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I enjoy the challenge of articulating myself clearly yet not too verbosely. I have also enjoyed meeting new people very much! And they taste so good with nice chianti

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....and fava beans ;)

 

  zenny

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A few of us here are showing our age. Anyone else remember seeing it when it first aired and being just old enough to be freaked out by it?

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Alfred Packer days...
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A few of us here are showing our age. Anyone else remember seeing it when it first aired and being just old enough to be freaked out by it?


Yes indeed. I also found this one particularly amusing:

 

 

"Time Enough at Last" has to be one of my all time fav's. Oh the ironing!:irony:

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I think a lot of us old timers share that common thread of helping others and probably share the experience of making our real money elsewhere. That doesn't mean pay isn't important for incidentals like food and utilities but it speaks volumes about career paths that included making time to share our passion for skiing and teaching.

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Actually I made reference to that to serve man episode during a fall training seminar with Horst. No one but those at my table got it.

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I think a lot of us old timers share that common thread of helping others and probably share the experience of making our real money elsewhere. That doesn't mean pay isn't important for incidentals like food and utilities but it speaks volumes about career paths that included making time to share our passion for skiing and teaching.


Truth.

 

Every one of my employers over the last 20+ years has accepted my addiction. Maybe not understood it, but wittingly or not, helped to facilitate it.

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Actually I made reference to that to serve man episode during a fall training seminar with Horst. No one but those at my table got it.


People rarely get my references, so this has been a refreshing change. Not that I let that discourage me; I just sit in my cubicle giggling at my own snark like an idiot, while my co-workers shake their heads in disbelief that anyone could be so entertained by posting on a skier's forum.:nono: 

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Yes indeed. I also found this one particularly amusing:

 

 

"Time Enough at Last" has to be one of my all time fav's. Oh the ironing!:irony:

Is that face in the window Donald Trump?

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Fourteen years ago my wife and I decided we were going to move 1,000 miles North and live in Idaho.  We did not know one single person in Idaho.  Since one of my moving criteria was to be close to skiing we decided on St. Maries.  Thinking that being a ski instructor (like my bud Ted) would allow me to meet some fellow skiers and then I would have someone to ski with at times.

 

One winter I attended a NASTC instructor course and got my Level One certificate, was hired by Homewood at Tahoe (lived in Penryn-30 mi. east of Sacramento) and became a level I instructor.  Taught all year and loved teaching AND skiing.  Got a cheap room/bed rental at a friends condo and taught and skied quite a bit. About half way through the season I developed  a teaching method aimed at female students (usually middle age) that were scared to ski.  Most of the methods I used were based on methods I used as a crisis and hostage negotiator when I was a policeman.  The classes and privates were very sucessful and I ended up almost exclusively teaching these students.  It was very personally rewarding to see these people actually enjoy themselves and overcome their fears.

 

2003 I wrote Silver Mt. ski area in Kellogg Idaho and included a small resume that included my teaching and also the fact my wife and I ran the International Firefighter Winter Games for 23 years and that I was President of Code 3 ski club for 10 years.   Also, of course that I was Level I certified. I was hired. Spent 5 years teaching at Silver and although there were very few lessons I still had a ball and met people and had people to ski with me.

 

After 5 years, I was standing in roll call line one AM about 0930 looked out into the trees and saw 8 inches of freshies.  Took off my jacket, handed it to my boss and said.  Sorry John I need to get out into the powder so I will be quitting now.

 

The one thing I still miss about being a ski instructor is actually teaching, as TC and others have stated above it is very fulfilling to watch someone fall in love with our sport.   Knowing I influenced certain individuals to love skiing was enough for me.  At Homewood in tahoe I earned enough money to pay for my gas,lunch and a little extra but in Idaho at Silver I made almost zero.

 

Being a ski instructor was a great life experience, one I will always remember.  However I also don't regret quitting as off piste, powder, cat skiing, heli etc. has opened up a whole new vista for myself.

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Is that face in the window Donald Trump?


Yes, yes it is. Friggin' Hillary-ous!

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Teaching skiing is pretty much the best thing that could ever have happened to me, I am certain that if I stayed at home in the UK I wouldn't speak as many languages, ski 1/10th of as well as I do, have seen as many places as I have or have met as many interesting people. Yes teaching skiing is a really enjoyable way to earn money, and helping people is very satisfying, but really it's the lifestyle that keeps me in it, skiing, partying, travelling, meeting amazing skiers, it's pretty crazy that in the off season when I am chilling at the beach I can't wait to get back to work. 

 

Also, powder.... 

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A few of us here are showing our age. Anyone else remember seeing it when it first aired and being just old enough to be freaked out by it?

I was old enough to laugh instead of being freaked.
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