John Bacon International ski instructor snow sports ski coaching PA VT
John C. Bacon, Jr. or as my friends call me.....Johnny B


 Call Us At: 802-535-9500    Email:  johnnybaconvt@gmail.com   Vero Beach, FL.


 
 
 
 
 
 

I'm a former Pro-Racer, Instructor Trainer and Ski School Director - and I want to bring my experience to you. 

Skiing Should Be Fun and Safe!


During my 40 years as a Ski Instructor and Coach, it worries me that fewer people seek professional instruction.  They hate that:

  • Instructors try to cram too much information into a single session 
  • Cookie cutter drills take the fun out of learning
  • Self discovery programs lack the excitement of learning and becoming proficient at what's really important

I believe teaching to an individual's needs - their skill level and learning style - will help experience the joy of skiing that's kept me in the sport since I was 3.

My mission is to increase the love of skiing with those who already ski and equip new skiers with the skills they need to have safe and satisfying ski experiences.

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So many times I have attended clinics where the instruction has been generic.  My philosophy is watch, listen and tell what is being done right and what needs to be done differently, reiterating what is correct before trying to improve on what is already happening through small and simple movement changes.  Technique is individual as people are different.  Gender, age, weight, height and athletic ability as well as other factors all play an important role in the development of ones skiing. 

 

 

 

 

Being able to say the same thing 10 different ways makes it easier for one to grasp the new concepts and movement patterns.

 

Over the years I have learned how to say the same thing 10 different ways.  This has made my job easier.  Understanding how people learn and catering to their needs has allowed for a quicker grasp of what they are trying to do and why.  Skiing is individual and so is learning.  Skill improvement can be very frustrating if the instructor doesn't take the time to find out exactly what you want to accomplish during the session.

I strive to promote a positive reinforcing atmosphere of pure enjoyment no matter what level you are!

As skiers we all strive for the opportunity to progress to the next level knowing that each and every turn felt good, felt solid and more importantly felt right!  There really is no bad turn some are just more refined.  The single most important part of skiing and coaching is being able to say the same thing many different ways so as to make it easy for others to achieve their goals, wants and desires 

 Proper training is the keystone element for achieving success.  Whether for enjoyment, sports or anything you are trying to do training makes it easier and less stressful.  A good trainer is able to tell you the same thing 10 or more different ways.  Sounds hard but it's really not.  Round robins are totally awesome because you are able to here what other people might say in the same circumstance, which adds to your arsenal of information.  Things are not always black and white and there is more than one way to skin a cat as tong as the end result is achieved who cares how you get there within reason of course.

 We've all been to clinics where the instructor / coach said do this.  Wouldn't it be nice if there were a brief explanation prior to that giving us an idea as to why we are doing a particular drill or task?  Clinics can be a lot of fun if they cater to individuals needs at the same time they're focusing on group goals.  Our clinics do cater to individual needs although they are in group format.  There are explanations of drills and tasks including the benefits, steps and why.  Camaraderie is only achieved when everyone is on the same page and having fun.  If it's not fun why even try?

  Fun is what puts a smile on your face, the twinkle in your eye, and keeps you coming back to the slopes for more.  Whether you discipline is Skiing, Snowboarding or Telemark; Skill is improvement is key to increasing your enjoyment and appreciation of the sport.  Simply put, Having more Fun!