|"think like a kid,
ski like an expert"
|What do I mean by this?
Children have an unbiased and truly enthusiastic process from which they interact with the environment. I believe that the pure open mindedness of children is the ideal template environment for learning. I believe that fear is learned. Therefore, given a purely fun, safe learning environment, you should expect to have a successful lesson and set yourself up to continue in this vein.
|My teaching style:
I mentor as necessary, coach as the students development demands. I have a soft touch. I believe in learning to trust and enjoy working with the physics ... 'cause you know ... the physics is always gonna win!
Medical professionals know about the efficiency of the unconscious. Professional sport participants know the efficiency of the unconscious. Yet, as a modern society, we are over coddled. We are over controlled and over controlling. We have lost trust in our instincts. We have forgotten the art of spontaneity. I believe that we need to take a huge step backwards and learn to PROact in the environment. I believe that we need to take a huge step backwards in order to live our lives to the fullest. I manifest my mission in the mountains on the snow. Simply it is about living, not just being alive.
Some of you know me as Ziggy, some as Richard Eisner. Here's the stuff you may not know about me yet:
I've been skiing since 1964. Discovered it, loved it, and am making it my life.
I started teaching in Big Bear Lake in California in the early 90's. Between there and now (at Vail) I have taught at Deer Vallery in Utah, and in both Copper Mountain and Keystone here in Summit County, Colorado. This season, 2007/08 marks my 17th season teaching.
The season 2009/2010 I will be taking a sabbatical from teaching. However if you would like to play call me at home - 970 333 4000, or respond here - to work out a schedule. I would love to be the nanny for your kids or your guide at any of local resorts.
My PSIA certification is Level II. And, I have the knowledge and skillset to teach all levels of skiers up to and including Level IX, if you happen to have one in your family or group. (How does that work? The PSIA certification exam has changed a lot in the last several years. In the Rocky Mountain Division, where I am located, our exam has become PSIA model. The good news for the student is that there is no more averaging. Each element at Level III must be passed. I have passed all the models related to teaching through student level 9 [highest]. There are some high performance elements that I admittedly have some trouble looking pretty enough to make the bar. None the less I teach successful lessons at all levels.)
Why I love teaching skiing: Seeing the growth and excitement as students plunge into self awareness and confidence thrills me every time.
My special bliss: In one word - kids! Some of the best times of my life have been as a child mentor in sports and the performing arts. Working with children is a special skill I have always had and I find it some of the most satisfying and fulfilling endeavors of my life. Truth be told we have a special kinship - Peter Pan is one of my favorite heroes!
Other interests: hiking, guitar, writing, acting, singing, more hiking, biking, kayaking, camping and all manner of outdoor recreation.
My life experience: An avid fan of unconventionality, I have led an enviable and rather eclectic life. While in college earning a degree in psychology with special study in human development and organizational behavior, I was active in the music (rock) business. That expanded into TV and film. Over the past decades, for fun and profit, I have found time to design and create custom architectural-quality woodworking projects. An area of pursuit and great satisfaction between snow seasons.
To contact me for more information, or just to say hi:
click below on contact ziggy or personal cell phone 970 333 4000