Good day folks, glad to see this thread is still alive and well hasn't deteriorated to name calling... yet.
About the following quote from sidecut,
Originally Posted by Sidecut
Look at how PSIA fell all over itself in changing the rules so Deb Armstrong could get certified in a year! So certain folks get special treatment. It's a fact.
what about the new fast track, where great skiers can do all levels as fast as they can. Under that program she would be legit, no?
About the $30,000 for Austrian certification, are you sure it wasn't shillings?
This is interesting to me because I am just getting involved with PSIA. I have no REAL desire to do this, it is really just a matter of credentials for future reference (the core concepts manual talks about motivation and honesty and well there you go). It's a long story. I must say I'm getting tired of teaching 3 to 5 year olds wedging. My real desires lie in coaching J2's and J1's and I am USSA certified. It's a long story. Credentials I think are a lot of the motivation for all this level stuff.
I remember when PSIA first came into being, I was in the jr racing program at my area. I remember the conversation about the new certification thing and I remember thinking that this would become a circling of the wagons by the first members, ponzi scheme is another scenario that comes to mind, but that might be a little harsh. Still my fears, I think, have been somewhat borne out. It's become an extremely bureaurcratic organization. I notice now that Level 3 has been superceded by the "Master" teaching level. What's next?
Whoever or whatever group makes the skiing policy, if I may call it that, should back off. I remember reading in one of the manuals that spoke about the need for the PSIA or something like it, mentioned that some organization in the US had sent a group of skiers to Europe to be in a free skiing competition and they did poorly. The reason given for their poor performance by the PSIA manual, and therefor the necessity of this uni-ski organization, was that they didn't ski alike (and therefor did poorly). THEY DIDN'T SKI ALIKE, SO WHAT! Unless they were in a synchronized skiing competition(whatever that is), who cares. To see 4 or 5 great skiers ripping through the moguls and through transitions at the same time, all doing different things but doing them REALLY well, is awesome - if they're great. One guys roof topping the other guy is sucking them up, the other is in the trench, the other is pulling helicopter between moguls. So I'm willing to bet that they stunk up the joint. Like I said in an earlier post, if I were the ski god, I stand there like the cop pointing to the left or right as they came down. You can tell who's there and who isn't within a couple hundred yards on some varied terrain.
Even if it was a synchronized event and they didn't ski the same, that is no reason to have everybody you come across ski the same way. Why would that be, just in case they are in a sychronized event?
I'm taking this PSIA thing with a grain of salt. I am very interested to see the examiners on the hill. I will be examing them. I don't expect that they will be able to outski me. I know that sounds like bragging but I really expect that. (I will save my critiques of them until after they say I've passed my level 1). Yes, my lowly level 1. I don't what to give away my identity, especially to the PSIA guys who may be there, but I will be at the Loon first tracks tomorrow and Thurs. and then the Level 1 exam on Friday.
Any of you guys who happen to be there just ask for Turnalot. I will answer if I determine the risk is acceptable.