Lessons for Ski and Snowboard have been busy over this Christmas holiday. I have also been transitioning from Futures and Dollar Index Trading back to equity options and teaching skiing. In addition we have been growing the MySnowPro.com instructor database, and growing our Web 2.0 reach via Twitter. You can actually follow us @MySnowPro or me personally @JonnieLaw on Twitter.
Ski Lessons from the hot house. Some say, “No snowballs in Hades!” I beg to differ. I will sit upon your shoulder and tell you a few of my favorite shortcuts for skiing better. But first, allow me to share where I received my idea for this topic.
Basically the opposite approach of many writers in getting a point across. What about the random ski tip in leu of ski lesson given by well meaning friends or family members?
Here is the professor who ran the experiment.It offers a very good lesson.
An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never
failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire
That class had
insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one
would be rich, a great equalizer.
The professor then said,
we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s
All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the
same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.
the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who
studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were
As the second test rolled around, the students who studied
little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a
free ride too so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.
scores never increased as bickering,
blame and name-calling all resulted in
hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone
All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told
them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great,
the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no
one will try or want to succeed.
Could not be any simpler than that.
Here is 1 of 6 of John Stossel’s take on Atlas Shrugged (Fox)
I taught all day and had a good time with the Level 8 class. The evening Skier Halfpipe is an INCREDIBLE event. Several thousand people smiling and excited for the event. The athletes rose to the challenge.
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The Dew Tour is hitting Breckenridge. A tent city of swag is in the Base area on Peak 8. Lots of cool stuff, including GoPro HD Cameras! I made it there for Skier Halfpipe Qualifiers. 48 men trying for 9 spots in the Prelims (friday), who will eventually qualify for the finals on Saturday night under the lights.
A few internet friends are creating a Circle of Thankful Thursday. I like this idea. I like it a lot. We all have the ability to create heaven or hell on Earth. Some people think one must wait to visit these places. I believe it is in your power to create either one.
Many of the local skiers are still in training mode as we prepare for a real snow fall. We are looking at the upper mtn wishing for a few big dumps. It will come. Breckenridge has had the temperatures to make snow. We have had the winds to blow snow into the bowls. We just need some more snow soon. Contest Bowl did have a brief opening on monday.
It has been a busy few weeks for me. I have not been posting my own stuff as much as usual. The good news is that we have been adding dozens of new instructors on MySnowPro.com during that time. We are also improving the search feature, and doing a homepage redesign which will make it more valuable for visitors to the website. On a similar note, I made the Windows 7 upgrade on 3 of my computers. It was somewhat time consuming but not difficult. We have also been building a following on Twitter I will be posting from the mountain daily. We are also gaining a presence on the MySnowPro.com Facebook Fan Page. You can find the link in the right hand column of this MySnowPro page.
I have finally put this together a benefit to those who visit MySnowPro.com. You can get your own Blastoff Network homepage for free. This has been a real cost saver for my family. Also, a portion of actual purchases goes to the Educational arm of Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA-RM).
Breckenridge had a busy Thanksgiving week. Although peak 8 was busy (due to Gondola offload), peak 9 had few lines of more than 30 seconds. Continue to plan your ski day around this pattern. Skiers and Riders can get up the Gondola and then head to P9 (open now) or P7 (scheduled Dec 11). I have my ideas where the morning and afternoon powder stashes will be, but I will make sure my students are privvy to that knowledge.
I have been getting into the lesson teaching groove. Specifically making it as easy as possible for my students “get it”. Rather than filling the lesson with fluff, there are nuts and bolts mechanics we can address as we move about the mountain. We then take it to the mountain and put the content (teaching) in to the context (different conditions on the mountain).
The past week has offered some good examples. It is important to remember that the first few days of a persons ski year (which I see all year long) requires dialing in our fore/aft balance. While I was skiing with Laura C. we identified such a situation. I placed captions below the slideshow.
This past weekend I have skied with some great people via private lesson. Specifically Ski.com put together a trip for a number of Ski Club board members from around the country. I skied with folks from Massachussetts, New York, and Florida. Yesterday and for the rest of the week I am skiing with a group based from St. Louis, although the members of the group are from Germany, China, France, and Belgium. This is one of my favorite parts of teaching.
As we move into December it is important to know that the Snow Guns have been working overtime. The cool to cold and dry temps have been fantastic for making snow. As of this writing we are expecting 4 days of snow. I will believe it when it is gliding over my boot tops.
Great snow. Here are some action videos for you skiers and riders. We are looking forward to another nice winter storm on Thursday.
This was a fun day of skiing. My wife and I were skiing around the mountain and we had a video camera handy so we took a few shots. Here is what I do on my day off.
8:30am clinic with Carl Richter. A few runs in the bowl. A few phone calls while I ate a bit. Meet up with a clinic group @ 11. Then met Sadie for a ski and some video. The temps were great. 20’s light breeze. Super fun snow. And low crowds.
I have been asked on a few emails to show you how I ski on my day off. Well, here it is. I put this together for you rockers.
I will also be breaking this video up to describe some bump skiing and air carving.
Enjoy and rock on!
Some visitors and guests have asked about my bio and background. Here goes:
Hometown: Dana Point, CA I moved to Breckenridge in the Fall of 1993.
Teaching: Cross Country and Track Running 1987-89, Skiing 1992- Present, and Golf Professional 2000-04.
Past competitive Sports: Surfing (NSSA), Triathlon (former Quintana Roo team rider), Golf (former Titleist club pro), Skiing (Fully Certified Alpine, and PSIA-RM Accredited Trainer), Track and Field, and Cross-Country (sub-4 minute mile).
Teaching Philosophies: A) Teach, Coach, Guide B) Safety, Fun, and Learning
C) Learning is a partnership between the student and instructor. It takes both parties to create an excellent lesson and learning environment. The instructor should not be the cap to progress. He should be the magnifier of possibility.
Where I teach: I can teach on the mountains of Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek, and Arapahoe Basin. I also am available for Snowcat and Heli-skiing around the globe.
Favorite Books (abridged selection):
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, Power vs. Force series by Dr. David Hawkins, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Market Wizards series by Jack Schwager, and Journey to Center by Thomas Crum