Attention and Performance

By Rick | October 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Thinking about the movements needed for high performance can actually be a detriment to high performance. Depending on the skill level of an athlete, thinking about how to move to perform a task will likely result in stiff, slow movement patterns. Many high performance skills rely on smooth, fluid, and quick movement patterns. An athlete…

PSIA-RM Fall Training 2017

By Rick | October 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

All signed up for the upcoming fall training in Breckenridge, November 12 to 14th. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet lots of folks in our division. Rub shoulders with my counterparts from other areas. It’s been a broadening experience every time I’ve gone. I think I’ve been about 10 times over the years. I believe…

Meme & Pepe Boucher

By Rick | September 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

On Monarch’s Season Pass Page

By Rick | September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Well corporate is using my image again on their season pass information page. Stole this from their website. I think I look fat in this picture.

A Cool Learning Tool?

By Rick | August 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Just read an article in WIRED, RHETT ALLAIN “The best way to test students? Make them explain it on video.” It’s about how this physics teacher uses videos, that students create and submit, to test their depth of knowledge and help to learn. What a great idea! We talk about having measurable objectives in our snowsports…

Phase Terminology

By Rick | August 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Heard someone call the end of a turn an “exit.”  Psycho-linguistically, that may be a more effective way of labeling the end phase of a turn. Describing the start and ends of turns as “entries” and “exits” may at times be better, especially during coaching instruction. I know people use “shaping phase” a lot to…

70 Miler with Susan

By Rick | July 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Susan wanted to ride her bike 70 miles before her 70th birthday. So she’s been training for it. I’ve been encouraging her to go for it. The distance is not that big a deal to me as I’ve ridden lots of long distance rides. But to Susan 70 miles seems (seemed) like a long ways.…

Flexion or Extension or Both

By Rick | July 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

I participated in a task during a Precision Skiing clinic last year at Vail. I believe the clinician was Jennifer Simpson. Anyway the task was to initiate one set of turns, like all the right hand turns, using extension and all the left turns using flexion. Then switch sets. Aside from feeling the differences, it’s…

On Blogging and Just Writing

By Rick | July 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s feels like it has been a couple years at least since I’ve made a “blog” post here. I have various sites in which I create content. Multiple sites have evolved focused on specific topics rather than one blog/website where in the content is separated by categories. Unfortunately this blog has not had many entries…

Test No. Eight

By Rick | May 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

You said Still working on the design of this form and the results page. The posts from this form go to a single page where I can view them in the future. I want to change myself. I will do this by purposefully disciplining myself to positive, gainful activities. This form will help with that.…

Riding season has begun

By Rick | May 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

I’ve got in 90 miles so far this week. Hopefully get a few more tomorrow to get more than 100. That’s been my goal the last couple of years during riding season is to get at least 100 per week. Here is an embed from Strava on a fun ride I took on a windy…

This is test number seven

By Rick | May 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

You said You want to: I want to work on getting a great client that will develop a relationship with for years to come. You want to change and how: I want to change someone’s mind about how much they need me. I want to change them by educating them to why they need me.…

Susan’s Hit Nose Incident

By Rick | May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Put together this quick slide show of Susan getting hit in the nose by Simon while we were trying to do selfies. So it’s Henry, Karen, Simon, and Susan sitting on the bench and me taking the pics.

Picking Up

By Rick | May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Starting to blog again. I’ve been consolidating my domain names and moving sites to one location under one account. It’s going to end up saving some money. Rather than subscribe to multiple accounts for websites that are actually mine just doesn’t make sense. As I’ve been updating these sites I’m finding renewed interest in writing…

My Sister Dee’s Visit

By Rick | December 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

All Mountain Performance

By Rick | October 24, 2013 | 1 Comment

I copied a list of topics from possible Rocky Mountain Trainer clinics and inserted them into a previous post. I said they would make great topics to write about and would be most useful to me in the future. So here it goes, first topic is All Mountain Performance. What do I know about AMP?…

Writing My Own Epitaph

By Rick | June 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Long ago at a business meeting, an inspirational speaker talked about solving problems if you don’t like setting goals. Most of the talk is lost to my recollection, but there was a point that has stuck with me over the years. The point was that if you want to live a fulfilling life you should…

Topic Ideas

By Rick | June 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Here I am again trying to write. It would help if I had a focus on what I want to write about.  They say, and I agree, writing can help to iron out feelings, clarity, or expertise on a given topic. In my morning haze between sleep and awakeness I had this thought, why not…

Cool Description

By Rick | June 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

I saw this description of what a ski instructor does on Kevin Fay’s LinkedIn resume: Personalized method of instruction/coaching tempered by care and understanding for the needs of clients, our profession and my employer. The lifestyle has provided me with the physical skiing skills needed to be an efficacious demonstrator and a robust lesson producer-…

Got a New Mac

By Rick | May 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

I’m blown away at how this new machine feels. I’ve still got a ways to go in finding things, but I’m sure liking it so far. Sleek and simple. The whole idea is to get my creative juices flowing again. I know from experience that most creatives use a mac to do their work. Secondly…

Order of Posts

By Rick | April 29, 2013 | 3 Comments

I’m thinking that one of the reasons I don’t post to my blogs is that I’m ascending and the default view of posts in my blogs is descending. In other words I want to write like a book where the reader starts at my oldest entries and reads toward the newest. A characteristic of blogs…

Commitment to Write

By Rick | April 27, 2013 | 1 Comment

It’s always at the back of my mind. I want to write. I read a short article somewhere this morning about the benefits of writing. I know the benefits. Then the article talked about how to make it a habit. I already know how. The answer is to write. Just do it. With so many…

Lots Happened

By Rick | April 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

A lot has happened over the winter. I’ve completed my final day of commitment to ski school and there are three days remaining in Monarch’s season. I’ve got lots of pictures, lots of names of students, lots of experiences. I’m sorry I have not kept up with this blog. Seems once I start getting busy…

Fun With Gunnar

By Rick | December 6, 2010 | 1 Comment

Got to ski with one of my favorite students, Gunnar, yesterday. As far as his technique goes we’re working on getting him to use his legs more to initiate and steer his turns. He has a tendency to swing his shoulders to get his skis to start turning and so he ends up using primarily…

A-Framing

By Rick | December 2, 2010 | 1 Comment

I’ve been told recently that I am “a-framing” in my skiing. At first I thought that it’s still early season and I happen to be unnecessarily outside ski dominant. I blame it on old learned habits where I am pressure biased, counter rotated, and predominately skiing one leg at a time. Or you could simply…

Content is Still King

By Rick | December 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

A HubSpot article I read in my Google Reader, but lost the citation to, said, “. . . it is critical to provide news, information and thought-leadership content in a format that allows for maximum consumption and engagement from prospects, leads and customers.” That quote wanted me to make a poster out of it and put…

Cassandra

By Rick | December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

Cassandra “Cassy” M. is a really great student that I get to be with for at least 5 three hour lessons, hopefully more. Her dad requested me for all the lessons, which makes it all even more special. Our first was on the 27th. She’s 9, from Denver. She and her family stay in Buena…

Christine, Heidi

By Rick | December 1, 2010 | 1 Comment

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…

My First Official Guest of the Year

By Rick | November 27, 2010 | 1 Comment

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…

Attended PSIA Fall Training

By Rick | November 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

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…

Two Fundamental Models to Teaching Well

By Rick | November 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

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…

Monarch Ski & Ride School’s Guest Survey

By Rick | November 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

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:…

How To Rate A Ski Instructor

By Rick | November 10, 2010 | 0 Comments

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).…

New Business Card

By Rick | November 10, 2010 | 0 Comments

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…

Asking Guests to Request Me

By Rick | November 8, 2010 | 1 Comment

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…

New Zealand Ski Instructors Association Manuvers

By Rick | October 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

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…

Pic of nothing

By Rick | October 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Just another stupid picture I took while messing around.

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

By Rick | September 29, 2010 | 1 Comment

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,…

Choke or Panic? Implicit or Explicit Learning?

By Rick | July 14, 2010 | 2 Comments

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…

Fixed Gear Cycling and Skiing

By Rick | July 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

A concept I’ve been exploring for a while is how fixie riding can improve skiing. I intend to expound the following, but for now I just want to get ’em down somewhere before they are lost to damaged brain cells or whatever. Overall Fitness Spinning improves leg speed, thus improves quickness on snow. Pressure Control…

PSIA Lexicon

By Rick | July 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

Alpine Description Words The following descriptions are copied from the PSIA-RM demos found on www.vimeo.com. These are just the words imprinted on the skiing demos. They can also be found in a PDF document called Skiing Standards IDP (instructor development pathway), and they’re broken down into ski/body performance. The PDF contains the standards for all…

Slowly But Surely

By Rick | July 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

I’ve been putting in more miles on my bicycles lately. I subscribed to a web service called the dailymile. The site has helped motivate me somewhat. It’s cool to see how many calories you’ve burned and how many miles you’ve put in over the weeks. It keeps track of your routes which is cool too.…

Planning a Trip to Northeast

By Rick | July 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Susan and I are looking at the possibility of riding GeeGee to Northern Maine (Ft. Kent) and swinging back down south a little through Connecticut to see my family. I have lots of relatives in Northern Maine that I have not seen in decades and I’d love to visit my mom and sisters whom I…

Social Media Marketing Slice

By Rick | July 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

SMM is/should be a part of a broader marketing plan. It is not a stand alone marketing strategy. Over at the Hubspot blog, there is an article entitled “Please Don’t Start a Social Media Marketing Agency.” They asked agencies applying for a training program what primary service they offer. Here’s their graph of responses: Lately…

Attained Level III

By Rick | May 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Passed Level III exam on my second try this year. My first attempt was in late April, the second on March 30 and 31. I only needed to take the Teaching and Movement Analysis days.  I believe going through the exam process has been one of the most challenging goals in my life. Reaching full-cert…

Miller's Car in a Blogspot Post http://bit.ly/74WlNk

By Rick | December 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

I saw our Guest Services Manager's (Miller's) car in the Monarch parking lot in a blog posted by Arron Dodds' Life on the Road. The article's not bad either: http://bit.ly/5JmmFw.

PSIA Wedge Christie Video

By Rick | December 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

PSIA-RM Wedge Christie from PSIA-RM on Vimeo.

Looking west & looking at Susan

By Rick | November 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

See and download the full gallery on posterous Rick

Looking toward the east

By Rick | November 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

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My Skis on top of Continental Divide

By Rick | November 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

Left ski is in the eastern slope right is on the western slope. Beautiful day at Monarch. Not many people but lots of great snow and open runs! What a great office space for work.

Skiing with Gunnar again!

By Rick | November 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

Gunnar and I are focusing on leg rotation today. He’s got a roller blading background.  Awesome! I’m the lucky one.

McKenna the roller blader

By Rick | November 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

McKenna has lots of roller blade experience that translated very well to skiing. She had never skied before, but was very excited to be able to ski with her friends and family. McKenna told me that her family has chosen not to have a television or video games in their household. So I asked her…

Carol on Pano

By Rick | November 26, 2009 | 0 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving! Second day teaching at Monarch Mountain. Looking forward to another great day. Rick

Gunnar gettin on pioneer lift

By Rick | November 25, 2009 | 0 Comments

Who who! Here we go!! Rick

First run Monarch view

By Rick | November 25, 2009 | 0 Comments

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Decided to go to Amy's birthday party

By Rick | November 22, 2009 | 0 Comments

Good times !!! Rick

Post once to many

By Rick | November 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

I think this is so cool! I can post to most of my blogs and social media just by sending an email to my Posterous account. It seems really quite simple, but it's taken me a while to set up some of the places I want to post to. Some were simpler than others to…

Commented on Denver Westword

By Rick | November 5, 2009 | 0 Comments

Made comment on the site mentioned in the title above. Mentioned Monarch Ski Guide. Thanked them for the Monarch mention and said look up RickyB if you want someone to show you where the really good powder stashes are at Monarch.

sends post to RickyB's blog

By Rick | October 5, 2009 | 0 Comments

test test test Posted via email

Test Post to Blog Named Rick Boucher

By Rick | October 5, 2009 | 0 Comments

Still another test of Posterous. Posted via email

Winter's Coming

By Rick | October 5, 2009 | 0 Comments

Really looking forward to getting on the slopes again this year. Posted via email

Lots of "experts"

By Rick | October 5, 2009 | 0 Comments

I’m amazed at the number of experts there are in social media marketing. Seems like everyone is trying to capitalize on the rapid growth of this sector. On the other hand I ran into a bunch of people at a party Saturday nite that seemed to despise social media. At both ends of the for/against…

Humbled

By Rick | October 5, 2009 | 0 Comments

Was just looking at Bill Donavan’s website called the Dangerous Collective. IMO it’s an awesome site. Very focused, great graphics, great people. Wish I could be one of their partners. Probably wouldn’t be hard to contact Bill . . . and just ask what the possibilities are.

Movement analysis

By Rick | September 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

The 09-10 season is almost upon us. This is going to be the year that I finally finish my level III certification. Only have to pass the Movement Anaylsis and Teaching segments. Really they go hand in hand. One is very much like the other. If you think about it, how can you properly teach…

Reputation Management Monitoring: 12 Reputations You Should Monitor Online

By Rick | September 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

I found the following recently. Seems valuable enough for me to repeat here for future use and your benefit: It’s obvious that you must monitor your reputation online, but what exactly should you be looking for? What other reputations should you watch out for? According to online reputation management expert Andy Beal,[32] your company needs…

One We’re Planning, Las Vegas!!

By Rick | September 20, 2009

Here is a trip we are planning for later this month. Interbike (worlds largest bicycle industry trade show (www.trackbikes.com)) is one of our favs so just thought we’d make a trip on GeeGee out of it. This is how we’re planning on getting there. Not sure yet which way we’re gonna take to get back.…

Stuff that doesn't fit anywhere

By Rick | September 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

This uncategorized section is where stuff goes that I don’t know where else to put it. It will also hold on to stuff that will eventually be moved to one of the other categories.

Deep stuff

By Rick | September 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

This is the category where I think I’ll share deep thoughts about life. Why we’re here, things that make me happy, things that upset me, things I wonder about. I’ll try not to make it too personal. Probably have to be careful in this section.

Trackbikes.com

By Rick | September 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

I’ve got a domain name and site that I’ve had for quite sometime. It’s gone through some variations over the years. Currently it is in a state of transition. I’m still not sure what I want to do with it, but one thing is for sure, the domain name gets a lot of traffic just…

Rikki is going to collegiate nationals

By Rick | September 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

My daughter Rikki is going to collegiate nationals next week! She recently started school at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado. I told her she should get involved as much as she can in campus life, find others with similar interests to help her make her college experience a lifetime fulfilling experience. She got…

Web Design

By Rick | September 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

I’ve worked as a web developer for quite sometime. In recent years I’ve considered myself more of a web contractor. These days it takes a number of specialized skills to develop a truly professional company website. As such I’ve found myself bringing together subcontractors as well as building complete sites from scratch. Many people are…

Why I'll do well at social media marketing

By Rick | September 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

I’ve been studying social media marketing for quite some time really in one way or another. It’s reletively recent that the terms Web 2.0 and social media marketing have become buzz words. It’s really a logical progression in my career as a web developer and search engine optimizer that I should offer SMM services to…

Pics Of Saratoga Hotsprings

By Rick | July 12, 2009 | 0 Comments

Saratoga Hot Springs

By Rick | July 12, 2009 | 0 Comments

The water here is very hot, at one end too hot to enter. We sat in the hot water for a few minutes then went over to sit in the North Platt River.

Day One: Salida to Saratogo, WY

By Rick | July 12, 2009 | 0 Comments

263 miles;  five hours in the saddle; warm and dry with very little wind; CO hwys 9, 14 and 123, WY hwys 230 and 130. At the moment we’re sitting in our “suite” at the Sand and Sage Motel.  We were upgraded without our knowledge from an double bed room to a queen size bed…

Check Our Garden Just Before We Leave

By Rick | July 11, 2009 | 0 Comments

Hopefully the nice folks staying at our house will remember to turn on the water ;). I took these shots to compare how much it will grow while we’re gone. We’re all packed up reduced to the available space on GeeGee!

Waiting to be loaded

By Rick | July 10, 2009 | 0 Comments

Here she is, GeeGee. We call her this because when we first saw her we kept saying, “Gee, Gee.” Today has been a wirl wind of preparation. Cleaning, packing, unpacking, repacking trying to get down to as minimal bulk as possible. Everything going into the “trunk” is stuff we do not need immediate access to.…

Sorting through bungee cords

By Rick | July 10, 2009 | 0 Comments

Image of Photo and Caption

By Rick | February 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

Cool picture of me appeared in The Mountain Mail yesterday. The powder has been awesome at Monarch. Eric Ramsey has been taking pictures and I’m very happy to go along. This one ended up on 9 News and in the local paper. I think he likes how I can ski right at him without hitting…

I'm In An Article!

By Rick | February 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

Last week I was asked to teach a lesson for marketing purposes. Our marketing director had arranged the lesson for a writer that writes for the Rocky Mountain News. Here is a link to the article as it appeard in an online journal called Real Vail. Click here. I really enjoyed meeting Luis and Patrina.…

New Terminology

By Rick | February 3, 2009 | 0 Comments

I had a returning student (Steven Owen) a few days ago that asked me to help him find an “imperceptible trigger.” I thought that was so cool. I hope to use these words in future lessons. I think what he was seeing was the smoothness of good skiers and wants to emulate how good they…

Big Clinic Today

By Rick | January 18, 2009 | 1 Comment

I led a clinic today with about a dozen other instructors. The focus was on the PSIA milestone called basic parallel turn. Just in case you don’t know the milestones, they are wedge, wedge cristi, basic parallel turn, and dynamic paralell turn. It was very obvious to me that we can focus on a specific…

Lots of Lessons

By Rick | January 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

Mostly I’ve been getting private lessons this year. I’m almost up to 25 hours worth of request privates. After 25 hours I’ll get a significant pay increase. Most of my request privates are coming from relationships that I’ve developed in past years. People from Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and lots of locals are requesting me. They’re…

Tiger Sharks

By Rick | January 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

Sorry I’ve been so busy teaching and skiing that it is hard to find time to sit and blog. Monarch has been great this year. The snow is awesome, from powder to beautiful packed powder bumps. It’s all good. I got some new skis that I really couldn’t afford. But hey, the ski shop, Mountain…

Mike Doyle Interview with Ray Allard, President and Chairman of the Board of the PSIA

By Rick | December 23, 2008 | 2 Comments

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…

Matt Returns From Last Year

By Rick | December 23, 2008 | 0 Comments

Matt and his family took a Family Private from me last year. They’re from Texas and the elevation really took its toll on Matt and he had to bow out of the lesson early. Matt’s wife Jennifer, two sons, Parker and Madison, and daughter Abby all went on to become pretty good skiers able to…

Came Down With a Cold But Couldn't Stop

By Rick | December 21, 2008 | 0 Comments

Man, for about the past week I’ve been fighting a wicked cold and fevor. I think I just wore myself out during the first week or so of skiing and lowered my resistance. Today I’m feeling much better. It’s really hard to teach skiing when your head is all clogged up and your nose is…

Laura's Breakthrough

By Rick | December 21, 2008 | 0 Comments

I’ve had Laura for a student for years. She’s been in the Mountaineers program and I’ve had private lessons with her a number of times. One of the things that I was always trying to do was get her to flex her ankles. When I first met her a few years ago she had rear…

Promised to Post Pictures

By Rick | December 13, 2008 | 0 Comments

I intend to write more about these two lessons, but for now I’m just posting a couple of pictures and first names. I’ll add more to this entry later. Right now I’ve got to get ready for work. These guys are from Salida Middle School: Evan, Garret, Cody, Christian, Luke, Issac. They are 7th and…

Blogging During Ski Season

By Rick | December 13, 2008 | 0 Comments

This is going to be tough. Blogging during the ski season is going to require discipline. I’ve been having a great time at Monarch, skiing and teaching. My body is starting to get used to the routine of getting up early each day to catch the employee bus up to the mountain, getting ready for…

Old Monarch Map

By Rick | December 9, 2008 | 0 Comments

I just finished scanning in this old Monarch map. There’s no date on it, but my research suggests that it is probably from around 1963. The map mentions W.R. Berry as the ski area manager. From obituary information, I found, “BERRY, William Ray 1900 – 9 Jun 1964 (Marker; Cem. Rec: 13 Jun 1964, Sec. D,…

New Monarch Ski Guide

By Rick | December 9, 2008 | 0 Comments

Mark Waird has started a new site called Monarch Ski Guide: The Unofficial Guide to Monarch Ski and Snowboard Area.  He has some very interesting information, much of which is already found on the official Monarch website, but there is sort of an informal feel and other information such as a link to old area…

Article About Salida in NYTimes

By Rick | December 9, 2008 | 2 Comments

An article appeared in the December 5th issue of the New York Times about our town of Salida. Here’s a link to it www.nytimes.com/2008/12/05/greathomesanddestinations/05havens.html. The title of the article is The Outdoors Life, With No Attitude. It mentions Monarch Mountain Ski Resort as one of the great things to do near Salida. People who come to Salida…

Requests Are Huge!!!!

By Rick | December 8, 2008 | 0 Comments

Requests are hugh for us as instructors. After a certain number of request private lesson hours we get a significant raise in pay. So when you come to Monarch and want to ski with me, no matter what your age,  please, please use the words “I request Rick please!” Or click Rick’s Contact Form in the Links…

Lilly!! First Private Lesson of the Season

By Rick | December 8, 2008 | 0 Comments

This is Lilly! This photo was taken by Image Makers. I pulled it offline from their website here. Lilly is becoming an awesome skier. Last year she was in the Mountaineers program. She thinks her instructor was either Brad or Susan. It was a pleasure skiing with her yesterday (Sunday).  She said her goal was…

First Lesson of the Season

By Rick | December 8, 2008 | 0 Comments

Monarch opened on Friday with an 18 inch base. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but the coverage was pretty good. All the green runs were open and two blue runs.  The were no crowds to speak of, mostly locals enjoying opening day. I had my first lesson of the year. I was proud…

Joined Another Site

By Rick | December 3, 2008 | 0 Comments

Joined yet another ski website. This is called SkiSensei. See it here. I’ll add it to my list of ski blog/websites. It’s a social networking site specifically for ski instructors. I’m hoping to maybe make some friends there. Perhaps they can come ski at Monarch and maybe I could get to ski in some other…

Movement Analysis Videos Via YouTube

By Rick | December 3, 2008 | 1 Comment

Here’s an intersting concept. You send a YouTube link to a ski instructor via his or her blog and they post it with analysis and tips for improvement. I found this idea in practice on a blog called Free Ski ‘YouTube’ Video Analysis. The blog is by an Austrian ski instuctor named Carl Owen. PSIA uses…

Ski Instructor Blogs

By Rick | December 3, 2008 | 1 Comment

I’m starting to run across more ski instructor blogs. I added a new one today in my sidebar called Canadian Ski Quest. The blogger’s name is Mark Impey. It looks like he is certified with CSIA (Canadian Ski Instructor’s Association). What is interesting to me is reading the perspective of a Canadian snowsports instructor. I…

Monarch PSIA-AASI Area Representative

By Rick | November 29, 2008 | 0 Comments

Earlier I mentioned that I volunteered to be the PSIA-AASI Area Rep. Well I’ve been asked to be the Rocky Mountain Division PSIA-AASI Area Representative at Monarch. My job is to aid our snowsports school in growing its membership in PSIA-AASI. In exchange they will waive the Rocky Mountain portion of my PSIA dues. The…

Attention and Performance

By Rick | October 31, 2017

PSIA-RM Fall Training 2017

By Rick | October 26, 2017

Meme & Pepe Boucher

By Rick | September 29, 2017

On Monarch’s Season Pass Page

By Rick | September 7, 2017

A Cool Learning Tool?

By Rick | August 16, 2017

Phase Terminology

By Rick | August 10, 2017

70 Miler with Susan

By Rick | July 14, 2017

Flexion or Extension or Both

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On Blogging and Just Writing

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