The USSA DVDs are $60 each without the discount for PSIA members.
The PSIA-E standards DVD is definitely worth a look. My school has a copy on hand.
That said, I have definite problems with it both as a ski instructor and a multimedia producer. The idea is a good one and it is a useful tool, in execution it went all wrong.
The organization makes sense. There is an introduction, a section on each level and an interesting montage of high level skiers. In each section, a short video of a skier free-skiing or performing is played many times. National demo team members Megan Harvey and examiner Peter Howard provide commentary.
Their commentary on the skiers is boringly clinical. It’s filled with technical terms and tries so hard to be sensitive it becomes really difficult to understand what they’re saying. What has made my experiences with d-teamers so valuable are their ability to provide accurate, direct feedback in a constructive way. That is missing here.
The audio mix is terrible, sometimes the narration is too soft and the music too low. The graphics at the end of each section are confusing and look awful.
Imagine my surprise when I saw my mom on the DVD as someone not at the standard. My mom jokes about having a staring role and is not upset by it.
She did not authorize PSIA-E to use her image in the DVD, she was recorded at Pro-jam and never thought the footgage would be used for anything else. While the legality of this is not really in question as she didn’t have an expectation of privacy on a public ski slope and allowed herself to be taped. It was unethical, a standard media release in the event application could easily remedy this situation.
Greg – you can borrow mine