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I was recently selected to attend the PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) Logan Academy in Vail. Vicki and Kent Logan of Vail have supported the Vail and Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard Schools for years by sending a select few to the PSIA National Academy in Utah in the Spring. This year, in addition to the National Academy, the Logans underwrote a PSIA Academy in Vail.
The Academy brings together members of the PSIA National Team and Vail and Beaver Creek ski instructors for 3 days of personal growth. I was lucky enough to be selected for the Academy.
I skied with Nick Herrin, an 8-year member of the National Team and 7 other instructors from Vail and Beaver Creek. What an incredible 3 days. Nick guided us on an exploration of our own skills and knowledge of the ski instruction universe. Everyone one of us skied away with a much deeper understanding of not only our own strengths and focus areas, but how to translate that knowledge into making us better and stronger ski instructors. It was an experience I wish every ski instructor could go through. Luckily, I think the Logans are planning on making this an annual event.
Most of all, thanks to Nick for his patience, experience, and knowledge that exposed us to new ways of thinking and skiing. I’m both physically and mentally exhausted after the 3 days but would do it again in an instant. The photo above is of our group.
I took this photo this morning, Saturday, 10/8/11, in Beaver Creek. Wolf Creek Ski Area received 3 feet of snow yesterday and is opening today. Here was an email I received from the Colorado Department of Transportation today:
“Chain law in effect westbound I70 milemarkers 195-190. Applies to all commercial vehicles, vans and buses with 16+ capacity.”
The Beaver Creek 2010-2010 ski season ended last Sunday. I thoroughly enjoyed the season. I was able to get on the mountain over 70 days and, according to Epicmix, skied over 1,000,000 vertical feet. I taught 30 days and skied with some wonderful guests. I met one family from Puerto Rico who told me I had “made their fantasies come true” when we said our goodbyes. It is experiences like that one that keep me coming back to ski teaching.
So what were some of my observations?
- Guests returning to the slopes. I don’t know what the final numbers were but we had a lot of guests on the mountain.
- People seemed to be more optimistic about the future.
- My skiing improved significantly even though I continue to get older.
- Snow. We had tons of the white stuff. A great snow season.
- New ski school uniforms for next season.
- I skied a season relatively injury free.
- Prices continue to increase. I started to get some pushback on pricing levels, particularly the $710 we charge for a full day private lesson.
- Vail Resorts has an incredible staff of dedicated employees.
- Vail Resorts does a great job marketing the resort.
- Vail Resorts needs to do a better job working with their employees. I believe the key to great customer service starts with talented and engaged employees who are treated with dignity, trust, and respect.
- People are skiing and riding faster than ever.
- Skiing with and coaching the men of the Bachelor Gulch Club was a real treat.
- My 30 days teaching skiing were a delight.
- Vail Resorts can do a better job creating a world-class guest experience and it starts with the unfriendly ticketing system.
- Skiing is still a wonderful family sport.
- Advances in equipment are changing the sport for the better.
- I still have a passion for skiing.
Enough for now. I am looking forward to some warm days but before we know it, it will be ski season again.