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More than 32,000 individuals belong to PSIA-AASI (Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors), making it the world’s largest organization dedicated to skiing and snowboarding. Listen in to hear how PSIA-AASI gets people stoked on the ski and snowboard experience. Join us and turn your passion into a profession. Or, take a lesson from us. Friends don’t let friends teach friends. Let the snow fly!
 
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First Chair catches up with PSIA-AASI CEO Nick Herrin about how the ski and snowboard industry is working together about reopening this winter. Nick also talks about how instructors can offer educational programming in a low-risk environment this season and “Navigating the 2020-21 Snowsports Season”, a new resource created with input from PSIA-AASI…
 
Trauma has been identified as an epidemic in our society. Studies indicate that a significant portion of the population have experienced harmful or life-threatening events which have impacted their everyday functioning or well-being. Certified Trauma Professional Christine Cowart talks about the PSIA-AASI webinar that she’ll lead on this topic on T…
 
PSIA-AASI Eastern Division member, Brian Donovan, chats about how instructors can work to build their client base for ski and snowboard lessons this season. For example, it might seem counter intuitive to narrow your focus when you want to broaden your client base, but finding your instructor niche is often the key to expanding your clients!…
 
In this 3-part podcast series, PSIA Alpine Team member, Brian Smith, chats about how to manage a family group lesson. Take a listen to get some ideas for this upcoming season for your group lessons. For example, learn what to do when your best-laid plans for managing your family group lesson plan goes awry. Listen to Part 1 of the series: http://ti…
 
First Chair catches up with Paul Howard, who serves as the President, Technical Director for the Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association (PMBIA). PSIA-AASI recently partnered with PMBIA to bring year-round educational opportunities to ski, snowboard, and mountain bike instructors. This partnership means ski and snowboard instructors can …
 
PSIA Alpine Team member, Brian Smith, chats about how to manage a family group lesson. Take a listen to get some ideas for this upcoming season for your group lessons. For example, consider group size and accommodating all family members to set up your students for success.By PSIA-AASI First Chair Podcast
 
First Chair catches up with PSIA Cross Country Coach Emily Lovett about how learning to cross country ski this winter will be a perfect half-day family and friend activity for this upcoming winter season. Listen to her recommendations on how instructors can approach teaching groups that may include students with different skill levels. To learn mor…
 
First Chair catches up with Tanya Milelli about how instructors can stay positive this season while facing a return to something new for this winter season. Listen for some suggestions on how to look at the bigger picture, while applying some different and complex thinking to help roll out the red carpet for a return to winter. This season will be …
 
First Chair catches up with Kevin Jordan and PSIA Alpine Team member Jonathan Ballou, to learn about the history of Snowmass Bike Park and the Snowmass Bike School. They also share some insight about how the school is providing mountain bike lessons this summer to teach students foundational skills. You’ll also get some insight about how Snowmass h…
 
First Chair catches up with pro skier Julian Carr and Nabil Rahman, vice president for Spot, which is a company that has reimagined the insurance ecosystem for the outdoor industry and its enthusiasts. PSIA-AASI recently partnered with Spot to offer all members injury insurance specifically designed for ski and snowboard instructors. For an afforda…
 
First Chair catches up with PSIA-AASI National Team Alpine Assistant and Development Coach Matt Boyd and Snowboard Assistant and Development Coach Tony Macri about PSIA-AASI’s education staff and team coaches announcement on their decision for a positive path forward for the PSIA-AASI National Team Selection that will continue to build on the curre…
 
First Chair catches up with PSIA Alpine Team Coach Michael Rogan, PSIA Alpine Team member Dave Lyon, and PSIA-AASI Northwest member Melody Buell about their participation in Dave Lyon's race camps at Timberline Ski Area, Mt. Hood in Oregon this summer. Get the scoop on how the camps are operating during this unusual time.…
 
First Chair catches up with PSIA-AASI National Team Head Coach, Jeb Boyd, and PSIA-AASI Director of Education, Dave Schuiling, about the Learning Connection model and talks about how two of the three tenets, teaching and people skills, are the same across all disciplines. The Learning Connection emphasizes that great lessons rely on the instructor’…
 
First Chair catches up with Dave Horne, a Level III alpine instructor, who hails from the Rocky Mountain Division. Dave shares his story about why he decided to pursue his passion to work in the snowsports industry and teach skiing and work at Vail Mountain. He also talks about what it’s like working in the snowsports industry as a Black ski instru…
 
First Chair catches up with PSIA-AASI National Team Head Coach, Jeb Boyd, and PSIA-AASI Director of Education, Dave Schuiling, about PSIA-AASI's certification standards and the work that’s being done with PSIA-AASI’s education leaders, including the Education Leadership Council and the National Team, to update PSIA-AASI these standards. Learn about…
 
First Chair catches up with Zoe Mavis of Big Sky, Montana, and Pete Allison, from Penn State University about how to make a living as a full-time ski or snowboard instructor. Zoe and Pete share tips on how you can achieve success. Also, learn how you can advance from becoming a good to a great instructor through education and boosting your people s…
 
First Chair catches up with Scott Mellin, global VP of mountain sports at The North Face and Nick Herrin, CEO of PSIA-AASI, about the new partnership between PSIA-AASI and The North Face. Learn how this partnership will give you access to the best gear to explore the mountain environment while you’re training the next generation of skiers and snowb…
 
There’s a saying that nothing gets you in better shape for skiing than actually skiing. But what if there’s no snow, like in the summer? Then you go inline skating! First Chair catches up with Rollerblade and chats with Andy Hare, director of partnership marketing, and Myles Cotter-Sparrow, product marketing coordinator. PSIA-AASI members receive s…
 
First Chair catches up with Ed Younglove and Eliza Kuntz, who discuss their role as the outgoing and incoming chair of PSIA-AASI’s Board of Directors. Hear Ed and Eliza’s stories about their journey and adventures with PSIA-AASI and how their love of teaching other people to ski and snowboard and the education they’ve received from PSIA-AASI has he…
 
Greg Dixon serves as the new PSIA Telemark Coach for the PSIA-AASI National Team and he shares his story about his role and how over the last two years, he’s grown as a leader within the telemark discipline as PSIA transitioned from one single Nordic Coach, to two separate coaches, telemark and cross country. Greg’s leadership, combined with his pa…
 
First Chair catches up with Andrew Weibrecht, a World Cup alpine ski racer and two-time Olympic medalist from the United States, about the Ligety Weibrecht Ski Camps taking place this summer at Mt. Hood, Oregon. Learn how the camp's organizers have adapted to today’s new normal and will incorporate some remote indoor learning opportunities to suppo…
 
Eric Rolls serves as the new AASI Snowboard Coach for the PSIA-AASI National Team and he shares his story about his role as a long-term veteran of the snowboard team. Learn more about Eric, who brings an open mind to the table with his leadership background in snowsports from his years of experience as Training Manager for Park City in Utah. He als…
 
PSIA Alpine Team member, Jonathan Ballou, talks about the situational application of PSIA’s Alpine Skiing Fundamentals, which serve as the technical foundation for “what” is taught with regard to pressure control, edge control, and rotational control – all of which promote skiing in balance. Learn why and how PSIA uses the Alpine Skiing Fundamental…
 
First Chair catches up with Chris Hargrave at Oregon’s Timberline Lodge about how the resort reopened on for limited skiing and riding. Timberline Lodge shut down for more than two-months due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Chris shares what the resort did and is continuing to do in order to reopen and stay open.…
 
First Chair catches up with PSIA Alpine Team member Ryan Christofferson about new online learning opportunities that are available to all PSIA-AASI members. Check out how Western has set up and structured their digital learning opportunities and how you can hop in and continue your online learning this month on courses such as Alpine, Snowboard, an…
 
First Chair catches up with Erin Farrell, Katie Feucht, Deanna Swanson and Blake White about new online learning opportunities that are available to all PSIA-AASI members. Erin, Deanna and Blake share their experience about what it’s been like to participate in this Remote Movement Analysis 101 – Observation and Evaluation session and how it’s help…
 
AASI Snowboard Team member, Chris Rogers, talks about the practical teaching applications of Snowboarding Fundamentals – which can be described as the combined movements of the body (flexion/extension and rotation) and Board Performances (pressure, tilt, pivot, and twist) that relate to the actions of the board and its interaction with the riding s…
 
First Chair catches up with Gates Lloyd, director of the snowsports school at Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin about how the resort reopened on Wednesday, May 27 for limited skiing and riding for the rest of this spring season. A-Basin shut down for more than two-months due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Gates shares what the resort did and is doing in …
 
First Chair catches up with Pete Allison, Jill Chumbley, Rick Lyons and Dave Schuiling about how PSIA-AASI is drawing ever closer to strategic alignment and how all PSIA-AASI divisions have adopted a 6-point scale to measure assessment criteria. This means that instructors training for certification, resort trainers, education staff, and divisional…
 
First Chair catches up with PSIA Alpine Team member Ann Schorling about her work on the People Skills Fundamentals, one of the main tenants of PSIA-AASI’s Learning Connection framework. People Skills encourage an empathetic approach to students and their needs, and it promotes a relationship based on trust and respect. Ann chats about how incorpora…
 
PSIA-AASI and Volkswagen share a common passion for spending time outdoors in the winter and a focus on a sustainable future. Will Gock shares how VW provides all PSIA-AASI members and its eight divisions with access to the mountains and the outdoors in all types of weather with their vehicles that have 4Motion All-Wheel Drive. You and your househo…
 
PSIA-AASI’s Educational Excellence Award program recognizes those exceptional few members who authored PSIA-AASI educational materials over the years and have added significantly to, and possibly even changed, the educational direction of PSIA-AASI. The Awards and Recognition Committee recently named Lane Clegg as the recipient of this award. Lane …
 
First Chair catches up with PSIA Alpine Teach Coach Michael Rogan about the PSIA Alpine Team training event that was held at Snowbasin earlier this season. Hear from Michael and Paul Guimond from Atomic on why it was important for the PSIA Alpine team to demo Super G skis and compare that experience to their skiing experience on slalom skis.…
 
First Chair catches up with PSIA Cross Country Team Coach Emily Lovett. With only one term under her belt, Lovett has established her expertise, and she is now a leader within the cross country community. She understands not only the sport, but also the business side of cross country skiing. Her familiarity with encouraging participation will be a …
 
PSIA-AASI’s Distinguished Service Award program recognizes those who’ve made important contributions that have added to PSIA-AASI’s success by providing educational programming support and demonstrating positive leadership skills. The Awards and Recognition Committee recently named Dee Byrne as the recipient of this award. Dee talks about what it m…
 
First Chair catches up with PSIA Alpine Team member Jennifer Simpson Weier, who moonlights in her off-season as an emergency room nurse. Jennifer shares her experience about ending her ski season early at Aspen and making the transition to working as a frontline ER provider in Minnesota. PSIA-AASI sends a special shout out to Jennifer and all the f…
 
First Chair catches up with Katie Feucht about new online learning opportunities that are available to all PSIA-AASI members. Check out how Northwest has set up and structured their digital learning opportunities and how you can hop in and continue your online learning this month on courses such as Alpine, Snowboard, and Telemark Remote Movement An…
 
First Chair catches up with Muffy Ritz, former U.S. Ski Team member and top-notch athlete, about her first-hand experience with COVID-19. She talks about her experience when she first became sick on March 17, to her worst day on Day 15 which included her experiencing an earthquake, to where she is now, at Day 39 for what she’s feeling now during he…
 
PSIA-AASI’s Educational Excellence Award program recognizes those exceptional few members who authored PSIA-AASI educational materials over the years and have added significantly to, and possibly even changed, the educational direction of PSIA-AASI. The Awards and Recognition Committee recently named Kim Seevers as the recipient of this award. Kim …
 
Connecting via Zoom, First Chair catches up with Henrik Lampert and Daniel Dancer from PSIA-AASI Official Supplier Faction Skis. The team chats about how COVID-19 has impacted their manufacturing, and how they're working to manage expectations for next season. Get the inside scoop on their supply chain and what that means for ski instructors intere…
 
A strange end to our season cancelled in-person education events. However, all PSIA-AASI Divisions did a quick 180 to use technology platforms to provide all PSIA-AASI members with new courses and events so the entire instructor community could continue to learn online during these unusual times. PSIA-AASI Central Division members and leaders Joel …
 
Meet Erin Connors and Ciarra Delisle from Windham Mountain. Erin helped introduce Ciarra to Windham Mountain’s Junior Instructor Program and Ciarra shares her experience about why it’s fun to work as an instructor. Learn how you can use PSIA-AASI’s Junior Instructor Program to jump start your training program for next season. www.thesnowpros.org/ju…
 
PSIA-AASI’s Lifetime Achievement Award program recognizes exceptional members who have designed and implemented programs, projects and procedures affecting the association on a national level. PSIA-AASI’s Awards and Recognition Committee recently named Stephen Over and Mark Dorsey as the recipient of this award. Stephen and Mark talk about the mean…
 
Over the years, several myths about snowboarding have taken root, including that kids need to learn to ski before they ride, that snowboard gear is too big for younger children, and that the first day on the slopes is too hard. Chloe Elliot, Burton’s B2C global resorts coordinator, busts those myths and talks about how Burton is committed to gettin…
 
PSIA-AASI National Team members Matt Boyd, Heidi Ettlinger, Brenna Kelleher and Chris Rogers share their story about their last resort run of this season. Get the scoop too on what’s happening across the country related to how you can keep up with your digital learning while you stay at home these days. http://tiny.cc/stayhomelearn…
 
Meet Dan Hogan from Windham Mountain who talks about how he implemented PSIA-AASI’s Junior Instructor Program to further develop his current program at his school. He shares what participants learned by going through this program and how he got parents involved too. Take a listen for some fresh ideas on how you can jump start your training program …
 
Doug Kechijian, co-author of PSIA-AASI’s Fitness for Skiing and Snowboarding book, shares guidance for an indoor fitness training regimen you can do now that will promote improved movement and body longevity for you and all snowsports instructors. Remember, there’s no time like the present to get started on a fitness regime. As Warren Miller said, …
 
Chris Hargrave helps you learn about the history of summer skiing and riding at the Palmer Snowfield on Mount Hood, and how it’s become a summertime mecca for freestyle training. Listen for how you too can become a part of Timberline’s summertime coaching legacy.By PSIA-AASI First Chair Podcast
 
First Chair catches up with PSIA Alpine Team member Ryan Christofferson about how you can make the most of your early season ending. Here are some ideas for things to do now to keep your spirits up AND tackle some indoor study sessions. While you're at it, watch Ryan’s indoor presentation from the comfort of your couch: http://tiny.cc/RyanC…
 
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