Acapulco Ski-Tuning Clinic in February

SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
edited October 2016 in Technique & Theory

We had such a great time last year, Gordon Rathbun has invited me back to put on another ski-tuning clinic for his guests at Ski Paradise. And before he fills the roster with his regulars, I thought it would be nice to give the BallOfSpray faithful a chance to participate. It’ll be a great week!

You’ll get to ski your brains out in the middle of winter. And when you’re not on the 85° water, you’ll have a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of ski-tuning. You don’t have to be an advanced skier for any of this either. I’ll be tailoring personal attention to each guest individually; because a ski that works with you rather than against you makes progress easier and way more fun—regardless of your skiing ability.

I won’t just be tuning up everyone’s gear either. The goal is to teach everyone the nuances of ski behavior, and how to custom tune that behavior for yourself so the ski does what you’re expecting it to do. Having a full week makes it possible to work through more than one setup too. How would you like to experience long/shallow and short/deep setups back to back AND understand why one might be your favorite? You can get a lot of ski-tuning questions answered, then grab a coach and take your new setup straight onto the water to work on technique. It’ll be skiing nirvana.

By the time you go home, your ski, your skiing, your ski-tuning craft, and your tan will all be tuned up for an early jump on the season. And I can’t imagine a better venue than Ski Paradise for this kind of immersive ski adventure. It’s pretty nice getting to do all this surrounded by palm trees, fun people, five star accommodations, and more gourmet food than you can eat.

If you think you might want to join us, check out Ski Paradise at: then contact Dee Rathbun at: [email protected] or 408-730-9929 PST. ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent


  • WaterSkier12WaterSkier12 Posts: 269 Baller
    Best vacation ever!!!
  • TevskisTevskis Posts: 35 Baller
    Yeah Jay! Looking forward too having you back with us for another week this season! This was definitely one of the weeks where I learned the most personally in the past couple years and am looking forward to playing with a new stack of skis with you! For everyone else, YES it is that worth it! No matter the skill level, everyone can benefit from the information Jay possesses.
    Swimming against the tide...
  • colo_skiercolo_skier Posts: 784 Solid Baller
    Anybody have any idea of the price for a week? Or is it one of those if you have to ask the price you can't afford it. I looked on the web site and there is no mention of cost. I realize it is a first class experience and could be considered a once in a lifetime trip so understand if nobody wants to talk cost. If needed PM can be sent.
    Not sure I know what I am doing. The boat goes I follow. Trying to perfect the deep water start. Squirrel!
  • Ralph LeeRalph Lee Posts: 492
    @colo_skier If you have to ask, you can't afford it.
  • NautibynatureNautibynature Posts: 151 Baller
    @colo_skier they have different prices for different rooms. The one we are in this year is $2700 per person. This covers room, meals, and all the skiing you want. We are there the week CP and Seth are there.
  • AndreAndre Posts: 1,733 Mega Baller
    Do you have to tip the staff too ?
    My ski finish in 16.95 ...but my ass is out of tolerance!
  • WaterSkier12WaterSkier12 Posts: 269 Baller
    Definitely the drivers and for lack of a better name, the butler, he does everything for you!
    Leave some money on the bed before you leave for the maid. Can't remember what we did for the cook.
    A bucket list trip, u won't regret the $$$$ you spend!
  • WaterSkier12WaterSkier12 Posts: 269 Baller
    Bought the coaches their dinner on Fri or Sat night
  • jetpilotg4jetpilotg4 Posts: 341 Solid Baller
    How many folks usually end up going to this
  • TevskisTevskis Posts: 35 Baller
    @jetpilotg4 I would say the average week is anywhere from 6-10 guests (big weeks can be 15-18 including 2-3 coaches)
    Swimming against the tide...
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    Sorry I've been MIA. We lost a day to travel returning to Florida, then a second day to no internet as a hurricane Andrew-related power surge had taken out most of the electronics at our house. Interesting insight into what an EMP would do to our lives—not good.

    Thanks for stepping in @Tevskis. For those of you unfamiliar with @Tevskis, he knows what he's talking about. He's the professional staff coach at Ski Paradise, a fabulous skier, a great coach, and an all-round awesome guy! Looking forward to seeing you and being inspired by you again, Tevin! ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
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