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What makes a good instruction ski?

post #1 of 8
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My wife is going to be instructing for the first time (assuming she makes the cut) at Ski Liberty, PA this season. She has a pair of Volkl Vertigo G20/20's but wants something that will make snappier shorter turns. I suggested that she get a pair of 150cm Salomon Equipe 10 3V's since we just happened to luck into a deal on Salomon equipment last week.

She's 5'3" and currently she is skiing at a level 6ish. She tends to skid too much and hasn't yet been able to let her skis run. She's only going to be teaching "never-evers" but she wants a ski that she'll be able to demonstrate great technique. I know that technique comes from the skier but I think that certain skis would enable you to demonstrate nice round turns easier than other skis.

So, will the Equipe 10 3V's be to much ski for her to teach on?

Will they turn slowly or do you have to be haul'n to make 'um bend?

Will she just be better off using her G20/20's?


post #2 of 8
First, if she'll be mainly teaching never-evers, find out if they teach these lessons on short skis, usually 120 cm. If so, then she should be prepared to either get those, or be prepared to use a pair from the rental shop or wherever. At my hill, we have six pair set up with demo bindings and when you get assigned that class you run in and set them up for yourself.

For levels 4,5,6 she can use her old Volkls. I don't see anything wrong with them.

More importantly, have her go to the PSIA web site and get the core concepts manual and the Level 1 teaching guide. Then help her study.

post #3 of 8
The first issue is the abuse those skis will take. They will look like they have been run through a shredder by the end of the season. She will be teaching the L-1,2 & 3's and they are rough on the gear.

As long as she is on a shaped ski, so that she will be able to demonstrate turning through edging, she'll be fine.

When taking a clinic, it is important to be on a ski as close as possible to what the leader is on. The same will go for the PSIA exam. If the examiner is on a narrow waisted SL cut and you are on a wide-body or GS, you may be a bit "behind the curve" during the short radius turn portion (actually quite a bit AHEAD of the curve). This did happen to me. [img]redface.gif[/img]

Now that she will be making the BIG $$$$$ as a pro, YOU can get new skis. And the tips!!!!

Speaking of tips, that reminds me of my long dead uncle Harry. He was a veternarian for Barnum and Bailey. Specialized in the circumcision of Elephants he did!

Not much money in it ........ but the tips were big. :
post #4 of 8
WhenI started teaching I had a pair of GS skis that were permanently bent into reverse camber from skiing moguls. I always did the beginner lesson with those skis because I could always slide them into a wedge while standing still, without catching an edge.

post #5 of 8
WVA is right. We are required to teach on the shortys at Liberty, and they are supplied. We run down to the rental shop in the a.m., and keep a pair for the day. Hope your wife makes it... and welcome. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #6 of 8
Last time I looked the Level I study guide was not available. However you can print it from http://vailbcschools.com I understand Central will use the previous ATS exams and manuals until the new exams and study guides are available. I have know idea what the rest of the world is doing.

Personally I never took an exam or a clinic on anything like the DCL’s or examiners skis/equipment. In fact I never worried about it when I had race skis and the rest were on shapes and it never seemed to make any difference.

Good luck to your wife. She will probably make the cut if she can teach, bet on it! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #7 of 8
....They maybe too much ski for her need....??(anyone..), but as anyone who has skied the P50s (last/this year...) can feel..it's effortless to initiate a turn and control one's edges.
Although her ability to control speed will be one definite question.
$.02... : [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

[ November 25, 2002, 06:10 PM: Message edited by: HaveSkisWillClimb ]
post #8 of 8
I would argue there is no need for her to do anything. LTS is not about carved turns. It's about left tip left and right tip right. It is time when there is a little tipping to release the inside ski in a gliding wedge and a lot of steering.

The level I exam does not require a high end carving ski. Get ahold of the two new manuals, go to the level I clinic,have a good time and relax.

Learn a decent wedge turn, wedge christie, and open parallel turn. You really have to try very hard to flunk the level I exam. I have only known of one person who managed to flunk the test. This guy would be given task "A" and he would do task "X". The guy was a decent skier.......lousy a listening to instruction.
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