Forget the poll - comments?
In light of the discussions about the lack of excitement and proficiency in so much of the PSIA base, what should be done about the following real life situation? (There's more detail, but here's the condensed version.)
A basic MA workshop is held just after a 10" snow dump. Good thing too, because the conditions were bullet proof ice two days prior. The groomers are now corduroy to perfection. The group assignments pair 8 skiers with each examiner. In one group there are three instructors from a handicapped instructional program. They are all able bodied, but work exclusively with disabled children and adults. Two of the instructors have achieved their level 2 certification many years prior. One is level 1 and struggles to keep up with the group from the outset as we take a couple of warm up runs. As we begin working specific drills on groomed blue/black terrain with greater pitch, it is apparent that one of the level 2 instructors will join the level 1 instructor at the back of the pack - stiff as a board, undynamic, and in the back seat. We continue working the agenda, but make adjustments for both instructors. Day two brings an overnight 8" dump, which proves too much for the two weaker skiers on an ungroomed intermediate bump run early in the morning. After two very slow passes on this run (short), both improve, but a deliberate change is made to return the group back to well groomed blue/black terrain to work on specific movement analysis skills.
Chair time discussions reveal the weaker skiers have been teaching for a number of years and rarely (if ever) get a chance to free ski. Almost every moment spent on snow is on gentle/moderate terrain with disabled sliders. They are, however, introducing dozens of disabled people to sliding on snow (some of whom can't even walk) and overseeing their progress every year. They're keeping their certifications current through clinic participation, but are not focused on dramatically improving their personal skiing. Two other instructors in the group work primarily with children, see limited personal skiing time, and are also less skilled than the remainder of the group. They definitely don't rip on the slopes.
If it was your decision, what would you do with these instructors?
A.) These people are a disgrace to PSIA and should be stripped of their pins and membership immediately.
B.) Their service is commendable, but they should NEVER be allowed to ski in public wearing anything which identifies them as PSIA. The bad publicity is too devastating for the image of PSIA. They can wear their pins when they're able to ski some real terrain and rip it up.
C.) I would be honored to ski with these individuals. They should wear their pins proudly and be recognized for the joy/sense of accomplishment they're bringing to people's lives and the specialized work they are doing.
First adaptive exams are way tougher than there alpine counter parts. dont write people off cause they teach "handicapped" people. Second everyone can allwasy get a chance to freeski. When I worked part time I would come up on days off, now that I work full time I skied everyday to get to point that is jsut close to being level 3. I dont want to here BS that noone gets to freeski enough. If you dont get to freeski enough you dont want it enough. Medmarko doenst know it but my dad is Quad confined to a wheelchair and have worked with disabled skiers since before I even started skiing.
Second works with kids? Eh come on tons of great skiers out there work with just kids. Some like myself would rather have it that way. Kids learn tons by watching and the bosses at ski schools know this. Kids instructors rip for the most part, if they didnt kids would be passing them up all the time.
PSIA Level 1,2,3 has no bearing on what you can ski and how the public views you. A rippin Level 1 would look better to the public than some Level 3 for 20 years just crusin. I myself would make alot of Level 3 beg for mercy trying to keep up with me. Although I am not skiing in PSIA technically as well as them(I would not pass my L3 if I took it today). Strength and confidence goes just as far as technical skill in all mountain ripping..
So my answer is.
The general public doenst know the difference between a robot instruct and some who can actually ski. One of these bad skier instructor doenst hurt the PSIA in the public eyes, because the public doesnt think PSIA they think which ski school the teacher teachers at. They could hurt their own ski school. They should not be allowed to freeski in uniform, besides who freeskis in uniform anyways?
I also want to comment on the wedge turns posted up by FOG. Yeah its sucks that when working on something she got told that. I never work low end stuff on the hill because of that. but when I am teaching wedge turns I will try to improve those while teaching. Besides good wedge turns have some of the same movements as dynamic skiing.