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Passed my L1 and other good things in life!

post #1 of 20
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Passed my L1 a couple weeks ago; still waiting for my scorecard. Despite the fact that I did the L1 Prep which helped tremendously, I had little idea what the format was going to be like on exam day.

Looking back on it, I think I did well. But, I know I could have done much better on the presentation/teaching portion in respect to the content of the teaching progression. I think I made a mistake by not extending into an introduction of the wedge christie. Although, that was not the primary objective of my test case, I think it would have been more impressive if I tied it all together. And although I did do both, I wish I focused more on introducing effective movements rather than eliminating inefficient movements. Hindsight's 20/20.

Just bought a shiny new pair of boots... '06 Rossi Bandit Elite 1. Wearing them as I type.

Wife offered to buy me a new pair of skis (Sweet Daddy's) to go with the boots.

It's late April and the snow is starting to melt.

Mammoth still has a 18 foot base!

I did way too much traveling to nonski places this season.:

There's always next season!
post #2 of 20

way to go

Congratulations. I hope to share same news next year. I will be a newbie. Maybe you could share how your year went. good luck and good skiing to you
post #3 of 20
let me be the first to offer my congratulations.
post #4 of 20
OK second then
post #5 of 20
sorry Rusty i should have let you have first shot.
post #6 of 20
'Atta kid 8200!

Tons of fun awaits! After awhile you'll be hanging out on EpicSki instead of taking your wife places, paying bills, doing the dishes, etc. You know... UN-important stuff.

It's AWESOME!
post #7 of 20
Great man, good on ya! Welcome to the club. Feels great to make it, doesn't it. Now you can start learning in ernest.
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by GarryZ
Congratulations. I hope to share same news next year. I will be a newbie. Maybe you could share how your year went. good luck and good skiing to you
My year was pretty good overall. I've had my share of frustrated, timid students and my share of successes. I cannot take any credit for the students that are just naturally inclined to great balance.

It was actually my THIRD season teaching. The instructors that I clinic'd with for the L1 Prep, and the instructors that I exam'd with (all from different mountains) were all first year rookies.

I'm glad I didn't attempt my L1 my first year. I can only speak for myself, but I truly think that would have been premature for me. This is despite the extensive 48 hours (6 full days) of training I had to endure just to get my uniform.

My working experience and the support from good trainers really developed my toolbox as an instructor. I think that made the exam much easier.

But, I was really pleased to discover that the prep clinic and the examination process itself was a really terrific learning experience. It put a purpose and structure to what we're trying to accomplish as instructors with beginner students.

Teaching advanced students may seem sexier, but the work we do with beginners will determine whether or not they will even consider pursuing skiing to higher levels. It's the non-certified rookies and L1 instructors who help build the foundation for skiings future. It's an amazing responsibility, and I feel privileged that the examination process further equipped me to better serve the students.
post #9 of 20
Congratulations, 8200rpm!

I'm glad to hear that you found the Level 1 event to be a great learning experience. It may not always have been that way, but in recent years here in PSIA-RM, and it sounds like also in your division and elsewhere, the Level 1 educational process has become something substantial, and the standard something meaningful that you have to earn. Way to go! Wear that pin proudly.

As Spag suggests, stick around EpicSki now and share your experiences and revelations. Your wife and kids will understand. . . .


Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #10 of 20
Congratulations, and I say that speaking as someone who was once successful at accomplishing something (now what was that?). I would like to say good job! Now stock up on snot rags, and spend the summer pacticing picking up 50 pound sacks off of the ground, as both these supplies and exercises will be of use in the season to come.
post #11 of 20
[quote=8200rpm}

Wife offered to buy me a new pair of skis (Sweet Daddy's) to go with the boots.

[/quote]

Ummmm.......dood, you ARE psyched to have married a woman with money who buys you semi fat skis, now secretly trade them in on a pair of Sugar Daddys and tell her "No dear, these ARE the skis you bought me."





I apoligize for the vicarious fantasy of a wife that can't tell the difference between Sweet Daddys and Sugar Daddys and yet has the coin and willingness to buy them, I really want a pair of SDs for my BC setup and that sort of supportiveness.........
post #12 of 20
Snot rags. 50-lb. sacks...

That would be hilarious if it weren't so true.

What's wrong with "semi-fat"? I'm "semi-fat" and can still lay a whoopin' down!
post #13 of 20
good job and congrats.
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by 8200rpm
Teaching advanced students may seem sexier, but the work we do with beginners will determine whether or not they will even consider pursuing skiing to higher levels. It's the non-certified rookies and L1 instructors who help build the foundation for skiings future. It's an amazing responsibility, and I feel privileged that the examination process further equipped me to better serve the students.
Congrats from another L1 newbie! I really love your attitude about what we do, which you expressed so eloquently. I should tape that on my locker, for those days when busloads of "balance-challenged" guests show up, to remind me about the reason I'm out there.

It's so true - we've got the challenge of helping people who aren't yet sure about this sport, to identify themselves as "skiers" and feel the joy and passion we have about it. I'm not going to be at Upper Line-up myself for at least few years (except as a student), but like one of our staff trainers said, "what you teach them down there determines whether or not I have to un-teach them, or can build onto what you did - and whether they even want to get up here at all."

Great work 8200rpm!
post #15 of 20
Congratulations 8200rpm.....

>>>I'm glad to hear that you found the Level 1 event to be a great learning experience. It may not always have been that way,<<<

As Bob said in this quote, the predecessors of Level1 had to only pay to join PSIA and that was really meaningless as a tool of advancement, I am happy to see that L1 now is actually a meaningful step on the road to learning...

...and Bob, nice to see you back...how was your first season as a Keystone honcho?

....Ott
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by 8200rpm
Passed my L1 a couple weeks ago; still waiting for my scorecard. Despite the fact that I did the L1 Prep which helped tremendously, I had little idea what the format was going to be like on exam day....
Congratulations..

...one thing to watch out for - the pins come off uniforms really easily. I suggest finger nail polish or duct tape attached to the back.
post #17 of 20
Way to go! Now the fun really starts.
post #18 of 20
Congratulations and welcome to EpicSki!
post #19 of 20
8200rpm,
Congrats and welcome to the PSIA. Take advantage of the great clinics offered by the organization. Some of the best ski educators in the country are at your desposal to learn from. Keep an open mind and your skiing and teaching will improve beyond your current expectations.

Good luck!

RW
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by lennyblake
Congratulations..

...one thing to watch out for - the pins come off uniforms really easily. I suggest finger nail polish or duct tape attached to the back.
My congratulations, too.

I tuck my pin inside the plastic name holder on my uniform, FWIW...
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