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post #31 of 36
Originally posted by AlexG:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Zacman1987:
The one instructor I took from (4 group lessons last year) was 30something and a good skier. Her problem: she was extremely condescending because of her ability. She knew a lot of the students' families, and got stuck teaching their kids. One of the first things she said to me was "Take off your sunglasses and look at me when you're talking." How do you think that made me feel? For one thing, I really liked those sunglasses (Oakley Straightjackets with orange lenses and flames.) After noticing my lack of attention in class, she said "Mr. Crane, I realize that your athletic prowess may be above the level of this class, but at least TRY to pay attention." Needless to say, I didn't.
I guess she was a case of good skier-bad instructor. That is, unless you got on her nerve.

HOWEVER, if you signed up for a class below your ability, at least try NOT to demonstrate it to your teacher the way you did. Trust me, if you ever become a teacher - of anything - you will notice that nothing upsets the progress in a class worse than ONE student who is too strong for this class. [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img] There is always something to learn from a good skier, even if this skier is not a perfect teacher.

And if you were suffering from lack of attention to yourself, you should have asked her, "Is there anything I am doing wrong in the way I ski?". Works like a charm.
</font>[/quote]I would defintly agree, however, this was the very first time I'd ever seen a ski in the flesh, much less put one on. This is the "Ok class let's put one ski on and slide around on it" class. To the best of my knowledge, I didn't do anything to tick her off, especially considdering that the first thing she did was ask our names. When I gave my name, she spouted with the sunglasses thing. So, I don't even think I had time to tick her off, but you never know.
post #32 of 36
I would not tolerate that sort of cr@p - and the instructor would get a serve plus I would discuss it with the supervisor....

Everyone wear's sunnies or goggles so it's not unusual to be looking at lots of lenses!

post #33 of 36
I thought the same JDM...just let 'em try that on ME... hmmph
post #34 of 36
I teach fitness in a few "college areas" throughout Boston. Being considerably beyond college age, I am often surprised by the number of college kids who take my class. Some of them will tell me that they expect instructors who are their own age, but they want to find a program that will keep them looking good when they are older.
Not sure if that's a compliment but...

I sort of feel that way about ski instructors. I expect a 20 something to be athletic. But since I want to keep skiing into my 70s, a ski 70 something ski instructor who rips past the 20 somethings is very inspiring.

Do I only take class from older instructors? Of course not. As we notice on this forum, maturity level is not always related to age! [img]tongue.gif[/img]
Younger instructors such as Cera, who not only show maturity, but great insight into the sport, are probably a joy to their students of any age!

[ February 22, 2003, 11:04 AM: Message edited by: Lisamarie ]
post #35 of 36
Zacman - sorry about your experiences with the bad instructor. I hope it doesn't turn you off from skiing, and you don't go to the Dark Side (I like your tagline, BTW! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] )

Try to get a different instructor if you can; if not, then try to sign up for a team at your local resort; you will then be trained by a professional coach, and it becomes a different game altogether! Your sunglasses will not matter anymore; just your times at the finish line. : And racing teaches technique like nothing else.
post #36 of 36
I voted yes, because I want to get better. I don't care who teaches me. After reading the other post, I have learned a lot from watching the son go through Okemo's racing program over the last six years. Those kids taught me a lot. Without them or I noticing it. Except for the time when my son was nine and told me to stop skidding my turns.

The better I get the more fun this becomes. Teach me!
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