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And Tog, too, was a great addition to the pocket coaching I have come to treasure.

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Fun times TC, this shot of you conveys the slope pitch pretty well:

 

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Bob, is this proper 'Nothingness'? beercheer.gif

 

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Thanks for posting that Terry.

Highlands and Snowmass have just the right balance of easy cruisers and ass pucker terrain........YAHOO!

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Well I finaly made it in last night about Midnight. I want to thank each and everyone of the coaches for there opinions and feed back. It was a wonderful week and I learned so much. I was fortunate enough to have Bud Heishman as my main coach. Bud sorry it took me so long but I finnaly got it day three just in time to go throw myself off the highlands bowl. I definitley could not have achieved this without the patience and persistence of your coaching.

 

I loved the elective class option too   it really helped me put the pieces together and gave me a chance to meet other Skiers in the group as well as get a diffent perspective from another coach.

 

I want to also thank my fellow students for their support and comraderie throughout the week I guess this is really what makes EPIC so different than just another Ski Camp. I want to thank Bud too for infusing this same attitude with his coaching as well. You see EPIC has been more than just a Ski camp it has been an experience that I will remember and cherish and use theese skills to share with my family for a lifetime.

 

Oh yea a special thanks to Philpug for helping me with some tunning issues with my Ski's. It made it possible to actually ski the steep and deep terrain we were working in.

 

OH yea Bud I hate you missed it but I finnaly got the bump skiing to a comfortable level now I had another epiphany Friday after the third run on the bumps under high alpine. I have along way to go but I finnaly got the separating the upper and lower body!!!

 

Thanks ESA

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Thanks for the kind words Bob & GW.  Really enjoyed our group dynamics and sharing our skiing passion!

 

alignment suggestions:

Bob -  5mm gas pedal, 1 to 1.5 degree cant strong side inside

Kevin - 4mm gas pedal, 1.5 -2.0 degree cant strong side outside on right, .5 -1.0 cant strong side outside on left.

Peter - 4mm gas pedal, 1.5 - 2.0 degree cant strong side inside on both

GW - Just "kick the chicken"!

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Hey Bud:  I know what a gas pedal is; what does "strong side" refer to?   (On Friday, Chris suggested that I pull my spoilers -- I did this and tried on my boots yesterday and it gave me a slightly more upright stance)

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Got home late on Saturday night, and have now had two nights of real sleep. I’ve got “real” life going strong on all burners right now and will write a more complete TR when I’ve the chance.

 

I do not want to wait too long however to express my overwhelmingly positive impression of my first ESA. I am truly thankful to have had the opportunity to meet all of the coaches and Bears, and am still a bit shocked at the immense growth that I felt in my own skiing and observed in others. This was an experience that I most definitely want to repeat, and will do my best to attend another Academy. I really did expect to gain some skills from the ESA, but was a bit skeptical about some of the claims of immense strides made by students at previous clinics so came to Aspen with what I considered to be more realistic expectations. (Some of the claims bore the suspicious scent of snake oil pitches.) Well, those claims were in fact entirely accurate and the ESA far exceeded my most optimistic hopes.

 

My only regret, (and a minor one at that,) is that I did not take the opportunity to ski a bit with Charles and Dave. However, I was so impressed with the coaching that I was getting from Bob Barnes, that I decided to stay with him most of the time.


Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Okay, here are some pics to prove that we got the camera out.

This is the day at Highlands

 

Proof that Bazzar was here and left his mark

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I thought the mark that I left was a rather substantial divot in Highlands Bowl. Then realized that nobody saw that tumble, so I can claim that it never happened.


 


 

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What an amazing trip.  It was damn hard to leave the hill at noon today so I could get back to Denver and reintegrate into the real world.  I do hope that all who followed me into Hanging Valley Wall today managed to make it down safe and sound. The snow was really sweet back there and the whole area was more or less completely empty.  I'm exhausted right now, but I hope to get around to doing some sort of more comprehensive trip report soon. 

 

 


I was the last one in line as we all were heading out to the Hanging Valley. By the time I arrived at The Headwall, (which I thought was our intended destination,) the front half of our mob had moved ahead and out of my sight and hailing distance. A brief conference ensued amongst the tail-enders, and we decided to stick together as we were and just kick the chicken on the Headwall. BTW, in the shade on the far side of the wall the snow was firm and chalky. Made for about 10 exhilarating turns on the steeps before descending into the tight trees in what I believe were the Frog Pond Glades. After our diminished gang met up at the top of the glades, we stayed within yodeling distance of each other and played in the tight trees. Even found a few series of turns in week-old, untouched powder, and nobody fell into the brook near the bottom of the run.

 

More details to follow in the not too distant future.

Thanks for a splendid week y’all.

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On a 90f September 1st I'm dreaming of fun times with my fellow ESA Friends.

Ahhhhhh! 
 

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It is the same example of core strength/balance......was really enlightening.

 

Mike, you were missed a ton!!

 

Some folks are staying an extra day to ski on Friday, but Bud, Phil and I headed to Denver for SIA.  Its been such a rush we haven't had time to post the pics but there are a bunch of them to post up.  Will try to make time in the next few days.

Here's another Teaser.....

Terry Ackerman showing his stuff in Highlands Bowl.

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As yet another 'experienced' skier thinking he 'knows how to ski', partaking in a portion of another ESA and having the luxury of skiing with a few groups, and listening to and watching Bob Barnes, Chris Geib, Bud, Phil, Dave Grogan, Charlie MacArthur and of course, Weems, I am not worthy by comparison. The talent of the coaches is on such a higher level where their skiing makes you realize there is always room for improvements and fine tuning.

 

Their skiing and teaching skills, enthusiasm, depth of knowledge and perception made for yet another great learning experience and stoke. I now have a bunch of new tools (including Weems' awesome book) I can continue to work on improving my game and am extremely motivated!

 

Thank you! And thank to to all the other participants/friends/compatriots that added to the positive atmosphere, laughs and companionship.

 

Here are more pics from Highlands.

 

Hopefully, bshon and Bud will post POVs.

 

The hike:

 

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Here is a shot of longjohn on his way to setting a new ESA Highland Bowl hike record (AFAIK) to the top in 37 minutes:

 

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And Ken, on day 16 of his skiing career nailing the steep bowl. It was astounding watching his and others improve over a couple days to the point where they could conquer Highland Bowl:

 

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Bob Barnes showing us a kick turn without falling down this year:

 

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...and Bob then proceeding to show us what ripping the steeps is supposed to look like:

 

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Nice bump, Tricia, but sad at the same time.  No ESA '12.

 

Mike

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Do you mean there will be no ESA12, or that there is not yet a plan for ESA 12?

 

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Sadly, ESA has been put on hold for 2012, with the hope that we can breath new life into it for the future.frown.gif

Announcement about EpicSki Academy

 

post #131 of 136
Thanks for the memories, TC!

("Without falling this year"--you're being nice. It wasn't a "fall," if I recall, last year--it was a complete spastic breakdown that culminated in a crossed-skis faceplant and multiple somersault down the steeps of Highland Bowl, before finally recovering my composure, if not my dignity!)

No one regrets that we've put ESA on hold this season more than I do.

I hope your recovery is still progressing smoothly, TrekChick. (I owe you a phone call--will try to get with you tomorrow.)

Best regards,
Bob
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Thanks for the memories, TC!

("Without falling this year"--you're being nice. It wasn't a "fall," if I recall, last year--it was a complete spastic breakdown that culminated in a crossed-skis faceplant and multiple somersault down the steeps of Highland Bowl, before finally recovering my composure, if not my dignity!)

No one regrets that we've put ESA on hold this season more than I do.

I hope your recovery is still progressing smoothly, TrekChick. (I owe you a phone call--will try to get with you tomorrow.)

Best regards,
Bob


 

Except maybe me. (See bold in quote)

 

 ESA has done many things for me, which only starts with the great coaching and never ends with the amazing friends I've met (and still meet) along the way.

 

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Except maybe me. (See bold in quote)

 

 ESA has done many things for me, which only starts with the great coaching and never ends with the amazing friends I've met (and still meet) along the way.

 


And me.

And Marcia.

 

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And me.

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Great pictures.   Looks like loads of fun. 

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