Skiing Breckenridge – Jan 4, 2007

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Well, sorry for the delay in writing a snow report. But quite frankly, it has all been the same for the past 5 days. 30’s for the high, wind in the afternoon, snow firming up. Well not today! For as long as I remember, we have had a big storm after the New Year’s holiday. This year seems to be no different! Check this out:


Well, sorry for the delay in writing a snow report. But quite frankly, it has all been the same for the past 5 days. 30’s for the high, wind in the afternoon, snow firming up. Well not today! For as long as I remember, we have had a big storm after the New Year’s holiday. This year seems to be no different! Check this out:
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FRIDAY.
A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 12 PM MST FRIDAY.
TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 16 INCHES ARE EXPECTED BY NOON
FRIDAY. WEST TO SOUTHWEST WINDS AT 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40
MPH WILL ALSO PRODUCE CONSIDERABLE BLOWING SNOW AND POOR
VISIBILITIES.

Finally a storm started rolling through. It snow all day, no major accumulations. But the good news is that it has not stopped. Tomorrow morning should be really good. Temps are high teens, mid-twenties. Windy today. As evidenced by my class ducking for cover.
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Today was a very fun day of skiing. The $149 lesson pass started today. And we had a very busy line up. Out we went at Level 7/8 with 7 fun students. It was a pleasure to ski with this group. They were very respectful of others in the class. They had fun, and I believe learn a lot.
We were playing with a few simple concepts at first:
continuous shin contact;
long leg/short leg;
Extending and flexing in the ankle, knee, hip, and spine.
As we started skiing as a group we noticed a few things:
a general lack of continuous movement throughout the turn. 1-2-3 (Waltz) or 1-2-3-4.
lack of edge engaugement at beginning of the turn.
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I was impressed with out skiers today. After becoming aware of the lack of edge engaugement, they put it right into practice.
After entering the bumps, a few other tendencies became apparent. It was time to figure out where we wanted to end up on the bumps. The ideal spot to start and end on the bumps was on the soft face of the bump. We explored the idea of connecting the soft faces with round arcs. We also spoke and drew on our mobile “whiteboard”. One concept that was eye opening was that most people choose to “ski a fast line slow”. This messes them up to know end. But what about the opposite? “Ski a slow line fast”. I think we affected some underlying understandings with that concept.
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I look forward to skiing with members of our group in private and group formats in the future.
To your sliding success,
Jon

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