I've patched together the parts I think zero in on what you are dealing with.
Originally Posted by Metaphor_
.... I'll be teaching two series at blue this year
.... Some of the clinics I'm running will be "steeps" (it's all relative)
.... I'll be teaching, so I can't just stop when there are crowds
.... just need to select exercises appropriate to the volume of traffic. (Sometimes there's no safe exercise.)
.... it's crowded on a 500' hill
Originally Posted by Scott43
.... I'm from Toronto as well..and I know what the OP is talking about.. :-)
.... Greater Toronto has approx. 6 million people.
.... There are, approximately, 3 public hills worth skiing within a 2 hour drive..really only 2.
.... 500' vertical..maybe 20 or 30 runs per hill.
.... It is, quite frankly, ridiculous on weekends
.... You can have 10 minute lift lines for 1 minute runs.
Advice to go where there aren't crowds is fine, but it looks like this will not completely solve your dilemma.
I'm reading that you will be stuck on crowded slopes a significant amount of time.
I think you are looking for advice on what to do when you are teaching a group on those crowded trails.
So to help figure out what to suggest, readers might want to know some more.
--How big a group are we talking about?
--Will you will be teaching all-day lessons or short 2-hour sessions, or what?
--How many teaching sessions will you get with them? All these factors can impact your group's goals.
--How well do they ski now? What is their breadth of experience? (I remember they are retirees who ski a lot, maybe even on multiple trips out west).
--Where do they want to be skill-wise by the end of the season?
--Have they done this before with a different instructor? How did that work out for them?
--Have you had that discussion with them yet, i.e., what they want to get out of this teaching/learning arrangement?
I think this info will help people offer suggestions for a focus or for drills/exercises that can be safely done on crowded slopes.