Have you been to ski school lately or is it too hard to remember that far back? Maybe you’re there now, mom and dad dropping you off in the mornings since realizing how challenging it can be to teach their own children. Or, perhaps you’ve just booked a lesson with a pro this weekend in order to get some quality learning time on the slopes from anyone but your significant other.
The learning curve for new skiers has softened over the decades with improvements in equipment materials and construction, but much of what you’ll find in ski schools these days remains the same.
“At its core, skiing is a sport of dynamic balance in motion, and in many ways the fundamental principles by which we slide on snow have not changed a lot over the years,” says David Yeagle, general manager of the Stowe Ski & Snowboard School. “Our focus as instructors is on helping you find what skills will get you to where you want to be. Whether that is new terrain, taking on that beer league race or just gaining more confidence, this will mean modifying or adding skills to those you already bring with you.”
Yeagle and his pro teaching colleagues at Vail’s Northeastern resorts shared some of their expert insights on the new-school art and science of teaching skiing. Joining Yeagle with their unique perspectives below are Maureen Drummey, senior manager of the Mount Snow Ski & Ride School; Doug Daniels, Skier Services manager at Mount Sunapee; and Chris Saylor, general manager of the Ski & Ride School at Okemo Mountain Resort.