Originally Posted by josseph
One thing for sure, instructors, as a group, are better at teaching someone to ski than others. That's because 1) instructors generally become instructors because they like to teach and to share their joys for the sport with others, 2) instructors spend a large porportion of the effort thinking and and trying to understand the mechanics of skiing, and 3) instructors also spend a great deal of effort in learning how to better teach folks how to ski.
Instructors don't necessarily have to be the best skiers, although frequently they are. Super hot skiers do not by default make good teachers. Many super hot skiers ski instinctively, and they do not necessarily have sufficient conscious awarenessness of what is it that they do to teach it to others.
I resemble that remark!
Could not have said it better myself. Back when I went through the pre-hiring process, the evaluator said (I can still hear his voice) "as a group your skiing skills stunk, but as a group your teaching skills were better than every other group".
Then the battles began. The Ski School Director only wanted to hire people who looked good skiing. The Supervisors were more interested in hiring competent skiers who could teach and communicate with customers. I guess the Supervisors won, cause I got hired. That was 11 years ago.
I love the sport. I love the people, especially kids (I teach in the Children's programs) and I love to teach people to ski.
I'm really into the gear, too. I study up on all the new equipment and watch EBay 12 months a year which keeps me in tune during the off season.
I love being out skiing. I wish I could do it full-time!