Originally Posted by crank
But are ski instructors any fun to ski with?
I've never skied with one outside of the 2 lessons I've taken. Here's an example. We meet up with a friend of a friend who is an instructor. First words out of his mouth. "If you want to ski better you should get a new pair of boots." I, politely nodded and smiled.
So are they all judgemental? Can they, do they put aside their training and instincts to analize, critique, suggest, perfect their technique, and just ski for the sheer fun and thrill of it?
It probably would have been best for all involved for him to observe your skiing for a few runs before offering an unsolicited suggestion.
However, how was the comment being presented? Was he be being snide, or was he trying to simply be helpful? He might very well had your best interests at heart - how many times do we read here on EpicSki that a proper fitting boot is critical to good/comfortable skiing?
I've done some instructing for performance car driving, and from complete newbies to people who've done it a while, I often make comments on things that are, IMO, basics like hand placement and when/how to use the clutch. I have no idea how much ski experience you have, your proficiency, and the condition of your gear (for all I know, you're pro level and your duct tape wrapped boots are the best in the world
) but perhaps the instructor saw something that could help make your skiing more enjoyable for you.
I think your reaction was appropriate, but keep your mind open enough to realize that there's always room for improvement and there are people out there that can help you out.
With better skills come more confidence, which should translate to much more fun.