Many of you have asked about our instructor training program. We believe we have one of the finest available because it combines a good solid knowledge of the technical part of skiing with an in– depth exploration of children as individuals and as learners.
In this series of dryland and on snow clinics we emphasize the importance of the teaching – learning process and its relationship to the creation of a good learning experience for each of our students. Our goal for the instructor program is to produce instructors who can create physically and emotionally safe learning environments where both students and instructors can thrive. Annelise Ring directs the technical program for the ski school. As Training Director she works with the technical team, trains the clinic instructors, staff and prepares instructors for certification. Annelise, a Powderpig since 1969, is a PSIA level 3 certified instructor and has been very instrumental in the development of the program. Dr. Rose McCartin developed and presented the section on children and learning our first thirteen years of operation. Her expertise in this area gave our instructors a wonderful advantage when they went on the snow with children. Rose retired from the University of Washington’s school of Educational Psychology and her duties as professor and assistant dean, in favor of those of Professor Emeritus and golfer at large. She continues with us as consultant, mentor and friend. Rose’s generous contribution is one of the main reasons that Powderpigs is “the children’s ski school with a difference.”
For the past 35 years Nancy Ring has further developed and directed the “Kid Tech” program. Nancy’s background in Child Development and Early Childhood Education and experiences at Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School (Pasadena, California) has contributed substantially to her unique aapproach to children. Her years of study and work with children in Norway and now 47 years of Powderpigs gives the program a broad and varied base. From the beginning Powderpigs has brought experts from many related disciplines to prepare our instructors to teach. This tradition has changed little in the last forty seven years. However, now many of those experts come from within the school itself. This group is known in the ski school as the “tech team”. They staff the fall-long instructor training program, the “on snow” clinics before the season and the “continuing education” clinics during ski school. This team brings a wide variety of individual expertise and experience to instructor development. The ultimate purpose of this training program is to provide our Powderpigs with a school where they can become safe, happy and skillful skiers and snowboarders with a collection of fond childhood memories of their Powderpig years. After our several years of operation, more and more of our staff are Powderpig “graduates”. In recent years, increasing numbers of our instructors are also Powderpig parents. If you think you might be interested in joining us in creating the Powderpig experience for our children, just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.