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post #1 of 5
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It is interesting that in life the most obvious is in front of you all the time.
New instructors and seasond Pro's alike make the mistake of TALKING too much. - SKI MORE - Or of being Technical, Critical, or attempting to IMPROVE all the time.
The most important lesson is what got ALL of us out there in the first place. ENJOY THE SNOW! Point out the animal tracks, snow structure talk about the enjoyment of NATURE that abounds.
Your students are stressed enough!
Let them relax, and find a way to do so.
Sometimes the most important lesson is deep inside the human heart!
post #2 of 5
This one point I can agree with. Instructors tend to talk too much. Keep it short, simple, and keep them moving. Everyone will be happier that way and have a more enjoyable experience.
Now you could go to the opposite end where you do not talk enough. Remeber they still have to learn.
post #3 of 5
Doc

So well put, so simple and so true.

Take the format of a child’s lesson, change the way it is projected and we have an adult’s lesson.

“the first step in seeking happiness is learning”

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post #4 of 5
Doc, word!
post #5 of 5
Yes, I agree...
BUT, I have also found out that I don't want to ski them too much! Even when practicing, it is beneficial to stop a few times a run, (not necessarily to give them something more, or for feedback), to allow the muscles to get some 02.
Most of my guests, don't keep and overly active lifestyle. Even if they do, rarely do they use the same muscles as they do in skiing. Furthermore, almost none of them live at 10,000 ft.

So, as an instructor, balance it all: Teaching, practice, laughing, siteseeing, exploring, good dining, etc... Create the experience/lifestyle as well as proficient skiing. And create a lifelong skier.

jlaw
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