|Originally posted by Rick H:
Good post, Pierre.
Then they go out and have fun on the rest of their vacation. Because they are having too much fun, they forget to come back for a follow-up lesson.
Most people want to have fun rather than to work on their vacation. Even if that means they aren't such a good skier.
The problems come for those skiers who want to progress. Most have ingrained habits that need to be altered to a greater of lesser extent.
Rather than grouping people early on in beginner lessons by ability only, maybe we need to group them more by the relative weight they apply to various factors such as 'Visual Image', 'Terrain', 'Speed' etc . of the skiing they would like to achieve eventually and how much time they are willing to devote to achieving it.
I find one major problem with the 'Skills' concept, students prefer to have a concrete aim in mind. Working on skills can leave them with little feeling of accomplishment in their skiing once they leave the class to ski on their own as old habits die hard.
Their prime concerns appear to be; 'What do I look like?' and 'Can I ski things more things than before?'.
'I'd like to be able to ski moguls' is a perennial request.
Can we come up with a fast-track system to acheive this goal of our students?