Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Penultimate Level of Ski Instructordom

I am very proud to introduce the newest (and handsomest) Level 2 ski instructor in town - Sundance's own Instructor of the Year, Stephen Morningstar!

For those of you indoctrinated in the hierarchy of the Professional Ski Instructors of America, there are 3 certifications levels of instruction. Level 1 is fairly easy to get, but Levels 2 and 3 are far tricksier, with three full-day tests for each level (written, on-snow skills, and on-snow teaching). That's a lot of work for a little pin!

After a multitude of clinics and seemingly unending tests, my hubby passed the teaching test yesterday evening with flying colors. Like his director said, Steve's fanny looks pretty fine moving down the mountain, but his real strength is in teaching (loose paraphrase, the words "fanny" and "fine" may not have technically been used in the actual conversation).

Steve's scores yesterday sure reflect what a great teacher he is - here's my favorite part of his assessment:
"Very nice job Stephen! Very enthusiastic and engaging. We felt that you clearly and accurately identified strengths and weaknesses and formulated a lesson plan to enhance skills and meet the student's expectations. You used your terrain and time very effectively."
Yep, that's my man!


Al and Lyndsie said...

Awesome, when can he squeak in a free snow boarding lesson for me? ;)
You ski pros amaze me...

MissM said...

Congratulations! I'm glad that Steve is getting to use his teaching background and aptitude...and on something that is way more fun (and I'm guessing less aggravating) than teaching a class of 25 7-year olds how to read and write.

The Fox Den said...

Wahoo! Congratulations!!

Melanie said...

Awesome! Congratulations, Steve :-) And what a great photo of him, too!


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