More coach than instructor
Originally Posted by Rick
GCT,,,, I'd have a hard time with that.
I want to teach people to ski, not cater to their silly whims and strive to make them happy for a day. I want to be a teacher, not an entertainer. I want real results, not fleeting smiles.
When someone comes to me to learn to ski I can evaluate their skiing and quickly know what they need to do to improve. I know much better than they do what their shortcomings are and what's called for if they're to improve. I'm not willing to waste my time on students who aren't interested in devotedly accepting my prescriptions, following my lead, and applying themselves to the tasks I assign with dedicated enthusiasm.
When it comes to teaching skiing it's serious business with me. I couldn't care less about providing a student with fond memories from a short vacation. I'm not all things to all people. I'll teach a student to ski, and to ski well, but only if they're willing to buy into my program and do it my way. If not, it's best they pursue another route.
I don't think I'm instructor material. Resorts want to please everyone,,, keep them happy,,, it's all about the cash flow. I don't care about that, money is not what drives me when it comes to skiing. If it was I could have never justified devoting over 20 years of my life to full time coaching. My sole motivation is the intense pursuit of results.
What you describe is more coaching than instructing. You want to work with those who are passionate and driven to improve. There's nothing wrong with that and good coaches are definitely needed for upper level or elite athletes. However, I think the vast majority of people who take ski lessons are not that driven and motivated and certainly are not at the elite level. In most advanced ski lessons you'd probably find some students who would respond well to your teaching style. But the vast majority of students taking lessons want to become better skiers, have fun and be social. Most recreational skiers are just that, recreational. They're trying to have a good time. For a small minority, having fun is skiing at the absolute best one can ski. For the rest, it's being in a beautiful setting, being with family and friends, doing something that can't be done very often, being on vacation. Rick, you sound more like ski coach rather than ski instructor material.