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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I promised I would try to keep you all updated.

I have had one day of training which was Orientation and some drills with the rest of the instructors. We did wedge change-ups, gliding wedges, wedge turns and some follow the leader with varied turn sizes and shapes. We practiced rotary skills, edging skills, pressure control and balance. We talked and worked on progressions, discussed how to teach these skills to different levels of students.

We also talked about how to do wrap ups and send offs.

I went up another time to try to get some more "clinic time" and since it was still too early for them to be running the whole hill, I managed to catch up with Eski, Holiday and their group and got to watch them ski while I tried to just keep them in sight. Amazing bunch of skiers. Got some great pointers..

I talked to Mike that day as well and started to map out more training exercises for my free skiing time. (perfect practice for the path to perfection)

Last week I got the chance to ski at Killington at the beginning of the "Sno Jam"
and although I didn't get a chance to ski with any instructors it was amazing to watch and "learn by observation". Exercises I work on while skiing groomers (such as one leg skiing) were being done in crud, bumps, powder and ice like they were on groomed runs. I got a chance to watch the PSIA E education staff make several runs on the POMA and I think I saw Katie Fry go by once while I was waiting at the top of the K1 waiting to see if I could catch up with some of the other bears.

Today, I drove up to Sugar Bowl and met the instructors at line up to see if Mike was planning to run any clinics. None today but he sent me out with one of the upper level instructors so I could get some more fine tuning on the "demo skills" and my skiing in general. I then got a chance to shadow a "never ever" class to watch the progression. In a way I think maybe I learned more than the student. It was very interesting and educational. I'm feeling much more at ease about my pending first class.

That's it for now. The "guided free skiing" today was fantastic. deep sierra cement. I hope Rob had a great day where ever he got to today.
post #2 of 9
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by dchan:
...We did wedge change-ups, gliding wedges, wedge turns...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Fer cryin out loud, dchan. Did you have wedge sandwiches for lunch?

I think you have a moral, if not professional obligation to come to Fernie. How could you let us down and not come? :
post #3 of 9

Agreed!!! [img]smile.gif[/img]

I make a nice wedge salad with a vinaigrette dressing.

post #4 of 9
Dchan is following the training his employer is providing.

Better he understands what a gliding wedge is and its application to more advanced activities than he only knows the wedge as a "liftline maneuver".
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the support.

The demonstration model used by PSIA teaches the wedge as a wider base of support but properly taught does not or at least should not lead to a dead end move. The same edging and rotary skills used in the gliding wedges turn into proper edging and steering in open parallel turns as well. If we as instructors can demonstrate and teach these movement's and techniques correctly, then the progress of moving on to fun gliding should be smoother too.

Don't forget, not everyone has the opportunity to be on the slopes as much as many of us and there are a lot of weekend warriors with few if any athletic skills. The level one we took out this week had a hard time standing on one foot and a very hard time balancing just to put on the second ski. I sure don't want to try to teach this person to try direct to parallel with a narrow stance in 2 hours... The reason this person was up taking a lesson, "came up with come co-workers that ski and I wanted to try it"

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 18, 2001 10:38 PM: Message edited 1 time, by dchan ]</font>
post #6 of 9
How come SCSA has been so polite? Watch out, he's up to something!

If you eliminated the wedge, you would effectively eliminate so many of the 40ish types who enter middle age with some extra cash and buy that weekend "retreat". They spend their Sunday happily gliding along the blue groomers. They are finally "free" to do something creative after 3.5 kids.

If you eliminated that segment of the ski public, skiing would die....... Oh, and those are the students that I love to work with. When I catch a glimpse of some of them a year later.... after they (two in mind TRIED to walk out of their first lesson) ....... their smiles say it all... [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #7 of 9

are you finding (or not) "new" ways to say The Same Old Thing(s)?
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Yes. How many ways can you say rotary?

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 19, 2001 09:35 AM: Message edited 1 time, by dchan ]</font>
post #9 of 9
i'd be curious.

edit: actually, that's a term that DOES tend to induce the glazed eyes sometimes. i think that for the weekend warriors you spoke of, it's just not a word - thus a concept - that is used much.

edit#2: unless mazdas are involved.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 19, 2001 11:21 AM: Message edited 3 times, by ryan ]</font>
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