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    Meet Denis Vezina, tele instructor... He is the best I have seen; smoothest, most elegant lead change...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiXQTS_8Ph0

    I've seen good skiers with balls, wit and agressiveness... But Denis has it all; + he's a sort of zen master...

    Who's your best?

  • #2
    Smooth!

    Any vids of him in powder?

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    • #3
      I don't know! Not in his youtube channel at least...

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      • #4
        I've skied with this guy and he's pretty incredible...

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIFk1jCqn3U

        he was involved with a couple of films so I don't think they release a lot of random footage on youtube, here's a little from park city

        http://vimeo.com/34649232

        he shreds pow too - sometimes switch

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        • #5
          Pretty impressive skiing. Very smooth and efficient. I would like to see him on something that was not hero carving snow . Not so sure about Matt's first video. It always makes me cringe. I am not a big fan of the modern free ride form of throwing your hips and lead change in to each new turn. It makes for a lot of skidding and very Z shaped, windshield wiper turns.

          As far as the best that is an instructor that would depend on doing what. I would say Greg Dixon out of Bachelor could lay a much bigger trench with a whole lot more angulation then the video above. Ann Shorling of Jackson is probably the best dynamic short radius skier I have seen. Ross Matlock is a pretty impressive powder skier. IMHO all around the best skier and instructor I know is Charlie MacArthur out of Aspen. He is a level 3 snowboarder and a E3 Examiner and past National team member for both alpine and tele. The guy is not human. He is also one of the best stand up paddlers I know. When ever people piss on that sport I pull out a video of him stand up paddling a class 4 river with no effort.

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          • #6
            Dickie Hall is high on my list.
            Go for adventure, take pix, but make certain to bring'em back alive!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by James View Post
              I am not a big fan of the modern free ride form of throwing your hips and lead change in to each new turn. It makes for a lot of skidding and very Z shaped, windshield wiper turns.
              I agree. But those guys are great cause they fear nothing... But I prefer the precise lead change with very round arcs...

              Here is Russ Matlock in a Interski workshop:
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l67chDvAoz0

              Dickie H is a great skier and a pioneer. I've got (almost) all of his vids. But he is not exactly in that precision I am looking after. Speaking of pioneers, I really like (what I know of) Steve Barnett: although we do not see him very much in vids, I saw once a segment where he was skiing crud on skiiny skis with a sense of balance coming from another world... very impressive.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by RobRoyMeans View Post
                Dickie Hall is high on my list.
                Of course he is! You do realize that there's a great big world outside of NH and VT, don't you?

                Rob (and I really have no idea what made me think of this), remember when you suggested that a person could get by ski-bumming at Mammoth by heading down to Venice and "selling a few canvasses"? Of course I had weeks of fun with that - because I'm an incurable ass - but you honestly have one of the more interesting ways of seeing things that I've ever encountered. I alternate between dismissing you as a complete loon and standing, mouth agape, in awe of something beautiful and inscrutable. I'm glad you're here.

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                • #9
                  <sniff...> That's the nicest thing you've ever said to anybody. </sniff...>

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cesare View Post
                    <sniff...> That's the nicest thing you've ever said to anybody. </sniff...>
                    I benefit from low expectations.

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                    • #11
                      That is a good video of Ross. It shows his personality which is probably his biggest strength. Here is my favorite powder tactic from a couple other great instructors. Scotty McGee and Craig Panarisi from Jackson.

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yLN-miMWB8
                      Last edited by James; 27 June 2014, 09:37 AM.

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