First, my bio...
6', 190 lbs
Level 6 most definitely, knocking on the door of Level 7
Rossi E88 @ 178
Ski mostly Virginia (home), WV and Vermont
This idea has been on my mind for awhile. I'm sure I'm not the first person to think this, so I'd like to get some feedback on how to proceed.
Last season, I hired 5 different instructors. 3 were privates (some multiple times) and 2 were in group lessons. 1 (possibly 2) of those 5 were really good. The one instructor that I really liked is a Level 3 PSIA instructor/board member. He's a bit older than me and we have an easy time communicating, getting along, etc. He seems to be very active in the PSIA, which I believe is a benefit. He's also the director at my local hill. I'd like to turn that guy into more of a coach than an instructor. How?
I've thought about contacting him either by phone or email initially, to see if he's interested. If he was, then we could reintroduce ourselves, go skiing and then sit down to lay out a road map for short and long term goals. Do busy instructors do this? My short term goals would be stuff that I'd work on (skiing and learning) prior to hiring him again. For example, if he told me to work on pivot slips and don't come back until you can do them on the width of a cat track on such and such trail, then my focus would be that until I hired him again. If I ran into trouble, I could watch videos or read about the proper technique to support my practice. The long term goal might be something like getting to a solid level 7 by the end of the season, or next season.
My reasons for doing such are twofold. Firstly, I respond much better to instruction when I can clearly see/understand what the end goal is. If an instructor told me to ski on one foot down the mountain, you'll kind of get a halfhearted reaction from me. If I understand the "why" I'll probably buy in a bit more and try a harder. If I've already educated myself on one-footed skiing, well you then have 100% of my attention and effort. If I were provided some short term goals, then I could work on my own to achieve those. Secondly, I could more clearly tell 'other' instructors at different mountains what I'd like to work on for that hour. My road map, so to speak, has been set and I (rather my "coach") would dictate the direction of the instruction instead of the other way around. I would be able to take my "road map" to others at different locations and continue to hammer away at the short term goals.
I don't want this to be like work. In fact, I want to ski for fun and I'll have plenty of time to do that with my family. Last year, I worked on my switch skiing on my own because I was skiing with my kids on easy green runs. It turned a somewhat monotonous green run into a challenge. I enjoyed it and my kids thought it was funny. We all had a good time. They even started snowboarding goofy-footed.
To recap, here's what I'm looking for.
1. An instructor that completely understands my strengths and faults.
2. An instructor willing to be a coach
3. The coach willing to provide me with realistic short and long term goals
4. An educated coach willing to support on the hill lessons with videos, books, internet, etc., for my education
5. A road map for my skiing that's portable
6. A coach that's willing to video me and himself. I'd like to record the lessons so I can go back and listen to his instruction while at
Not much to ask for... right?
So how do I convince this busy Level 3 instructor/ski school director that he should do this for me? Have any of you guys done this before???