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Thanks -- this is helpful information.  I didn't know there were different levels of instructors.  I will be sure to ask for Level 3.  


A little off-topic for this thread, but don't want to take the time to start a new thread right now.  Please hold discussion until later.

 

Here's the best description I can find quickly about the difference between PSIA Level 1, 2, 3.  It's from a website with info about ski instruction worldwide.  Around Epicski advanced=expert in many discussions.  Levels are defined differently in outside the U.S.  For instance CSIA in Canada has four levels.  Note that a Level 2 instructor who has been teaching 10+ years can be as effective for an advancing intermediate or advanced beginner as a Level 3 instructor.  For someone who teaches skiing part-time, there can be many reasons that pursuing Level 3 certification is not practical or necessary.  It's quite possible to pass the Level 1 exam during an instructor's first season teaching.

 

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PSIA Level One Ski Instructor

To become certified as a PSIA level one ski instructor, candidates must have a good level of competency over intermediate terrain, and be able to execute both linked short and medium parallel turns and demonstrate various wedge/ snowplough techniques.

Level one qualification allows instructors to teach novice and beginner skiers on blue and green terrain. Certification consists of a three day course and assessment of the candidate’s skiing skills, teaching skills, technical knowledge and movement analysis.

PSIA Level Two Ski Instructor

Upon successful completion of PSIA level one, candidates can progress to PSIA level two, which requires ability to ski over advanced terrain in a controlled fashion, including steeps, bumps and jumps. Candidates must also be able to confidently execute all elements of progression up to and including advanced parallel turning.

A level two certification involves five days of assessment, comprised of a two day skiing assessment and a three day teaching assessment.

PSIA level two qualification allows instructors to teach intermediate skiers.

PSIA Level Three Ski Instructor

The PSIA level three certification is a professional level qualification for ski instructors in America who are both expert skiers and experienced instructors, and wish to teach to a higher intermediate and expert level, or become involved in training new instructors at levels one and two.

Level three instructors are eligible for professional membership of ISIA (the International Ski Instructors Association) which opens up a greater range of options for teaching internationally and skiing abroad.

From http://ski-instructor-courses.com/psia-professional-ski-instructors-of-america-level-1-2-3/

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post #152 of 272
Happy holidays everyone!
 
Just called Ski Shoppe Ltd.:  Demo day @Whitetail is on, confirmed it’s next Friday (Jan. 6th).  You can go to their tent to pick up a discounted lift ticket voucher for a whole day pass @ $35, then pay at the ticket window.  
 
Also, Jan. 6th is Whitetail’s 1st Friday for the woman's day.  
 
 
(note to moderator: feel free to move this thread as appropriate... thanks.)
 
post #153 of 272
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Anyone going to the Demo Day at Whitetail on Friday, 1/6/2017?  I started a meetup thread.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/148868/whitetail-demo-day-jan-6-2017-whos-going

 

For those who've never been to a brand tent demo day, might get an idea of what they are all about here:

http://www.epicski.com/t/142999/what-is-a-demo-day-for-skis-a-beginner-zone-thread​

post #154 of 272
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There will be a demo tent by a local ski shop, Freestyle, at Massanutten Jan. 7-8.  Upper Showtime and Diamond Jim are open, but not the connector that makes it easier to go between Lifts 5 and 6.  But looks like more snowmaking nights later this week. :)
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There will be a demo tent by a local ski shop, Freestyle, at Massanutten Jan. 7-8.  Upper Showtime and Diamond Jim are open, but not the connector that makes it easier to go between Lifts 5 and 6.  But looks like more snowmaking nights later this week. :)

 

I was thinking about hitting M'nut on Saturday. Are you going to be there?

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Went to Whitetail today, just for the morning.... I was debating given the holiday and limited runs open. Turned out to be a good decision though!

 

I got out onto the snow at about 8:30 and everything was pretty hard-packed... but it softened up a lot after about an hour or so and was very nice skiing. Full-on spring skiing really, with temps in the mid-40s and no lift lines to speak of... I skied back onto the lift most times.

 

They had the two main greens, two of the blues, and one main black open. The black was Exhibition, which is usually the bump run, but was groomed today. That made for the first time I've ever made it down that run without many falls. :D

 

I did have one good fall on my third run though. A simple fall onto my side, but on the morning hard-pack I couldn't stop, and wound up sliding quite a ways, and eventually off the side of slope down into the trees. Didn't hit anything too hard though, and my skis stayed on the whole time, (but I couldn't get them to stop me either). A little scary, but no worse for wear. 

 

Otherwise it was a great morning. Lift lines were just starting to pick up a little when I stopped around 11:30, but I don't think it was going to get very crowded. 

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Went to Whitetail today, just for the morning.... I was debating given the holiday and limited runs open. Turned out to be a good decision though!

 

I got out onto the snow at about 8:30 and everything was pretty hard-packed... but it softened up a lot after about an hour or so and was very nice skiing. Full-on spring skiing really, with temps in the mid-40s and no lift lines to speak of... I skied back onto the lift most times.

 

They had the two main greens, two of the blues, and one main black open. The black was Exhibition, which is usually the bump run, but was groomed today. That made for the first time I've ever made it down that run without many falls. :D

 

I did have one good fall on my third run though. A simple fall onto my side, but on the morning hard-pack I couldn't stop, and wound up sliding quite a ways, and eventually off the side of slope down into the trees. Didn't hit anything too hard though, and my skis stayed on the whole time, (but I couldn't get them to stop me either). A little scary, but no worse for wear. 

 

Otherwise it was a great morning. Lift lines were just starting to pick up a little when I stopped around 11:30, but I don't think it was going to get very crowded. 

 

It didn't get crowded - and you should have stayed.    Snow Dancer got very good around 7pm as the granular firmed up to the consistency of deep fresh graupel, about 4-5 inches deep, mostly in 20 foot bands down either side of the run.     Exhibition didn't get much better than it was noonish, it turned to crust on slab more than anything else.      But those who did drills on greens were in for a real treat - the loose surface wound up milling itself finer, so there were big drifts of loose fine granular on both SnowPark and Sidewinder.    Pretty fast surface, tricky and grabby in transitions, but it could hold an amazing edge once you set it and you could play a lot of games with ski float. 

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There will be a demo tent by a local ski shop, Freestyle, at Massanutten Jan. 7-8.  Upper Showtime and Diamond Jim are open, but not the connector that makes it easier to go between Lifts 5 and 6.  But looks like more snowmaking nights later this week. :)

 

I was thinking about hitting M'nut on Saturday. Are you going to be there?


That's the plan!

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Anyone going to Beech or Sugar this Friday or weekend?

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Anyone going to Beech or Sugar this Friday or weekend?

 

What, snow machine stop at W/B? ;)

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Whitetail was pretty nice one day after the demo, Sat 1/7. (Work prevented me from attending on Friday.)

 

Bold Decision and Snow Dancer opened. They were blowing hard on Limelight, Far Side and I think the Beginner Terrain Park off the green lift. They should be 100% open very soon. Coverage was very good, but some of the trails (Snow Dancer, Exhibition) were a bit narrow.

 

Bold was very nice; man-made packed powder turning into bumps. All but one spot very edgeable.

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Whitetail was pretty nice one day after the demo, Sat 1/7. (Work prevented me from attending on Friday.)

 

Bold Decision and Snow Dancer opened. They were blowing hard on Limelight, Far Side and I think the Beginner Terrain Park off the green lift. They should be 100% open very soon. Coverage was very good, but some of the trails (Snow Dancer, Exhibition) were a bit narrow.

 

Bold was very nice; man-made packed powder turning into bumps. All but one spot very edgeable.

 

I got an email saying they'll be 100% open tomorrow.

 

Just in time for warmer weather! :hopmad:

 

I may still be there on Friday, provided it doesn't look to r#$ny.

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I got an email saying they'll be 100% open tomorrow.

 

Just in time for warmer weather! :hopmad:

 

I may still be there on Friday, provided it doesn't look to r#$ny.

 

I'd go there tomorrow, if you can swap Friday for Tuesday.

 

If they can maintain the base, snow should be soft during this NCP warm period. Though, it will be ugly by next Monday given the duration.

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I'd go there tomorrow, if you can swap Friday for Tuesday.

 

If they can maintain the base, snow should be soft during this NCP warm period. Though, it will be ugly by next Monday given the duration.

 

Can't do it unfortunately... it's Friday or Sunday for me... and Friday will probably be better than Sunday.

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What, snow machine stop at W/B? ;)


The King arrived at W/BC I thought I better get out while can!

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I'd go there tomorrow, if you can swap Friday for Tuesday.

 

If they can maintain the base, snow should be soft during this NCP warm period. Though, it will be ugly by next Monday given the duration.

 

Can't do it unfortunately... it's Friday or Sunday for me... and Friday will probably be better than Sunday.

 

Give a shout if you're at WT Sun.    I'll be at RT 'til then. 

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That's the plan!


How did Mnut treat you this past weekend? I was there for a couple hours on Monday. Conditions were fast and fun.

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That's the plan!


How did Mnut treat you this past weekend? I was there for a couple hours on Monday. Conditions were fast and fun.


Plans had to change.  Hoping to get there for MLK Day but that's a maybe too at this point.  They have been blowing snow at every opportunity in order to build enough base to keep snow on the slopes for the holiday weekend.  Depths up to 30 inches on the most popular slopes.  They got Paradice open today!

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Plans had to change.  Hoping to get there for MLK Day but that's a maybe too at this point.  They have been blowing snow at every opportunity in order to build enough base to keep snow on the slopes for the holiday weekend.  Depths up to 30 inches on the most popular slopes.  They got Paradice open today!


Paradice was fun. Fast up top, lots of loose snow to play around in on skier's right at the bottom.

 

No snowmaking was occurring on MakAttack, Mass Transit, or Yee-ha. As you say, it appears they are focused on maintaining the base on the open trails for the holiday weekend, especially given the warm weather and rain in the forecast.

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Plans had to change.  Hoping to get there for MLK Day but that's a maybe too at this point.  They have been blowing snow at every opportunity in order to build enough base to keep snow on the slopes for the holiday weekend.  Depths up to 30 inches on the most popular slopes.  They got Paradice open today!


Paradice was fun. Fast up top, lots of loose snow to play around in on skier's right at the bottom.

 

No snowmaking was occurring on MakAttack, Mass Transit, or Yee-ha. As you say, it appears they are focused on maintaining the base on the open trails for the holiday weekend, especially given the warm weather and rain in the forecast.


Yep, I can remember seasons when Yee-Ha didn't open until late Jan.  Although Mnut has a lot more snowmaking power than before.  The issue can be lack of water sometimes.  Of course, with the rain coming then the snowmaking pond will be full before the next cold snap.

 

Since the green and blue slopes are skiable with only 10 inches of coverage, certainly should be able to keep them open from now until the end of the season.

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Whitetail was pretty nice one day after the demo, Sat 1/7. (Work prevented me from attending on Friday.)

 

Bold Decision and Snow Dancer opened. They were blowing hard on Limelight, Far Side and I think the Beginner Terrain Park off the green lift. They should be 100% open very soon. Coverage was very good, but some of the trails (Snow Dancer, Exhibition) were a bit narrow.

 

Bold was very nice; man-made packed powder turning into bumps. All but one spot very edgeable.


WT your "home" area this season?

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WT your "home" area this season?

 

Nope, combination of CVR and T-Line. In year 2 of T-Line "Awesome Pass." Skied one weekend in Dec at CVR; T-Line was not open. Would have skied T-Line Sun/Mon, but got nasty head cold Sat PM.

 

I am travelling a lot this year; plus had use or lose so was in Vermont/New York for five days over NYE. Did two days trips from CT to Mass/NY near Xmas.

 

Hit Montage in Scranton (first time) on the way north for Xmas; the face of White Lightning is legit for this area. Plus, Boomer had some nice bumps on it. Top of mountain is flaaaaaaaaat. But, not a bad 3 hours of skiing for 35 bucks on a travel day. Nice to hit a new area. Have hit three so far this year: Montage, Cooper in CO, Catamount in NY.

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  Hoping to get there for MLK Day but that's a maybe too at this point. 

 

We are looking to get up there either on Sunday or on MLK day. If we are both there on MLK day then maybe we can ski a couple runs together.

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Nope, combination of CVR and T-Line. In year 2 of T-Line "Awesome Pass." Skied one weekend in Dec at CVR; T-Line was not open. Would have skied T-Line Sun/Mon, but got nasty head cold Sat PM.

 

 

I definitely plan on getting out to CVR this year. I am hearing they stepped up their game.

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I definitely plan on getting out to CVR this year. I am hearing they stepped up their game.

 

Contact me if you make it to one of the valley spots this winter. My cell # is still the same - and I noticed a few days ago that your contact info survived my Android to iOS cell transfer.

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Contact me if you make it to one of the valley spots this winter. My cell # is still the same - and I noticed a few days ago that your contact info survived my Android to iOS cell transfer.


 Will do. I am not as familiar with CVR, so you will need to show me the spots where I can *almost* ski into a drainage ditch.

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Against my better judgement, I'm heading to Whitetail tomorrow, looking for some "good for you" snow. :D

 

If anyone else is heading there, feel free to PM me to make some turns.

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So since it's March and the temps are up I was... wait... it's not March? Geez... sure felt like it today. :)

 

I headed to Whitetail today for some spring-like conditions... and it was actually fantastic. There was no overnight freeze, it was just cold enough to firm things up last night, then the temp held at about 40 degrees for most of the day. 

 

Got onto the lift about 8:20, and didn't wait for a chair the whole time I was there. All of the runs were open, and in fairly good shape, though they were all starting to look WROD'y. Runs were firm to softening all morning, and were just starting to get piled up and slushier when I left around 1:00 PM. I got in 24 runs for 17.5K vert, in that time and managed to hit every main run.

 

Some pics...

 

Everything was open!

 

Storm clouds up top in the early morning, but cleared off after a while... skiing was in the sun all day

 

A group of instructors practicing side slips together all at once

 

Exhibition is starting to bump up... and get a little brown

 

It seems SO much steeper when you're actually skiing it!

 

Sunny day in January!!

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Heading up Sunday-Monday.  Things will be getting thin for sure.  Hoping Snow Miser returns to blow some winter again.  Sure going to suck if we don't get anything but 3-5 day blasts of cold followed by 2 weeks of summer rains rinse and repeat through spring..

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Just a reminder, I'm on call for Laurel most anytime, Seven Springs and Blue Knob too, all day trips for me. We'll be at Laurel tomorrow and perhaps on Monday too. Mark Feb. 10 on your calendar, maybe a mini gathering sprouting. Stay posted.

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