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Wish me Luck!

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hullo All! My first go as a ski school Director begins tomorrow. I've jumped through all the hoops this summer, now I guess I'm ready for the flaming ones!

Anyway, look for some questions from me this weekend. Any advice will be welcome! Thanks for all the great discussions up to this point. They've been a huge help.

Diving In Big,
SPAG
post #2 of 22
You've gone over to the other side!

Turn in your PSIA card.... your are on one THEM now......
post #3 of 22
Good luck, SPAG... ...Ott
post #4 of 22
Spag, just be who you are, which is a darn fantastic human being! Share with your staff that incredible talent you have for taking complicated ideas and making them simple. Your knowledge and great sense of humor will surely win them over!
We love you!!!!
post #5 of 22
Best of luck to you.
I moving to a new phase of my skiing too.
Yesterday I made my first turns of the season under the watchful eye of Mike Iman and the rest of the SS at sugarbowl. Sure feels funny skiing into a crowd of SS uniforms and joining the line up after all these years of being a student.
post #6 of 22
Wishing you luck, but I sincerely doubt you will need it. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #7 of 22
Good luck.
I skied last weekend with a new Director. He admits he isn't the best skier, but he is a great administrator and has a good eye for movement analysis.

In the group was one of his instructors. The friendship was obvious.

Keep them laughing....and guessing.
post #8 of 22
Good luck, good luck, good luck !!!

I envy you man, really. Maybe I am naive about this job, but being a ski school director would be a dream job for me.
post #9 of 22
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by dchan:
Best of luck to you.
I moving to a new phase of my skiing too.
Yesterday I made my first turns of the season under the watchful eye of Mike Iman and the rest of the SS at sugarbowl. Sure feels funny skiing into a crowd of SS uniforms and joining the line up after all these years of being a student.
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Uhhhh....DChan...."SS" might mot be the best abbreviation to use. Kinda conjures up visions of all the instructors goose stepping in their Langes (Nordicas, Technicas etc.). Anyway, just a thought.

When is your first teaching day? Maybe I'll moon your class.
post #10 of 22
Things not to do: don't insist on uniforms and then not where one yourself! A local director does this and the customers can't find them, and it pisses off the instructors.
post #11 of 22
Don't stay off the slopes. You need to teach a few people a week to stay connected. Get out and visit with on going lessons and assist with classes every once and awhile. This way you can stay connected to what is going on with your instructors and what their needs might be.

Don't hide in the ski school hut.

Ed
post #12 of 22
Good Luck! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #13 of 22
I'm with Powdigger--above all, please make sure you get out and ski. And SKI! Remember what this is all about. When in doubt, put your boots on and make a few runs. Have fun!

I look forward to hearing about it....

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #14 of 22
Treat your staff like you would like to be treated; but be a manager when you have to, your their leader not their peer.

MBSA-Manage by Skiing Around-know what your staff is doing and why.

Good Luck!!!
post #15 of 22
Good Luck! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks Everyone. Good advice from all. I'm having to discipline myself now to NOT work until late tonight. So I think I'll watch hockey and hang out here.

Aside from the job.... I GET TO MAKE TURNS TOMORROW!!!!! WAAAAAAAAAHOOOOOO!

Thanks again, you guys and gals are pretty cool.

SPAG
post #17 of 22
Spag. We've all been hanging out here waiting for a status report! How have the first couple of weeks been?
post #18 of 22
Spag,

I hope you're teaching primary movements. If not you're a loser...
post #19 of 22
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by SCSA:
Spag,

I hope you're having primary movements. If not you're a loser...
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post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hey everybody!! Sorry, I've been in Big Sky rippin' the goods for a week! The first two weekends have been really slow, but encouraging. We have one beginner run open so far, so the guests aren't really popping yet. The ones that have, on the other hand have been buying up the recently developed and marketed programs. So that bodes well for me!!

My staff is super. I felt pretty comfy leaving them at the helm while I went to Examiner training in Montana. I have to go in tomorrow and do payroll, other than that, They kept things pretty clean. I'll have to buy them all a cookie next weekend!!!

Anyway, I'll get more detailed later. I just got out of the car after an 8-hour haul.

Oh yeah, SCSA, I DO teach some PMTS stuff... along with PSIA stuff... and Lito stuff... and My stuff... and 3 Steps stuff... but most importantly, I teach SKI stuff.
post #21 of 22
Spag, you shoulda never listened to me...face it yer f****d! Welcome to the club!
post #22 of 22
Spag,

Congratulations. My advice echoes some of the others, get out and ski, find out what is really going on. But, my big advice is: treat the staff like professionals; because, that's what they are.

Bob
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