|Originally posted by David7:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by ant:
...because after my first few weeks, they rarely made me do below level 3! I got better and better levels.
In the context of this thread...if I overheard an instructor from another area expressing this attitude I probably WOULD pass this on to his SSD.[/QB]</font>[/quote]You seem to be very out of touch with ski instructing. When did you last teach a level 1 group? If you can remember it at all, how about teaching 2 level one lessons per day, every day. Now add early morning private lessons to that.
What you end up with is a very drained and jaded instructor. This practise of getting "rookies" (stupid term) to take all the level 1 classes is counter productive and short sighted.
Teaching level 1s is hard, if you do it well. You have to teach a lot more than if you had "skiiers". You have to teach them *everything*.
Yes, the more senior instructors for the most part avoid teaching level 1s, most of them don't want to do it. I don't think it's so much an attitude of it being beneath them; more, it's hard, frustrating and very draining. You don't get to ski, either.
Damn right I was pleased to have my teaching rewarded with higher levels! Go tell a ski school director that, they will yawn at you.
If I ran a ski school, one thing I'd do is institute some kind of carrot for teaching level 1s, kids and adults. As I'd rather have people teaching those classes who wanted to be there. At Mount Snow, for instance, people who taught the babies level 1 groups (ages 4 to 6) got paid a bonus for doing so.
In a perfect world, you'd be able to cycle all the instructors through level 1s, but in reality, the senior people have built up their private clientele, so you can't pull them off a request private to teach on the bunny hill; likewise, if you have bumps clinics and the like needing teachers, you can't pull off your senior Level III's and replace them with 20 year olds who learned to ski 2 years ago.
I certainly would rather see those level IIIs teaching the never-evers, though, I suspect skiier retention rates would reflect the more thorough instruction.