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*claim* CSIA level 1
and not all instructors are old and ski like robots, I work as instructor for the money and because it allows me to be on the slopes as much as possible even if I'm not shredding. Most of the insrtuctors at my local hill (Sun Peaks) are young and great people.
I feel the same (although maybe cos I'm a bit bitter i failed my level 1 CSIA's and blame the wanker who was overseeing us heh) Always having to have perfect turns all the time even outside of lessons (so not really getting to freeski unless u get to a level where u get to take ppl for lessons in that), but yea learning alot about technique, the little things you forget when going back to the real basics.
lol @ dziuba
How do i afterbang?
not sure about that pal. BASU means absolutely fuck all in france or italy where you've gotta pass a eurotest to qualify. furthermore, in austria and switzerland if you are a good skier and/or know the right people you can instruct at ski schools with no qualification whatsoever. so in that respect, a BASI qualification is pretty fucking worthless in europe. i believe it is sufficient in north america, NZ etc.
i think instructor courses are worthwhile only if you:
A) wanna do a ski season but haven't skied much/at all
B) actually want to pursue it as a profession.
all the guys, particularly in places like val d'isere, verbier, wherever else, that do courses paid for by daddy, at obscene cost, because little johnny either can't or won't get a proper ski job, so they can strut about pretending to be instructors, while learning to teach the textbook snowplow on powder days are, in my view total morons. the number of fucking bellends, particularly from basecampgroup in val d'isere who would challenge people to races and other mindless shit because they grossly overestimated their own skiing ability defied belief when i did seasons in val
if you want to become an instructor, fine do a course, but why commit to a proper course rather than some half-assed BASI bullshit that is fucking pointless? if you don't have any intention to become a professional, why the fuck pay something in the region of £10 000 (living costs included) when you can get a job, ski when you want, and not look like a bellend?
haha excellent work sir! i particularly like how you lambasted my sweeping statement about basecamp and then came up with one all of your own regarding my choice of university. being called a chiller by a basecamper is certainly a new one for me though so cheers for that chuckle pal.
i don't judge people from basecamp on principle, its just that almost all of them i've met were/are total bellends. there, i said it. regarding your payment claims, unless you are extremely gullible/ in denial, you can't seriously claim that the majority of basecampers weren't funded by daddy- after all who the fuck has 10k lying around? which brings me to your claim about funding it all independently:
according to their website, a season's accomodation and the 11 week instructor course costs £3195 and £7595 respectively. factor in living costs which for a season must be upwards of 2 grand and you get a total of almost 15 grand, roughly equal to the avergae student's entire loan debt after university (assuming they get a loan). you honestly expect me to believe that between leaving school in july and going to val in december you earned 15 grand? who are you, cristiano ronaldo?
you said yourself you don't plan on being an instructor in future so you leave me with the question, why the fuck do it? you can't honestly believe an employer is likely to give a fuck that you blew 15 grand on a ski season?
to your comment about everyone else not paying for a worthless instructor course being a bum, i'd question your use of the term. i and my friends were working upwards of 50 hours a week so we can ski as much as possible. compare that to having daddy pay for you to be there, only for most basecamp brats to drop out of the course at some point, thus tearing up a £7000 cheque. thanks dad. there was even one girl who used to fedex her laundry back to the uk to have it cleaned. the list goes on.
if you think that's a productive way to spend your season, be my guest. more power to you, but me and anyone else with half a brain will do it another way, laugh at you snaking after instructors on the grand pré on a powder day, and call you out when you start spoting bullshit about your skiing ability.
i'm sorry, i think i may have failed the maturity test. my bad.
p.s. your jackets are gay too.