Steve - Interesting idea. Maybe even hosted at some place named "epic...something_or_da_other"
The only problem that I see is that when I was thinking about this just for my own use, I was going to freely copy over tips from every source that I could find.
Unfortunately, this won't work from a copyright POV if we are going to make this available for public consumption/distribution. We could always get permission from the author(s) of each individual tip, but that probably adds more work than I would ever be willing to do.
Maybe the best approach (at least to start) is a low-key, semi-private effort. Maybe we could even start with some large lists of tips that has already been typed, but not yet sorted and formatted. For example, maybe RustyC (theRusty) would like to have the relevant items from his list organized for him (and his good name spread around further - grin).
Even if we presently intend to keep the compendium private, we should keep track of where each tip came from just in case we want to take it public at some point in the future. Otherwise, it will be virtually impossible to give the correct attributions. Fortunately, keeping track of attributions (ie, a list of references) is MUCH easier than getting permission from a zillion individual authors.
For the use I envision (ie, a printed little handbook that one can keep with them, much like the Vail handbook's intent), I don't like Skismart's format where you click on a link, and it opens a new window and takes you to a different webpage. That's wonderful for the web or sitting at a computer, but I was thinking of a format that had concise printed output in mind right from the start.
For example, the way I envision it, the main sections would probably be: Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced (again, much like the Vail Handbook). Within each of these sections could be subsections on balance, rotary, edging, pressure, psychology, fitness, equipment, guest services issues, weather and snow conditions, etc.
Within each subsection, there could be a list of problems and hopefully, a much larger list of possible fixes, exercises, etc. much like I outlined in my first post in this thread. Ideally, it would be nice to have at least one separate fix/exercise/drill for the doers, thinkers, feelers, etc.
What the heck, lets see what happens. Why don't we just keep this thread open and why don't you all just start posting (in it) the most common problems that you see in a typical day of teaching, even if you don't have suggested fixes to go along with them. I'll start keeping track of them.
Keep things real terse. How 'bout a format like this for each submission:
Level (ie, beginner, intermediate, advanced)
Type of problem (ie, balance, rotary, edging, pressure, psychology, fitness, equipment, guest services issues, weather and snow conditions, etc.)
Problem (just a few words, eg, "flailing arms" or "spring mush"))
Solutions (just a sentence or two for each, eg,
"Doer: Have them hold their poles vertically in front of them."
"Feeler: Have them flail even more and see how it feels", etc.)
Attribution (eg, "Original", "Vail Handbook", "RustyC's tips", etc.)
Any interest? Thoughts?
Tom / PM