MAKING SIMPLE SEXY
One common thread to this year’s workshop – for skiers and
snowboarders – wove through themes like simplicity, fund
amentals, and, as more than one team member has said, “focusing
on what works.”
Whether that focus was on beginners to intermediates to
the highest levels of the sport, that means the onsnow action
at Copper was happening at a considerably slower pace than it
has in the past. Team members were so determined to dial in
the definition of the best practices for every level of lesson that
they kept breaking down the basics to ensure they had the best
foundation for everyone.
“We want to be able to provide the most consistent message
we can, and be able to define what is happening on snow in its
simplest form,” said PSIA Alpine Team member Eric Lipton.
“Our goal is to be able to help all instructors, and all their guests,
be able to do exactly what they want to do, no matter what kind
of skiing it is that they want to be doing.”
It may not be the sexiest message for anyone hoping for some
“PSIA Alpine Team Skis on the Moon” kind of headline. But it
also spoke volumes just to say that some of the best skiers in the
association realize they need to provide the best tools for every
level of instruction.
Basics also factored into the thought process motivating the
AASI Snowboard Team. With an aggressive goal of growing
snowboarding for everyone – instructors and future riders alike –
the team came to the conclusion that focusing on some of the
little things that make all the difference between an okay and a
great beginner lesson might have more impact on the long run.
The team was “working on ways to give instructors more
tips they can really use in their lessons,” said AASI Snowboard
Team Coach Lane Clegg. “One example might be identifying the
terrain traps at their area, and making them aware of the need
to avoid them. That’s the kind of thing they probably won’t hear
from their directors, or learn on the path to certification. But it is
definitely the kind of thing we should be sharing.”
In a sport where technology keeps advancing, focusing on
the simplest and most effective instructional concepts that work
could very well be the smartest thing snow pros could be doing.
Here is a disciplinebydiscipline breakdown on the highlights
from all the hard work the teams put in at PSIAAASI Fall
Workshop 2013, with an emphasis on just how it may impact
and enhance the lessons you’re teaching.
“AS EACH BIRD FLAPS ITS WINGS,
IT CREATES UPLIFT FOR THE BIRD
FOLLOWING,” MCGEE SAID. “BY FLYING
IN A ‘V’ FORMATION, THE WHOLE FLOCK
ADDS 71 PERCENT GREATER FLYING
RANGE THAN IF ONE BIRD FLEW ALONE.”
Fall Workshop 2013 — and the Fall Conference that
followed it — provided invaluable opportunities on
snow and within indoor sessions to focus on the ski
and snowboard skills and instructional tenets that
serve as the foundation for rock-solid lessons.