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Aspen was great on Tuesday.....more pics to come!

Up today Aspen Highlands!!!

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Where's Budd in the bikini? 

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Aspen was great on Tuesday.....more pics to come!

Up today Aspen Highlands!!!



You guys hiking the bowl today?????  How's Bayou Boy, aka Greg, doing up there..giving you just a little grief yet?

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I think they did, On FB Phil commented about a core shot.....   Details......details....

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Hey Ragin,

 

Wishin you were here with us.  GW is in my group and we did hike the bowl today and he was "kickin the chicken" in the bowl!  What a great guy and great improvements.  He has some video of his run down the bowl on his I phone so I am sure you will see it! Ask him about his epiphany!

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We came, we skied, we hiked we left our mark .........and we skied some more!

 

 

 

EpicSki stuck on Highlands Summit

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pics are here... http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=330717&id=540901137 

 

Will try to post links tomorrow. Feel free to look through them. 

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We had the Banquet last night with some great prizes, including a new pair of K2 skis, a balance from Snowind Sports (AKA Bud Heishman) and guided skiing at Northstar at Tahoe, Transpak boot bags, Gift Certificates (and shirts) from Start Haus and Weem's new book, autographed by the author, two tool kits from Slidewright ( AKA Terry Ackerman).  LongJohn won the K2 skis, Jay won the alignment and guided skiing at Northstar, Slidewright won Weem's book! 

 

Highlights of the week included but are not exclusive to.......

A presentation by Weems and his son Packy

Ski Tuning tips from Terry Ackerman from Slidewright

Hiking Highlands Bowl and getting some amazing turns in some incredible snow.

A Centering session with Charlie and Weems, on finding your center and balance which translates to the snow,

but most of all......the experience of spending time with friends new and old, watching the skiing improve and seeing the smiles on faces of students who had AH HAH! moments

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Sorry to miss out on all the fun!  Where's the pics!!!!!     Glad you guys are having such a great time.  

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Great summary Tricia.  Nice FB pics Phil.  It appears the Aspen ESA experience is outstanding icon14.gif

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Highlights of the week included but are not exclusive to.......

 

A presentation by Weems and his son Packy

Ski Tuning tips from Terry Ackerman from Slidewright

Hiking Highlands Bowl and getting some amazing turns in some incredible snow.

A Centering session with Charlie and Weems, on finding your center and balance which translates to the snow,

but most of all......the experience of spending time with friends new and old, watching the skiing improve and seeing the smiles on faces of students who had AH HAH! moments

 

BTW (if we’re thinking of the same above in bold) I remember Weems exampling that “core strength/balance” method for cgeib, Betsy and me late last season.  That was a very practical demonstration.     



 

 


 

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What an "EPIC" week!!!

 

-Impeccable weather and conditions

-Camaraderie and skiing with enthusiastic fellow skiers

-Four days of extraordinary coaching with Charlie MacArthur

 

My karma was hot and biorhythms in sync, as I was a BIG WINNER in the raffle last night.

-Thanks to Terry from SlideWright.com for the complete tuning kit he donated.

-Thanks to K2 Skis for a new pair of skis donated by them.

 

Last but not least, after listening to Weems explain the Sports Diamond for the fourth time, I think I just maybe am starting to get the difference between 'touch' and 'purpose'.

 

-John

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John

 

Glad you won the skis.  And sorry to miss you this year.  Sounds like you had a good time, and I'm envious.

 

Mike

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Great summary Tricia.  Nice FB pics Phil.  It appears the Aspen ESA experience is outstanding icon14.gif

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Highlights of the week included but are not exclusive to.......

 

A presentation by Weems and his son Packy

Ski Tuning tips from Terry Ackerman from Slidewright

Hiking Highlands Bowl and getting some amazing turns in some incredible snow.

A Centering session with Charlie and Weems, on finding your center and balance which translates to the snow,

but most of all......the experience of spending time with friends new and old, watching the skiing improve and seeing the smiles on faces of students who had AH HAH! moments

 

BTW (if we’re thinking of the same above in bold) I remember Weems exampling that “core strength/balance” method for cgeib, Betsy and me late last season.  That was a very practical demonstration.     



 

 


 

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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Aspen was great on Tuesday.....more pics to come!

Up today Aspen Highlands!!!



You guys hiking the bowl today?????  How's Bayou Boy, aka Greg, doing up there..giving you just a little grief yet?


yea man don't you know it. I went from just doing parallel turns  to hiking and skiing highlands bowl in three years. Thanks ESA for making this happen!!!

 

Had a blast Ragin missed you bud


 

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NICE PIC!  Looks sweet!

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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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Edited by Alpinord - 1/28/11 at 4:00pm
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Nice pics, Terry, but not as impressive as that photo of you in the bowl.  Makes it look like a bunch of snow in there. 

 

Mike

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Mike,

It's nicely deceiving imagery created by a good photographer (Bob Barnes), a nice DSLR camera and lens (TC & Phil's) in burst mode, a sniffed out line with boot high powder, skied with linked recoveries......damn fun! yahoo.gif


Edited by Alpinord - 1/28/11 at 4:00pm
post #109 of 136

I'd love to check out the FB stuff, but refuse to join that SNS.  So, I'll have to make due with the excellent photo above!

 

Mike

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I changed the above link to another option for viewing outside of FB. For some reason, since I could embed links, I thought anyone could access certain galleries in FB.

 

Hopefully, Phil will set up his sequence. He had a nice run and Bob got some excellent shots, along with several other people.

 

Lots of videos and stills were shot each day. I'm not sure where those will end up. I imagine it'd take a bit of time and work to boil something down and post, if at all.

 

On an aside note, Tog, I hope you're feeling better and got in some good skiing before heading home. Sorry to not have seen much of you.

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I am going to post a more complete TR for this ESA, my first. The praise for all involved will be immense. Thanks, Terry, for the kind words. I had skied a few times as a kid and young adult, badly, and not liked it much. I gave it up for 15 years and never thought about it until 4 years ago, when my wife convinced me that it would be a good idea for my girls to learn to ski. I skied 2-3 days a year for 3 years with my kids on the green and blue terrain at Whiteface until this year, when we did 4.5 days at Solitude over Christmas as a family. If you had told me that after 2.5 days at ESA I would have not just been able to survive the Highland Bowl but really enjoy skiing it, I would have hoped you were right but never believed it. If you had told me that after even the first day of ESA, I would have thought you were crazy. This was the most meaningful athletic experience of my life and one of the most meaningful learning experiences of any kind that I have ever had. It deserves a full TR to do it justice but for now suffice it to say that as I am sitting in my kitchen outside Philly I am already daydreaming about next year.

 

Ken

 

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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. 

 

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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. 

 


Yep we made it just fine with no help and had a great adventure. We just used what we have been taught through Epic we stayed together and  we didn't leave no one behind that's the Epic Way!!!  

 

No worries

 


 

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Hiking the highlands Bowl.jpg

 

 

This a Pic I took with my Iphone Hiking the bowl

 

turned out pretty cool

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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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Bud showing off his best Ass-etts

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We got a lot of pics of the group that went to the summit, and in fairness to Bud's crew that dropped in earlier, which included Bazzer, Bud and GW Skier, Bazzer and GW live at a significantly lower elevation and totally (as GW would say) Kicked that Chicken!!

 

Highland Bowl waiting for our ascent

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GW Skier grinning from ear to ear and ready for the hike

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Me on the last few steps and Bob encouraging me.  (the ascent took me about 45 min)

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Peter, and Ken, two new students to ESA, charged up like pros!

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Jay, also new to EpicSki this year, ripping the bumps at the top of the bowl(didn't get many pics of him on this leg of the journey, probably because he was ripping it up while we were lolly gagging)

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Me holding on to the edge after the bumps ripped me

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Bob sniffed out a nice powder stash that we played in on our way down.  Mmmmmm, snow

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Bshon loved the snow, he decided to really embrace it

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Me and Terry play around

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Peter

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Bshon

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Ken

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LongJohn

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Me

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Kevin

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And last but not least, Terry (Alpinord).  As seen in the pic posted above, he sniffed out some nice powder lines, but I love this shot of him 

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Thanks for readin'

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The enthusiasm of keniski, jaysuds, and longjohn oozes from the computer monitor.  Way to make the summit Trekchick.  I know the climb would be very tough for me.  That view of the Maroon Bells is WOWSOME. icon14.gif

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Very nice.  

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Marcia and I are back in Boston and letting the fun of the past week wash over us before we have to get back to our day-to-day lives!

 

As usual, we enjoyed seeing/skiing/laughing with old friends and meeting new ones.  The smaller enrollment this year allowed for a more intensive learning experience in some ways.  At the same time, this allowed for a slightly looser structure than in the past:  smaller groups meant that my group could join up with others at will (and with less crowding) to work on specific goals and/or to ski certain terrain (eg, AMF, Highlands Bowl).  Having Chris Geib and Jean-Marc float from group to group was invaluable in helping to build on what the individual coaches were working on.  The two elective afternoons helped me filter and combine Bud's excellent coaching tips with the style of two more excellent coaches, Dave Grogan and Charlie MacArthur.  Other folks had the chance to use Bob Barnes as a 'filter.'  It might seem chaotic to try to learn from multiple people over the course of a few days, but the beauty of these clinics is that we (really) are all working on the same thing:  making an efficient, fluid, more 'offensive' turn in all types of terrain.  I found that I got the most out of what one coach would say to me by mentioning what Bud had been noting in my skiing.  This clinic was truly a collaborative effort!

 

As usual, I saw a visible improvement in Marcia's skiing and felt an improvement in mine as well.  The fascinating thing about skiing is that although Marcia and I ski at different levels, when we compared 'notes' at the end of the day, we were working on making the same basic moves!  (Perhaps EpicSkiAcademy should re-brand itself as the SBM method...)  I felt a jump in understanding this year in that, although I still struggle to make the turns that I want to, I am working on more subtle moves and concepts to achieve this goal.  The technical-weenie part of me is really enjoying this part.

 

A last treat from the week was free skiing with Bob Barnes and Chris Geib the day after the clinic ended.  Watching their impromptu demonstration of another instruction method was priceless.

 

Thanks to all the coaches and organizers for another great week!

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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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Great to meet you and ski with you, Ken!  Look forward to many more.

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