Well here comes winter again! And with it a great answer to a question about what makes a good ski school.
Lisamarie , I think you have hit it right square on the head. All the things that you mentioned, I believe , are essential to a good healthy ski school.
Does the school use a variety of techniques, or are they stuck to the dogma of a specific style?<<
I think that a "ski school" should operate with a guideline, a teaching plan, PSIA. But individual Pros should have there own bag of tricks. And those tricks shouldn't deviate from the general guidelines of how to teach the skills of snow skiing that the ski school feel that there Pros should teach.
Do they provide more than one brand of boot rental for new students? How carefully do they teach students how to put on their boots? Are the instructors at least a little bit knowledgeable about equipment? Are they able to make some suggestions about ski length, etc?<
I know that there are some schools that have there own ski shop, rental store, etc. And that the Pros that teach at a mountain that has these shops, should be aware of the products offered in them. But there are schools that have to depend on shops in the area to provide equipment to the guests, and not all equipment is created equal. [img]smile.gif[/img] This is one of the problems we had here at Snowmass last year with our new Beginners Magic program. We would have guests showing up on inappropriate equipment for the program, and have to send them back to get the right stuff. We are working very hard in remedying this, and hope to have it working this season.
But again, most of what you said I agree with. And if all schools had and did the thinks you mentioned, it would be the wonderful world of ski school. [img]smile.gif[/img]
I am looking forward to the ski season and arguing with all of you about technique. [img]smile.gif[/img] Let the games begin!-------Wigs