Christine, Heidi

Dec 1, 2010

Christine B. is a nurse in Colorado Springs. She signed up for a Level 1 Group lesson on Nov. 27th. Heidi is a new instructor at Monarch this year and was allowed (asked) to “shadow” this lesson. The lesson began at 9 am and was scheduled to last 1 hour and 45 minutes. Christine is…

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My First Official Guest of the Year

Nov 27, 2010

Monarch Mountain opened yesterday. The snow is a little thin but in pretty good shape. Had my first student of this season yesterday in a private lesson. Melissa P. is a student in Ft Collins. She’s from Pueblo, Colorado. She very excited to get going on her brand new ski, boots, and poles that she…

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Attended PSIA Fall Training

Nov 24, 2010

Had the opportunity to attend PSIA-RM-AASI Fall Training in Breckenridge last week. Clinics I attended on day one: Movement Analysis Applications, Area Representative lunch (sort of), Coaching Exam Maneuvers, 2010-2011 Exam Process clinics. Day two clinics I attended: Personal Riding Improvement in the morning, Progression Building in the afternoon. All in all it involved a lot…

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Two Fundamental Models to Teaching Well

Nov 15, 2010

Two models found in PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors Association) Rocky Mountain Division, are the Teaching Model and the Guest Centered Teaching (GCT) Concept. These should be ingrained in every instructor in all they do. They should be second nature to how they conduct snowsports instruction. Overlayed on the graphic example of the GCT model below is…

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Monarch Ski & Ride School’s Guest Survey

Nov 15, 2010

Here is another way to rate an instructor. This document is handed to all guests that sign up for a ski/ride booking at Monarch Mountain. It asks the guests to rate their satisfaction with our school and their instructor on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 meaning strongly agree)to statements. Here are the statements:…

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How To Rate A Ski Instructor

Nov 10, 2010

PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors Association) has established standards for ski instructors in the industry. There are currently three levels of ski instructor certification in the U.S. At cert exams, a system of scoring three specific skill categories is used by examiners to ultimately determine if a candidate has reached the level of standards (actual current Level III Scorecard here).…

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New Business Card

Nov 10, 2010

Just got my new cards from VistaPrint. Not quite sure what I think about ’em yet. Even though I designed it myself, I have to see what people’s reaction to them is. I think they may be too “busy” or too hard to read. I was vasilating between blue or black background. Black would have…

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Asking Guests to Request Me

Nov 8, 2010

In yesterday’s afternoon rehire session on MA (movement analysis), near the end we talked about how to encourage guests to return for more coaching. I feel like I kind of went off in left field talking about developing a relationship with the client and stuff. What I should have said was that, bottom line, the…

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New Zealand Ski Instructors Association Manuvers

Oct 22, 2010

Ran across this today. I thought it was worth posting here. I want to learn to talk like that. Perhaps the best way would be to work down under next summer. Or . . . maybe I can get my good friend Hayden Melsop to teach me fly fishing and I can learn how to…

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Pic of nothing

Oct 15, 2010

Just another stupid picture I took while messing around.

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The Tight Collar: The New Science of Choking Under Pressure | Wired Science 

Sep 29, 2010

via wired.com Here’s an article about a topic I mentioned in a previous post that referenced a 10 year old article. This one in wired is from September 2010 Wired.com. Very interesting discussion on the thought processes going on in athletic situations. Seems there is a “working memory” that if clogged with, or occupied by,…

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Choke or Panic? Implicit or Explicit Learning?

Jul 14, 2010

Ran across an interesting article from the New Yorker today (see it here). It’s kind of long, but so are most New Yorker articles. The subject of the article is why athletes/professionals sometimes fail under pressure. This post is so I can reference the article later and reference it to other topics. It’s over 10…

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