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post #31 of 33

As a coach who was an instructor, I can say the biggest difference between the two is that, as a coach, we are able to work with the same group of students over and over again.  This allows us to know them better, so the drills become more self-run and the delivery becomes more direct.  You can notice the shift during a ski camp; the coach will act more like an instructor at the beginning, but will transition to a coach as the camp continues and he/she gets to know the group.

post #32 of 33

Originally Posted by Jamt View Post


I think there are a lot of similarities. The biggest difference IMO is the target. Instruction is primarily targeting good form, whereas coaching is targetting fastest time in gates.




   Pretty sure he was talking about coaching not race coaching. The ski/snowboard world have all sorts of different kind of coaches. Freestyle, big mountain i.e. "extreme", bump, etc. As to instructing targeting good form so is coaching, refining movements is what athletes do, refining to be more efficient. 

   I would just say that as a coach you have more time to plan, to attend to different needs of your athletes and to set long term goals. It is very rare to know a student in a Ski School class as well as you would know someone you were coaching. 

   But really I would just say it is all semantics, both do both. 

post #33 of 33

Originally Posted by NordtheBarbarian View Post

Basically a coach will tell an athlete a task that they will do. Where the ski instructor will explain the task more.


This statement is drawing very broad-brushed conclusions about coach versus instructor.  Good coaches explain tasks as thoroughly - if not more thoroughly - than instructors.  Many skiers who are being coached - i.e. using the same instructor/trainer/mentor for a season or more - have a desire to learn the semantics and mechanics of what they do.  From basic drills to integrated motions, from line to form, the pupils have the curiosity and want a proper explanation, and the better coaches will explain tasks in a thorough way that's thematically relevant.


Just because a skier raced doesn't make them good coaching stock.


And a good instructor can do the same.  And many good instructors were once alpine racers, freestyle or slopestyle competitors - not all, but many.  Many have had some coaching in the gates, or in moguls, or in aerials or halfpipe.  But even instructors who carry certification aren't necessarily the best teachers (same goes with USSA/USCSA certified coaches).  Being able to teach skiing effectively is no small task, and some are more capable than others to translate the enigma of great skiing into a language or metaphor that students (or racers) understand.


In the end, instructors and coaches are two sides of a similar coin.  A coach - be it one in gate racing, slopestyle, moguls or aerials - may have a more singular focus, but the basic goal is the same: improving one's game in skiing.


Just my $0.02 - YMMV.

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