Ran across this article about PSIA today. It describes PSIA really well. Here is just one of the questions from the interview:
“Do instructors have to spend a certain amount of time in each classification level before advancing?”
“Yes, there are certain requirements involving time between levels and number of hours taught, although very few move through the ranks as quickly as they theoretically could. Most will achieve Level I after a season or two, and those who are committed can usually reach Level II a couple years or more after that. Level III is more difficult, especially for a part-timer, and only a small percentage (15%+/-) ever achieve it.”
Whew, only 15%! No wonder it’s been hard. Plus I’ve heard unoffically that the Rocky Mountain Region has one of the highest standards of the nine regions in the U.S.
Good Info About Skiing
Because of the above article I discovered a bunch of great info about skiing, especially for beginners, at the About.com (http://skiing.about.com) website. Mike Doyle seems to be the main writer. I added a link to it in my sidebar.