Originally Posted by FOG
How much ski teaching or coaching have you done, and in what contexts? Are you certified in any teaching system, such as PSIA? Have youever compared the results of the visualiztion method to other methods? How does your system work for learning styles other than watchers? How does your system work for kids? Do you have any results which might indicate a gender diffference in how well your system works? How many students have you observed who have used your system? What percentage really got it? How athletic were they, and did they use lateral transfer from other sports?
The following is a brief look into my qualifications:
1. 2 years as a USSA freestyle competitor
2. 4 years Pro freestyle competitor. My Mentor and Sponsor was Bob Lange. I was also sponsored by Major Ski Manufacturers and paid to ski.
3. I placed 3rd overall, two years in a row, on the Dearborn Cup, a professional freestyle skiing series out of Aspen.
4. Competed in various other events from time to time. Chevy, Hottest Skier in the Rockies, Saab Tour.
5. I was filmed in a ski movie, did a HBO and ESPN segment.
6. I was a sponsored Extreme Skier. In 1981, I set the verified record for the steepest backcountry descent in North America - 60-degrees. Mentor: Paul Ramer
7. Coached freestyle in Idaho and Colorado.
8. I attended the World Extreme Ski Camp in Jackson Hole. Skied on "A" team (only 3 skiers out of 55 made the cut).
I am not certified in any ski teaching system, but I was a teaching facilitator for a major corporation and I have engaged other ski professionals in discussions about technique for thirty years.
In SITS, we use teaching methods that address Visual, Verbal, and Tactile/Kinesthetic Learning Styles.
We have not entered into the arena of teaching children as yet.
We have had good success with both genders. We do address gender difference, because it does exist. We are supporters of Jeannie Thoren's approach to women's skiing and ski equipment.
I have observed quite a few students; especially the skiers we tested in a blind study before releasing SITS. This was a multi-year process. A panel of coaches, instructors, and high level skiers reviewed our system before we released it. We estimate that almost all skiers exposed to SITS improve. Because SITS has only been out for one year, we do not have significant long term data to support our claims.
Early indications suggest if participants stay with the program, asking for help and taking direction from us, the improvement is more signifcant than if they just read our book. Feedback tells us a large percentage of participants improve. We have early accepters we are continuing to watch. Among them are several that had no lateral transfer and some that did have lateral transfer of skills from other sports. One of our beta students had no skills from other sports, yet quickly became a competent back country skier, after being new to skiing just several years before. This student appears to have average athletic skills.
We have a process in place that helps enable us to stay in touch with the people that have been exposed to SITS. It is focused on helping them continue their progress toward becoming a better skier far into the future.