; Play with drills and skills that will challenge you to get better. Try skiing
on one ski, ski bumps without poles, or ride switch all day.
; Try a new way of filtering information. We do not all learn the same
way, so see if you can try on a new way of learning. For example, if
you’re a visual learner find out what it’s like to learn something by
being told how to do it (auditory) or by experiencing the sensations
associated with the task (kinesthetic).
; Try a new sport. Learn to kayak or try something new—maybe
telemarking, snowboarding, or mono-skiing if those aren’t your
current specialty—to get back in the learner’s chair and gain empathy
for your guests. This also puts you solidly in a new realm of curiosity
(see tip #1).
; Teach other instructors. Working toward becoming a trainer challenges
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you on pedagogy and teaches you to teach.
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; Find a new mentor. Look for someone who can support you in some
way and then go to his or her training sessions and ski or ride with
them whenever possible.
“If instructors ask themselves what will make every day a better
experience—for themselves and for the guest—teaching can remain a
fun and interesting challenge,” says Ertl. “We all go through cycles of
being teachers or being learners, so be aware of where you are in that
cycle and try not to stay in one place all the time. There is a time to share
and give, and a time to take and replenish.”
Katie Ertl, PSIA-AASI Teams manager and managing director for the Ski
& Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass, thinks that if instructors
can ask themselves what will make every day a better experience—for
themselves and for their guest—then teaching will remain a fun and
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