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   "SKIING IS A SLIDING SPORT":
 Conventional Skiing Wisdoms (CSW's) 

by Bill Jones, Ski Instructor
Certified Professional Ski Instructor (Registration #110478), Level III
private ski lessons at Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Arapahoe Basin, other areas

 CSW #10: "Beginning skiers can learn from their skiing friends".

 (See "Why take a Ski Lesson from a Professional?")

Friends don't let friends drive drunk. Friends don't let friends teach friends to ski.

If this website has any validity and you have considered its points, you will understand this truisum. And even if your are the friend of a skilled ski instructor, the adage may still apply, for there is also a "chemistry" factor among friends that can get in the way of learning. Our pysches are complex. Many ski instructors understand this and prefer not to teach their own friends.

Of course this Conventional Ski Wisdom is not a universal truth (are there any universal truths)? But ignoring it has caused many a skier to learn slowly, poorly, wrongly, or not at all. Ignoring it has also caused many skiers to give up their attempts to learn the sport--to their dismay and the dismay of their friends. If you still decide to ignore it and teach a friend or learn from a friend, watch for trouble signs and if they occur, go take a lesson from an instructor.

With all that said, however, there are cases where friends and mates have successfully interacted in teaching/learning situations. We should learn from them!

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