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Did any of you happen to catch 60 Minutes last night? Mike Wallace interviewed a great singer named Barbara Cook, who gives Master's classes at Julliard. Seventy-four years old, she said, "I'll never quit singing." They filmed her giving her students feedback, remarking off camera that the students' flaws mainly consisted in being more interested in showing that they can sing than they are in connecting with the lyrics and the music and the listeners. It struck me that this is what so many instructors misunderstand. Our students expect that we can ski. The magic is to let them see inside the skier and how the mountain has made us deeper, changing us from "Look at me ski" to "Into-me-see." The great ones, she said, "connect core to core" in such a way that an auditorium full of people feel she is singing to each one personally. It has to do with exposing your self with all its flaws and being scrupulously honest about it. The final cut was Ms. Cook singing, "It's not where you start but where you finish."

I almost never watch 60 Minutes. It was one of those strange and lucky things that I saw this segment. I hope it will change how I do my job forever.
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I started to write what I think might actually be a relevant reply to your posting. And then I erased it.

I want to say this very simply...

What you wrote struck a note for me...connecting core to core.

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Some of the best teachers, i've found, are the ones that are in love with their mountain. It becomes contagious. If one is savy, it can even be turned into a teaching technique.
Like that story I once told you about purple google lenses and short radius turns.
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Good stuff Nolo!
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Check out Barbara Cook's website, and you can hear part of the song. I like the thing she says about the klutz just needing the guts! http://www.ultranet.com/~ermckin/barbaracook.htm
Also the comment "on stage, safety lies in the thing that seems most dangerous". You can say that about skiing, too.
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Thank you!!! I was telling the "other folks" that I wished I'd been faster on the trigger to record that piece so I could show it to myself again and again. This lady is a tremendous teacher. Gotta have more.

Dr. GO is a teacher too.

Purple lenses and short radius turns. Great start for a spiderweb: what's the connection?

Lisa, you are a JEWEL. (I don't tell you that near enough.)

Susan, I'm glad that connected with you too.

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I have spent so much time trying to learn to teach better. What you have said here, Ms Nolo, really connects. My SSD often said to be sure the students have fun. Now I have something to "hang my hat on." Skiing is more than just movements; it is everything that is connected, from putting on the boots to enjoying the last rays of sunset that produces the aspenglow.

How do we impart this sense to the guests? By letting them inside you to witness the magnifisence of the skiing.

You once asked about how we teach passion. Here it is. Open yourself and let the sun within you shine!

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Here's a little secret. Most large resorts have tours where the host wil impart that sense of fun and wonder. Usually worth doing. AND IT DOESN'T COST A %^&^%$ CENT! :
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