everytime i go to denver or boulder im sure to meet a girl who knows this pro skier/snowboarder that lives up at breck.im always curious, so i dig for more information, only to find out that he works for vail resorts as a ski/ride instructor...Pro. yup, some dude slipped it in with the "im a pro" pick up line, which i think is great, nieve girls deserve this kindof trickery... but on to the serious part of this thread.
Most people are unaware of the fact that when you apply to be a ski instructor, skiing isnt really a requirement. the first time i instructed wat at mount snow vermont where there was no on snow try outs of any sort. the people hired became pros without ever having to make a turn....again i think this is great because gapers and newbs should feel like they are being instructed by some super pro.
This is where i dont agree. PSIA level standards are growing into the park aspect of lessons and instruction. the same people who cant even make a turn are claiming they are park pro instructors. these people are arguing over the PROPER technique to do a switch up on a BOX. PSIA standards are oxymoronic as our sport exists because of FREESTYLE. more and more levels of park instruction are being created and its not good for NS.
I believe there should be lessons offered to shred the park, but not by PSIA standards. the reason is that it takes years and money to build through the PSIA levels, learning proper techniques and positions. but these people dont know the first thing about freestyle maneuvers and terrain parks. PSIA can not continues to control this