I recently took on the challenge of directing skiing and instruction for an adaptive ski program in the midwest. The program has 5 sites and over 250 volunteer instructors. There is a dedicated core of instructors who are passionate teachers and skiers who train the new instructors in small groups at each site. There is a fair amount of turn-over in instructors every year so basic introduction to adaptive equipment and even basic ski instruction is required. The program is wildly popular with students as evidenced by the yearly waiting list and has a good safety record. This tells me that we have addressed the first two parts of the credo "Be safe, have fun, learn to ski". My question for the forum is what I can do to raise the level of instruction and encourage instructors to work toward teaching as much independance as possible? We have too many examples of "going-for-a-ride" sessions. This is an easy trap to fall into in bi-ski and even stand-up, especially with students that are less communicative on a very, VERY small hill. In my own skiing I have taken on teaching as the challenge in our level land. How can I structure the two days of on-the-hill training that we have to address the teaching component of this program?
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10/23/03 at 7:03pm