Guests/Students From Around the Country

Oct 11, 2007

Wow I ran across this story in the Macon County, Georgia Telegraph newspaper that talks about how many of Colorado’s ski resorts are spending lots of money to improve their areas. (http://www.macon.com/262/story/155557.html) And guess what, they mention Monarch as an area that has opened up lots of new terrain! I’m looking forward to meeting all…

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Gun Barrel Anyone?

Oct 10, 2007

Jack Sciacca, Monarch Mountain’s Ski School Director, invited me to climb Gun Barrel with him as soon as there is enough snow at the area. Way cool! I’m definitely going to take him up on this. I might have to dig up a pair of rock skis somewhere though. He says he’s going to climb…

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A-Basin Opened Today!

Oct 10, 2007

Well A-Basin got to be the first ski area in the nation to officially open today. They said this is the earliest it has ever opened. We’re going to Boulder this weekend for the annual Spyder sale. Maybe we’ll stop by the Basin and take a few runs on their man made snow. Skiing most…

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10th Mountain Division

Sep 25, 2007

I started skiing in the Army in 1977. Even before I was released from active duty I was working part-time as a ski instructor at Monarch in ’78. I had never skied before in my life having grown up in Connecticut where the snow is icy and, in my opinion back then, dangerous. Soon after…

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Opening Day at Monarch

Sep 25, 2007

Opening day at Monarch is the day before Thanksgiving, the 21 of November. I think that’s 56 days from today. It’s been so windy here in Salida lately that I haven’t been riding my bicycle for a few days. I’m gonna have to get my butt out there regardless of the wind and chilly temperatures.…

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Stop In and Ski Monarch

Sep 22, 2007

Crested Butte is giving out free lift tickets between Nov. 25 through Dec. 15. It’s also a four hour drive from Denver. Why not just stop at Monarch instead? Early season passes are only $27.00. And we always have better snow and no crowds.

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My Business Cards

Sep 22, 2007

Here is an image of business cards that I used most of last winter. The phone numbers are the ski school sales office. I’m thinking of adding my own mobile number, email address, and this blog URL to the card. Normally I have not involved myself in booking lessons for guests. I leave that all…

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Out About Town and Pressure Control

Sep 22, 2007

We were out in town last night enjoying the many friends we have here in Salida at our favorite watering hole, Benson’s Tavern. I got into a discussion with Boyd about pressure control. He and I go back and forth on this every once in a while. I mentioned that I believed ski racers actually…

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Fixed Gear Bicycles and Pressure Control

Sep 10, 2007

I’ve been riding my fixie quite a bit lately. I’m reminded of an idea I had a few years ago about how presure control is used in riding a fixie and how it is used in ski turns. If you could hook up a machine that could measure the pressure under your feet as you…

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Using This Technology

Sep 4, 2007

I ran across another site that seems to be dedicated to a similar concept as I have here. Actually it is probably more thought out and seems to be developed more as a business model. It’s called MySnowPro.com. According to the site it’s been set up for snow pros who want to have web sites…

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The Age Thing, Perspective

Aug 29, 2007

So I’m talking to my about-to-turn-23 year old daughter, Rikki, this morning. She told me she thought it was funny she thinks almost the same exact thing about feeling like she was fit when she was 18 but now has to resolve herself to being too old to compete at the world class level. Really…

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The Age Thing, Physically

Aug 24, 2007

All my training is paying off, but slowly. I’m really starting to feel fit again with all my riding. The only problem I feel is knowing how fit I once was. It wasn’t so long ago that I was training as a serious athlete with a goal of winning a medals at Masters’ Track Nationals.…

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