Welcome to the Member Spotlight, an online feature that gives well-deserved shine to some of the incredibly skillful and devoted ski and snowboard instructors who make up PSIA-AASI. Whether instruction is a full-time career or a part-time pursuit balanced with other endeavors, PSIA-AASI members have valuable insights to share, gleaned from their experiences on snow.
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Name: Taylor Farfour
Primary discipline: Alpine and telemark
PSIA-AASI Division: Eastern
You, Your Gear, and Your Favorites
When did you start skiing or riding? At 14 months old
What is your best skiing or snowboarding memory? Every day I'm on the snow is a good memory. It's hard to pick one, but if I had to I would say a powder day in February this past season. I was at Alpine Meadows in California and we got somewhere around 2 feet. The lower mountain was open but no one knew it because the website said everything was closed. I did a small hike from the intermediate run that was open. I was one of, like, 6 people out that day. I got epic turns and face shots. It is a memory that will always be close to my heart for no more reason than that it was a good day.
What would you say to someone to encourage them to try skiing or snowboarding? Just try it. You will not regret it.
What one of your favorite off-snow hobbies? Whitewater kayaking
PSIA-AASI and Your Snowsports Education Career
Certifications & specialties achieved: Alpine Level II, Telemark Level I, Children’s Specialist 1
Resorts you work at: Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows
What – or who -- inspired you to become an instructor? My mom.
Do you teach part-time or fulltime? Fulltime
What other profession(s) or endeavor(s) are you involved in? I'm into medical certifications. Got my WFR last summer.
What about your teaching style stands out? I love to get people to learn with games and having fun. I never really drill someone; it's all just guided learning.
What is you biggest accomplishment as an instructor? My biggest accomplishment is complete every time I can make someone fall in love with the sport.
What’s your favorite PSIA-AASI member benefit? Pro deals on skis
Who is your favorite PSIA-AASI Official Supplier – and why? I don't have one. I like them all.
What are your current skiing or riding goals? This coming year I'm trying to go for my L3! I just want to be the best skier I can be.
What are your current teaching goals? To get better at MA and using more stepping stones and logical progressions.
Your Advice to Instructors
What’s the best piece of advice you could offer a new instructor? Be patient.
What’s are some of your tips for teaching the following students…
Beginners: Explain everything simply. Don't make a big deal about them skiing, just have fun.
Intermediates: Explain, show, get them to do. This level is all about getting more comfortable, so go at the student’s pace. I also like the “light bucket-heavy bucket” exercise. Helps get weight on the downhill foot.
Advanced students: I haven't gotten to teach too many of the advanced. I figure I'm a good skier; I would probably teach them what I know. (Not sure… that's why I want my L3, so I will know.)
What advice do you have for instructors preparing for certification?
Level I: Practice, practice, practice. Train, train, train.
Level II: Study, man. Just put every minute into studying.
Level III: All of the above.
Sound off… Anything else you want to share? Thanks, y'all. I love PSIA!
Connect with Taylor on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TaylorFarfour; Instagram:@Babyjean36
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