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Well, I just got back from a comprhensive ass-kicking at the CSIA Level IV course. Readers of Lisamarie's "overheard" thread about the PSIA examiners chatting in the cafeteria may find the comparison between PSIA and CSIA interesting... here goes.

CSIA Level IV is on a parallel with PSIA Level III. Our Level IV course is offered once in the east and once in the west, either course following the same script: 6 days of "pre-course" followed by 4 more days of exams in the spring. While I, like anyone else attending, might have criticisms of "how things are done", I fully agree that the standard should be difficult and require a certain amount of fitness, mental toughness and fortitiude. The course definitely delivered!

Our ski-off exam requires completion of a number of skiing manuveres.

1) Wedge serpentine (green terrain)
2) Basic or rhythmical parallel (gentle to moderate blue terrain)
3) Parallel from traverse (moderate to steep blue terrain)
4) Expert short radius ("Expert" means fast! Black terrain)
5) Dynamic parallel (honkin' GS turns, black terrain)
6) Mixed radius (5 big, 5 medium, 5 short without interrupting the "flow" and blending of skills steep blue/black terrain)
7) Expert bumps (black terrain, round turns with the skier dictating where to turn, rather than the terrain dictating where to turn)
8) Long radius in bumps (black terrain)
9) GS race (near FIS conditions, 1 min 20 sec, 40-55 gates, marks based on your time relative to the pacesetter's time)

You must pass at least 8 of these 9 manuveres.

We are also graded on our intimacy and understanding of the following analytical tools which form our template for skill assessment and development:

5 basic skills:

Stance and Balance in 4 planes (fore/aft, vertical, rotational and lateral)
Pressure Control
Timing and coordination

3 phases of the turn, named very scientifically:

Phase 1 (completion to neutral)
Phase 2 (Neutral to the fall line)
Phase 3 (fall line to completion)

7 biomechanical principles:

Maximum strength
Angular motion
Angular momentum

These analytical tools are to be used in concert with the 6 steps to a good lesson:

1) Assess the students
2) Assess the terrain
3) Assess skills
4) Assign achievable tasks
5) Develop skills
6) Guided mileage

Just follow these simple 4 million, two hundred and six thousand simple steps, and you will pass your teaching exam! Then you will be asked to present a pedagogical view of things, and prove your ability in a pedagogy exam. In both teaching and pedagogy, your "students" are your fellow candidates on the course, who may or not be listening to anything you have to say.

You must also submit a 500 word (no more than 500) essay about some skiing subject which you may choose from a list provided to you.

Naturally, for every person on the course, there is another "conspiracy" theory suggesting that the kind of goggles you wear, the length of your skis, your DIN setting, the ambient temperature divided by the altitude times the distance you travelled to the mountain plus the barometric pressure less your shoe size or the way you wear your toque may have some bearing on your chances for success. Sure, I've got my own conspiracy theories, but I'll leave them for another day. I gotta know this stuff if I decide to go back for the spring exams, so thanks for the chance to let me review!
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Thanks for the insight ihavethesecret. Interesting comparison.
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