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What do skiers want?

post #1 of 5
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This season I'll have the privilege of coaching a series of clinics with the National Ski Patrol at my home area. Before the first clinic I want to email a brief questionnaire to explore what these skiers want to achieve over several weekends with me.

What questions would you suggest? What alternatives (or “menu” of choices) might you provide?

Feedback appreciated!
post #2 of 5
joseph,

May I ask what type of clinic you are conducting (personal skiing, pre-toboggan or toboggan training, safety, etc)? This could help narrow down the questionnaire.

There is also a forum for ski patrol (patrol shack) where some other patrollers could add input for the questionnaire.

As a former NSP t/e, I feel that an empathises on skiing/skills is a topic that you can't go wrong with.

RW
post #3 of 5
Use open ended questions:
-What part of your skiing are you trying to improve?
-What are the things you would like to be able to do?
-What makes skiing fun for you?
-What kind of skiing do you find challenging?
-How do you learn best?
-Who do you like to ski with and why?
post #4 of 5
I spend a lot of time skiing with our regional S&T instructors (I shadow a lot of the clinics etc), and more often than not, folks opt to focus more on general skiing ability than specific Toboggan skills (unless they are within a few weeks of the Senior test-then it's all falling leaves, transitions and short swings!).

Biggest request? Same as every 'almost experts' request-Bump skiing competence. As always, it's bumps (or any three-D, irregular terrain-trees, etc) where people's inefficiencies and lapses of technique are most heightened.

And let's face it, Patrolling wise, just about every fit skier can get a sled to a victim, load it and then get down on the groomers, but getting a sled to the middle of a bump/ tree run, and then getting it down, loaded, safely, is the real crux.
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Originally Posted by Ron White View Post
joseph,

May I ask what type of clinic you are conducting (personal skiing, pre-toboggan or toboggan training, safety, etc)? This could help narrow down the questionnaire.

There is also a forum for ski patrol (patrol shack) where some other patrollers could add input for the questionnaire.

As a former NSP t/e, I feel that an empathises on skiing/skills is a topic that you can't go wrong with.

RW
Ron, the purpose of the clinic has been left open, though I certainly won't be teaching how to run a sled (I don't know how). The idea here is to solicit input from the class, precisely in order to better define the clinic.

I want to foster an experience uniquely suited to these skiers; hence the questionnaire.

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by therusty View Post
Use open ended questions:
-What part of your skiing are you trying to improve?
-What are the things you would like to be able to do?
-What makes skiing fun for you?
-What kind of skiing do you find challenging?
-How do you learn best?
-Who do you like to ski with and why?
Ron,

Thanks, great questions. The last two especially.

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Originally Posted by Liam View Post
I spend a lot of time skiing with our regional S&T instructors (I shadow a lot of the clinics etc), and more often than not, folks opt to focus more on general skiing ability than specific Toboggan skills (unless they are within a few weeks of the Senior test-then it's all falling leaves, transitions and short swings!).

Biggest request? Same as every 'almost experts' request-Bump skiing competence. As always, it's bumps (or any three-D, irregular terrain-trees, etc) where people's inefficiencies and lapses of technique are most heightened.

And let's face it, Patrolling wise, just about every fit skier can get a sled to a victim, load it and then get down on the groomers, but getting a sled to the middle of a bump/ tree run, and then getting it down, loaded, safely, is the real crux.
Makes sense. Certainly agree with the bumps observation, and there are almost always bumps somewhere.

How about this question: "Out of the blue, you've just been asked to conduct a 4-hour clinic with 10 of your ski patrol colleagues. What would you teach, and why?"
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