I've been looking around a little bit. I've already got a couple of thiose ISIA thingies. And a USSA, too. But I haven't heard much back yet. I probably should have started earlier.
|Originally posted by Geoff':
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr /> As far as teaching goes...I always thought they only imported full certs with extra quals - race coaching or whatever.
</font>[/quote]I'm still a tad confused about how it all works. I have a sneaking suspicion that 'knowing someone' works wonders. Having your ISIA stamp and other stuff should be plenty, but then you are competing with many for a few spots. also, every year more and more aussies get qualified here and elsewhere. Having said that though, my young friend was 'in' with very little, although the resort she was at had quite a strong connection with the resort in Australia she is heading to.
As for steep skiing in Oz, our mountains are very low and rounded, having had several more millenia of glacial scraping than your pointy hills (ours is a very old continent), so the runs are short, the snow unbelievably heavy (yes, much wetter than your Californian snow)...but we still manage to find stuff that is challenging. The tree skiing here is very differnt, as the the trees are snowgums, all gnarled and twisted from the cold and the wind. It's quite lovely. The temperatures are very warm...I found this season in Colorado almost unbearably cold some days. In Oz, it tends to hang around zero celcius, which is about 32 fahrenheit. It's still cold, as the cold tends to be the humid sort. We get rain! Lots of it. Goretex is loved down here, we ski in heavy downpours sometimes. (the best gloves for this are washing up gloves, with thin liners).
Steeps, well we have them, but they are short. You work with what you've got, and I must say that many of my best days skiing have been down here. It's different, but can still be wonderful.