Guest Author - Carol Viau
Learning to ski and snowboard can be challenging, especially if your friends have dragged you onto the slopes for your first time. Many people quit after this experience, as it can be painfully frustrating. Whether you are a beginner or intermediate skier or snowboarder, instruction can take the drama out of your day and provide you with the tools to improve your ability.
As a ski instructor for many years, I have just about seen it all. One thing that I have witnessed is that it is never a good idea for one member of a couple to attempt to teach the other a sport, any sport. There is a certain amount of emotional charge that lies under the surface when one person is being told what to do by a significant other. This charge is like a volcano waiting to blow and when it does it can spoil the day, or even a vacation!
This same theory applies on a somewhat lesser scale amongst friends. Telling your friend to “turn left” or “stop” without explaining how, does little to help. It makes one realize that there is an art to teaching.
Instructors undergo training on how to teach. They learn several different ways to verbalize an idea and can demonstrate the idea proficiently. They pick the right terrain to teach on, so the student feels comfortable. Anyone far outside of their comfort zone on a slope isn’t going to learn very well. Instructors offer reassurance and provide tips on how to improve your performance.
While you may be content with the type of slopes you currently ski or ride on, you may still want to consider a day of instruction. Have you ever stood on the side of a slope to catch your breath, only to watch someone else glide effortlessly by? Have you ever wondered how they make it look so easy? They have learned the skills to make skiing and riding less work and more fun.
If someone you know would appreciate learning to glide effortlessly on the slopes, consider purchasing them a full day lesson. Group lessons are less expensive than private lessons and are typically divided up into a morning and afternoon session. Christmas is approaching fast, what a fun gift this would be to give and receive!