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These boots aren’t made for skiin’

Compiled by Allen R. Smith

A number of years ago, I had a young girl in class who was quite large for her age.I was warned ahead of time by other instructors that I was apt to have trouble teaching her to do anything. They were right.The next day, the girl came back for her second lesson. By mid-morning, I found that she could only turn in one direction: to the left. Well, at least that was progress.I asked her a series of probing questions, trying to determine why she could only turn in one direction. We went over stance, weight distribution, angulation. Nothing.Finally, after exhausting all of my investigative methods I noticed that she was wearing two right boots. She said, “I guess when we got dressed in the dark this morning, my brother took one of my boots.”While trying to figure out what to do next, one of the instructors that had warned me about the girl skied up and said, “I told you you’d have trouble with her. I had the same problem with her brother. All I could do was get him to turn to the right!”- Herb Schneider, Conway, N.H,Walking lessons not offeredMy knees were shot. You could tell just by the way I walked.After years of racing for the University of Denver and surviving multiple surgeries, I walked with a noticeable “hitch in my gitalong”. Nonetheless, I was still a fully certified instructor who could ski circles around men half my age.One day the ski school desk informed me that I had a private lesson with a woman by the name of Marion. I was told that she had a red parka on and was sitting upstairs in the cafeteria.I went upstairs, looked around and finally found the woman with the red parka. I walked up to her and asked, “Are you Marion?” She answered, “Yes. Are you Rusty?”I said yes, I was. A look of extreme doubt came over her face as I approached. She said, “You know, you don’t look like you walk very well.”I replied, “Well Ma’am, I’m not here to teach you how to walk.”- Rusty Crook, Mount Rose, Nev.Vail, ColoradoVail, Colorado


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