|Originally posted by Rusty Guy:
I have run into an interesting situation. Several weeks ago I posted a response and have now learned it has angered a few of my peers I will include the entire quote;
"Here is the biggest thing I have noticed. We have folks who from my perspective are fairly good teachers. I'm not saying I agree with everything they teach. I'm simply saying it could be a cooking class, auto mechanics, or martial arts. They are decent teachers. I'm not sure I can articulate exactly what a good teacher is. It's one of those things that you just sort of know one when you experience one.
Many of these good teachers are really marginal skiers. At times I am embarrassed to ski near these folks.
I grew up at a resort in the sixties and the instructors could ski. I mean really ski. It was the norm. Were they good teachers? Again, I suspect not. My recollection was they were a fairly impatient bunch of ex nazis. Sorry Ott.You know very well you combine two great qualities. You are a tremendous skier at, who knows what age, and the epitome of a "gentle-man". I doubt you have ever raised your voice except to holler for another round! Those guys were always doing a lot of yelling in the sixties. Could they ski. Yes.....you bet. I wanted to ski like those guys.
So what do you do. I think I know why a lot of folks don't sign up for upper level lessons at our place. They have seen some of our people ski. Would I want an old school Austrian yelling at me to bend ze knees. Heck no! Do I want to take a lesson from someone who slips, slides, and heel pushes.....no!
I will say this much. I have yet to see someone pass the level III in the RM division in the last few years who was a lousy skier. There are quite a few level II's who are "great teachers". They go to the level III exam and flunk.Let's face it, to some degree, it's their skiing, and frankly I applaud the process."
The above made a couple of instructors angry. They state I was airing dirty laundry. They indicated it made our resort look bad. I never really identified "our" resort, however, one can go to my profile and see where I work. I actually work one day a week at another resort and they have a few folks, IMHO, who are lousy teachers AND lousy skiers.
My point was simple. As a boy growing up I rarely saw an instructor who was not a very good skier. It now seems to be the opposite. I rarely see instructors who are exceedingly dynamic skiers.
Does anyone concur with my peers. I asked them to register and debate. They said they would not do so.
I'll ask two final questions;
1)Instructors: Did I air dirty laundry and is what I described true at your resort?
2) Skiers: Would my opinion keep you from seeking a lesson at "my" resort?
I will add one more point. Bob Barnes ran our fall hiring clinic. He stressed we weren't looking for great skiers.....we were looking for potentially great teachers.