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IDEAS FOR A SKIING RELATED SENIOR PROJECT

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

I have skied my whole life and would really like to incorporate it into my senior project. I have always skied recreationally, so I have no race or instructing experience. The guidelines that I must follow are that I need to have 15 hours with a mentor and have a learning stretch that can be easily shown through some kind of product (photographs, papers, or physical product). Any ideas? 

post #2 of 14
Being as you were interested in racing before, maybe learn about ski tuning and the finer points of waxing and bevels and put together a video for class showing how it's done and explaining why it's done. Not sure who would be willing to spend 15 hours with you, but you could easily spend 15 hours watching @Jacques videos. Does that count?
post #3 of 14

Find a ski instructor or patroller/first aider who is happy to let you shadow them for a couple of days.  Make a video doc of salient points of the job/ major incidents with a mix of talking heads and action.

 

or just get some friends together and make your own version of Gnar.

post #4 of 14

I guess the question to ask first is, where do you ski? Do you have a pass anywhere? Your name suggests you're in NH. I'd reach out to some of the local mountains about possibly doing some type of short internship.

 

Shadowing an instructor would probably be difficult, and wouldn't get you 15 hours. You may be able to do something with patrol, or front office types.

post #5 of 14

Not sure how strict of an interpretation there is with the "learning stretch", but if you take avy 1 and then follow a patroller around for a bit you'd learn a ton of snow science stuff, which probably maps more closely to school subjects than a lot of other skiing-related stuff. I think that'd be a ton of fun, personally. If you're in NH maybe you could get a ranger or someone from the Mt. Washington avalanche center there to show you the ropes a bit.

post #6 of 14

 you are in NH from your login.  Are you interested in studying avalanches?  There is a lot of outreach going on with young people.

 

Contacts:http://www.esaw.org/   several clicks on that page I would encourage you to explore if this is an interest:Mount Washington Ski Patrol (upper left) American Alpine Club (upper right) under the info drop down White Mountain Avalanche Education Fund

 

Jonathan Shefftz is active on the board and the Man when it comes to the conference and an all around good guy.  Contact him.

post #7 of 14

OP, what do you define as a "learning stretch?"  I've never heard that term used and I can't quite get a grip on what you are required to do.

post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 

From my understanding, a learning stretch is just a way to connect whatever my project is back to something academic or enriching in some way. It doesn't have to be something that I connect back to, say, math or english class. A learning stretch could just be that I discovered how to be a better leader in my community, or I gained some sort of new skill that will help me later in life. 

 

Also, I am from Rhode Island and own a second home in New Hampshire, where I usually ski at Loon. I have a pass there, but am always open to skiing at other nearby locations as well. 

 

Thank you guys for all of the ideas so far!

post #9 of 14
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  I am from Rhode Island and own a second home in New Hampshire

 

....wow, a senior in HS and you already own a second home :) impressive.    How about calling one of the ski schools and signing up as a new instructor ?  Typically there would be a few days of class room training and a few days of on mountain training - than you can get paid to instruct over the weekends ? The Avalanche training would also be a great idea if you're interested in backcountry skiing and you have the gear ?   Shadowing a Patroller could also be a great idea, but you may run into some liability hurdles - my son was looking at doing the exact same thing and actually volunteering with the Patroller for the entire season, but due to liability, they would limit to 1 day of shadowing.  Best of luck !

post #10 of 14

2112 -- I've heard that at some ski resorts they have special lessons for blind people who want to learn to ski.  Maybe you could get involved with whatever group is doing this?

 

PS to the rest -- does anyone know more about this? 

post #11 of 14
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2112 -- I've heard that at some ski resorts they have special lessons for blind people who want to learn to ski.  Maybe you could get involved with whatever group is doing this?

PS to the rest -- does anyone know more about this? 

It's called adaptive skier instructing. Many resorts have organizations that conduct adaptive lessons for the blind or the impaired, either physically or mentally. PSIA offers a training program for instructors to teach in adaptive skier settings. Disabled sports USA has more info on skiing-related programs at http://www.disabledsportsusa.org/adaptive-skiing-alpine/
post #12 of 14
The Adaptive Programs call it visually impaired.
post #13 of 14

Love the suggestions of working with a Ski Patrol team member. Locally, Perfect North offers volunteer positions on their ski patrol team and I know they love to have young people showing interest. From talking with management, and since it is a volunteer position here, they always struggle to have enough bodies. Small hill I am dealing with, but would hope they would be willing at larger places.

post #14 of 14

Not sure if this is entirely true for you State side but within Europe there is an entire network of trainee instructors and guides who are looking for willing participants for them to complete the amount of hours service they need to achieve their qualification. Might be worth seeing if there is a network like this near you to tap into. That way you are both getting something out of it. I think it's a great idea to document it all on film to present in class.

 

I had a similar situation in my final year studying film production, so I based my dissertation on extreme sports film making. 

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