Originally Posted by RicB
Well let's see Bolter, you are the author of ArcTech, and you are the head of a ski school. You must have a fine progression in place for your staff (including boot stance evaluation I assume), so you must have your first and second year instructors successfully teaching arc to arc skiing to all those students asking for arc to arc lessons. You must have students coming from all over to get what they cannot get anywhere else. You should be proud. So why are you so concerned with what psia is doing, just market yourself, write a book, reach the masses. Share you successefull methods with the rest of world.
You are proving that sarcasm is the weakest form of argument. I will ignore the condescending tone of your post which is distasteful and casts a shadow on you. Not thumbs up at all.
You know that most of my time and the assignments given to my staff are beginner lessons. I run a SS not a Mt Hood race camp. We are one of those small ski areas that produce good racers, avid skiers, huge Tele (locals) and lots of new skiers that we rarely see again (another problem, new thread). Two of my best race/arc instructors are WVU students that grew up at the area and are second and third year instructors. BTW, they have zero interest in PSIA cert, go figure.
The reality is, of all our upper level private/group lessons half come from our Nastar/video arena. These folks want to ski and race on clean arcs.
Instructor training is 3/4 ATS beginner and customer Christy. The rest is high end personal ski improvement ala ATS (bump,trees, crud) and
arcing/ race training. Cert Prep is another matter.
I am deeply concerned what PSIA is doing and my personal development has nothing to do with it At all. I am a SS director that sees the value of the organization but I still have kept perspective. I want the organization to improve and stay on top of the evolving sport. Which IMO and many others, it has not.
I am proud of my staff and of my efforts to help the area (which really needs it). For the first time since I began posting here I have the feeling I am wasting my time, that stinks. I give up on this thread I will see you all elsewhere. BY, Bolter