(Episode 10): Wade's Ski Camp at Cheyenne Lake

June 14, 2021 Lisa Season 1 Episode 10
(Episode 10): Wade's Ski Camp at Cheyenne Lake
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Show Notes

The Ski With Wade Podcast – Episode 10

Students from my camp at Cheyenne Lake




For this episode of the Ski With Wade podcast, I’m coming to you from the Cheyenne Lake complex, just five miles away from the first ever man-made waterski lake. So cool. Carl, the host of this Ski With Wade tour, bought into the lakes 30 years ago. In this episode I talk with him as well as other fantastic skiers who are here to learn and ski during this two-day camp. 




-       The history of the Cheyenne Lake complex

-       The importance of balance and staying mellow

-       What students are learning during this camp




“If you’re off balance, we’ve got issues!”


“Ultimately there’s that little bit of movement... little bit of timing, little bit of tempo goes a long way.”


“Slalom is such a physical aggressive sport. You know, being mellow is really not in our vocabulary… We don’t think we have to be mellow, but really you do.”


“You’ve got to learn to be intense without being tense.”




In this episode of Ski With Wade, I’m coming to you from Cheyenne Lake, an amazing lake complex right off of Route 66, where we are having our ski camp. Carl is hosting us and I start the episode by connecting with him and hearing about his story with this sport and these incredible lakes. 


Carl started with a ski club called Golden West Ski Club, which used to rent these lakes, then they bought in 30 years ago. After retiring a year and a half ago, Carl is here fulltime now. He tells me that the original lake — the first ever man-made waterski lake! — is just five miles away from where we are now. The other lakes here were copied off of that plan and they have six tournament lakes and couple of lakes to boat on. Obviously, that’s for chilling out and for guys like me who love SUP.


When I ask Carl what we worked on yesterday at camp, he brought up balance, which is so extremely important to this sport! We’ll hear more about balance from the other students I talk with.


Next, I talk to Tom, who is here to hang out and learn with us at camp these two days. He grew up in Redlands, California and got into skiing at 35 years old. That’s when he and a

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