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Weem's 1990.

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 You never know who saves magazines for 20 years. 

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Sweet pants!

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 Snow Country - I saved all of those too! 

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 You never know who saves magazines for 20 years. 



 

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I should have read that article before I took the ROC's out.

 

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Ah, good ole Weems.  He was talking about all the right stuff even back almost 20 years ago.  "Unsightly desperate rotation",,, "Dare I say heel push?",,,  Developing a "platform".  All the same stuff that so many skiers still struggle to deal with today.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Weems was on top of it back then, just like he is today. 

 

 

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I'm still having trouble swallowing the fact that 1990 was so long ago.  Snow's not much different today than it was in the 70s.  Skis are a little shorter with deeper sidecuts, but what worked then still works now.  But, what works today might not have worked back then.  I guess the point is that someone using very old school technique can get down the mountain just fine on today's equipment.  I wouldn't say the same about someone using the newest and latest techniques trying get down a tough run using 60s or 70s gear.

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Ain't he something! You watch him ski and you would never know that he has a fake knee either. Grace, talent, and understanding.

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Ain't he something! You watch him ski and you would never know that he has a fake knee either. Grace, talent, and understanding.


We skied together at A-Basin, there was a group of 8 or so of us, the 7 other than Weems had a combined age less than he was old and he still kicked our asses all over the mountain. 

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We skied together at A-Basin, there was a group of 8 or so of us, the 7 other than Weems had a combined age less than he was old and he still kicked our asses all over the mountain. 


Not only that,,, he looks so young for 165 too! 
 

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Thanks for posting that Phil! 

 

Weems so nailed it !  Written 20 years ago, and we still tend want to fight & prove absolutely nothing to ourselves.   Weems used one of my heroes-Ben Franklin- to explain it, diplomatically,  so I have to listen.  The elegance of the psychology of skiing nailed right there.   You are going down hill - period.  Are you going to let go of that edge when you should?  or are you going to hold on and force the move in a less than elegant manner ? Make it difficult cause ya don't wanna give it up/aren't going after it/can't commit/ kind of way?   "Give it up already" " This is what we're doing"  but described in a less blunt manner. Love the simple sequence.  Simplicity creates elegance.  Going down hill on snow because if feels good ? Or are we fighting it the whole way & still going down ?  Gyrations and avoidance ? 

 

Love the simplicity of elegance. Nothing extra except creative self expression.  Which equals play and enjoyment.

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Thanks, guys.  And, "aw shucks".

 

I'm pleased that piece showed up, as it is one of the critical themes in technical understandings for me--the release of the edges (how, when, why) is so important to make things happen. Until you commit to that, you're still in the old turn.

 

Truthout:  I made up the quote from Ben Franklin.  I had a bet with someone (can't remember whom) that I would never get caught on it.   

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Are those Kaestle Synergys???

 

Oh, and I have those exact pants, too.

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Are those Kaestle Synergys???

 

Oh, and I have those exact pants, too.


I have no idea what the gear is.  That was an era where they just put in any old photo they had.  It was very weird.

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