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post #61 of 67
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hard part of L2 and L3 is teaching. IMO the skiing is easy since it require much less understanding.


Actually the hard part of teaching is the fact that just about every examiner has his/her biases regarding ski technique. We have seen many MA threads where there are as many ideas and suggestions as there are posters. smile.gif

 

Still, the experience acquired over the years is very valuable. It allow some instructors to have a far better feel for MA, fixes and progressions than I ever could have. Not to mention that I follow a different teaching method, so my suggestions would different anyway.

 

But I do agree with you, teaching effectively is an art and hence difficult to master.

post #62 of 67
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I am a Ski Instructor in the EAST.  Best part time job out there.  I love working with my customers and most of all new brothers and sisters you will have ( instructors)  I work in an area that everyone has your support.  Its like a very large family.  Our Ski Director makes it all work and we all have respect for each other and the sport.  I have been on snow for 46 years,teaching for 13 and its been a blast. Oh yea and there are benefits other than Pro deals, Free pizza, snacks, lodge discounts -  and a few cold ones -



Good Ole Roundtop!  Some great memories!

post #63 of 67

Have thought about but never followed through because my perception is that there is to much comformity in the industry & is holding back students from reaching thier full potential.

post #64 of 67
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. We have seen many MA threads where there are as many ideas and suggestions as there are posters. smile.gif

 

 



 



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Originally Posted by Powder Jet View Post

 there is to much comformity in the industry & is holding back students from reaching thier full potential.

One of these folks has read a few threads here and another lingers in his misperceptions. Potential is reached through personal initiative. All great athletes are driven by internal motivations that helps them train at a level they can to reach their goals.  All we do is keep them on the path. 
 

 

post #65 of 67

All the posturing and politics aside - you can choose to buy into or ignore it - I find ski instructing very satisfying and rewarding.

 

The goal is ( or should be ) to help the student have more fun, confidence, or increased satisfaction.  Do this by keeping it simple and enjoyable.

 

Your personal skill level will also improve.

 

If in doubt, try it out.

post #66 of 67
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As with anything - there is good and bad.  The good days involve ripping around with level 5+s or giving a private lesson to a pair of chubby giggly milfs.  The bad days involve picking up Indian guys 50 times during a 1 hr lesson on the bunny hill.  (No offense to our friends on the subcontinent, but they sure do not have a natural knack for sliding on stuff).

 


I was a part time snowboard instructor for a year, and enjoyed it.  I rarely ever picked anyone up, since it's something you just have to learn to do for yourself if you want to snowboard.  A bit of help here and there, but nothing like having to lift someone up bodily.  If someone couldn't get it, we would usually recommend that they try skiing. ;)  Not that you don't have to know how to get up on skis either.

 

The best part was watching students light up when they link their first turns and 'get it'.  The ones who get super excited when I offer to take them through the ski school lane one last time so they don't have to wait in line.

 

I found it to be pretty easy because I have a knack for being able to learn by watching others, which translated well to diagnosing problems.  Some of my fellow instructors had a hard time doing this, and those were the ones that didn't enjoy teaching.

post #67 of 67

My wife retired from ski teaching after 35 yrs this yr., medical issues.

PSIA-W and Rocky division.

 

I did it for 6 yrs.

Best non-paying job evar. Had to work a better paying job and free ski off my wife's pass.

 

Both of us were full cert. Great times, lots of funny stories. Met, skied, cliniced with great skiers.

Discovered that a lot of great skiers can't teach for shit. Teaching isn't just 'follow me'.

 

I don't know about the jacket choice but we were given a uniform and that was that.

They worked and were tailored to each instructor if needed.

 

There is a comraderie in ski school that can be very fulfilling. Your skiing will definitely improve.

 

 

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