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Level III Progressions

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
OK, instructors out there. Looking for some last minute ideas! Got my Level III's coming up - I could use a couple more for my bag of tricks - racing and crud. Any VERY SIMPLE progressions?
post #2 of 7
Racing- Bob B gave me an old (circa 1985) Mahre training tape. According to Bob the Mahre's have a mantra that says, "start the turn tall and finish the turn tall". In watching the video and having heard this from Bob they do a lot with their "outside hands". At times it looks like rotation, however, the two drills/progressions have helped me to become less inclined and more aligned.

Crud- "left tip left and right tip right". This works for me in the steepest, nastiest, ugliest snow on earth. Wellllll.....all but wind slab! From a traverse this gets my tips diverging, the skis tipping, and a great deal of inside leg steering. It also helps me do pivot slips and avoid any tendancy for a little stem to creep into the picture.

My $00.02 from a level II who trained all day trying to get ready for the level III stuff soon!

Good luck and let us know how it was. Are you doing the exam at Vail or Loveland?
post #3 of 7
Hey VSG--you don't need any "last minute progressions." If you do, it's too late! Remember that, at Level 3, you're expected to be able to create progressions, ideas, exercises, and so on, on the spot. Trust yourself. If your knowledge is sound, and you accurately and insightfully identify the needs and motivations of the skier, identify the critical cause-and-effect relationships to prioritize the lesson, and develop a reasonable plan to facilitate that focus, you will do fine. Tell 'em what you're going to do, why you're going to do it, and how you're going to do it. Make sure that everything you do ties directly to the wants and needs of the specific skier. Gold!

Have a good time. Best wishes for a successful outcome! Welcome to EpicSki, by-the-way. Keep us posted....

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #4 of 7
Is this tough love? Are we meeting the needs of our epicski partners? Were my "progressions" that bad? Can't we go thru the exercise of providing a few last minute progressions?

All said with tongue firmly in cheek!

Went to Loveland with Chris today as he "cliniced" with four level III candidates. All are a bundle of nerves.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ April 05, 2002 10:07 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Rusty Guy ]</font>
post #5 of 7
Rusty and all those participating in year end exams,

Best of luck. All your training and hard work will pay off. You'll find the journey was well worth it. Remember fear and nervousness are really excitement looking for an attitude adjustment.

Looking forward to hearing of your success.
post #6 of 7
I have a suggestion,vsg and other candidates. It comes from an approach we've used in hiring (and we used it in examining a while back)--called behavioral interviewing.

I'll preface this by giving you a remark that Mermer Blakeslee came up with. That is, your exam is a commercial for your ski teaching. You are trying to show a snapshot of what you really do in a positive light.

Having said that, I believe that the concept of behavioral interviewing is useful: only past performance predicts future behavior. Don't ever tell what you would do, rather state/show what you have done. This is your best commercial.

In other words, when you see the video and get your assignment, the FIRST thing that comes to your mind should be, "Have I had a student like that?". At that point you have left the "what are they looking for?" arena and returned to your experience as your primary resource. (If you haven't had the experience, you shouldn't be at the exam.) And, by the way, all your training in MA, etc. will appear and combine very nicely when you're focused on your experience. However, your exclusive focus on your MA won't necessarily evoke your experience.

Once you have asked yourself the primary question, then you can play the tape of how that lesson went--including the part that indicates what mistakes you made in the lesson and how you would rather have done it. This approach puts flesh on the bones and makes your presentation/performance come alive with authenticity.

A performance/commercial with compentence can pass the exam. One with competence AND authenticity will absolutely shine.

One other little trick, that you can do RIGHT NOW in this exam. When you see the skier to be examined and you're about to build your plan, imagine yourself skiing like that skier. What does that skier HAVE to do to accomplish these particular movements? What kind of attitude/character/emotion might that skier be expressing with those movement patterns? Once you know that, then you are in the skin of the student. And ONLY then can you be authentically engaged in the growth/correction/enhancement/empowerment process of that person's learning.

The examiner who sees these two processes will be seduced by them. Guaranteed!

I would say good luck, but you don't need it. All you need is the magic stuff you use every day in your greatest lessons.
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
I've enjoyed the feedback from everyone. Our training in Vail hasn't been teaching/progression oriented in our on-snow training. It's been primarily movement oriented, and the movement analysis has taken place indoors. No opportunities to "show our stuff" with our trainers, something that needs some work, I'm afraid.

Thanks for your feedback/enthusiasm/support, etc.

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