President’s Message

February 17th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

From the President………..

Once again, another epic week-end at Mammoth Mountain for the Achiever’s on our February trip. A total of 8 students and 16 instructors were met with awesome snow and weather conditions for the entire week-end. Though I feel somewhat like a broken record, I have to say that the snow conditions for this week-end, like last month, were as good as I have ever seen in 13 years of skiing at Mammoth.

Congratulations to Aaron Bloom, first time student who made the trip with his dad Brian. Aaron did a fantastic job working with Greg White and myself on the mono-ski. Despite working through various equipment issues, the three of us were able to collaborate, along with Darryl Coit,  Brent and Karey Kusuhara and other instructors to get his rig dialed in to the point he was able to make some turns down St. Anton on the last run of the day on Sunday. Aaron has a great attitude, was patient with us as we dealt with various issues and I believe has the potential to progress to the highest levels of mono-skiing. His father was also great, and I look forward to both of them skiiing with us in the future.

I was extremely proud of the effort put forth by all of our students and instructors on this trip. Mikki Ozawa and Lisa Martin did a stellar job working with Racquel Dicepa along with Bernie “Broken Boot” Rosenbloom who was doing a great job impersonating a Venice Gondolier. Bernie and rookie instructor David Espinosa scared me to death by taking Brent Olson down a run called “Woodie Woods” (in the trees between Sesame Street East and West). Despite my concerns, they were able to make the run safely, and a good time was had by all. The Patti Twins; Pattie Huber and Patti Oslund did great work with Jamie Payne, while Craig and Denise Kirkpatrick took Gordon Chan through his paces. Finally the Three Amigos, Darryl Coit, Nahu G and Phong Le were escorted by “Chef” John Lucas, Patrick “Mumbles” Moynihan and Steve Reese, who is in serious need of the nickname. Finally returning instructor Eileen Murphy spent Saturday and Sunday fulfilling her training requirements in clinic with Karey.

Special thanks to “The Presidential Protective Detail”,  along with Jim Payne and Patti Olsund for generous ski-a-thon pledges and to all of you in this group who make it such a pleasure for me to be your president. And though I seem to say this all the time, I am always amazed at the quality of the people who make this organization what it is, how much we like each other, and what an absolute gas it is to be on the mountain.

The March trip is just around the corner, keep those ski-a-thon pledges coming, and let’s hope for a great turn out for the remaining trips we have for this season.

Your President

Gary “Commander G” Konecne

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