Long after we step into our skis, learn the “pizza” and move on to the “french fry”, the people who taught us how to slide down the mountain fade into the distance. But what happens when you’ve been cruising the blues for the millionth time, and you’re just ready for a new challenge?
Despite what you may think, Ski School is not just for the kiddos. It’s not just for the first-timers. Let’s face it, we could all benefit from some lessons on the hill to sharpen up our skills, learn some new tricks and master challenging terrain. It’s an investment that will benefit you throughout your entire ski and snowboarding career. You’ll become more efficient with your turns so you don’t feel so tired or sore the next day, you’ll feel more confidence, and you’ll be able to ride more of the mountain. Imagine carving down groomers, floating through powder, weaving through the trees, hitting up the terrain park or mastering moguls–you know you want to!
PSIA certified ski instructor and trainer Erik Mogensen of Winter Park has made a career out of teaching skiing. It’s amazing how quickly the tips and tricks can transform the way you ski. On his lesson with Victoria, an intermediate skier and a mom who fears the day her son will surpass her on the mountain, Erik shows her how to take her skiing to the next level in the bumps.
Take a peek:
By R. Scott Rappold
Originally posted at funemployedcolorado.wordpresss.com.
Somewhere out there in the murkiness, in the vertigo-inducing clouds, was the powder day of a lifetime.
It was January 14 at Arapahoe Basin, in the midst of the biggest snowstorm of the season to date, which would leave Summit County with triple-digit snow totals by the time it moved out.
If only I could see it. Riding the lower slopes was like skiing by brail. I knew everything underfoot was untouched powder, but to ski the upper half of the mountain? Terrifying. Montezuma Bowl? Out of the question.
Sensory deprivation is not a good thing on skis. Goggles froze only slightly more quickly than toes in these conditions. After four runs off Pallavicini Lift, it was beer o’clock.
As I sat nursing a beer, cursing the whiteout, I wondered, what was I doing here? Had I really dropped everything to drive halfway across the state in a misguided pursuit of powder? Would my efforts be rewarded or would blizzard-force winds wipe good snow away?
What was this folly? (continue reading…)
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are right around the corner, and a town in northwest Colorado that serves as an assembly line for snowsports champions organized a going-away party on Saturday to send its hometown Olympic heroes off in style.
The festivities began with a skills demonstration from participants in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, which over the years has produced 79 Olympians. Afterwards, this year’s crop of competitors were honored onstage along with local wounded warriors and guests were treated to a torch relay, the lighting of a 15-foot cauldron that will remain lit throughout the Games, fireworks, a flash mob dance, and birthday cake. (continue reading…)
Here’s what the Revelation Bowl looked like this morning on a bluebird Friday in southwest Colorado. We’re stuck in Denver this weekend, so let us live vicariously through you: visit www.tellurideskiresort.com/TellSki/hot-deals.aspx for Telluride’s featured Ski & Stay packages.
Copper Mountain’s Ski and Ride University is a brand new program for skiers and snowboarders who are completely new to the sport. For $199, Ski and Ride U includes three ski or snowboard lessons with lift tickets and equipment rental; 3 days of parking in the Union Creek lot, lunch on your 2nd and 3rd day of lessons; and a Copper Mountain season pass upon graduation of the program!
by Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com
What do free ride skiing legend Glen Plake, Olympians Bode Miller and Daron Rahlves and Kevin Jordan, the Children’s Coordinator for the Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass, have in common?
Besides incredible skill on skis, they are Ambassadors on the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month Leadership Team, charged with getting people fired up about winter and about learning how to ski and snowboard.
Jordan is one of three PSIA ski instructors on the team, and the only team member from Colorado. As someone with extensive experience working with beginner skiers, Jordan has created a Facebook page that shares one “learn-to” tip each day during January.
Tips include how to size skis, how many pairs of socks to wear, knowing “The Code” and more. The tips don’t have to be read in order, and some will resonate more with some people than others. But they are all designed to help “clue in” beginners and give them some heads-up information.
“I wanted to do something that would help beginners,” explains Jordan. “One of the biggest challenges in learning a new sport is that there are a lot of questions. Everyone wants to learn quickly and be good at something right away. They don’t want to look silly or look like they don’t know what they are doing.”
Jordan’s goal is to help answer beginners’ questions, before they’re even asked. His favorite tip is that learning to ski or snowboard should be fun. And also, that it’s a process that will take more than one lesson.
“Learning a winter sport is not a ‘one-off’ experience,” he explains. “There is always something that we can improve upon in terms of skill development.”
Lessons aren’t just for beginners, and teaching pros have plenty of skills they can share with intermediate and advanced skiers to help them explore the mountain in a safe and fun manner.
“For example, at the Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass, we teach kids how to ‘self-arrest’ or stop themselves before we take them onto steep terrain,” Jordan shares.
“We have a double black diamond checklist and this ‘self arrest’ skill is just on of the many skills they learn and have to be proficient in before we take them into this difficult terrain.”
So whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced skier or rider, check out Jordan’s tips and take a lesson this January. It will be so much more fun than hibernating!
When You Go…
For information on Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month programs available across Colorado, check with your local resort or check out this information from Colorado Ski Country USA.
If you and your family do find yourself at Aspen/Snowmass this season, Jordan suggests purchasing half and full-day private lessons at least seven days in advance for the greatest savings. He also suggests that families check out the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center, which has programming for infants through teenagers, and Ullr Nights.
An on-mountain celebration of winter, Ullr Nights happens every Friday night through March 28 at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola with great food, live music, sledding, ice skating and skibiking. As for skiing Snowmass, Jordan suggests taking a “couple of days to explore the mountain.”
“Snowmass offers something for everyone, from a beginner’s paradise at 10,000 feet known as the Elk Camp Meadows, to extreme terrain in the Cirque and the Hanging Valley Wall.
“For intermediates and advanced skiers and riders, try skiing or riding from one side of the mountain to the other. It will take you a few days to really do this.
“I’m still learning new lines here in some of the extreme terrain!”