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Accomplishment for 03/04

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
Each year we start out in our pre-season instructor clinic coming up with goals for the year. I think that's a great idea. We never seem to reflect on our accomplishments at the end of the season though. Guess that's cause the season always end in a fizzle. Crowds diminish, fulltimers get laid off, less and less people show up, a couple rainy days, mountain's closed, the office is open to drop off your parka and that's it.

I thought about what I accomplished this season. My biggest improvement was on one-footed skiing drills and working what I learned into my free skiing. I was able to ski a little bit on left foot but worked at both and can now one-foot ski on either side pretty. I also made a lot of progress on Whitepass turns and now do them just for run when cruising around. What's best is I could see changes in my movements in free skiing after working on these drills and as my free skiing movements got better, I got better and better at these drills. I think I move over me skis better now and I am much more active with my inside ski.

For next year, well I look back to last year's pre-season clinic. One of our trainers had us state our goal for the season in not more than five words. I worked out my goal for 04/05 in only three words "Banish Inefficient Movements".

Hasta Noviembre,

post #2 of 28
This year I just wanted to get my skiing back up to snuff after 5-6 years off. I also wanted my L1 and to at least learn to clear the lip on the pipe

All 3 year I get down and dirty and start training hard. I'm going to clinic with our on staff examiner as if I were going for my L3. If I can do 1/4 of the tasks 1/2 as smoothly as he does them I'll be happy. This guy rips.
post #3 of 28
Good job everyone. I passed my Level 1, got my boots aligned (what a huge difference!!!!) and went smoothly down stuff that scared the heck out of me last season! Life is good...

post #4 of 28
My goals for this season (an * denotes whether or not i achieved them):
1. Get some real video analysis done* (of course, I didnt get it done til the end of my season, but it'll start me out with quite a nice list of goals for next year)
2. tune my own skis on a regular basis* (i found that I amn a much more aggressive skier when I know that my skis are freshly tuned, and I become apprehensive on my rock skis which I don't even bother to tune)
3. Spin more than 360 (no real purpose there... other than to score with more chicks)
4. Keep my patience in liftlines
post #5 of 28
I migrated to a new resort to teach this past year. I was extremely happy by the motivation & support from our supervisors and in-house trainers. After passing my Level II last year I wanted to take a year to savor this accomplishment. I'm now ready to start to move on to preparing for Level III next year.
post #6 of 28
My goals this season:
- Ski bumps with style and ease. ACCOMPLISHED
- End the season feeling confident about taking the Level 3 exam next season. 95% ACCOMPLISHED

Weakness uncovered this season to work on next:
- Ski powder and off trail with rythm, grace and athleticism. WE'LL SEE

All-in-all I feel this was a great season during which I progressed my skills as a skier and a teacher. I am confident that I am now a solid high Level 2 instructor and I can pass the Level 3 exam on a day with conditions that fit my skills. For next season my goals are to further expand the conditions that truly fit my skills.

I hope all of you feel the same sense of accomplishment about this season I feel.

Thank you,
post #7 of 28
So far,

Attend ESAII Done!

Better balance! Always working on.

Better CM move forward and inside! It's much better but still working on.

We'll see about the rest!
Season's not over yet!
post #8 of 28
My goals for this year were to learn to turn my skis with my feet instead of my hips (check!), and then to see if I could ski steeper terrain -- which for me means western light black runs (check!). I even picked up the bonus of getting significantly better ankle flexion than last year, which wasn't a goal. Yay!

Next year I want to learn to make short radius turns that still have good turn shape, and begin to figure out how to angulate. I'd like to learn to ski bumps with some grace. Then I want to see if I can ski steeper terrain, like western dark black runs.

post #9 of 28
My big thing this year at the beginning of the year was getting the snap out of both GS and SL turns in order to accelerate all of the time (racing in mind). I learned that within and how to control it after about 20 or so days on the snow.

Then i moved onto perfecting my SL skiing in gates and carrying that same snap and control into the course (tricky part). I ended up having pretty good results with that, but it is something that will carry over to next season so i can keep improving my times.

Once in the gates i worked on not dropping my hands or dipping my inside hand. Fixing this resulted in me not twisting my body and always keeping my body moving toward the next gate. FastMan can actually tell you more about what we did than i can.

At the end of the season i realized that in my focus on SL my GS had fallen apart so i took an entire day to dial my GS back in with one of my coaches from when i was younger. After a day just he and i making runs in the gates i had brought my arms in and gotten my body moving downhill and brought the acceleration back. I was able to regain my aggressive GS stance and drive between turns with my hands in front of me in stead of out to my side (i was way too boxy).

I also worked on my bumps at the end of the season so i could zipperline about 800 feet of vertical without stopping before i ran out of trail. I also got in some late season powder skiing which i was able to touch on after a few seasons of being out of it, as well as dropping off some natural terrian features (cliff type things) without falling or getting seriously injured.

Next season ill look to improve my Slalom and keep my Giant Slalom moving in the direction it is going in. I wont be competing for my college for next season (taking a year off to train and have fun) so i also plan to get some powder skis and take at least one vacation to Jackson or Whistler to ski on some real terrain in real snow. I want to perfect my off piste skiing to the point where i can drop large cliffs or rocks without it interrupting my rythm much. Pretty much just increase my comfort level when i lose touch with the snow.


post #10 of 28
Originally posted by HeluvaSkier:

Then i moved onto perfecting my SL skiing in gates

I also worked on my bumps at the end of the season so i could zipperline about 800 feet of vertical without stopping before i ran out of trail.

I also got in some late season powder skiing which i was able to touch on after a few seasons of being out of it, as well as dropping off some natural terrian features (cliff type things) without falling or getting seriously injured.

i also plan to get some powder skis and take at least one vacation to Jackson or Whistler to ski on some real terrain in real snow. I want to perfect my off piste skiing to the point where i can drop large cliffs or rocks without it interrupting my rythm much. Pretty much just increase my comfort level when i lose touch with the snow.


quite a winter

800 feet of zipperline bumps? cliffs? powder?

I worked on my wedge turns this winter.




Next winter wedge christies off piste


I had an affair with Christie Brinkley this winter. Now that increased my comfort level when I lost contact with the snow. Did you say you got some coaching from Fastman? Where the heck are the cliffs and 800 feet of bumps in N.Y.?

I don't know of 800 feet of bumps in Colorado for Pete's sake!
post #11 of 28
Thread Starter 
Hey, I've ben instructred to do wedge christies in trees and/or bumps in more than one PSIA clinic. They good for learning to keep your skis on the snow and not step.
post #12 of 28
Greek Peak is where the bumps were, they dont groom much toward the end of the season and after it rained the entire main trail bumped up. It is my home hill so i spend a lot of time in
the spring skiing bumps with friends and family. Bumps are what spring skiing is all about. Being a racer i am starting off with a deficiency in bumps so i have to work hard to keep up with some of the guys. I could ski the entire hill at a pretty quick pace w/o stopping by the time the last day rolled around.

Oh yeah, Fastman is one of my coaches, we discovered that we knew each other the other day. He is a great coach, and i really enjoyed working with him this season.

As for terrain features: skiing in the east you dont get a lot of rocks in your way unless you travel to someplace like Jay Peak, even then, the vertical is short on steep sections so you run out of hill fast. I want to get more comfortable if i happen to catch air or have to jump off something on a steep face... I also dont want to get hurt. Most of the time i focus on being an all-round good skier on any terrain instead of being just a good carver like most racers are. There is more to skiing than just raacing, although it provides an excellent technical base to build your skiing on.


post #13 of 28
My Goals this season,

Have fun: Accomplished
Pass L3 ski examitto
Ski Tuckermans Ravineitto
Goals next season,
Attain the GOLD pin (pass L3 Teaching)
Climb Tucks again
Start training for DCL
post #14 of 28

Congrats on the L3 ski!
Wish we could take our exams in modules.
post #15 of 28
Thanks dchan! My gut instincts tell me you will be earning that Gold pin soon.While I like the new system I still wish I was done with the whole process.Good luck too you dchan!!!
post #16 of 28
this past season's goal was smooth power in crud, something I seem to have done okay with.

for next season, I think steeps are my goal. weems gave a good taste of 'em at ESAII and I'm hooked, even though they tend to hook ME and make me get all covered in powder.
post #17 of 28
2003 season goals:
Have less lessons - did that thanks to Oz & Ant for the moral support & my instructors for pushing me to ski without them more!

"Play" more on my skis (be more prepared to play with the feelings under me) - did that thanks to Oz's number 2 son... something about trotting around a ski resort looking for the 'adventure ways' with a kid makes you a lot less worried about what the hell is happening under feet... Of course my instructors making me do silly things in lessons sorta helped too...

Get more relaxed on skis - did that too... much less stressed after the early season trauma regarding learning what different skis felt like (sorry Oz) I think Ant can vouch that I was certainly relatively relaxed on skis by end of season - just need to extend my range of conditions a bit more the ice down to less stress but the light fresh stuff is a worry (sorry guys but I'll take ice or sloppy stuff anyday - I am used to them)

Less stressed in soft snow - nope failed that one badly! Oh well it would have helped if I hit the fresh stuff more times last season...

2004 goals(dreams)
Ski at least some of the Oz season

Ski in Europe

Maybe make Canada/USA on way home from UK???

Get this light snow thing at least partly under control (Yes I know most of it is in my head - but trying to move body when someone removes feedback is VERY off-putting - easier to say "just do same moves" than to do)

Continue with the relaxed & playing things...
Jump more...
Maybe get in half-pipe again??

too many already...
post #18 of 28
After passing my Level 1 at the end of last season, I knew that my skills for Level II weren't there. My goal was to get ready for Level II after this season.

Learn some freestyle - I rode the funboxes and learned to jump somewhat.

Learn to ride medium bumps and love them. Accomplished thanks to Doug (Loveland), Hershey (clinic leader over from Vail, Marco (Snowmass). I finally got that independent leg action, short radius turns, proper alignment thing going.

Ride more challenging terrain. Thanks for the prodding at last year's ITC (at A-Basin) Jurgen(Vail). I'm not intimidated by The Ridge/Chair 9 terrain anymore. It's listed as double-black terrain on the Loveland map.

Ride 3' fresh powder without cratering going down Super Bowl at Loveland. Accomplished at least three times this season (same day). More at lesser depths.

Play in the snow and have fun. - accomplished
post #19 of 28
My goal this year was more BC skiing. My best ski bud and I had an epic 6 resort trip this year in WA, ID, MT, and BC, Canada. I'm happy to say we hiked every day! Got to ski Mt. Roberts and Record Ridge for the first time for those of you who know Red. Mt. Earning those untracked chutes and trees was quite a thrill.

I'm going to try to keep up this theme, even at places like Sugarbush. You can always hike up to "church" for the view, even if it's not always skiable -a nice way to break up the ski day.

Next goal is to ski SA this summer, Valle Nevado is all but booked.....
post #20 of 28
Well I only got 18 or so days in, but it was in Chamonix with excellent snow so quality days.

Mmmmm lets see:
#1 son learnt what the next level is by skiing the top of Grand Montet and discovering himself that big mountain skiing takes a little more finese than bombing around the groomed and on piste trees n cliffs.

#2 learnt that taking days off skiing to cruise the sights of a foreign destination is just as good as skiing (but I suspect he knew that anyway)

Me well I had some fun relaxing the old ski and changing rythm on edge at speed on snow that was groomed to perfection but I could not see. Mmmm also found that playing with forward\aft balance whilst changing rythmn is a pathway to an even smoother flow. (on my first "serious" pair of shaped skis)

My major accomplishment was to travel from Oz to England to France and share a two bedroom apartment with 3 other adults and 10 kids and not kill anyone.

My major skiing accomplishment was to draw on all my years of skiing and ski the one and only run I was able to take on the Argentierre glacier in windblown crusty stuff and make it look easy. Whilst to my guide and my son it looked easy trust me I was working over time on fine touch, balance and pressure control whilst mumbling "slow line fast". It was that run that produced the "ah ha" moment my boy needed to realise himself that skiing well requires hidden skill and hidden skill requires practice. (which was a major part of taking him up there in the first place)
post #21 of 28

Goal for 03/04

Started the season with 1 big recover and rehab from Achilles tendon surgery.

Then....had to attend a PSIA clinic to maintain status, so took a Level 3 prep at Cannon. Was lucky enough to ski with Jeb Boyd for 2 days. He was very persistent in suggesting I try my level 3 exam this year.

So....went to Sunday River to try the skiing part. Damn, this old man aced the skiing!!

So....went to Killington and tried my teaching, and passed with flying colors!! have the level 3 GOLD PIN!!!

Proves that age is not a barrier to passing level 3. season, prepare for DCL.
post #22 of 28
Congratulations on the unexpected victory, skiswift, and to all for trying something difficult, but most of all to dchan for his grace in accepting a bit different pin than he'd intended.
post #23 of 28
Well this winter has been pretty full on.

I set some pretty lofty goals for myself this year, but I think I did pretty well..
I wanted to be able to throw a 360 off anything. Well,, I can at least do one off a small table top. Next year I will have to practice more to get a bit more confident.
I wanted to ski more resorts that i had read about last summer (Jackson, Big Sky, Sun Vally, Crystal, Mammoth), unfortunately it is great to plan but it seems as soon as i get into the season i get too busy. oh well, i did ski about 15 days in aspen, 9 days in snowbird and 3 days in Steamboat. Awsome skiing on all of those mountains.

I really needed to work on my range of motion and not being to square to my skis. A strong inside half. I did alright but I still have a ways to go.

Now about exams:
December I went and got me Children's Accreditation. Yippeee!!. Everyone at some point should take this exam. As many have said before this was one of the toughest exams I have had to take. I learned more in this exam then any of the others I have taken.

Last summer I thought I might tryout for the regional demo team. Well, January I tried out for the regional team. What an experience! Though I did not make it, I would not trade my experience for the world. Rocky Mountain has some unbelievable skiers and personality's. Truly worth every moment.

With some friends of mine, we started a girls synchro demo team. We ended up going to the national competition in Aspen and had a great time.

Now, for two years I have been preparing for me trainers Acrred exam. In April I took the exam and PASSED!!! Best accomplishment for myself so far.

So this year was a pretty full on year and though it has been about 2 months since i last taught, and 5 weeks since I last skied I feel like I am still decompressing from this winter.

Thank goodness you are all still here so i can get my skiing fix for the summer.

Best Wishes,
post #24 of 28

TRIED HIGH SCORED LOW ( but not to low )

: TOO low would have been at 3000 m alt and 25 m down a glacial crevisse
day before i went guy died that spot ( I found out later ) heli flew me out
after 15 years off I tried again ... top stories Danger crevasse more later
I got ACL inner meniscal tear and a femur fracture now.
I skied in lech with 13 6B to 1b in 1 week Olympic is 1b normally one level like 6 b to 6 a in one year then skied ca 4 years 3 weeks or so in Lech and 2 or more trips in France for 2 and 3 weeks this summer British Freeride camp planned - I ripped knee 5 minutes after leaving the Mont Blanc Cable car first 50 yards skiied maybe since 15 years Top speed 90.02 km per h in lech ski speed check plan was regain piste ability in one day to 1b or 2 a then go for freeride perfection now i might need surgery some say do some donĀ“t hope to regain full knee and get 1a on piste and in powder maybe get chance to ski several month a year
my advice ski save that is professional
I am cracked but will get over it
see you
Bernhard Franz
post #25 of 28

re: 03/04 Accomplishment(s)...

2 Biggies for me....

1) (balance...ala dchan) The introduction of an AT_setup into my skiing not only allowed me to venture out beyond the paid_for boundaries of resort trails, but my forgetfulness in locking back up into ski-mode many Both resort and backcountry terrain couldn't have been a more better tool for me in my quest of wiping out those static moments of defensive skiing. With the boots in walk-mode...slipping out-of-balance can really be felt. I wouldn't want to ski in it all the time : , but it was a great tool for me this last season.

2) Tossing my older alpine boots which contained too much forward lean and were just too tight in the wrong places(tightening up tendons here & there) and going back to a boot of 6yrs previous...only now in the correct size: ..and now the captain knows where and how to lead the ship:
post #26 of 28
I'm giving this thread a bump, since we're rounding up to the last few weeks of the season, and I thought people might be interested in comparing what they were hoping for with where they are now, and using the last few weeks accordingly.

Context: I'm an intermediate skier, working towards becoming advanced. I wrote:
Next year I want to learn to make short radius turns that still have good turn shape, and begin to figure out how to angulate. I'd like to learn to ski bumps with some grace. Then I want to see if I can ski steeper terrain, like western dark black runs.
Turned out that an injury to Mr delta early in the season derailed the amount of skiing that I did. I could have gotten out more myself, but it's surprisingly tough when the hills are a bit of a distance to get to to motivate yourself. So for 2005-06, the first new goal for myself is this: Ski more, stupid.

Nonetheless, so far in 2004-05, I've spent 13 ski days (Days 54-66) playing and learning. I've been fighting ski boot fitting issues for all of those days, and I'm still not certain that what I have is working.

I've been following the short radius turns thread with a great deal of interest, because although I think my skiing has improved a great deal in the last 2 years, short pretty turns continue to elude me. I have also realized that, left to my own devices, and just skiing for complete fun where I get to control all the circumstances, I would never make short radius turns: they just don't feel good (the way that I do them). Zippy, curvy, fast medium-to-long radius turns (through crud, on ice, on powder, on groomed) feel fantastic.

However, to get down steeper and narrower terrain, to deal with crowded Ontario slopes, to learn bump skiing, and just so I can, I know that I have to keep working on improving the short radius turns. So that's ongoing for the rest of the season -- and I think, will move into next season's goals, as I won't yet have accomplished what I want to.

I am slooooowly beginning to figure out angulation, although there's a long way to go. The biggest block last year I guess is that I wasn't skiing fast enough. I'm surprising myself by gradually getting faster. Because Mr delta is skiing more slowly post-injury (and also because -- yes, I ski a bigger radius ) I was a bit surprised recently to realize that I was having to take the really slow line to avoid passing him. When'd that happen?

There haven't been enough bumps for me to even practice for that goal, so I'll let myself off that hook.

Finally, I have definitely reached a point where my head is messing with my body regarding steeps. I know that I can ski much steeper terrain than I want to. I could ski, I think, any marked Ontario run now, and I'd say that a double-black in Ontario is moving into that Western dark black territory.


I survive it, but I'm skiing like crap. I'm not skiing even half as well as I do on black runs.

Again, left to my own devices for fun I would never ski those double-blacks. And I'd certainly never try learning new skills on that steeper terrain because of the fear-hijack movement short circuit. But I'm going to keep occasionally doing them, because last year this was exactly the same for me, except that I skied like crap on the black runs, and skied much better on blues. I can't tell what I've learned until I get on the terrain that makes me forget what I learned.

Anyway, I have another goal for next year, and I've got no idea how to accomplish it. I want to learn how to turn both ways on one ski. We were asked to try this (on flats) during a lesson last week, and I'm completely stumped. I truly can't figure out how to turn on the non-intuitive (I guess, inside) edge. But if I could figure it out, I could initiate the edge change much earlier I guess.

What about some others who posted? How are you guys doing with your goals?
post #27 of 28
All my goals are for my daughter.
#1. Visit other areas... Due to the abysmal first half of the season there was no reason to go ski the few trails open at other areas and when we finally did get the snow I was too busy at the home mountain to get away. Still we have a weekend at Killington planned and will do that plus an extra day at Pico.
#2. Move her up to the next higher level(s) of teaching Mountain Masters with me.... She is now skiing all the trails on the mountain including the double blacks depending on the day.
#3. For myself I made more friends, taught more breakthroughs, and enjoyed myself more than in any recent year I can remember.
post #28 of 28
This year, I had one primary goal for my skiing: complete my level II certification, which I did. I also had a goal to attend ESA and get to know more Bears, which I also did.

For the rest of this season, it's going to be about having fun with the Gang and help out wherever I can...

Next year? I don't know, yet. I'm going to celebrate this year for a bit longer!
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