|Originally posted by Pierre:
At the level the instructors have achieved there are no glaring inefficiencies and anything you want is in their bag of tricks. [img]smile.gif[/img]
In terms of the comments made about just skiing with the coaches during the Gathering you've lost me here. I thoroughly enjoy free skiing with great skiers but I could never feel comfortable asking for their assessments and advice unless they were really pretty close friends. This is what they do for a living and I assume that if I'm free skiing with them it is a time to just let em rip. Sometimes advanced and expert skiers want to focus and work on their skiing and I think they can be more than willing to pay for such opportunity.
I have interpreted the flow of this thread to suggest that since we know how to do what we did with the 1st Academy and it was so successful and enjoyed by all we don't need to or perhaps shouldn't explore other realms.
I proposed the term Academy for this Epic Ski event because I thought about the ongoing learning environment we already have here at Epic and the options for extending that to in-person, on-the-snow "curriculum." I don't think that over time it would be difficult for those interested in briefer sessions with some of our top coaches to form some groups of their own and spend a half day with a couple of coaches getting an assessment of their skiing and suggested approaches to improvement. This could be simply done by having a "Dean" of the Academy (like Bob Barnes was this past year) take over another instuctor's group (obviously coordinating with them in doing so) for a half day (something I think the group might really enjoy anyway) and freeing up another instructor to work with a "short-term" group over the last two days of the Academy. Obviously the Dean could make him- or herself available as well. Those interested in one or 2 half day sessions would then sign up to work with one of their preferred coaches during this time.
Speaking for myself I would pay to join one of those groups even without getting any individual assessemnt. Just skiing with and observing the assessement and guidance process for an expert skier is well worth the price of admission as far as I'm concerned. Of course any indivual attention I could get would be greatly appreciated and valued.