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A way to instruct that is gaining momentum and students

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Saw this article from the Boston Globe and would like to hear some feedback from those who are "in the know" 

 

New Way to Instruct is Gaining Momentum and Students 

 

Snip from the article. 

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 A select number of ski areas across the country are utilizing terrain-based instruction, where students are coached on a series of sculpted terrain features before moving on to the larger slopes or up the chairlift. The system varies a bit depending on the area, but at its foundation lies the notion of using manufactured terrain features to control speed and help promote balance.
post #2 of 11
When I first started skiing on the Internet there was a guy pushing the use of a shaped berm with never-evers. Don't remember if it was here or rec.skiing.
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When I first started skiing on the Internet ...

I want to know more about this.  It would come in handy over the summer! ;)

post #4 of 11
Horst Abraham proposed a beginner area with a bunch of terrain features to help get the ideas across, I believe. My copy of his book currently is buried.

Vail resorts began doing some of this a couple seasons ago and last year had terrain-based space use as part of their training programs. At Breck, we had a wonderful S-shaped berm two seasons ago on a space with its own platter lift for helping advanced beginners develop a feel for turning without a wedge. Worked great. Last season, that space only had some rollers. The beginning carpet areas had some terrain-based items, but, again, they weren't as good last season as the previous year.
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

I'm not sure about all instructors at Northstar, but I know @dookey67  uses this sort of teaching with his kids groups, (maybe adults too) 

post #6 of 11

For examples of what the "new" terrain based instruction can look like, take a look at the video in this thread.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/130046/terrain-based-instruction-for-beginners-is-it-new-why-is-it-important#post_1788872

post #7 of 11

This concept ain't that new, as far as I know.

I've been at Northstar since 2009 and they were using terrain based teaching back then (it came from the Burton Academy, from what I understand and was then incorporated into the regular ski/snowboard school).

I think it's just taken this long for it to catch on elsewhere...kinda like rockered skis.

post #8 of 11

While we don't use it for never-evers, at Stowe we do have a mini-pipe, rollers and berms set up along the side of one of the beginner area slopes each year. They're put there to be used for terrain based drills. They are an awesome little tool to use, and their utility isn't limited to the beginners. There are a million different ways to use these features with students at every level. Tons of fun. 

post #9 of 11

Snowshoe utilizes terrain based learning as well.

 

http://www.snowshoemtn.com/plan-your-trip/ski-and-snowboard-school/ski-and-snowboard-school.aspx

 

 

I believe it started going into last year's season, and people seem to be eating it up.

post #10 of 11

I wish we had it.

post #11 of 11
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Snowshoe utilizes terrain based learning as well.

 

http://www.snowshoemtn.com/plan-your-trip/ski-and-snowboard-school/ski-and-snowboard-school.aspx

 

 

I believe it started going into last year's season, and people seem to be eating it up.


By the way, "Terrain Based Learning" is a trademark of SnowOperating, the consulting company working with Snowshoe and other resorts.  Most are smaller places in the southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and northeast, but Snowbasin, Whistler, and Killington are also clients.

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