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    How's things. What interesting blogs. Love of skiing at whatever level is addictive but it is worth it, even if the fare from our east coast to CO is yours with a zero on the end. After having met Rick and Janis I'm looking forward to meeting you and the gang next January. Just a bit over 6 weeks to go now. Back to your blogs - they reminded me of MrsH (Heather) who is dentist by profession in Canberra but works two days a week in Sydney teaching the next generation. She just loves seeing her students put the effort in and succeed. That seems to be something special people with an ability to be shared all derive. John
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    Nov 20, 2011

    Danke on the comment on profile picture. It is Killington's "bluest" trail, Ram Head. I would be ashamed to post that picture if I couldn't ski Ram Head with some "form".
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    I like your new avatar
  4. Thanks garry. PM sent.
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    Hey, how are you today ? I can't find reference to your injury/reconstructive surgery . Can you please inform me ? I have always sensed a kindred spirit in you as we struggle through the hoops of certification and sorting out our skiing and others. I hope you are doing well so we can help each other though the coming season . Peace and good skiing to you.Garry
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Date of Birth
July 28
About SMJ
Started skiing in my 30's and became obsessed. Now teach part time and ski 50+ times a year.
Central MA
Jazz piano, fitness, food, sliding on snow!
Small business owner.
Favourite winter sport?:


I need to be a conqueror, a liberator of my potential, kept prisoner all these years.


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The Journey of a New Ski Instructor archive part 5

by SMJ on December 7th, 2011 at 10:25 AM

One year and 5 days since my last post, 23 lessons later.

I love this job, (job?)

I teach beginners, I love it. I can't remember a day I didn't enjoy it. Sure I've had some difficult lessons, but like the old saying "there are no small parts, only small actors."

I am getting requests, I have parents tell me that their kids made their big breakthroughs with me, I have adult beginners (mostly women) feel so comfortable

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The Journey of a New Ski Instructor archive part 4

by SMJ on December 7th, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Yesterday another lesson worth describing. 9 year old kind of overweight girl who I'm told can ski Outback and Roundabout (the from the top trails that wind down the back of the mountain. Green, narrow, with a few slightly steeper drops on them.)

She is bright on the lift and seems like it will be a good lesson. She gets off the lift fine, looks pretty balanced and glides to a stop in a wedge. I ask her to ski ahead of me and watch while thinking of

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The Journey of a New Ski Instructor archive part 3

by SMJ on December 7th, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Starting this thread up again for any of you considering instructing, other new instructors and who knows who else might find this interesting!

My second year of instructing and my first day of lessons.

Standing in lineup, only three of us because we finished our training last week and the rest of the instructors were still training. A bunch of kids waiting for lessons. Oh no, I think - I was hoping to get some skiing in this morning.

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The Journey of a New Ski Instructor archive part 2

by SMJ on December 7th, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Great day today, did a two hour private with a 7 year old who could ski, liked to point them down the hill and go fast, not in a wedge either. To turn he was wedging. Parents wanted me to teach him to turn more and to learn how to do a hockey stop. He didn't particularly want to do either of course.

We have a nice medium length green run that's pretty steep for a green, called Exhibition. Maybe 400 verts. The carrot was he could ski the lower half fast

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The Journey of a New Ski Instructor archive part 1

by SMJ on December 7th, 2011 at 10:22 AM
These are my posts from a 4 year long thread on another ski forum about my experiences starting teaching skiing. It was very well received and might be of interest to others, so I am copying it here. I plan on blogging here to continue this as the years go on.

Day One

I am a noobie Instructor. After years of hanging out with Instructors at my home hill, and being on a 5 year mission to improve my skiing I finally decided to join up. I may have

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