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8 new Level 4's this year in Canada

post #1 of 21
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All:

 

Now that all the Level 4 exams have concluded, Canada has 8 new Level 4's.

 

The last L4 exams were in Whistler earlier this month and 2 people passed.  Earlier in the year 6 people passed (at other mountains).

 

What I find amazing is that Whistler has 1000 full time instructors and about 500 part time instructors.  Including all the other ski areas in Canada the pass percentage when compared to the number of instructors in Canada is an very small number.

 

A good friend of mine took the L4 exam at Whistler in April.  He is an unbelievably good skier.  While I didn't see any of his runs it sounds like he had a off couple of off days.  I heard that he didn't have enough "life" in his skiing and was showing some rotation.  When I ski with him I don't see any rotation.  For the teaching component the feed back was his lessons where too general with not enough individual feedback.

 

I guess there is next season for the L4 candidates :-)

 

regards,

post #2 of 21

Congrats to all those who passed, (some of whom are regular Epic posters).

 

 

For those who didnt quiet make it....I can honestly say, that while I fully understand it may not seem it now, when you look back on your time L4 training...it will be amongst some of the most enjoyable years of your career.  L4 is a worthwhile pursuit.

post #3 of 21
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All:

 

Now that all the Level 4 exams have concluded, Canada has 8 new Level 4's.

 

The last L4 exams were in Whistler earlier this month and 2 people passed.  Earlier in the year 6 people passed (at other mountains).

 

What I find amazing is that Whistler has 1000 full time instructors and about 500 part time instructors.  Including all the other ski areas in Canada the pass percentage when compared to the number of instructors in Canada is an very small number.

 

A good friend of mine took the L4 exam at Whistler in April.  He is an unbelievably good skier.  While I didn't see any of his runs it sounds like he had a off couple of off days.  I heard that he didn't have enough "life" in his skiing and was showing some rotation.  When I ski with him I don't see any rotation.  For the teaching component the feed back was his lessons where too general with not enough individual feedback.

 

I guess there is next season for the L4 candidates :-)

 

regards,

12 New Level 4's

6 from the east.

2 from the march exams in the west

4 from the april exams. 

Who was your friend, might have been in my pod, I had a couple of Whistler guys skiing with me!

Roland

post #4 of 21

Roland, are you one of the 12?  Or are you an examiner?

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Roland, are you one of the 12?  Or are you an examiner?

1 of the 12! 

post #6 of 21

congrats rollo! what a huge accomplishment!

post #7 of 21

Must have been a very good feeling passing that exam. 

Kudos.

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1 of the 12! 

  Awesome, Rollo...fun watching your MA vids!! Glad you succeededicon14.gif!

 

    zenny

post #9 of 21

Congratulations Rollo, it has been fun to follow your development. Very good progression.

post #10 of 21
Congrats ,Rollo.
You passing the exam shows one thing only:
Goog skiing is GOOD skiing. No one can't say otherwise. smile.gif
post #11 of 21

Awesome.  I love watching your videos.  andy4g63 is right!

post #12 of 21

Congrats to Rollo and the others. I skied a few runs with a former Mike Weigle guide and L4 one time and was amazed at his carving ability as he skied like he was on railroad tracks.

post #13 of 21

I was told the other new L4 at Whistler is a petite Japanese lady who succeed after 10 attempts. Congratulations to Akiko as well.

post #14 of 21

Now she'll have the privilege of being told her skiing is all screwed up when she visits home!  smile.gif  Seriously though... congrats to all! 

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I was told the other new L4 at Whistler is a petite Japanese lady who succeed after 10 attempts. Congratulations to Akiko as well.

My mistake. Miss Akiko passed her L4 last year (after about 6 attempts, certainly lot less than 10). Anyway, Congratulations to all.

post #16 of 21

Congrats to all who passed... now you can start skiing as if nobody is watching!

post #17 of 21

Well deserved Rollo!

 

Dude,

Are all level 4's hired on as CSIA staff?

post #18 of 21
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Well deserved Rollo!

 

Dude,

Are all level 4's hired on as CSIA staff?

Rusty,

 

Not all 4's are hired as staff. Most are already Level 1 examiners, there are then a few 'tasks' that we have to go through to become a Level 2 examiner. You need to run a minimum of 5 level 1 courses, including what's known as a 'multi-cell' where there would be 2 or more conductors, and you must be the lead. (Included in all this is a lot of paperwork and on line 'portal' stuff)

Also required then is a 'rookie' of a level 2 course, on the course a senior examiner will be running, he then has a list of tasks for you to do, and he is evaluating your ability to be able to demonstrate and teach on the course. This includes things like use of a video camera.

In your own ski school you have to run a few sessions as well, on certain themes, and a Level 4 evaluator will come along and listen to make sure it's correct.

Once all of these have been completed, and this could take an entire season or maybe more, you're then a Level 2 examiner. As a Level 4 you are qualified to run our PDP program, which is a professional development program, a mandatory training for all CSIA members who haven't taught. It's free and runs for a half day. 

A lot of Level 4's make it to Level 2 examiner but no further, simply because of the volume of courses running, e.g. At Whistler there might be over 10 level 1's running per week. There would be only 20 Level 2's run all season...2 Level 3 exams/courses...and then every other year the Level 4 April exam....And Whistler is the largest hill for sure...my hill only ran 8 level 1's all season!! 

So the demand for course conductors severely declines after Level 2, and the tasks to become tougher the further you get up the ladder...As well as there being plenty of Level 1 examiners around the difficulty is even managing to get the 5 you require!

Hope that kinda answers the question. 

post #19 of 21

Congrats Rollo! Thanks for posting your videos.
 

post #20 of 21
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I was told the other new L4 at Whistler is a petite Japanese lady who succeed after 10 attempts. Congratulations to Akiko as well.


That would be Hisae, I skied with her at the earlier exam at silver star and she was very close, glad to hear she made it.

post #21 of 21
Thread Starter 

My appologies on getting the numbers wrong - Rollo is correct - 12 new L4's for 2012/2013

 

Anouncement and pics of the twelve 2012/2013 new L4's from the CSIA Ski Pro Mag...

 

the Whistler April exam

http://skipromag.com/?p=2309

 

the other 8 that passed the L4

http://skipromag.com/?p=2170

 

Regards

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