Rusty's Ski Resume

Rusty Carr
4391 Moleton Drive
Mount Airy, MD. 21771
301.831.6455 (Home) or 717.328-9400 x-3561(Whitetail)
Rusty@TheRusty.com - http://www.TheRusty.com

OBJECTIVE Seeking to help people to safely have more fun on snow!
SKILLS Ski instruction for skiers of all ages, all skill levels. Skiing expertise in bumps, powder skiing and carving on shaped skis.  Snowboard instruction for beginners to intermediates. Teaching expertise includes Computerized Video Analysis for skiers and snowboarders.
EXPERIENCE
1993-Present Whitetail Ski Resort, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania
Part time Level II Certified Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors ski and snowboard instructor (14 seasons of professional teaching experience), including training staff experience.

Over 30 years of skiing experience (since all wooden skis, cable bindings and leather boots). Currently averaging over 50 days on snow per season. Snowboarding experience since 1994 (intermediate level). Experience with "snow cat"; " helicopter"; and "back country" skiing. Skiing experience at over 65 different resorts in the United States and Canada (mostly in the West), plus resorts in South America and Europe. Will gladly assist anyone who needs help planning their ski vacation or selecting ski equipment. Please check out my web site ("http://www.TheRusty.com") for more information.

AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE LESSONS

If you really want to make a dramatic improvement to your skiing, a private lesson is the way to go. Tell me what you want to achieve and I'll make sure that you get the most value for your time and money spent. SkiPros.com thinks the information below helps people choose their private ski or snowboard instructor. Okay, I'll bite. I will rebate the cost of a one hour private lesson to the first person who mentions this site as the reason for booking Rusty for their private lesson. Send email to reserve the deal, then call ahead to Whitetail and request Rusty Carr for a private lesson.


College: B.S. Engineering Economic Systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology

Other sports/activities I enjoy: Racquetball, Rollerblading, Indoor Skydiving

Special Interests: Deep powder skiing; Computer and Internet Technologies

Special Skills: Computerized Video Analysis

I own a video camera to use with clients

Languages Spoken: English, une petit peux Franšais, poco Espa˝ol.

Personal Quote: Participating in snow sports will make you a better person.

Questions and Answers:

Why do you teach skiing?
Teaching is a way to give something back to the sport that has provided incredible pleasure for so many years. After years of watching the sport get better through new technology yet fail to attract more participants, I wondered what was wrong. Often, during early season vacations when there were few people on the slopes, I would encounter people on runs above their ability who were not having a fun time. Just to be a good Samaritan, I gave them tips to survive the run. By luck, these tips made a big difference in their ability and their facial expressions. One year there was one group of people who, several days after I had helped them, yelled thanks to me from the chairlift. They were so far away I could not otherwise recognize them and I could just barely hear them. But I could hear the enthusiasm in their voices that was missing from before. It was an unexpected pleasure to see 5 minutes of my time have such a big impact. If one reason why the sport is stagnant is that lack of knowledge is preventing the skiing public from having fun, then the sport needs more people involved in communicating knowledge.

Since becoming a professional instructor, I've discovered how difficult and truly staggering the amount of work that is involved in snow sports instruction. In return, there are a wide variety of benefits for an instructor. The most important benefit is the smiles that you cause. There is also an inherent reward to rising to challenges and sometimes succeeding and sometimes not.  As a ski professional, you get special access to the best skiers and teachers to help improve your own skiing and riding. Plus the things you need to learn to be a better teacher improve your own skiing as well. When you become a ski professional, you join a community of people that know how to live life to it's fullest and how to share those experiences with others. Finally, there is an aura of positive attitude that all of the best instructors have. I seek to achieve that aura and reap the benefits in all aspects of my "day job" and my personal life.

Do you have a teaching philosophy? What is it?
The Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors have outstanding teaching systems that provide a starting point for a pleasurable and productive lesson experience. I add to this a lot of patience, a sense of humor and a desire to show people how to have more fun on snow.

What are your favorite levels to teach? Why?
The biggest smiles happen when an intermediate skier breaks through to the expert level. But the enthusiasm of a first time skier or snowboarder who "gets it" right away and has the look that says they've found a sport for life is hard to beat.

To what type of students do you cater?
Those who are motivated to learn. If you have a problem, I can at least diagnose it. If I can't fix it, I can either tell you how to fix it or direct you to someone who can fix it.

What are your favorite resorts? Why?
My favorite resort is one I have yet to visit. It is important to enjoy each resort for it's own unique pleasures and challenges (even the ones off the slopes). A visit to a new resort is full of the joy of discovery. Some resorts with an overabundance of things to discover include: Steamboat (Colorado), The Big Mountain (Montana), Deer Valley (Utah), Whistler/Blackcomb (British Columbia, Canada), Zermatt (Switzerland) and Val d'Isere (France).


Equipment: What equipment will you be using this year?

Ski Equipment

Snowboard Equipment

Dynastar Omeglass Speed 63 (165 cm) Burton Canyon (168 cm), Burton Step in Bindings and Boots
Volkl Supersport 6 star (168cm) Volkl Apocalypse (163 cm), Rossignol SIS boots, Original Sin (Step In System) Bindings
Lange Comp 120  
Goode poles  
Salomon Snow Blades  

Goggles: BollÚ (day), Carerra (night - clear lenses)
Gloves: Swany
Helmet: Leedom
Favorite Ski Clothing: Swany liquid filled gloves with a pocket for hand warmers