Skinny to Fat: The Targhee Diet Day 1/3

Breakfast/Meet & Greet:

Day one of ‘Knowledge is Powder’ started off right with 11 inches of fresh snow, on top of the 12 inches that had already fallen over the past few days. I headed up the hill, giddy over the news of the accumulation and eager to get started.

Hot coffee, chocolate chip muffins and new faces awaited campers at the Powder Scouts Headquarters. I began getting to know those that would be participating in the fun and learned that we would be accompanied by three Ski & Snowboard School instructors all with level three certification or above; Mark Hanson, Beth Miller and Paul Monk. Once we’d downed enough coffee and fueled our appetites we were on our way. A warm up run down Chief Joe offered fresh powder turns, and aided the instructors in evaluating our skiing.

Skiing & Instructional Time:

The group I would be skiing with consisted of Kevin, an active skier, surfer and traveler from Newport Beach, CA, Matias, a Chilean who previously instructed skiing and loves to rip groomers, and myself (the east coast transplant). Mark Hanson would be our instructor for the entirety of the camp.

By Mark’s sound advice, we headed up the Blackfoot Lift and over to the northern boundary in search of the deep stuff stashed in the tree lines. Most of the day was spent focusing on the fundamentals of skiing, while honing in on those specific to powder.

We quickly learned that though each of us are progressed in the sport, we all had something specific we needed to work on. Mark was quick to point this out and took to instructing each of us accordingly. The morale was high, support was constant, and the addition of Matias and Kevin’s personal observations of my skiing added additional perspective that deemed extremely helpful.

Video Analysis:

We were always on the move, and watching our skiing footage on the lift ensured we didn’t miss any of the potential powder turns and lessons the day had in store for us. Video was taken of each skier both in the morning and in the afternoon. Once lifts closed all camp participants headed back to Powder Scouts Headquarters to loosen our boots, enjoy après, and partake in video analysis. It was there that I truly began to understand exactly what needed to change in my form. Kevin noted that he’d never really seen himself ski before and I realized that this was true for me as well. During video analysis I received feedback from all three instructors as well as my fellow campers, and made a list of personal goals for myself.

Day one taught me that I needed to work on being more patient between my turns, keeping my ski tips down, and pushing my center of gravity forward. I left the mountain deep in thought and excited to put my new found knowledge to work on day two.

Stay tuned to hear about day two’s early tracks, brunch at the Branding Iron Grill, video analysis and more.

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Emily joined Grand Targhee’s team after making the decision to move across the country in search of a place where she’d be able to fuse her passion, work, and love for the mountains into one. She’s decided, life at Targhee definitely beats the rat race she came from.