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I taught three people to ski this weekend on three different days, spending about four or five hours with each one- 1 to 1.5 hours teaching, the rest encouraging them and expanding on concepts as the need arose. My legs are shot. The hours spent skiing in a wedge, watching them over my shoulder, hiking up/down the hill to recover lost skis, and all the other tasks that came up just plain wore me out.

My helmet is off to you professional instructors.

Was I successful? I think so. The two relatively athletic adult males I taught were skiing in control and happily exploring their new-found abilities. The slightly timid female student had a mental block with one of the steeper sections on the beginner hill, but could ski equally long/steep sections without much of a problem. All of them were having a good time, even the female student when we were on the rope-tow hill. I guess that's what matters.

I guess a little muscle pain is a small price to pay for introducing people to skiing. Of course, this wasn't completely altruistic of me. I was getting sick of people complaining there wasn't anything to do in Anchorage in the winter. That complaint still baffles me...
post #2 of 10
Advil! :
post #3 of 10
Big difference between doing it one time over a weekend and doing it daily or every weekend for a winter.

One also learns economies: First, you can't demo well if you're looking over your shoulder all the time because the looking puts you in a position you don't want the student to assume. So you demo and stop, let them go by you and then you can ski down to where you need to pick up their gear if they happen to lose it. Just that one thing will save you the crik in the neck and the soreness from climbing :~).
post #4 of 10
Picking up kids all day for the children's program is quite the workout.

When I ski with a snowboarder sometimes I drag them along the flats because I am too impatient to have them unbuckle and rebuckle etc. They are like beached whales if they get caught in the wrong spot.
post #5 of 10
Great job, AM! Like most things, of course, it does get easier. You will learn more ways to accomplish things with less effort, and more quickly. You'll learn more about just how hard to challenge people without getting them over their heads. Teaching a movement, like getting a point across, gets much easier with practice.

The reward is worth the effort! Sounds like three people up in Alaska lucked out with you--and I hope it was worth your time and energy too.

It's not quite like skiing, though, is it? I still have to wonder when I hear a student say, after helping him/her up and gathering up all the equipment and helping him get back into his skis--for the 5th time--"Wow--what a great job you have--getting to ski all day, getting paid to have fun...."

Best regards,
Bob Barnes

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 23, 2002 08:46 AM: Message edited 1 time, by Bob Barnes/Colorado ]</font>
post #6 of 10
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You know, I've probably uttered those words to instructors a million times, not really thinking about it. I usually ask my instructors to free ski a little during a lesson so I can see how they really ski, now how they are "supposed" to ski or how they ski when they are paying more attention to me than to what they're doing. Of course, I'm paying them to help ME, but sometimes watching them have fun teaches me more than any words or exercises. Makes for a happier instructor, too. Don't worry, I still tip fairly well. [img]smile.gif[/img]

It was definitely worth the time and effort. The big reward from me was noticing that tension ease from their faces and bodies when they realized that skiing is fun.

It's not quite like skiing, but it's more of a mental activity. It does help me clarify concepts and think of different ways to present the information. I need to start teaching kids...
post #7 of 10

Back in Oz an instructors day is a 1 hr private followed by 3 x 2 hr lessons followed by a 1 hr private seven days a week. Beginner bus trips are the hardest physically & mentally.

As Bob says though, you learn to relax, eat & sleep well and tune the mind & body to the rythmn of the work day. I reckon a hard day off freeskiing is the best workout you can have, and\or 5 hours in the warm waves of Mexico, Indo or Oz.

It is fun teaching eh!

Oz [img]smile.gif[/img]

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 23, 2002 05:36 PM: Message edited 1 time, by man from oz ]</font>
post #8 of 10
The instructor's best friend-Vitamin I, also known as ibuprofren.
post #9 of 10
miles and miles and miles. Aleeve, advil or relefan..

the more you do it the more efficient you get at these beginner movements.
post #10 of 10
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My legs have pretty much recovered, thankfully. A bottle of naproxen and a lot of rest (my wife was less than sympathetic) did the trick. Although for a couple days there my legs were so knotted up it looked like I had muscles, IF you overlooked the stiff gait and whimpers.
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