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post #31 of 53
I'm in.  If I have to leave early on Sunday, I'll just suck it up.  Registering now.

Mike
post #32 of 53
Glad you're taking advantage of this Mike.  I think its going to be a cool event!
post #33 of 53
Did Mr. TC ok the tuneup for Stowe?
post #34 of 53
 Mr TC doesn't get much of a vote once ski season starts.  
I give him my summers at the motorcycle track, the fall when business is at its most hectic, but when ski season starts, its all about him getting behind me and my passion for skiing.

I will be finishing up some business stuff  the week of the Jump start so I will have to settle for Stowe and Snowmass at this point.......with the promise of more fun in the plans.

Mike you can't get rid of me.....how does that feel? 
post #35 of 53
Fantastic, Mike! Having seen what the "new Habacomachine" can do on on a bicycle, I can't wait to see how it performs on the snow!

See you at The Basin! (If you have to miss anything on Sunday afternoon, we'll make it up to you.)

Best regards,
Bob
post #36 of 53
Thanks Bob, I need all the encouragement I can get.  That being said, we'll see how much of a difference it makes in my skiing.  Tomorrow is day 4 for the year.  Hopefully I won't do too much damage between now and the Basin.

Mike
post #37 of 53
 Okay, Lars! Let's do.  Maybe during a lunch break.  Or real early or at the end of the day.
post #38 of 53
 Tomorrow's the Jump Start!  Please remember to post a TR!!
post #39 of 53
 Tomorrow's the Jump Start!  Please remember to post a TR!!
post #40 of 53
Here's a pre-event TR:  the weather conditions.

Arapahoe Basin (Base: 10,780', Top: 13,050')

 

Conditions at Base (Station: GZPC2)
Most Recent Observations at December 4, 2009 - 13:00 MST

  13:00 Max since Midnight Min since Midnight 24 Hour Max 24 Hour Min
Temperature 12.0° F 12.0 at 13:00 -11.9 at 4:00 12.0 at 13:00 -11.9 at 4:00
Battery voltage 14.60 volt 14.70 at 10:00 13.80 at 4:00 14.70 at 10:00 13.80 at 4:00
Precipitation accumulated since midnight: 0.20", in 24 hours: -


Conditions at Top (Station: K0CO)
Most Recent Observations at December 4, 2009 - 16:54 MST

  16:54 Max since Midnight Min since Midnight 24 Hour Max 24 Hour Min
Temperature 1.4° F 1.4 at 16:34 -4.0 at 11:34 1.4 at 16:34 -4.0 at 11:34
Dew Point -4.0° F -4.0 at 16:34 -13.0 at 11:34 -4.0 at 16:34 -13.0 at 11:34
Wet Bulb Temperature 0.2° F 0.2 at 16:34 -5.6 at 12:54 0.2 at 16:34 -5.6 at 12:54
Relative Humidity 77% 77 at 16:34 54 at 13:54 77 at 16:34 54 at 13:54
Wind Speed 45 mph from WNW 47 at 14:34 22 at 4:34 47 at 14:34 17 at 21:14
Wind Gust - 56 at 14:54 29 at 2:34 56 at 14:54 25 at 21:14
Pressure 18.56 in 18.58 at 9:34 18.54 at 5:34 18.58 at 9:34 18.52 at 17:14
Sea Level Pressure 30.11 in 30.28 at 11:54 30.11 at 16:34 30.28 at 11:54 30.11 at 16:34
Altimeter 29.76 in 29.79 at 9:34 29.73 at 5:34 29.79 at 9:34 29.69 at 17:14
1500 m Pressure 24.83in 24.85 at 9:34 24.80 at 5:34 24.85 at 9:34 24.77 at 17:14
Weather conditions lt snow - - - -
Visibility 2.50 miles 5.00 at 15:34 0.25 at 13:34 7.00 at 17:34 0.25 at 13:34
 

 

Given little snow in the past three weeks and limited terrain, I suspect we will have pretty nasty (cold and windy) conditions tomorrow and Sunday.  Lots of drills, me thinks...

 

Mike

post #41 of 53
 Mike, Thanks for the teaser.
Given the ski conditions in Michigan, I'd trade places with you.  
Enjoy and ......give Weems a hug for me, k?
post #42 of 53
It's all good.  I'm sure I'll learn alot, and have fun as well.

I'll make sure to give everyone your regards.  Who knows, we might find some appropriate new skis for you in the Basin rental shop -- want us to pick them up and ship?  I suspect they'll hold them for you...

Mike
post #43 of 53
 Well the first day was just really fine.  Everyone in the groups had their "willing to change" hats on, and it was fun watching all the progress.

The snow cover on the trails that were open was just right.  Hard, but not icy, well groomed and not rocky.  This time of year, when the steep stuff is not open, it's great to work with people because they can get down to fundamentals and really make some changes for the season.

Bob and Annie did a wonderful job with the groups, and I hung out and pestered Annie's group.  (That' the group that had some lovely women in it.  I couldn't help myself.)

This is the perfect event for early season...just like Stowe.

So we were late getting the word out this year.  And now I'm plenty early for getting the word out for next year.  PUT THIS ONE ON YOUR CALENDAR!.

And.....snow today and pretty much all week predicted for Snowmass.  That's SNOWMASS.  Building the base for Snowmass EpicSki Academy.  Be there!
post #44 of 53
 Good to hear.  Now, where are the pics!?

I'm very excited about the future of this Jump Start ESA.  We've had many past students ask for a two day tune up in the west, which is a great way to get the season going with good moves, eh?

I'm looking forward to ESA Stowe and Snowmass........Yes SNOWMASS!  Do that snow dance Weems!!
post #45 of 53
 Some of us are waiting for a TR, pics, stories........c'mon I'm running out of popcorn here!
post #46 of 53
Pics?  Pics?  It was too damn cold for pics (other than the video clips that Chris shot while risking amputation of his digits).

Small group for the inaugural Legend Jump Start.  Not too surprising given that the event was pretty recently announced and the economy is not, well, stellar.  But, it was a dedicated group of folk, with even more dedicated instructors.  And, did I mention, we all had fun?

Annie Black and Bob Barnes were our instructors extraordinaire.  Weems, as he mentioned, ran interference, but as Bob's group had no women (nor good looking men), we didn't see much of him (not that surprising, given the speed at which he regularly skis!).

Yesterday, it was a balmy 12 degrees at the start, with a pleasant breeze of 20-30 mph.  Bob, of course, choose to expose his Maine roots by picking spots for instruction that had the most ample amount of air circulation.  That way, we wouldn't be too hot from doing thousand step drills, and instead had the opportunity to check whether any holes had appeared in our outerwear where additional air circulation might provide temperature regulation.

The snow was surprisingly good.  We haven't had much, if any, snow in a couple of weeks, so man-made was the medium for our event.  Given that we are still quite early season, we had only a few runs to work, but they provided most everything we needed.  The snow in the morning was quite grippy, and progressed during the day to firm to slick.  While I've never skied in the East, I do find it amusing when Colorado skiers refer to conditions as "icy."  Sure, there were one or two spots with a small spot of ice, but nothing to frown at.

We got down to business: focusing on the transition and the "float" present there.  Now, I've had the opportunity to ski with Bob a couple of times, and it wouldn't be skiing with Bob if you didn't do pivot slips, falling leafs, etc.  I admit that I had let these skills go dormant, and it is always amazing to see just how fast Bob can sideslip a slope.  I do bet he could have beat some of the posers who were "skiing" the fast line slow with his turbo side slip, and probably have had greater directional control as well!

At some point, Bob did "allow" us to do some one-legged skiing.  This is a tough drill for me as I am a bit of a chicken, and fret about flunking out of another Epic academy (I've managed to raise my completion rate to 4 of 6 attempts).  This is something I need to work on.  

I had to host the company holiday party last evening, so had to bug out before review of the video last evening.  This also meant that  I had the distinct pleasure of driving back up to the Legend this morning.  We received 4-6 inches of snow in the Denver area, none of which accumulated at the Basin.  Just as I suspected, so I brought the powder sticks for today:  my 66 mm under waist cheater GS ski!  After a harrowing drive up, I arrived in the parking lot to -7 degree temperatures, and a breeze that was significantly stiffer than yesterday's.  I found two additional layers, and thought at times I might want another!.  I also suggested, rather strongly in fact, to Bob that I'd prefer to stay low on the mountain rather than ride the upper chair with it's flash freezer wind meter.

Today, we learned a couple of new drills.  Instead of 1000 steps, we learned 4000 and 10,000 steps.  These drills were particularly good for moving blood around your legs, and testing your cardiovascular fitness.  We also played some more with the lovely one-legged skiing and, my favorite (thank you Robin), White Pass turns.

After it was done, we went in to review the day's video.  I have to say I was quite surprised by my skiing.  I didn't think I had skied all that well, but it was crystal clear that my skiing has progressed quite substantially, and Epic has a great deal to do with it.  It was a great event, and I want to thank Bob, Annie, Weems, and Chris for their efforts to organize and put it on.  While it would have been great to have more terrain open, this event was really helpful because of the firm snow.  Firm snow shows your faults, while soft snow allows you to hide a lot of them.  I really appreciate the efforts of all of those involved in organizing the event.  I'm really motivated to go out and work on the things that were picked out in my skiing, and I can't wait to see if I can take what I learned into terrain.

I'm really looking forward to Snowmass.  For those of you on the fence, don't wait; these events can change your skiing, and much for the better.

Mike
post #47 of 53
 Nice report Mike!  I sincerely look forward to meeting up with you again at Snowmass!

Sounds like the temps at Abasin for Video work were similar to that of Stowe last year, except you had that famous Abasin wind to add to the fun.

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We got down to business: focusing on the transition and the "float" present there.  Now, I've had the opportunity to ski with Bob a couple of times, and it wouldn't be skiing with Bob if you didn't do pivot slips, falling leafs, etc.  I admit that I had let these skills go dormant, and it is always amazing to see just how fast Bob can sideslip a slope.  I do bet he could have beat some of the posers who were "skiing" the fast line slow with his turbo side slip, and probably have had greater directional control as well!
I have a feeling that my love for pivot slips [insert sarcasm smilie here] and the fact that I need work on upper body separation, I may have the pleasure of having Bob as a coach some time in the near future. Is this a good thing? 

I'm extremely envious of you all, with Annie, Weems, and Bob.  Glad you were able to seize the opportunity! 
post #48 of 53
Thanks for the report Mike.  Did Bob wear his baseball hat and sunglasses?  That seems to be his usual attire unless it's a spring-skiing day.
post #49 of 53
I'm glad it went off well, and I heard you were looking marvelous, Mike! Way to go!
post #50 of 53
Kevin, Bob will need to speak for himself, but I suspect that the powers that be have confiscated his baseball hat and replaced it with a helmet (thank you Vail Resorts).  As a result, he might have felt it necessary to model his knit hat while he could.  Or it might be that with the leak in his pants that was providing ample air circulation, he thought a warmer hat might be in order.

Mike
post #51 of 53
 By the way, Mike WAS looking great.  Jeessshhh.  I thought I was gonna have to buy him a meal!
post #52 of 53
Thanks for that Weems, but that's not what my trainer thought this morning...

Ah, the sins one commits.
post #53 of 53
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 Good to hear.  Now, where are the pics!?

I'm very excited about the future of this Jump Start ESA.  We've had many past students ask for a two day tune up in the west, which is a great way to get the season going with good moves, eh?

I'm looking forward to ESA Stowe and Snowmass........Yes SNOWMASS!  Do that snow dance Weems!!




 

You may have seen the Red blurr fly by from time to time, but I didn't see anything that resembled a lesson going on other than the people in Orange ABasin instructor uniforms.

And the Bloody Mary's in the bar kept me warm. Who said it was cold? You guys need to live in WNY for a few years.
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