Skiers new to the lake will immediately notice the slalom-course entrance gates that are practically hugging the shoreline. No worries. It’s an eight-buoy course because of the short length of the lake, so students should ignore the first set of buoys they see when Degasperi pulls them out of the water behind his Malibu Response TXi. “My students love this boat,” he says. “I’ve had three different TXis out here, and all of them have been incredible. The pull, the wakes, the style, it’s unreal.”
I agree. I think the lake skis really well, and you certainly get the feeling of skiing in and around nature. Training with Degasperi also gives you a little taste of the European skiing atmosphere. Lawn chairs by the lake’s edge invite you to catch some rays, a screened porch houses a ping-pong table and a hot tub for recreation or relaxation in between sets, and there’s always a fresh pot of coffee brewing to get you pumped before you ski.
Aside from the benefits of working on your technique with Degasperi, he’s also set up as a Goode Skis demo center. The new Goode Nano One has created quite the buzz this year in the tournament community, with many new personal bests and even a world record from Regina Jaquess. Degasperi will gladly get you dialed in on a brand that he’s ridden for many years, and if you like it, you can purchase a ski directly from him.
Need another reason to visit T-Gas Ski School? When the two-time world champ isn’t at the helm of his TXi, he’s ripping it up behind the boat, and he always invites his students to come along for the ride.–By Geena Krueger