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post #31 of 38

But where are these intelligent lifeforms ;)

post #32 of 38
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Originally Posted by freeski919 View Post

If you want a drill sergeant, join a race program. As instructors, we can be direct, but we're not going to go Jim Harbaugh with you. We're teaching recreation.

I think the struggle you're having is that you think there is a RIGHT way to ski. So you want somebody to give you the RIGHT way. Those of us who have been teaching long enough realize that there are many ways To skin the skiing cat, and its stupid of us to try to force our way onto everybody else. Part of that realization comes from the fact that we instructors, unlike our recreational students, are forced to ski to a rigid standard that isn't our own. And it kinda sucks to have to do that. I don't particularly enjoy skiing like a PSIA robot, but I sure do it to pass my exams. So rather than slamming you for technique thats 'wrong', we want give you some better tools than what you have. What you do with those tools is up to you.

 

Interesting peprspective.  I've never heard this idea put quite this way.    

post #33 of 38
Is there more than one way to learn and teach also?
Is forcing our way of learning or teaching on a student also....
post #34 of 38
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Originally Posted by freeski919 View Post


If you want a drill sergeant, join a race program. As instructors, we can be direct, but we're not going to go Jim Harbaugh with you. We're teaching recreation.

I think the struggle you're having is that you think there is a RIGHT way to ski. So you want somebody to give you the RIGHT way. Those of us who have been teaching long enough realize that there are many ways To skin the skiing cat, and its stupid of us to try to force our way onto everybody else.
Part of that realization comes from the fact that we instructors, unlike our recreational students, are forced to ski to a rigid standard that isn't our own. And it kinda sucks to have to do that. I don't particularly enjoy skiing like a PSIA robot, but I sure do it to pass my exams. So rather than slamming you for technique thats 'wrong', we want give you some better tools than what you have. What you do with those tools is up to you.

One of these days we'll wish we skied like the robots...

Honestly these days I don't get the comment though. Maybe when people had to do final forms for exams. If you ski like a robot for L3 you will fail. Simple as that.

post #35 of 38

so I do not think PSIAer ski like robots I just think people do not get enough time on skis to ski to their standard they are testing and actually make it look as if they are still skiing. Lets face as far as I know I am told I am one of the least robot high end instructors at Stowe, have won a skiing tryout and I seriously have never skied like a robot. I am loosey goosey, like to jump off anything, and believe skiing over rough stuff is best done while airbourne.

 

There is reason why I pound away at the slopes everyday, and its because it let me do all of this stuff and not look robotic.

post #36 of 38

its pretty funny to watch a group of PSIA instructors rip around and then the clinician will say ok, let's all do XYZ, and they all instantly turn into golf carts, stiff, lifeless, closed, unrelaxed...quite horrible actually.  Ski instructor-itis.  Freeze under pressure. 

post #37 of 38

I do that!

post #38 of 38
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Originally Posted by Josh Matta View Post
 

so I do not think PSIAer ski like robots I just think people do not get enough time on skis to ski to their standard they are testing and actually make it look as if they are still skiing. Lets face as far as I know I am told I am one of the least robot high end instructors at Stowe, have won a skiing tryout and I seriously have never skied like a robot. I am loosey goosey, like to jump off anything, and believe skiing over rough stuff is best done while airbourne.

 

There is reason why I pound away at the slopes everyday, and its because it let me do all of this stuff and not look robotic.


Wow, you must be pretty good!  Do you have any video of yourself skiing dynamic short and mid sized carved turns that you can share?

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