Originally Posted by volklskier1
It's no wonder PSIA is in the state it is:
From Ray Allard in his opening in the latest PSIA mag:
"Upon reflecting recently about what makes PSIA-AASI such a strong force in the snowsports industry,......"
Is this serious? PSIA is a strong force?
That quote didn't really concern me as much as a little bit of snobbery that seems to be creeping into The Professional Skier
Chris Kastner (Demo team member) introduces a picture in this way:
"When you look at a photo of a World Cup ski racer, or, say, a member of the PSIA Alpine Team such as myself demonstrating upper level skills . . ."
Mark Weinberger writes this paragraph:
"While working with my weekly advanced ski group last season, one of my students made an astute observation. He and others pointed out that whenever I take off from a position in which my skis are facing across the hill, both skis turn at the same time. According to students, I didn't stem, step, or hesitate as I turned my boards downhill. While I always paid attention to doing the cleanest demos possible, I sure didn't expect my class to notice something that seemed so insignificant."
I kind of get the idea that Kastner made his comment in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way, but Weinberger's tale about how his students were so enamored with his skiing really didn't add anything to the article. Both comments add to the "P
wesome" and "P
we" sense that I get when I read the articles in the magazine. It already contains articles where the author talks up instructors (What makes 'em great
), Instructors shouldn't feel the need to talk up themselves. (I mean, I talk up myself all the time, but only in anonymous forums, not within articles with my name on them).
The articles seem benign, though, compared to the letters:
Pierre Bustanoby writes a letter to complain about a Fischer ad and mentions:
"Chris Fellows writes a good but misplaced piece and appears to ski beautifully, but it seems pretty irresponsible for a family man and educator to be pictured extreme skiing without a helmet. I guess it's kind of hard to be lookin' good in a helmet."
Finally, Steve Miller (probably not the guy with the band) writes in to complain:
"I do object to steel rails, which represent the absurd intrusion of skateboard practice and "culture" into the realm of snow. The resources required to build and maintain terrain parks could always be better used elsewhere, and at my home area a terrain park will deprive me of a favorite teaching run."
C'mon, guys, lighten up. One of the biggest problems I see with PSIA is that so many people take themselves so seriously. I quote Aspen Extreme
: "We're teaching people to slide down hills with sticks on their feet, not curing cancer". Complaining about people wearing helmets? Lamenting the influence of "Skateboard Culture"? Seriously now guys, what did those people do to you? I'm glad the magazine took the bull by the horns and followed Mr. Miller's letter with a cover story on Terrain Park teaching methods. Who knows? Maybe later we'll see Steve Miller in the terrain park, learning to "Fly like an Eagle".