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post #61 of 65
If you are a full-timer, I think the experience is different. Powdr and a few others had good accurate things to say about that.

Full time means you have to turn up and stand around, but doesn't necessarily mean you'll get paid work. So you often find what skiing you do is in small clumps. You and a few mates nip up for one or two runs before the next alloted piece of standing around starts. You might also join a training group going out, or sign up for one ahead of time. Training is often much of the sustained skiing you'll do.

Actually skiing recreationally for a whole day happens, but in my experience less often... if friends come and want to go skiing, that can prompt it.

When things aren't busy, you might be "working" 5 days of the week. As it gets busier you'll be doing 6 days, and in peak periods it's 7 days, so you might work say 14 days on the trot around Xmas/NY, and/or President's, and/or Spring Breaks.
However, within that you might grab a few of those fun runs.
But when it's busy, days off are often used to rest the feet, do the washing, buy stuff you couldn't get to the shops for, go to bank/post office, sleep in. That's those of us without useful wives to do such things.
post #62 of 65
When I was a beginner instructor it was a blast, skiing everyday, doing practise turns all around the hill and getting paid for it. Then much later I found that the practise turns had become the slow waltz of boredom. My slow line fast had become your slow line slow.

I quit instructing and discovered skiing.
The flying like a bird type of skiing
The fork you type
The me only type
the bliss of the mountain

Skiing well is such a selfish pastime
ya need to get paid well to go slow
post #63 of 65
Originally Posted by lennyblake
Anybody can look like a genius going fast. Let's see your technique when you're going slow. Most skiers that think they're hot stuff because of their speed can't buy a competent turn at a slow speed.
Old saying in Instructor circles:
"Anyone can fake it fast, It requires real ability to ski it slow."
Of course the learned Instructor with developed MA and ED&C skills will spot the faker in two turns.
post #64 of 65
Maybe I'm missing the point here, but is being a good instructor not more about being a good communicator? Sure you need a good standard of skiing to start with, but how you get the message over to your clients and improve their ability is the true measure of an instructor's skill.

Oh yes, and by the way, I always skied on my days off, no matter what. I mean, why else would you go to live in a ski resort... duh? I'd always find a favourite trail or glade that I'd come back to, just for the heck of it and have fun. Not always 100mph flat out or jumping off cliffs, but just whatever I wanted to do whenever I wanted to do it. Skiing with old friends, or making new ones; skiing between coffee stops and taking it easy.

Ahh, I'm getting all teary eyed at the thought :
post #65 of 65
Originally Posted by Highway Star
I grew up on a mountain where the major focus was racing, raced for 4 years in high school, went to states, etc. Racing technique is the basis for my free-carving technique. Granted, in the last 10 years skiing has changed alot and jibbing/jumping is mainstream, but back in the day.....
Typical High School racing is for the most part a total joke. In my league there were 10 of us that actually had a chance of winning and we all raced on regional teams. I skied on my high school team because it was fun, and good practice for my other races. I think he was talking about USSA team not a high school team when he said real race team.
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