Originally Posted by GarryZ
If you're wearing the colors of your ski school then all you relfect on is your self and your ski school. It is the individual ski school that invites PSIA folks in for clinics and testing. It is with the contact with the examiners and cliniciians that current skiing movements become passed on. If the ski schools don't keep up with current and correct movements they become islands that would drift off in time and not be good examples of current PSIA skiing.
It's up to the ski schools to stay current and motivate their instructors to do the same.
Many clinics are not manditory . I go to every one that is held and attend daily clinics by our trainers and more often whenever I can
Anyone who aspires to be a good instructor and improve themselves should do the same . But actually it seerms the same core group of devoted skier/instructors attend as much as I do .
It's up to the ski school to make these available and it's up to the instructors to take advantage of them
The schedules of local events are posted by our regional office. I can attend at nearby hills if they offer something that would be worthwhile to attend. I have recieved prep clinics as well as additional childrens instruction and certification by going to another resort.
PSIA is a loosely formed organization and only when you test ,go to outside clinics or bring in PSIA clinicians do you find that your school has strayed from what PSIA wishes to promote.
Geez Mr Junkie I find it interesting you read my post ,that is nearly completely supportive of the guidance offered by PSIA , and find two words to get upset about.
PSIA is run like an association not a corporation in it's handling of individual schools. Each individual member pays dues and gets certain privlidges . The parent offers guidance and training to be subscribed to by member schools. They pay extra for clinics , testing and their input other than reading materials(you purchase) and their website.
My definition of direct control is a sign saying PSIA ski school at MT Snowsalot. Not a small emblem somewhere at the school. A supervisor that is a direct paid representative of the parent company. They are paid by the ski school . A parent company would have an interest in the financial livlihood of the satellite school . They do not.
This is my definition of a loose organization. You are given basic strategies and are left to implement them on your own. These are not directives . They give us stepping stones and suggestions for particular drills and progressions.
It is up to us the get the right movements out of students . If my school doesn't make enough or it is found that some movements taught are incorrect my SSD is not fired or relieved of duty. More likely an examiner might note something he/she is concerned about and discuss this with the SSD or in the failling of cert candidates and then it is up to the individual ski school to get themselves in line with the direction of the National office.
I just don't understand why you got so upset, Maybe you could share it with us.