Originally Posted by Rhys
I have a question for you, Rick. With enough hard work and dedication, how long do you think it takes to reach CSIA Level 3, from Level 1 (obviously!) As a new cert reaching Level 3 is my first real goal as it is the International Cert as well as the Canadian level 3 (as I'm sure you well know). I can see how this is a tricky question because people progress at different levels. Just wondered if you know any instructors who have progressed to this level and how long it took them?!......
This is actually a very difficult question to answer because like eveything in skiing, it depends. It depends on how dedicated you are, how strong a skier you are before you start the process and how much time you put into it once you start.
The best I can do is to give a few examples:
I took 4 seasons. I did my level 1 at Christmas of one season and did not teach that season. I started teaching the following season and took my level 2 mid season. Then I did level 3, 2 seasons later. If I had taught my first season I could have done the 2 at the end of that season. I could also have taken a year off the level 3 time, but instructing is not a full time job for me and life got in the way the first season after my 2, so it took and extra season to get to 3. So I potentially could have done it in 2 seasons if I had really tried. But, I was a very strong skier, over 25 years skiing 30-50 day seasons, before going into instructing. I was really dedicated to improving my skiing for my level 3, took every opertunity I could to get training with level 4's, and trained with drills and slow skiing (not free skiing) a LOT, to the point where most of my co-workers at the hill began to question if I could really ski.
There is a program called Ski Le Gap at Mont. Tremblant that has skiers from the UK on their Gap year. The intent of the program is to get from 0 to level 1, in 3 months. Many of the participants get to level 2 at the end of 3 months, and a couple have tried the exams but not gotten level 3. This program is very intense, continuous intruction from level 4's, and a fair bit of teaching time during peak holiday weeks at Tremblant. It would be hard to progress this fast anywhere else.
I know another part time instructor who got to 3 in 4 years.
I've taught a few people in the last few seasons that will get to level 2 in 2 seasons, I'm not sure when they will do the 3, but it could be within 4 years of starting.
With the exception of some x-world cup racers, who have done 1-4 in 2 years, the above examples are probably the shorter end of the spectrum as there are many many who take 10 or more years to go from level 1 to level 3.