Couldn't have said it better myself old chap.
post #31 of 55
8/28/02 at 1:37am
|Originally posted by Wear the fox hat ?:
Ok, here's a question:
What sort of skier am I?
I am passionate about the sport.
But, because of where I live, I only ski for about 3 weeks a year.
So, the comments you read from me are from my perspective, where I don't have the opportunity to ski every weekend, or every day, so my limited time on the slopes needs to be spent wisely. If I thought a 1 day lesson in 5 days of skiing (i.e. 20% of my time on the slopes) would be a good use of my time, compared to spending it just skiing, then I would consider it. But I also have to think about the timing of the lesson. Not on day 1, cause I need to get my snow-legs back, and recover from jetlag. And not on day 4 or 5, cause I'll be going home shortly after, and it could be 9 weeks, or 9 months before I'm next on the snow. So that leaves day 2 or 3 of the trip. Now if I wake up in the morning, and there's been a massive dump of powder, I want to get up there and make the turns, not stand around in a group watching others get there before me.
I'm not sure about others here, but I think sevreal in the UK that post here would feel the same way.
|But if a pro skier was choosing a coach, my guess is that they would find the most value in someone who can discover their weakest link, and know how to work at it.|
|Originally posted by nolo:
You can't please all of the people all of the time, Lisa. There's a saying in the profession that I used to subscribe to, and that is, "The student's failure to learn is always the teacher's fault." That is simply untrue! Sometimes it's the student's fault; sometimes it's the rental shop's fault; sometimes the incident that spoiled the lesson occurred before the lesson began. There are too many variables to locate consistent causes of lesson failure.
|Originally posted by Tom Burch:
Skiing is no more and probably less expensive than golf!
If a beginner can spend a few hundred for clubs, he can spend a few hundred for skis, or rent them for even less. I don't golf but where I have been the green fees and cart are way more expensive that a lift ticket.
The golf pros I know also make more than almost every ski instructor that I Know.
Have you priced a cruise lately, or taken a summer drive across our great land? The money spent doing this is often higher than what one spends on lodging, transportation and meals if he is conscientious in the winter.
|Originally posted by nolo:
John C., Your sarcasm has registered loudly, but you miss my point. I was attempting to explain my understanding of the roles of teacher and learner in a partnership, and contrast this with a co-dependent teacher-student relationship, in which the teacher enables the student to make excuses, evade self-knowledge, and not change.