Week 3 is all about preparation for the CSIA level 1 assessment, this involves teaching practice, learning to snow plough again!! In my case I also had to start adapting to having legs that are, at least when they are in my ski boots, now more similar in length.
Now you'd hope that with legs more or less equal in length that I would now have a really good right turn as well as a really good left turn, no such luck! now my left is more like my right turn. Previously whenever I turned to the right the only way I could get my left ski on edge was to straighten my left leg which meant that their would be a limit as to how much edge angle I could achieve before my left leg could no longer reach the snow.
Although I've been through this sort of training before on a different course, the best training I had was actually getting some work experience last season helping to teach some British school children to ski last season at Sunday River, it really emphasised the difference between teaching pretend learners and real learners, with pretend learners it is very easy to miss things that real learners need because the pretend learners can already ski. One of things that was emphasised this week was that regardless of the situation always follow the same steps for conducting a lesson.
group for the last 3 weeks, yours truly on the far left with our instructor for the week, Chris, front and centre.
As the week was more preparation for the assessment the next week I actually had some energy left to go out and ski on the Friday, and finally after 3 and a bit week of being in Whistler I rode the peak to peak gondola, as luck would have it my first ride on the peak to peak is in one of the glass bottomed cabins.
Although I had the day off on Sunday some of the group went out to ski, unfortunately for one of the group it turned out not to be a good idea, nobody knows for sure quite what happened but the end result was a broken leg, the break being just below the knee.