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RioDPRioDP Posts: 8
edited August 2011 in Technique & Theory
I have been lurking for a while now and enjoy the info on the site. I thought I could find some ideas here. I am a non course skier and over the last few years I have drastically improved my skiing, I am at the point now that I would like to try my hand at the course just to see how good I thought I was. I live in Sacramento around so many private lakes it drives me nuts. How do I get an opportunity to ski at a lake without joining with a yearly membership? It seems that the ski community is tuff to get into without knowing people. I am sure joining this site is a good start. Thanks for you suggestions

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,871 Administrator
    You need to get together with the skier known as "Dirt". He knows everyone in Sac and will point you in the right direction.

    One warning - do not loan him a ski. You will never see it again.

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,871 Administrator
    and welcome to BOS. All lurkers are welcome.... All questions are welcome.

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  • Not_The_PugNot_The_Pug Posts: 597 Crazy Baller
    RioDP,

    I live in Sac and ski at Pleasant Oak just north of downtown. If you want to get in touch with me, you are welcome to come out and try the course with us. PM and we can figure out a time if you want to try it.

    Dirt is also a good guy to get in touch with. He always has a new ski to try. :)

    Kevin
  • RioDPRioDP Posts: 8
    Thanks for the welcome Horton. How do I find this "Dirt". Is he as close as my back yard? (sorry i couldn't resist)
  • RioDPRioDP Posts: 8
    Kevin is that the lake off Howsley Rd.
  • Not_The_PugNot_The_Pug Posts: 597 Crazy Baller
    It is off Catlett. Next road up from Howsley. There are lots of lakes up in that area.

    If you need to find "Dirt" you look up in the sky. :)
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,871 Administrator
    @RioDP I messaged you Dirt's info. See the inbox link at top of the page.

    Funny. Dirt does fly.

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  • east tx skiereast tx skier Posts: 595 Solid Baller
    Welcome to the Ball. Have fun in the course. It is always a humbling adventure for me.
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  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,476 Mega Baller
    Welcome! And try not to be too depressed your first day in the course. Most find that it's almost an entirely new sport from what you've done so far. It gets fun eventually...
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,871 Administrator
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  • DirtDirt Posts: 1,594 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    RioDP, you can come out and try the course with us. Beware, it is addicting. The reason it is difficult to get rides without being a member at one of the lakes or clubs is they have guest rules that allow you to come out for a fee (ex. $30) plus gas/boat costs ($12-$15) per ride. Others allow a guest a couple times per month before they have to join ($1500-$2500 per year). Get in touch with me or Kevin or both and we can fill you in on each lake.
    I learned everything I know not to do from Horton
  • RioDPRioDP Posts: 8
    I would love to try the course with you Dirt. I am totaly willing to pay a per day/set fee. At one time before I was any good I bought book of passes for bell acqua lake 3 I think I only went once. Horton pm'd me you contact info if you dont mind I will call you.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,871 Administrator
    Again - what ever you do don't loan Dirt your ski.

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  • RioDPRioDP Posts: 8
    Got it. NO LOANING MY SKI.
  • DirtDirt Posts: 1,594 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Call me.
    I learned everything I know not to do from Horton
  • jimbrakejimbrake Posts: 1,308 Mega Baller
    Just saw this thread. RioDP just so you have as many options as possible, you are also welcome to come take a set with us at Bell Acqua Lake 1. I've got some guest passes, so you'd only need to pay the per set gas fee of $11 or $15 depending on which of our Nautiques you ski behind. We also have a great coach, Mike Kusiak, that you can arrange lessons with if you are interested.
    Jim
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