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Sean's Features
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Sean Nalette Oct 26, 2009.

What would you like to see in a wood features
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Nelson Wingard Oct 19, 2009.

Two new programs...Men's club and Women's Club
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Nelson Wingard Jan 28, 2009.

 

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It's still just about Balance

This summer I spent 7 days working up at Mt Hood with PSIA-NW and Snow Performance Race Camps. Great weather, good firm snow in the morning and corn by mid morning. As usual we loaded the chair around 6:30, started teaching around 8 and came off hill around 1...leaving plenty of time for a sail or a round of golf. Both camps I would car pool up with either Tyler Barns of the PSIA-NW Technical Team or Chris Kastner former PSIA national demo team member. The time on the hill and in the car… Continue

Posted on September 6, 2009 at 1:16am — 11 Comments

Best Winter Ever

On Feb 18th at 3 AM, Lily Kay Wingard joined the population of Steamboat. She is a very healthy and happy baby. She is our first child and now I understand. All those people who told me what to expect or how I would feel, I never could understand until now. Easily the coolest thing ever.





Now we are just finishing up here in Steamboat and getting ready to go on summer break. We'll head out to Hood River to enjoy the Windsurfing,… Continue

Posted on June 4, 2009 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Move with the ski

I went out the other day on a Snowboard, which I haven't done in way too long. Man, that's fun. And my skiing improved because of it. It's all about moving with the tool, staying centered and shaping the turn.



The first few turns on the SB I was so concerned with slowing down that I just pushed my back foot around and slid around the corner. The board would pivot, slide, then as pressure built up chatter and bounce over the snow. The latter half of the turn was very unpleasant and I… Continue

Posted on January 17, 2009 at 10:09pm — 2 Comments

A great video clip

A good friend of mine sent me this link. Great image of skiing.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/other_sports/winter_sports/7301092.stm



A couple of notes.

1. The drill where Noel has his poles across his body, he is not focused on keeping them down the hill, but rather level to terrain. This is to maintain body orientation that keeps pressure and movement directed towards the outside ski. The rotary element is less focused on counter and more upon moving with the… Continue

Posted on December 7, 2008 at 10:36am

Early Season Tune Up Tips

Starting the season right is the key to a long season of fun on the mountain. Getting your feet dialed in so you can balance on top of your skis or board makes for much easier skiing or riding.



Here are a couple of thoughts that I use to get my center.

1. Simple sport. Keep your body over your base of support.

2. Balancing on the side of the ski is what makes them carve and hold, if I push or try to edge hard, the ski breaks loose and chatters.

3. Explore a range of… Continue

Posted on December 4, 2008 at 9:26pm — 4 Comments

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At 3:30pm on January 19, 2010, CdnMtnGal said…
Hi Nelson - I posted a question on the forums page, and Barry Goldkind suggested I ask you directly, so here it is again. I'm a member of the Canadian Ski Instructors' Alliance and will be vacationing in Steamboat the first week of March. When I return home, I intend to take the course and exams for my next CSIA certification level. (I'm currently a Level 1 and hoping to get my Level 2.) Would love to get some pointers while at Steamboat. Are there any Level 3 or 4 CSIA-certified instructors on staff (or better yet, someone with Level 2 course conductor experience) who I could take a session with (hopefully without breaking the bank)? Thanks!
At 9:28am on December 16, 2009, Loryn said…
Thanks again to you and your crew for being so awesome and helping the media during the early season!
At 8:43pm on November 21, 2009, George Humann said…
Thanks boss!
At 9:19pm on September 23, 2009, Andrew Dean said…
HI Mate,
I would like to go to PSIA-RM Fall training this winter as I think it would be a good way to integrate more with the PSIA pathway as well as be a good early seaon tune up. I presume I need to be PSIA-RM member first and was wondering if this is possible with holding any certifications? I am also considering doing some courses this winter if I have the time. Andy

PS I tried skiing thinking only about early balance jury is still out.
At 9:59pm on April 29, 2009, Damon Butler said…
looking forward to 2009/2010... training hard for next year now...
At 4:31am on April 25, 2009, Matt 'Bravo' Hale said…
Well I didnt think telling you i'm a bit accident prone would get me a job this time last year. We're home now but would definately love to come back next year if you can get us them oh so sacred H2B visas-they're like a golden challice. Come on Indiana Wingard you can do it!
At 12:25am on April 25, 2009, Cole Richter said…
great content says the guy who hasnt updated his blog since january...
At 9:53am on March 30, 2009, Westie said…
I'm starting my plans early for my trip in December 2009. I want to book private lessons for my partner as a birthday present, and I want to take part too, can you tell me roughly how much it would cost 'per day', or perhaps for a 3 day lesson for the two of us. I was taught to ski in steamboat in '96, and still had lessons when I came back in '97. Have ski'd in other countries since, but always planned to come to steamboat for my 40th.... however, my partner really isn't confident about the skiing, so I'd like private lessons.

Thanks in advance, and I know it's a long way off, but I am already looking forward to the trip.

Westie.
At 1:42pm on March 3, 2009, geog said…
Nelson -
I have been reading your comments and answers on the website - they are very helpful. I have a couple of quick questions if you have the opportunity to respond. We are coming for the week of 3/14-3/21. My 6 year old (1st grade) is a good little skier who only gets on the slopes 5 to 6 times a year - he loves it. I know that he would benefit from five day program but for a number of reasons (wanting to ski with mom, dad, and grandpop, wanting to spend time with grandmon at the condo, and exhaustion) I don't see him doing five full days in a row and enjoying it. Honestly, I want to ski with him much more than the program would allow. However, I also see that daily classes start later and require that you sign up again each day. Is there anyway to get the best of both worlds? I would love to put in for three days of the week as part of the Desperados even if I need to pay the daily fee - is that possible? Any suggestions?
Also, is the Flaik system up and running? Is that for daily lessons as well?
I really appreciate the information and look forward to our trip!
Thank you!
George
ggriffaton@comcast.net
610-331-3042
At 6:15pm on February 16, 2009, Ron Shepard said…
But wait- I went for Tele LII this season, and got "invited" to take III, then venture onto the central nordic ed-staff. This was proposed by the tele guy because he thinks its "odd" that I have to try out for and shadow before I can move onto the central alpine staff. So I am claiming Tele. It doesn't hurt that it's an easier class in NASTAR either.

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Nelson Wingard replied to George Agnacian's discussion Ski week for Boarders?
"Hi George, sorry for the delay in reply.  We don't offer the week long product for SB.  However, we can work with you so that your sone will have the same instructor for a week.  Book five days of daily lessons then contact us…"
Oct 11, 2013
Nelson Wingard replied to Douglas Ingraham's discussion Private lesson - Instructor Suggestions and Availability
"Doug,   I just saw this post.  I hope it's not too late to help you out. 1.  We have a lot of great instructors.  Many of them are active on this site.  Our ticket office can help you book the right pro for your…"
Mar 11, 2013
Nelson Wingard left a comment for Cath Hodgson-Croker
"Hi Cath, I'm replying to your comment regarding the Ski Weeks.  Unfortunately, we just don't have the demand for the ski week all season long.  However, we can make arrangements to have the same coach for kids that are here for…"
Nov 28, 2012
Nelson Wingard replied to fireman's discussion Best option for adult and kids - 1 adult & 3 kids
"Hello,   I'm Nelson Wingard, Director of our school.  I don't get onto this site as often as I should, so here is my direct email if you need more information: nwingard@steamboat.com the complete 3 is the best option for you…"
Nov 28, 2012
Nelson Wingard replied to Currently Bored's discussion Peg skibike regulations for the 2012/13 season ???????
"Just so everybody knows.  We will be allowing peg style bikes to ride Steamboat this season.  You will need to get a permit to ride on the mountain.  Permits are issued at the successful completion of a three hour lesson. …"
Sep 6, 2012
Nelson Wingard replied to Mitch's discussion What is a normal day at ski/board school?
"Hi Mitch, Our RR program meets at 9:30AM and skis/rides until 3:00.  The upper end classes are out of the base area around 10:00.  The classes use the terrain most appropriate for the skill development and motivation of the students. …"
Mar 4, 2012
Nelson Wingard replied to Rod Mason's discussion Steamboat Ski School
"Thank you very much.  We'll pass it on to the Bob's.   Nelson Wingard Director, Steamboat Ski and Snowboard School"
Feb 15, 2012
Nelson Wingard replied to moey-d's discussion Billy Kidd All Mountain Ski Camp
"Moey-d,   I'm sorry to be so slow in reply.    The BK All Mt Camps are a great alternative to RR if your looking for smaller groups, more performance focus and high level skiing.  The instructor is the same for the three…"
Jan 22, 2012

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