- The similarities and differences between NZSIA, CSIA, PSIA, BASI and Austrians, by Jon Ahlsen (NZSIA/BASI/CSIA pro) will direct attention for the 'interested' to thread in General Skiing Section : http://www.epicski.com/t/142110/international-interski-chat-ahlsen-beaulieu-ballou-spettel-making-skiing-fun-with-skill-grace-and-humility
- TEASER - Key Live Observation by a very gracious Jon Ahlsen about DIFFERENCES in Ski Style:
"While there are differences between NZSIA, CSIA, PSIA and BASI, the biggest difference between systems lies between the Austrian system and the others. There are quite a few, but a couple of distinct technical differences are the use of vertical movement for turn initiation and an active angulation movement to balance over the outside ski for the Austrians, while the NZSIA, CSIA, PSIA and BASI tend to focus more on leg rotation for turn initiation and angulation happening more as a result of build-up of steering pressure.
Another difference relates to our demos. While we tend to strive for demos that show only the movements required to achieve a particular turn, the Austrians are willing to exaggerate more to really show the particular movement on which the focus lies
- Who is Jon Ahlsen ? Some here know him personally but for the others, a bio: "My name is Jon Ahlsén and I work for New Generation in Verbier, where I spend about half my time teaching the general public and the remainder coaching other instructors. I am fully qualified in BASI and NZSIA. I have converted into the Swiss system and I’ve dabbled in the Canadian system. That might seem excessive, but I had good reasons when I did the exams. In the “summer” I work closely with instructors from Austria, several of them examiners for the Austrian full cert, some of them Austrian Demo Team members. I grew up ski racing to a decent level in Sweden."
Current Qualifications: BASI Level 4 ISTD, Swiss Patente, NZSIA interski demo team, CSIA Level 2 ; Other – A law degree!
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