Originally Posted by Bode Klammer
Take the time you would have spent here and read Joubert, Witherill and Horst Abraham. You'll learn a lot more.
Here's where I disagree, kind of. I see a lot of cert candidates who are very good at translating the technical information they read into simple language in their lessons. But when it comes time to communicate the technical information betwen pros they can't do it well because they have not practiced enough. Epic gives these people a place to practice when they can't get the opportunity at home. Further, one key method for increasing understanding of a topic is repeating the information in your own words. You may learn a lot more from reading, but you can increase your understanding of skiing and improve your communication skills from participating on Epic. It should not be an either/or proposal.
Another advantage of Epic is that provides additional
"real world" problem solving situations at a higher level than many cert candidates have enough access to on the job. Most cert candidates spend the bulk of their teaching time with lower level classes and get precious little real world experience with higher level classes. Many cert candidates have access to less training than they would like. Most resorts have little or no training occurring during the off season or at night. Epic is 24/7 x 365. For most pros, Epic is not nearly as good as in person training from an examiner. But this is not an either/or proposal. Although I value my time spent with examiners and Dteamers highest and I am enjoying the growth of my personal ski library, my experience with Epic is that attempting to help other skiers online has also been helpful for my personal growth.
When I was preparing for my level 3 exam, my techical director asked me a question while riding up the lift. There was something about the way that he asked the question that raised a mental block in my head that prevented me from answering. I felt really stupid and frustrated that I could not adequately express my knowledge in that situation. If this was an exam situation, I would have failed. It was a simple question asking what my lesson plan would be for a student with a certain problem. I've seen fellow exam candidates fail in similar situations in exams either because they could not get the right words out of their mouth when they knew the answer or because they only used the words that they knew and answered the wrong question. Answering questions is a critical exam skill that you can not develop from reading books.