One of my athletes/apprentice coaches asked me about the difference between instructing and coaching tonight. I wasn’t quite sure how to best answer it aside from saying that coaches are helping ski racers improve and succeed while instructors are helping “yetis” LOOK better on tougher terrain. This is obviously an exaggeration and a narrow stereotype, but I think it’s often true that we coaches with CSCF training look down on the CSIA. Recently however, the CSIA has really worked hand-in-hand with the CSCF and has changed its technical outlook as to what “good skiing” really is.
Every 2 years (I believe) there’s a big international skiing conference called Interski where the “best” instructors from all the skiing nations of the world get together and compare their nation’s philosophies on ski instructing and have some fun competitions while doing it. This year the conference was in St. Anton, Austria. Here’s a short video from the CSIA Interski head coach John Gillies (who recently was ski school director at Marble Mountain Nfld… ya east coast!) talking about, and showing off the CSIA technical vision: “Form Determined by Function”. This is ski racing in a nutshell too! We don’t care what ski racers LOOK like, we want ski performance and efficient skiing first and foremost. Form (ie appearance) will then follow. Watch the skiers and listen to the commentary, it’s pretty awesome.