Very shortly, we propose to close the Hot Tub forum and move all of its posts to the Instructor to Instructor private forum. We just don't have the demand for two specialty "behind the scenes" forums. Also, this forum was developed to support Ask A Ski Pro, and it was rarely used for that purpose. Ask A Ski Pro will probably be replaced with something different (see below). As mentioned above we would like to merge the Coaching and Analysis forums back into one forum that should be more lively as it concentrates the discussions.
Joan has a vision to replace Ask A Ski Pro with an Expert Panel forum. EpicSki would assemble a panel of experts, each of whom would have a private forum in which they would reply to questions, or provide an opinion or technical blog as they choose. A similar approach is used on another Huddler forum Home Theater, Talk With The Insiders. The Ask the Boot Guys is incredibly successful, and its largely because they are a very small group of respected experts, and leaders in their field. This is what it looks like on Home Theater Talk With The Insiders. There has not been a decision on who would be "Insider Experts" but certainly Weems and Barnes would be included among the instruction experts, and we would like to include a diverse group that can address racing, freestyle and perhaps Canadian and European issues. The insiders would also include gear experts and manufacturer reps. Who would you like to see?
We want to make EpicSki an even better place for professional instructors, and skiers who want to benefit from having access to them. Asking your opinion is the best way to make sure your forum is going in the right direction.