Originally Posted by Bob Peters
I'm wondering if anyone who has recently taken and/or passed their exams would care to comment on what kinds of skis the *examiners* were skiing on.
A related question (and I'm completely ignorant about this subject so please humor me?):
When you do your exams for the various PSIA certification levels, do the examiners demonstrate the various required or expected moves, or do they simply describe or name the drills and then watch and grade the participants?
I may be wrong, but I thinkthe straightest skis I saw were 6-Stars. There were some Salomon Pilot SCs, Elan something or others, Volkl P60s, I'm a gear geek for sure, but I don't think I was really focused on that at the time. :0
At the skiing part, they tell you what they are going to do and then they demo it. The problem arises if you see something different from what you heard. Then what do you do? What they said, or what they did? At the teaching part, you are demoing the moves. For that reason, I don't name the moves. What if I tell them I'd do pivot slips, and then my idea of a pivot slip is different from thiers?
The bottom line here with regards to skis is that they are lookig for the movements behind your skiing. That's why a guy on 198s can pass the exam when everyone else is on shorties. Whatever the outcome of his turn, they are looking for the underlying moves that make it happen. Only half my class passed, and it wasn't the ski that made them pass or fail.