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dchan, how was your first day as an instructor?

post #1 of 9
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Tell us all about it, please... ...Ott
post #2 of 9
Let's see,
Long 3 Hr drive starting at 4:30 AM
starts to snow about 5000 ft [img]smile.gif[/img]
I get to the resort, gather my gear and hike in to the learning center. Get the rest of my stuff together, sign in and we wait for the rest of the people to start showing up.
about an hour of orientation, discussion on teaching, stratagy, progressions and our mission. We hike back to the other lodge where there is snow, get our passes and take a few warm up runs. [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]smile.gif[/img]
Feels strange to be in a crowd of instructors. all in uniform. I'm so used to be with a group and only one instructor.

Now we start the "training" talking about ideas on how to teach specific skills.
Things to try, and we find a gentle flat slope to start doing "straight runs" "Straight Gliding wedges" "wedge Changeups". Lots of side stepping up the hill, lots of little adjustments, "poles/hands should be here"
"Use more Flexion/extension" "make sure your "core" is centered" "think about what image you are projecting"

Then it's off to make round gliding wedges "round" "Varied turn size" "Think about what the terrain is like and how do you adjust" "Let your skis do the work"

then a final run on the new chair at sugarbowl and off to the learning center for a wrap up talk and logistics.

It was a good experience! Itching for more.


I managed to get out of the mountains before the snow hit. It was pouring rain for most of the second half of my drive home. (4.5 hours return trip) and listening to the radio, I5 is closed from Redding to the Oregon border. (140+ miles?) due to too much snow.
This looks like a big storm [img]smile.gif[/img]

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post #3 of 9
Dude, Gotta love the D.
(Dedication, that is.)
post #4 of 9
That is dedication. To put that in perspective...... I live in New Jersey (about mid-state), with a 4 a.m. departure, I could be at the Vermont border at about 7:15 (with no stops). I would consider anyone who even remotely advocated taking a job as a part timer in Vermont a sure bet for the rubber room.....

Next week practice skiing in a wedge backwards (nice round turns) while avoiding ski traffic, signs and beginner boarders. All the while reciting "good, good, round turns, good, good, great" ...... and do NOT break that smile! [img]smile.gif[/img]
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Thread Starter 
dchan, are you going to move up there for the weekends?

post #6 of 9
No, it's going to be a week to week thing. Depending on if they need me and bookings. I have 2 or 3 options for places to stay overnight (friends cabins/houses) but not planning on living up there. If it's Saturday only I'll commute. I'm only scheduled Fri-Sat except for maybe the holiday weekends.
post #7 of 9
dchan: Do all the Bears a favor and make this your road mantra.........

......."your JOB is to GET THERE .... NOT to get there on time".......

when you get get-home-itis on those long drives.......... [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #8 of 9
When my wife and I first moved from NH to NY (mistake Okay..) we patrolled at a place 2 1/2 hrs away. Many a night we slept in the old volkswagon. (Yes, we kept wram).

The idea is to be safe, and get there when you get there. Keep in mind, if you can't make it, neither can anyone else.

Enjoy, have fun, listen to some good tunes.
post #9 of 9

It was good to see that you and I are covering the same material. Watch out for those wedge change ups. Examiners really look at your technique there. If you are not centered and balance they can tell in that exercise and you will get called on it every time.

What did you think about going back to the beginner stuff? I found it more difficult than I thought. Especially, when they start to pick it apart.

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