Originally Posted by Ghost
I have formed the opinion, that the opinion of ski instructors is biased because their experience brings them into more contact with a biased sample set of skiers who need lessons. They have less contact with the skiers who ski adequately without lessons.
Ok. Rant on.... This one rubs me the wrong way. You're making the assumption that we're a very one dimensional group who's done nothing but teach has had no contact with the larger ski world. Let me catch up in the proverbial 'I' and 'me' side of the argument for a moment... I've skied for just over 45 years now. I've skied on three continents. I've raced, and I'll dare guess a good bit more than you. I've bc skied a bunch. I've been fully certified in two different ski disciplines, one in the uS, the other in Japan. I've helped others get involved in BC skiing. I could guide you to places and experiences on skis you've only read about. I've skied with many that I have little doubt are better skiers than you've ever thought about being. I've been somewhat involved in the industry both here and in Japan and have talked, skied, cliniced, taught, and drank with many many skiers both alpine and telemark on those three continents mentioned above. I teach as a way of paying forward the favor given to me by my parents, coaches, colleagues, and friends over the years knowing I've been nothing less than incredibly fortunate to have had many of the opportunites on skis that have come my way.
Here at epic, I've exchanged banter, posts, and PM's with people I truly do hope I have the chance to meet and ski with. I don't think my experiences are particularly unique in the ski world by any means, but I do feel offended that you lump us into some silly notion that we're all a myopic lot of out of touch ski nincompoops. All the experiences briefly outlined above ( and all but 4 years of that is outside of PSIA) trickles its way into what I have to offer to someone I teach/coach. I don't think for an instant that there aren't a whole bunch of other 'instructors' out there that haven't had similar and even broader experiences. I know many are better skiers and have more to share than I. I'm also willing to bet that the skiers you most admire have received and/or continue to receive a butt ton of coaching.... Marcel, Mikaela, Ted, Seth, Shane, Lindsey, Julia...
The general tone of this thread is really a bummer. If I thought that your, MGA, and BTS's assertions were universally true, I'd give up. But you know, your assertions and assumptions aren't shared by people I've taught as they and their kids keep signing up, and I continue to be thankful that I've been given a small role in others' enjoyment of the sport even if it doesn't include you. But please stop attempting to diminish our collective experiences. It's offensive, and indeed, a special sort of self serving myopia.Edited by markojp - 11/2/14 at 5:46am