The Second Discipline is to make you a more rounded ski instructor I guess, showing that you are adaptable and that you don’t only just teach skiing. The problem that now have is that for my second discipline, I chose Telemark skiing and I think I’m in love with it. I genuinely think I may have found something that I can work on for years to come and I know what I’ll be doing on my days off next season.
It’s difficult to describe the sensation but the balance points, the way in which you use the skis, the possible different ways of skiing – in fact everything – is different. It’s also as cool as it looks – the rhythm of the turns are completely different to Alpine skiing and it feels really free. Those that saw us in Les Gets on Friday last week would have had a real visual treat as 11 Telemarkers of varying ability and style were tearing around the pistes.
The end of the ski season means also it’s time to replace or retire a load of equipment. The season is hard on skis that are constantly being skied over by kids, boots that are flexed into submission by bend the knees demos and poles bent through too much leaning on. Sadly, I’m retiring my Head teaching skis this year which have served me well for two and a half seasons and looking to replace them with new teaching skis, race boots, telemark boots and bindings and googles.
We’ve got a school group here this week for what looks to be the final weeks serious work of the season and it’s supposed to rain all this week. Teaching skiing in the rain is the ultimate misery but we are all a bit demob happy after a bumper season so everyone is making the best of it.