Uncle John wrote:
joegm wrote:Who would spend hours at meager pay teaching the general public if it were not PSIA; would you do it?
I do but not for PSIA. I've been teaching for a handful of years now and am a level 2 PSIA certified instructor. I can taqlk the talk and ski their style when I have to in order to pass an exam and get paid more at my home resort. The point about the PSIA model not working in the bumps is a solid fact.
Here is an example of what really threw me that happened to me last season. I was using a teaching technique that I had learden in a PSIA clinic about 3 years before. I was chastised for using it and told that it was out dated info. Skis did not change, the hill did not change, the snow did not change, so either the lesson was crap to begin with or it was not. Just because there had been a change in retoric this lesson was not to be used.
I teach because I love it. I love to share the sport with people who have never skied and I love to give people a level of confidence or access to better terrain. I work to make people's skiing better, safer, and more enjoyable. If a student likes my lesson, great. if not that is OK too but I get great responses from my students and I am very happy with their level of progress.
There is a great book on the subject that was talked about in year 2-3 years ago called "Everything the Instructors Never Told You About Mogul Skiing" by Dan DiPiro
I HIGHLY suggest that anyone who wants to get better or take a new look as bump skliing reads it.