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  1. #76
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    When you book the lessons emphasize that youíre an expert and insist on a PSIA Level 3 instructor.

    A lot of skiers donít realize that the PSIAís certification series is Level 1 is the Beginnerís zone, Level 2 Intermediate, and Level 3 Expert. Nearly all candidates pass a Level 1 exam, many candidates will take the Level 2 at least twice before passing, and Level 3 is a serious commitment.

    If you want a recommendation at a specific resort in the Cascades PM me, Iím happy to ask around.

    Call plenty in advance and try and book mid-week and not during the holidays. If youíre really willing to work at it you absolutely can improve through your 40ís, 50ís, or later.

  2. #77
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    Quote Originally Posted by lowsparkco View Post
    When you book the lessons emphasize that you’re an expert and insist on a PSIA Level 3 instructor.

    A lot of skiers don’t realize that the PSIA’s certification series is Level 1 is the Beginner’s zone, Level 2 Intermediate, and Level 3 Expert. Nearly all candidates pass a Level 1 exam, many candidates will take the Level 2 at least twice before passing, and Level 3 is a serious commitment.

    If you want a recommendation at a specific resort in the Cascades PM me, I’m happy to ask around.

    Call plenty in advance and try and book mid-week and not during the holidays. If you’re really willing to work at it you absolutely can improve through your 40’s, 50’s, or later.
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    I totally agree with that - not only can you improve all the way up to expert, you can also became a Level 2 instructor in your 50's...

  3. #78
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    I learned how to ski bumps from hut-to-hut guide, skiing down a snowmobile trail, loaded with swales, for 5 miles.

    It was exhausting until he showed me to drive the front ski (tele) into the troughs.

  4. #79
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    Quote Originally Posted by half-fast View Post
    The instructor said “follow me”


    Next to “poop,” those are the two words I use the most when coaching (I coach ages 7-11 All Mountain Devo).

    Skills and drills are just one part of coaching, there’s a lot to be said about mileage. You gotta play the long game; one or two lessons aren’t gonna make you better unless you put in the mileage (practice).
    "Man, we killin' elephants in the back yard..."

    https://www.blizzard-tecnica.com/us/en

  5. #80
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    70's Pow lesson: Roommate," stay about 12 feet behind me and a little to the side. Don't think just do what I do." Knee deep day at CB. It just clicked for me and I was hooked for life. He was a wake n bake coke dealer that disappeared in the middle of the night with our other roommates car never to seen or heard from again.

  6. #81
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    For me it was an all day private lesson from a young Swiss girl named Karolina while I was vacationing at Gstaad. In typical Swiss fashion she was business-like on the early morning rides up the Bergbahn. But after an early lunch of leberknodelsuppe and perhaps a few too many shots of absinthe, her DIN settings went from 11 to 4.5. Another stop in late afternoon for a pick me up had us both prereleasing by evening. Night followed day, and the next morning, I woke in my hotel bed to find only a handwritten note scented with her perfume. I held the note next to my nose, closed my eyes and thought if god were to take me at this moment I'd have no regrets.
    "timberridge is terminally vapid" -- a fortune cookie in Yueyang

  7. #82
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    My college housemate was in Switzerland, met a lovely Swiss girl and they spent 2 weeks hiking together. No intimacy but things were definitely heading in that direction--or so he thought. Until she said the M word.

  8. #83
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    Quote Originally Posted by whipski View Post
    70's Pow lesson: Roommate," stay about 12 feet behind me and a little to the side. Don't think just do what I do." Knee deep day at CB. It just clicked for me and I was hooked for life. He was a wake n bake coke dealer that disappeared in the middle of the night with our other roommates car never to seen or heard from again.
    That was similar to my 1st powder "lesson" - 1st day of the Back Bowls at Vail... January of '95 I think? Wondered what all the beaters (this included me) were doing slavering at a rope at the Patrol shack at the top of 4(?)... timed it right and proceeded to auger in a couple time before figuring out the Tigger Bounce.

    Fucking HOOKED.

  9. #84
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    For those of you who broke your cherry skiing powder, how soon afterwards were you able to get the proper tip exposure and correct pole posture? Is this something that takes years to master or can you figure it out in a week or so?

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    "timberridge is terminally vapid" -- a fortune cookie in Yueyang

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