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]
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 29, 2001 07:37 AM: Message edited 1 time, by dchan ]</font>