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I recently started a site to help students learn more about individual instructors/the ski school experience and find the best available instructors- Ski School Pros 

The site also has a blog and the first article is How to Maximize Your Ski & Snowboard Lessons. I think it is one of the more comprehensive articles on the subject set up in a format that allows individuals to just take in the main points or delve deeper into the areas that interest them most. Some of the knowledge I have gained has come directly from EpicSki and the article references back a very good thread on preparing kids for lessons. Please let me know your thoughts (as I can always edit to make it better) Thanks 

Summary: Get the most out of your snow sports experience by finding the right instructor, preparation, communication and having the right attitude. Targeted to help first-timers as well as more experienced skiers and snowboarders by providing the questions to ask before booking your ski school lesson, the conversations that you should be having with your instructor, clothing & equipment suggestions, the best attitude for learning and a lot more.

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Good blog article. The challenge with this site is that you get a lot of information. Too much some times. Since I posted in that thread myself I feel part of the kudos comes right back :). Keep up posting.

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Good blog article. The challenge with this site is that you get a lot of information. Too much some times. Since I posted in that thread myself I feel part of the kudos comes right back :). Keep up posting.

Thanks for the feedback...It was definitely a challenge deciding on how much depth to go into. I am satisfied with the use of headlines and "click here to read more" buttons which gives the reader some ability to skip over parts they already know about or are not interested in learning more while being able to drill down on parts that will be useful for them.

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The ski world needs a system like this. A few thoughts on your setup: 

 

  • Let instructors add themselves, but require a minimum certification level and to post their member number
  • Include all resorts as options for the instructor to pick (along with a secondary and tertiary resort)
  • When students rate the instructor, give them specific rating criteria (e.g. "made me feel welcomed" / "created a safe environment" / "the lesson was fun" / "instructor's skiing ability" / "I was able to ski better by the end of the lesson" etc.)
  • Allow instructors to respond to the ratings
  • Add a mobile version
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The ski world needs a system like this. A few thoughts on your setup: 

 

  • Let instructors add themselves, but require a minimum certification level and to post their member number 

    I just looked at a plug-in yesterday that would potentially allow instructors to add themselves. (I talked to a fellow instructor who worked on a similar project a few years back and he definitely thought it was best to try to automate this process as much as possible rather than having to spend time on each individuals page) 

  • Include all resorts as options for the instructor to pick (along with a secondary and tertiary resort). The current sign up form allows instructors to list Resorts. I could make this a drop down list, but I don't think the form builder I used allows for multiple selections on the DDL
  • When students rate the instructor, give them specific rating criteria (e.g. "made me feel welcomed" / "created a safe environment" / "the lesson was fun" / "instructor's skiing ability" / "I was able to ski better by the end of the lesson" etc.) Good idea, but I think I would need to find a different plug-in for this. 
  • Allow instructors to respond to the ratings Ratings currently get held in moderation but I am not sure if the plug-in I use allows for an easy way to respond
  • Add a mobile version Currently, the site is mobile friendly (auto-adjusts based on screen size), but there is not a specific mobile version.

Thanks for the feedback.

 

Right now, I am trying to do this on a low budget as I don't want to charge instructors and there is no revenue coming in from the site. I have limited web and programming experience, but this is not my trade, so I am trying to use existing Wordpress plug-ins and am trying to stay away from custom programming. Ultimately, I would like to see the site function similar to coachup but they have gotten millions in funding and charge coaches 25% of the first session booked.  

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Originally Posted by Metaphor_ View Post
 

The ski world needs a system like this. A few thoughts on your setup: 

 

  • Let instructors add themselves, but require a minimum certification level and to post their member number
  • Include all resorts as options for the instructor to pick (along with a secondary and tertiary resort)
  • When students rate the instructor, give them specific rating criteria (e.g. "made me feel welcomed" / "created a safe environment" / "the lesson was fun" / "instructor's skiing ability" / "I was able to ski better by the end of the lesson" etc.)
  • Allow instructors to respond to the ratings
  • Add a mobile version

Minimum certification is problematic in some places. Certification isn't compulsory in the US, and there are some very experienced, very senior instructors at some mountains who opt not to maintain a PSIA certification. 

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