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Really Great Lessons

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What's the secret to getting a good group lesson at Breck? I've taken several over the last 3 years, with mixed results.

How do I get a GREAT group lesson?

I received this message, so gang lets answer it.

Find a coach that works for you and ask for them by name. Don’t rely on PSIA certification as many full cert. Received there cert. many years before the shaped ski’s birth. I would pick a coach that believes in the fundamentals and works with students this way.

Be open to what your coach is telling you, I see many long time skiers that are set in there ways and really resist change. If this is the case enjoy cutting lift lines as this will be the befit of your lesson. I still believe that rotary push off is not the way but that is all that is seen from the skiing public as a rule!

Set an attainable goal for yourself and inform your coach of that goal, ask them if the goal is attainable. Why are you in the lesson? Because you think you are a diamond skier doesn’t mean your coach thinks your are a diamond skier as of yet. Be vocal and ask questions as to why you are being asked to change movements before you dismiss the coach. What the coach sees and what you are doing may be totally different. Use video it doesn’t lie and will not sugarcoat your skiing.
I feel this is a good start and would appreciate any help from the panel of experts on epic. I read some great stuff here!!!!!!

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In group lessons you have little to no influence over instructor selection so you need to control yourself within the environment. Following are a few tips I would like my students to have before taking a lesson from me.

- Honestly and thoroughly communicate your skill level and desired outcomes from the lesson to the person assembling the groups quickly and succinctly. Try to put together one or two information packed sentences to let them know where you are and where you want to go. Keep in mind that your appearance, body language and equipment speak very loudly. Look awake and alert to properly convey who and what you are.

- Listen to everything the instructor and your peers have to say.

- If you don't understand something ask questions. Your peer students invariably have taken a different meaning than yourself. The instructor may not have properly verbalized what they intended to say.

- Watch your instructor and peers ski. Keep the images of good skiing in your head and try to copy them. Recognize the mistakes that occur and try to prevent them in your skiing.

- Recognize that you can learn skills that will help you ski the most challenging terrain on trails of modest pitch. There is always a reason instructors introduce skills on the terrain they do. No matter how simple, silly or challenging always try to do the drill to the best of your understanding.

- If it is not forthcoming ask for feedback.

So, make sure you put your best into it and the instructor will get the best skiing out of you.

post #3 of 3
Divisional PSIA requires updates every 2 years.....Most SSD`s
have Area training programs....Shaped skis have been around long enough for the active pros to be on them and familiar with contemporary teaching....I for one update every year........
You can`t expect that really great lesson to occur in a group...
The group lesson is geared to the weaker students----yet if you are observant and open,you can pick up a lot----I know when I teach a group and there is one or a few people that stand out, I talk to them privately about their skills and skill improvement yet I work with the group.....most of my talking is on the lift..
I draw a lot of my PR`s from my group lessons.

[ January 26, 2004, 05:50 PM: Message edited by: Larry C ]
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