|Originally posted by Ydnar:
And it seems to me that part of the problem in instruction today is that the PSIA cert process looks at the skiil level of the skier, and how well they understand technique and how people ski and just touch on methodology and how people learn.
I'd back that - I rarely have trouble finding an instructor who can pick FLAWS in my skiing.... but dammit I KNOW I have flaws - otherwise I wouldn't front for all those lessons - the tricky bit is finding someone who can tell ME how to fix them... I don't really care how THEY fixed that FLAW... or even what the text book solution might be ... TEACH ME how to fix it...
On that note - I'm thinking of ditching my fill in instructor for a replacement - WHY?
a) Not because I think he isn't a good instrustor
b) Not because he isn't a sweet & empathetic soul - he tries very hard & is REALLY NICE
c) Mostly because he
i)failed to answer a question I asked repeatedly and
ii)I just don't find his lessons FUN
I will trade the poor soul in on a mate of my instructor who is a MUCH weaker skier - but is content to simply make me ski out of my comfort zone. He is able to accept my primary instructor's diagnosis that my BIGGEST problem is attitude. So he spends time trying to help me fix that - & it is FUN - because he invests a LOT of effort in trying to understand how to teach me - some of it is obvious - questions about what I like & don't about different instructors & what we work on & how. What runs I like at what resorts etc. Some is more subtle - chit chat about what I do away from the slopes. He works HARD at understanding how I tick.
The first guy failed mostly in neglecting to face the fact that I NEED
to understand what I am doing - even if my skiing doesn't require that understanding. Yes - I am a middle aged female who skis OK for her disability - but I am also an INTELLIGENT person who is used to being in CONTROL. In order to achieve some degree of control of the situation I want to engage MY BRAIN - in a situation where that may be less than useful - but I still want to do it!