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Some of you may recall, I was looking for a ski instructor to help get my husband's ski legs back after a lumbar laminectomy - pretty serious spine surgery - in late August. We ski a lot in Winter Park and RustyGuy came to our rescue. I want to acknowlege that it took some courage to be responsible to help someone recovering from surgery, but Rusty stepped right up. We skied a full day with Rusty and he was simply terrific.

He was patient, kind, encouraging, enthusiastic and infectiously happy. He helped my husband (who is skiing better than ever before surgery) and, since I got to go along, I learned a ton too. Everything he suggested translated to an immediate difference in action. Very important. If something didn't work, he came at it from another direction until it did. Wonderful, wonderful instructor. I recommend him highly to any of you.

THANK YOU RUSTYGUY.
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Rusty, I would expect no less. Good on ya!

Mom, thanks for sharing this. He is an exceptional human being--and an excellent ski coach.
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Didn't I tell ya' that Rusty was your man? Glad it all worked out!
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Atta Boy RG
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first of all thank you for the business and for the kind words.

the truth of the matter is that "mom" could probably pass her level III exam tomorrow and her husband is almost as strong a skier.

in reality, after watching two turns from both, i knew the task at hand was going to be very simple. if every lesson was as simple ski instruction would always be a breeze.

i don't know exactly what i expected, however, i didn't expect to be spending half the day skiing bump runs! mom and her better half can go!

thanks again for a great day.
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Rusty Guy, after recieving your reply to my question several months ago and this thread I am more convinced than ever that I would love to do a private with you next year. Hope we can hook up, I know that it is all up to me, and scheduling time. Thanks for all the great posts, I read them with respect.

Mark
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thanks...there are a lot of folks who post here that i have always said i would love to take a lesson from.

this place has always been a great source of info for all of us and a wonderful community in which to exchange ideas.

even in spite of itself at times!
post #8 of 10
I can second all of the above. Myself and the missus went out to Winter Park for the last two weeks of January. We booked a day with Rusty Guy and I can personally say he's changed my skiing for the better. It would appear I was taught in a more 'traditional' European way, which translates as quite defensive skiing, with turns initiated by pressure on the downhill ski. Thanks to Rusty I now ski more 'positively' due to a complete change of attitude to how I initiate the turn ie. tipping the inside ski.

Riding the lift at the start of the day, he asked us questions relating to how we like to learn and what we want to get out of a lesson etc. etc. It was nice (and new to me) to have an instructor take an active interest in the learning process as it relates to us as individuals. His enthusiasm and humour was definately noticed. We spent time working on getting and staying on the edges, skiing the bumps and also some crud above Timberline. I think what was crucial for me though, was the first hour, during which we were introduced to this notion of initiating with the inside ski. I had never tried this before but it makes so much more sense than what the Europeans teach. As Rusty eloquently put it, 'People pay so much money to slide down snow but when they get there spend most of their time fighting against it.'

As a result of what I have been taught I feel my skiing has taken a different direction and have starting feeling myself improving again. I am not a particularly good skier but thanks Rusty for giving me more tools to make me FEEL like a great skier.

I'm not sure I'll bother with European instruction again, but will definately take lessons whenever I go to the States. And if (more likely when) I return to Winter Park, I'll be asking for Rusty (he also gets the beers in - never a bad thing).

However, there's one area where I disagree with you Rusty: it WAS cold!

Cheers,

Conrad & Zoe
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meeting conrad and zoe was the highlight of my season to date. it's tough to ski bumps all day......while honeymooning!

conrad's a good guy. zoe had a minor posture issue. i finally got body part specific and asked zoe to not maintain perfect posture and tuck a portion of her body between her shoulders and feet. conrad just chuckled.

conrad, you two are both very, very good skiers.

i took the two of them to the cabin and tried to prepare a classic american meal. well....as classic as i can do. a nice steak, canned baked beans and canned candied yams.

conrad's a vegan.

we then proceed to hot sulpher springs for a soak. it's tough for a retired fifty year old cop to subdue a london policeman and drag him kicking and screaming from the locker room to the springs when it's minus 5. yes conrad that's on our scale.

thanks for the kind words and come back soon.
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Originally Posted by conor
I'm not sure I'll bother with European instruction again, but will definately take lessons whenever I go to the States. And if (more likely when) I return to Winter Park, I'll be asking for Rusty (he also gets the beers in - never a bad thing).
Oh c'mon.... you can hardly blame European instruction systems for the bad lessons/outcome in the past....

I ski with staatliche regularly & have skied with germans, czechs, swiss, french, BASI, etc....

I can honestly say that except for the BASI ALL of the above ALL taught the sort of stuff you talk about... and the instructors in question asked a LOT more about how I learn to ski than than the PSIA's I've been exposed to....

It comes down to the INSTRUCTOR not the SYSTEM... if they are more bound in their EGO or they have a SET ROUTINE they are going to fit the student into come hell or high water then the chance of a less than satisfactory lesson is higher... if they plain don't care about being up to date or good skiing it is even higher still! (the first PSIA I ever skied with fitted this model)

& ALL the europeans do have different systems (from my experience) so it is hardly a choice between PSIA/EUROPE anymore than it is a choice between PMTS/PSIA......
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