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Level 2, now what?

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Last season (2000-2001) I was awarded by PSIA Level 2 certification. So, obviously, I am now looking to raise the level of my skiing, teaching and technical knowledge in order that one day I will be invited to take a level 3 exam. The area I work at does very little in the way of clinics. When we do clinics my level 2 peers and I are the ones giving them. So, what are the most important things to work on for the Level 3 skiing exam in the Eastern Region?

The two things I've been told so far are bump skiing and one-footed skiing. I've also been told to improve the amount of terrain on which I may ski with my boots unbuckled or (at least) loosely buckled. This not as an exam requirement but as a way to prepare for the exam.

Unfortunately I work at a mountain that "never" has bumps. Also it is hard to find quality bumps at any area near me (southeast US). Thus, I have been working on one-footed and/or loosely buckled skiing all season. Then I skied as many bumps as possible while I was in Whistler this year. Things are coming around.

Next season I will start the season with my usual week at PSIA-Es "Snow Pro Jam." Instead of a western trip next season I will probably take a skiing workshop or two at northeastern resorts. So, my questions center around which clinics should I take to improve my skiing as well as my teaching and professional knowledge targeting those most useful to a future level 3 candidate?

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Congratulations on even thinking of Level III. At my LIII skiing exam in January at Hunter there was one guy from Snowshoe, WV. He was a heck of a skier and passed easily.

We don't have a lot of bumps at my mountain, Waterville Valley, NH, either. But, you will need to be solid in the bumps.

Check with PSIA-E in Albany. They produced a list, I have it somewhere, but, I'm not sure where, of tasks that you should be prepared to do. One-footed skiing is just one of them. At the exam they choose three of the dozen or so tasks and you ski them for each examiner. My three were: super-slow skiing, one-footed skiing, and railroad track turns.

For me, the hardest task on the list, and thank god I didn't have to do it, was a one-footed traverse on the uphill ski. On rock-hard ice you are balancing on about a quarter inch piece of edge.

I'll see if I can get ahold of the list and email it or post it.

If I were you I'd be doing a LIII skiing clinic next year.

Let me know if I can help.

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I've been wondering where in West Virginia you instruct but now I see WV stands for Waterville Valley [img]smile.gif[/img]

Anyway, thank you for your comments - I really appreciate them and will ask Albany for the list of tasks. I am interested in why you recommend a L3 prep so early in my preparations? I am thinking more along the lines of a bump clinic, racing clinic and/or a clinic on teaching topics. I really am not looking to seriously prepare for my L3 for about another season or two but am looking to improve my skills now and over the long term. Does the L3 prep show the approximately 12 tasks on snow and provide something like a yardstick for development?

Thanks again,
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