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post #61 of 70
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

Any high performance alpine boot is going to severely limit ankle flexion, just saying. My boots are too stiff, but I can flex them. I know where you guys are coming from, but not sure where you're going. Haha. I'm not saying flexion/extension isn't a part of high level alpine skiing. Er, not sure what I was saying, just busting you fixed heelers chops I guess. :)

Agreed. The degree of flexion in an alpine boot is somewhere between standing nearly upright to bringing the knee just barely over your toe. 
post #62 of 70
Thread Starter 
Why ca't we all just get along?
The middle aged racer, writer - with decades of dedication and hard work at skiing.
The brash young Level III who is probably as good a skier as he thinks he is, particularly off-piste.
The free spirited, now free-heeler who skis strong and speaks his mind.

In fact you all speak your mind!  But we all have the same passion for sliding on snow, perhaps it's like we all have the same lover - and we're trying to convince that lover of our merits.  Peacocks.

I have goals, I'm extremely goal oriented (see my signature after all.)

First off to be able to ski most any terrain and condition in control - and enjoy it - leaving clean arcs in the snow.

Secondly to get that silver pin.


I really sucked from age 36-40, was a totally stuck not progressing intermediate from 41-49, then have skied my age every year since.  I went on a "mission" in 2002, at 49 years old.  By 54 I was finally a pretty damn good skier, except in bumps, crud and powder.

The last 2-3 years my persistence, and coaching from others, have completely changed the way I ski to where it's hard to imagine that I started at 36.

Another couple of years and I'll be skiing the steep and deep out west with confidence and flow.  I ski it now, but not great.  I'll also be skiing the glades well - finally!

I dream of skiing the trees and pillows like BWPA
I dream of leaving perfect tracks as I make racing GS turns like Skiracer55
I even imagine maybe someday when I've reached those dreams that I'll try free-heeling it.
Edited by SkiMangoJazz - 3/26/10 at 2:44am
post #63 of 70
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Originally Posted by FlyingMidgets View Post




Keep up the good work mate. As others have already said it seems that you definitely have the right attitude to make it happen. it's always good to see people with the 'Can Do' attitude and no doubt it inspires others around you.

I am going for my NZSIA I & II this Southern hemi winter. With any luck, and inspiration from people with attitudes such as yours, i'll be able to nail it and ski free.

Keep up the good work :)

Thank you so much for the kind words and welcome to Epic.  I'm flattered that this was your first post.

Good luck on your certification goal!  Lots of help to be had here on epic, you just need to have a very effective filter and use it to pick the wheat from the chaff.

As well as confusing the hell out of me at times, epic has been a big part of my learning about skiing, tuning, equipment and so on.  I'm sure it contributed to the 90 I got in the written, and I took a lot less time to complete the test then everyone else.   Just reading the Boot Guys thread probably got me 2-3 questions right!
Edited by SkiMangoJazz - 3/26/10 at 2:48am
post #64 of 70

I am sorry to hear that you did not pass Level II SMJ, but with you dedication and open attitude, it is only a matter of time.

I often think about getting certified myself, but I simply do not have the dedication to go through the motions. I keep telling myself that I will do it when I get older, but then I am old (almost 48), so I guess I am just procrastinating.

post #65 of 70
TomB,
The later you start on the certification process, the more you'll regret you didn't do it sooner.  Just ask Jazz.  I'll bet he wishes he had gone on his "mission" at age 39 instead of 49.  The process will make you a better skier and instructor.  The pin itself is meaningless.  (I never wore my silver pin since it had a bad latch.  Never bothered to order a new one since I knew I'd eventual get a gold one anyways.)

Jazz,
Next season, more time on the snow and less time on the web! 


BTW, age has nothing to do with it.  I hired an older guy this year (60+) who got his level 1 this year and is training his butt off for his level 2.  He didn't learn to ski until he was over 50 but wants to retire out west and teach skiing.  It's all about dedication and time on snow.  Right now, he's our strongest Level 2 candidate, and I've already agreed to coach him next season.


-Sundown-
post #66 of 70
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Jazz,
Next season, more time on the snow and less time on the web! 
 

I know you were joking, but I still feel a need to reply.  I own a small business and still manage to ski 4 times a week most weeks, plus a 2 week trip out west.  I hope to hit 60 times out this year, that's pretty good!
post #67 of 70
SMJ things are crazy here. Sorry to here about the results. I took a mock level 2 and learned alot of thiongs to focus on. Pivot slips and open parrallel skidding turns, I too have a focus for summer training.
post #68 of 70
Mango,

Enjoyed reading your thoughts.  Want to wish you the best next year.  I was wondering how often did you see yourself?  Video I mean?

PS
post #69 of 70
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 Thanks Pete, pretty much no video this season except at the very beginning of the year.
post #70 of 70
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Originally Posted by gregfits View Post

SMJ things are crazy here. Sorry to here about the results. I took a mock level 2 and learned alot of thiongs to focus on. Pivot slips and open parrallel skidding turns, I too have a focus for summer training.

You would ski better if you had decent boots.....

Just kidding........good luck to you on your L2.
SMJ, though I don't have any concept of what's expected for a L2 exam, I do have an idea of what it takes for someone to achieve their goals....  I have a good feeling about your  goals and your commitment to excellence. 
You'll get it next time, and hopefully have the chance to embrace the experience.
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