Was this a bad idea?
Hello Tania (I think that's how you introduced yourself to me!)
My name is Michael Chandler and yes I go by taospro. While I would defend your right to complain about a bad experience I also would hope you would back your complaint with facts, not your perceptions. I take my profession very seriously.
You were never coached "to hit the gates with your shoulders." Most racers who over rotate do expose their inside arm to hooking the gate. This was you, as well as most of your three fellow race campers. This was a surprise to me as one of you happens to have been my wife and knows better, as she has been coached otherwise. Your instructions were to BRUSH the gate with your inside HIP. I knew this would be foriegn to you so that's why we first did it skiing one gate at a time.
I, like others who read your post, was also confused. You seem to suggest that there were three of you who got hurt. Actually it was only you and Mary who were hurt. And while you say Mary "broke her hip and dislocated her shoulder", how would you actually know? You didn't spend the following hour with her and her dad in the clinic like I did. So you probably didn't know that she walked out of that clinic with nothing more than a bruised shoulder and hip. And while were on the subject of bruises, how's yours? I was concerned when I read that "you hit your arm, hard enough that the ski patrol filled out a report." I was surprised because it didn't seem to bother you enough at the time to slow down much. You hit your arm pretty early in the afternoon and continued on anyway. You actually told me you were alright. It wasn't until the ski patrol showed up later and I told him to check your arm. He was there to take witness reports because Mary left in a toboggan. That's the report you refer to. He also told you that he couldn't diagnose and that if you thought it was serious you should go to the clinic. I didn't see you there?
What really hurt me was to read what you said about seeing me "laughing and having a great time in the parking lot." Am I to infer that you thought I was laughing at you? What world did you grow up in? As a professional NOTHING matters more to me than the safety of my clients! I wouldn't last long at this if that weren't true. Which brings me to the matter of qualifications.
I have been teaching and coaching for 25+ yrs. I am currently an examiner in PSIA-RM. I am a USSCA certified (not current) coach. I am the Chair-elect of the PSIA-RM Alpine Cert/Ed Committee. And I love NASTAR.
The only reason I write this is I am sorry for your experience, I only wish you would have given me a chance to address this in a more timely and appropriate way. I would encourage you to address this with my ski school. Maybe we should leave the race clinics to NASTAR. Sincerely, Michael Chandler, firstname.lastname@example.org