use the skis power and momentum as opposed to pushing it around the turn through the outer edge of my foot which again requires both patience and touch. A big shout out to Squatty for being the worlds greatest coach and ski guide with built in powder radar! Also thanks to you Bud for laying down some rhythmic tracks on War Dance and Liberty Bowl for me to follow.

 

Lee 

post #5 of 19

I can ski, not just get down, powder slopes,

 

I can link more than one turn in powder

 

I went to Killington and was able to put into practice staying in the fall line for longer and also told my husband that the best way to stop is go down and to slow down go up the mountain. 

I do like the saying Bob Barnes said -Dive and have faith.

post #6 of 19

Pandita -- I saw you from the lifts on the last day. Great turn shape -- you really made some great progress last week.

post #7 of 19

 

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Originally Posted by GW Skier View Post

 

1 I can now Ski Powder alot more Comfortably and Confidently by learning the proper technique!!

 

 

 

2 I feel I Ski with no effort now and I hope I look  alot smoother comming down the mountain!!!!

 

 

3 I learned there is nothing you can't achieve if you just put your mind to it and apply yourself at 100 percent!!!    

And about that gosh darn Triangle?

Do Tell

 

I found out that being put in 'time out' in the touch corner is not a bad thing. 

post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 

TC you still cant count huh 3 things

post #9 of 19

Yeah, but GW, you only told two things you learned at Big Sky.  Going 100% is what you already knew when you arrived!!!!

post #10 of 19

I learned some new things and cemented some old ones.  Learned again that skiing with Bears is humbling, exciting, and is the best learning experience I have ever had.  That Epic/ESA has some really absolutely top notch instructors and ALL the smiles were genuine.

 

Swing the poles, find the rythmn, be patient and let the ski turn, skiing  the outside line and how to do that, ski separation changes with the terrain and snow.  Extend the legs in the powder or mogul and use the rebound to my advantage. Pedal turns, how, where and when.

 

Having never been to and ESA before, this Big Sky function exceeded all my expectations.  Squatty was really outstanding, NOLO and crew organized the Academy down to the last detail.  Everything was run efficiently with everyone in mind and I for one was very happy with the experience.  Got to meet Marcusfire (roomate) GW, Rabin Cajun, Bob Barnes, Bud, Chris, Phil, Philpug, Mountaingirl etc. etc. 

really a fun time.

 

 

   

 

And, Yes way too much snow.  Had to almost dig my truck out.  Just way too much fun.

post #11 of 19

Pete got to meet "GW, Rabin Cajun"

 

Is that Ragin' Cajun or Rabid Cajun?

post #12 of 19

1.  I learned not to trust my GPS.

2.  I learned that Bridger Bowl is the "real thing".

3.  I relearned how much fun the ESA is.

post #13 of 19

I learned

  • To be patient in my turn or the deep snow would stop me like a bull moose on a country road
  • The Touch Corner is the place to be when I let the Power Corner get in my head
  •  Shifting the Dump truck is the thing that finally helped me keep my hands moving forward(however I still fall back into bad habits, argh!)
post #14 of 19

Not to ski 2' of powder like east coast ice bumps

 

Keep the skis pointed downhill for at lease one ski length

 

The crossover quiets the body

post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 

The reason I wanted to do this forum is to show how similiar each one of our clsses really was even though we had different instructors. I thought it was very interesting to see we was all really working on the same thing    

post #16 of 19

 

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The reason I wanted to do this forum is to show how similiar each one of our clsses really was even though we had different instructors. I thought it was very interesting to see we was all really working on the same thing    

I did spend some time with different groups and noticed that same thing. It shows that everyone needs basics, basics, basics. 

post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 

 

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Yeah, but GW, you only told two things you learned at Big Sky.  Going 100% is what you already knew when you arrived!!!!



 

ok then

 

3 I learned that when you drop in on a double black diamond run you better comit or else the mountain will comit you in the wrong way.

 

I think that is part of that triangle Weems 

post #18 of 19

You got it, GW Skier!

post #19 of 19

3 skills that I took away from ESA Big Sky, hmmmm.

 

1.  How to use momentum and rhythm to ski heavy powder with much less effort.

 

2.  How to edge more subtly by focusing on lifting the downhill edges of the skis rather than pushing down on the inside edges.

 

3.  How to stay forward on skis while extending into the next turn by bring the femurs more vertical (extending the knees).

 

Thanks Squatty!! 

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