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Fundamental differences between national ski instruction techniques?

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Are there fundamental differences between the national approaches to ski instruction between various countries? If so, what are some of the biggest differences or major divergences between the programs? I'm guessing Austria, Canada, US, Australia/NZ, are some of the more prominent programs.
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Search for Interski postings.
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Too many to detail. Each system adds their own philosophical reasoning to support their conclusions. Along with that most suggest their conclusions are the most accurate. Some take it too far and suggest theirs is the only true pathway. Have fun exploring...
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Ski instruction methods were developed with homogeneity in mind, among other reasons.  One of the hopes was that a skier could go from different schools and  receive instruction and that instruction would be consistent.  Not a bad idea.  However, in the hopes of  creating homogeneity, there is also the risk of  stifling creativity.  There have been some boutique systems promoted at certain areas in the US and those systems have been very popular.   I believe that in the US one predominant system has monopolized ski instruction and  that domination has limited options.  There was always an obvious division between traditional ski instruction and racing.  The different outcomes were quite obvious.   I  for one am in favor of more diversity.  I think that diversity would promote different outcomes and  which would provide students more opportunity to choose between options.  YM

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One of the fundamental differences between USA and Canada is that Canada (CSIA) wants all of their new instructors to get at least level 1 certified before starting to teach and USA (PSIA) wants instructors to have experience teaching before getting their level 1 certification. One difference between the USA and most other national organizations is that PSIA's top level certification does not require the ability to teach in multiple languages. This past December I spent 4 days on snow with one of Australia's demo team members. He said there was very little technical difference between the Aussie system and PSIA. At the end of the day, it's hard to find any earth shattering differences between the national systems, but there are enough that once every 4 years the national organizations get together to share what their differences are. That's called Interski. The last one was recently held in Argentina. You might be interested in poking around the Interski web site to see the topics that were discussed.

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