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Efficient ski set for the ski instuctor

post #1 of 6
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Hi there,

I have got lost in searching for the the right set which I could use as a "newborn"
Ski instuctor.
It will be my first season while working on the slope and would like to receive some feedback from some experienced people what I should consider to buy it.

I was going for Salomon race sc or Fisher progressor 9 as I was told is the good option for those who want to compromise on slalom and gigant or downhill.

For me it would be the most important to have a good set for instructing people, so I didn't have to put to much power to show a proper curve as long You could understand my poor english...

By the way I am 172 cm high and 70 kg is my weight.

A friend said that te fisher progressor 9 would be optimal, anyone agree with it?
regards, Patryk
post #2 of 6

Where will you be teaching?
post #3 of 6
When I tried the 08-09 Progressor Nine last spring, I had the thought that this could be MY all-around ski. I outweigh you by 20+ kg, and really liked the ski in a 170 as a ski that would be easy to teach on and still fun to freeski, at least on the groomed.
post #4 of 6
What levels and type of skiing will you be teaching? Since you are brand new to the profession it will probably be first time skiers. That could influence what you want. Personal preference also figures into the equation. What do you like? What are you comfortable on? These are important factors to consider.

I have a couple of pairs of skis that I use depending on what and who I'm teaching. I've got 120cm Atomics for teaching new skiers or when I need to be mobile around my students. My "big boy" skis are 163cm Metrons that I use when I'm teaching on the "big" hill.
post #5 of 6
Most new pros teach mostly beginners and end up with a lot of top surface damage to their skis. Many pros have rock skis for use during early and late season thin snow conditions. Many pros have "teaching" skis and "fun" skis. Some pros either can only afford one pair of skis or can only be bothered with one pair of skis for both teaching and skiing. I have a pair of 120cm skis I use for teaching first timers, but I teach all other lessons on my fun skis and accept the greater wear from teaching. Your mileage may vary.

If you're buying a pair of skis exclusively for teaching, then you'll want the ski to be appropriate for the types of lessons you'll be teaching. Your demos will be lacking if you're on 120cm skis for an advanced powder lesson or using a race ski for first timers learning direct to parallel.
post #6 of 6
Here's my perspective on this. All my skis are teaching skis. When teaching you don't always have the luxury of changing skis. I keep four pairs of skis in my locker. I spend probably about 80% of my time on my midfats, Nomad Blackeye. On these there is nowhere on our mountain or level of skier that I would hesitate to teach. Now if I were to have only one ski, I would ere on the skinnier side as opposed to wider side. Which is how I started out in teaching. I was on a mid fat, which for those days was around 70-72 mm. Bottom line, if you enjoy skiing the ski you will probably enjoy teaching on it.

It is kinda like hammers and carpenters. there all sorts of hammers out there, but it all comes down to how you like the feel and weight of the hammer, and how "effective" you are at swinging it. Your body movements make all the difference in effectiveness when swinging a hammer, and the same can be said about teaching skiing. Way more important than the tool, are the movements driving the tool.

So as I said, ski a ski you like to start, and work on your movements so that your skiing is effective and your demos are what you want to show. If you do that then it will matter much less what tool you are on. Very important to mention as well is that no matter what ski you decide on, keep it well tuned and waxed.

As a trainer I will focus on a new hires equipment (skis) only if I think it is somehow holding them back or forcing them to overly compensate in some way or the other. Improving teaching skills/movements and understanding will make a big difference in teaching effectiveness for new hires. Much more rare is an immediate improvement in teaching effectiveness through changing skis for a new hire.

From an equipement perspective "boots" is the one area that I encourage new hires to pay special attention to.

I think I said more than I needed to in this but,,,,
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