Skiing. Skiing is the best thing in the world.
It's the meaning
of life. Except when your technique lets you
down and it's the
worst thing ever. Then it sucks. Let's try to
learn to minimize
the suck to maximize the awesome. Awesome >
Ski lessons are a great way to get better to
make things suck
less and be more awesome. Ski lessons are
trying to change that by giving up the ski
instructors. I mean, who needs
competent, professional, instruction when you
incompetent, volunteer instruction? That's
right! This is your chance to work on
ski techniques from fellow club members!
That brings us to our first and extremely
serious caveat: The people running these
sessions are NOT trained ski instructors - we
are people who feel that we can explain what
works for us with respect to skiing. We could
do it wrong, we won't be following established
CSIA techniques. If you are looking for a
professional and effective ski lesson, hire a
professional and get REAL ski lessons. If
you're looking to have someone who knows how to
ski do their best to help you work on
technique, then maybe this is for you.
So who are we?
This program will be led by ACC club members on
a volunteer basis.
To start, we will have:
- Sheena Lambert - Skiing 33 years including
racing for 10 with
moments of glory, ski coached for 2 years, back
for 18 years, ski patroller for 3 years, super
stoked to help
people actually enjoy skiing.
- Phil Tomlinson - Skiing 26 years including
being ejected from a
race program after 2 years for being unable/not
the point of following a course, ex-ski
patroller, 14 years in
the back country, super stoked to preach the
gospel of G.N.A.R.
We may add or remove our peer educators from
time-to-time, but you
will know who will be running your session in
Who you are:
This is open to any club member stoked to work
Please sign up for either the beginner or the
intermediate session depending on your self
assessed skiing ability. Beginners range from
'never skied before' to 'can survive a blue
square'. Intermediates should be confident on
blues and be able to ski blacks confidently in
We'll be meeting at the base of COP at 7pm
sharp. That means boots on and ready to ski.
There will be two groups - beginner and
intermediate. We will then spend roughly an
hour as a group discussing technique and
working on drills. At the end of the hour and
once everyone has a few things to work on
technique wise, we'll end the learning phase
and everyone can spend however much time they
like (or about an hour until the lifts close)
working on technique (or you can take off).
Bring your regular gear or rent from COP (just
get there early in that case so that you're
ready to ski at 7pm).Please bring your regular
ski pack - carrying a pack affects your balance
quite a bit, so you might as well practice with
Preference will be given to people who are
'invested'. If you come one week, we'll try to
make sure you get in the next week too - we
want people to be able to build on what they
work on week to week.
COP is letting us buy lift tickets in bulk for
$20. We will run these evenings in groups of
four. The idea is that participants will cover
the cost of the lift ticket for the person who
is running the session (we're volunteering our
time, but we'd like to not have to pay for a
lift ticket). So, with a group of four, we're
asking for $25.
Skiing is dangerous. People die at ski resorts.
People (especially beginners) get injured all
the time. Please respect that helmets are
mandatory, please understand that we are not
professional ski instructors, just people
willing to volunteer some of their time. If you
have the slightest concern about the
qualifications of the people running this
(assume we have none), then please go get
proper, professional ski lessons. If at any
point during a session you are the slightest
bit concerned or uncomfortable, we'll gladly
refund your ticket (plus the contribution to
the peer instructor's ticket).