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Level II Exam PSIA-E Recap

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Two weekdays at Okemo, VT – 3/20/07, Tuesday and 3/21/07, Wednesday.
I got a half day in on Monday before the exam.
My skis were freshly tuned.
Perfect snow and weather. Felt like Colorado.
Approximately 42 out of 73 passes. About a 60% pass rate.
Our group of 6 was rather evenly matched in skiing ability. But not age.
1 young lady a sophmore in college. 1 lady in her 40’s, 4 men 50’ish.

Our examiners were, in order of apperarance: Mike “Toons” Bridgewater, Bill Beerman (Immediate past pres of PSIA-E), Steve Howie. Jeb Boyd skied with us for a couple of runs on Tuesday morning.

Each of the three Examiners had their own style, but there were some common traits.
They all went out of their way to let us be comfortable and relaxed for the entire time they were with us. They all made the tasks clear using explanation, demo and a practice time before grading each task. They were all clear on what they wanted to see in our skiing. There was never any doubt or question as to their fairness. I managed to pass only one of the sessions. That was when I was skiing at my best.

The tasks were straight forward:
Wedge Turns, Wedge Christies, Open Parallel.
Pivot Slips. Blue bumps for fun, Blue bumps as if leading a class. Personal skiing
& Railroad tracks.

Sometimes I wonder how the L II skiing Pre-Req Course relates to the exam. We wound up following a similar format during that course. Ie: 3 different Examiner course conductors in 2 days. But we didn’t necessarily work on many of the tasks. Nor did we spend a lot of time coaching individual skiing needs. It seems to me that we just explored a lot of versatility exercises.

I suppose that that is to be done at one’s home mountain. My shortcomings are part of a set of issues that has plagued me for more than a few years. Notably lack of ankle flex, bent at the waist back seat stance, lack of moving the hips and COM into the new turn.
Well enough of that… Suffice to say I’ve got some work to do.
Note that it seems very important to me that I find the right coach. We need to be careful about who we let into our head. In skiing and in life! (aren’t they the same thing?)

Of our group 1 passed. The lady in her 40’s. To her credit she owned the moves and was very consistent in her skills blending and application of them.
We all had pretty much agreed that the young lady was “top seed”. I felt that I was doing pretty well. I thought I was going to pass two if not all three of the examiners (like maybe #2 seed in the group?).

In the final analysis preparation is the key. Practicing the basics in all conditions, At all speeds. But ya gotta know if you are practicing the right stuff correctly. Can you say coach? Personally, I think video is a phenomenal tool to use. Again, you need to have the right person critique it with you. Just looking at it by your self or with someone who doesn’t have the PSIA MA capability is likely a negative. Letting the Bears look it over is extremely valuable too!

Some of the things I saw in our group that didn’t work:
Banking/tipping, incorrect pole use (park & ride timing).
Minimal flex from the ankles and knees (stiff legged).
Lack of confidence and ability in the bumps.

Hey, I need to work on my MA too!

No one can blame the conditions or the weather.
Okemo is a great venue!
The PSIA-E staff did their usual first class job!

They will be running exams for L2 next year…
I’ll be in one of them.
But first another Pre-Req and some work on fixing those pesky issues.
post #2 of 3
Thanks for sharing your experience Art. Nice recap. You'll get it next time.
post #3 of 3
no worries, hopefully it was a great experience, you'll have at least 1 partner next season (me) and hopefully a good coach can be at our disposal
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