Good posts here! but dude, save your money! You want to really be an expert? There's a book. It's called "Anyone Can be an Expert Skier 2". It's supposed to be better than the first. There's a video too, starring Kevin Costner as student. See, Costner was still reeling from his "The Postman" disaster and he decided to get away from it all in Aspen. There on a lift he ran into Harb and well, the rest will be history...And we’ll all be better skiers! [Lisamarie: not to worry, Harald will clean those slopes up! No more ugly skiing!)
It was in Aspen that Costner decided to grow his side burns out. One morning he looked in the mirror and said "Ya know Harald's right, I would make a good Elvis Presley". Along came a script, and he thought "Yeah, I don't have to ride a horse through fires or swim through water! I can be bad! Modern style! I'm gonna be real mean, and look like Elvis to boot! Thus "3,000 Miles to Graceland" was born...
And to think, we owe it all to Harald!
But wait, where am I ? Oh! Epic Ski ... Sorry, it’s that Harb/Costner combo that gets me everytime....
I’ll just take a few points. The video. Hmmm. Maybe some of the more experienced people can comment on video. I know a very experienced coach/instructor who believes you have to be very careful with video. People can see the wrong thing and think it’s what they should be doing. More fundamentally, a skier has to feel what they’re doing. If they don’t feel the effect of what your trying to get them to do then they won’t be able to do it. Yes seeing something is good for that realization of "wow do I really do that?" and can be a powerful tool. To really own it though we have to feel it. After all, we can’t see ourselves when we ski so what input are we reacting to? Feel. (Now Lisamarie: [police voice through bullhorn] "Step away from the mirror..")
A somewhat related example on video. Last December I acquired this tape "USST Fundamentals of Skiing" which talks about modern skiing and has lot’s of clips of racers. So I had watched it once and thought "hey there’s some pretty good skiing here". So I go to one of my clinics and say "heh! I’ve got a new tape!" Put it in and watch it. Intro sequence comes on. Comments from instructor: "Back seat! ...Out of balance!... whoa way back seat!" So I look more closely. He’s right! That’s some not so great skiing there! (sadly most doing this were from...well, not Europe). Now there is some really great stuff on that tape but I had just sort of assumed it was all going to be good when I first watched it and didn’t really scrutinize it. After all it’s a USST tape right? Hmmm.....
The lesson thing. Zski makes a good point about the money. Given a choice of skiing two more days or taking a 2 hour private, most will ski the extra days w/no lesson. However, there seems to be a problem with skier complacency. I mean do people really expect to get better without learning something from someone who’s better? Doesn’t Tiger Woods have a coach? And practice his a** off? (And because he’s working on his game, sometimes he’s not that good! But he’s getting better!).
Well, Gravity already made this point.(Damn Gravity! always getting you down!
I’m always amazed when people I know who ski a lot don’t take lessons. I mean I’m a better skier than they are and I’m taking almost any chance to get better including 10 days of clinics this year. If I’m going to go somewhere on ski vacation then I want to get better there, I don’t just want to ski. So that will involve some sort of long duration group lesson hopefully. Why just ski if you can ski and get better? Blahh. Blah...
Do people think that all those skiers in movies and in print ads get good at age 18 and then just ski while someone films them?
>I just don't see how someone can expect to get much of anything out of a 1 hr lesson.<
I pretty much agree with this. I mean you can do some stuff and get things moving. But one hour and then nothing for weeks? That’s tough. What are the expectations for a 1 hour lesson?
More experienced comments on the hour thing?
>At this point I am more inclined to attend some specialized clinics, like the Chris Anthony clinic at A-basin or some of the MogulLogic bump clinics at Mary Jane, <
I would still consider this "ski school" Maybe it’s not "normal" ski school but we’re talking about
advanced skiing here.
>I believe that ski schools should become much more pro-active in generating business for themselves to maximize both their business and customer satisfaction<
That’s good. Also being proactive in Instructor training and pay would help.
>Imagine that ski areas do have digital video recording areas set up - every skiier/rider can get an instant and great professional digital photo of themselves attacking double diamond or carving the blue by choosing a best freezed frame - or the whole tape.....Now.... I get a postcard in the mail with me on it banking in the turn or sitting back or whatever - informing me that this weekend there will be running, say, a 4 hr group "stance clinic" or "balance clinic" <
Excellent idea. This could work. Some have suggested using Nastar courses like this and helping people improve their times. But unfortunately Nastar it seems like most Nastar courses are sort of a joke. Ski racing lobotomized. I’m not suggesting full world cup courses, but something a little more interesting/challenging might lure upper level skiers, and still be totally appropriate for intermediates.
>It took me far less time and dedication to get two degrees in College than to become a Ski School Director or Area Trainer. Yet obviously the status and $ is not in the same league as if I used my degrees "properly".<
Sadly, it seems this is the state of teaching anything in America.
Alright, time to get the flock out of here... Oh! It’s time to watch "Tin Cup" with Kevin.....
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