The Association

   

An easy way to think of PSIA-AASI is that we want to be the first place folks come for innovative and current information about ski and snowboard instruction, the overall impact of each sport, and about the ski and snowboard industry overall.

Our association is made up of two corporations:  the American Snowsports Education Association (ASEA), and the American Snowsports Education Association Education Foundation (ASEA-EF).

ASEA, a 501 (c) 6 tax-exempt corporation, does business as PSIA-AASI, focusing on serving members, delivering excellent education resources, and promoting instruction within the greater ski and snowboard industry. The Education Foundation, a 501 (c)  tax-exempt corporation, is a separate, charitable foundation.

PSIA-AASI’s national office is in Lakewood, Colorado, and there are nine regional divisions across the country: Alaska, Central, Eastern, Intermountain, Northern Intermountain, Northern Rocky Mountain, Northwest, Rocky Mountain, and Western. Those divisions deliver the on-the-ground services to the members in their specific part of the country. They host events, maintain regional member databases, and monitor the certification training clinics for instructors and schools.

To see the geographic representation of the divisions, access their websites, and get contact information, click here.

Members

Our members instruct and serve at 300 member schools ski areas, and the association served 31,714 members during the last ski season!

 Here’s another way to measure desire and dedication to skiing and snowboarding: PSIA-AASI has more than 100 members who have served in the association for at least 50 years. Take a look the list and see who you know!

 Anderson, Frederica   Eberhard, Jules F.  Kempton, Lucius R.  Picard, Peter  
 Anderson, Woody  Emery, Henry  Kunau, Lex H.  Pinski, Lorenz  
 Ansted, Albert W.  Eriksen, Stein  Lange, Keith  Putnam, Jon  
 Arwine, Gordon  Estelle, Edwin A  Lash, Bill *  Roberts, Dean  
 Ashley, Bill  Evans, Tom  Leduc, Natalie B.  Ross, Otto  
 Bainbridge, A. G.  Fejtek, Val  Lepping, Karl A.  Slifer, Rodney  
 Barel, Marcel  Fields, Charles  Mall, Edi  Smith, James F.  
 Barnes, George  Fischer, Norbert  Marolt, George B.  Stark, Rick  
 Bauer, Steven J.  Fisher, Eddie  Mascotti, Paul J.  Story, George R.  
 Beisswanger, Cal  Fisher, Gerald H.  May, Ray J.  Tatro, John J.  
 Bolander, Lloyd B.  Flanagan, Maurice  Mayer, Jean  Thurgood, Dave  
 Bombard, Douglas G.  Fulton, Walter Buzz  McCrudden, Richard S.  Ture, Isadore  
 Bounous, Junior  Gamroth, Jerry  McCurdy, Jean  Vanderflute, Dick  
 Bounous, Maxine  Gantzel, Steen G.  Miller, Robert J.  Voltz, Al  
 Carmichael, Hoagy  Gassiot, Pepi  Morris, Eddy  Walder, Henry  
 Chase, Curt *  Gavett, Bruce  Morris, John G.  Weigand, Jack  
 Coffey, Jerry  Grant, Daniel E.  Muth, Jerry  Weisbond, Raymond D.  
 Compton, June H.  Grasinger, E. L.  Nelson, Rich  Welch, Donald  
 Condict, James  Gray, Ernest E.  Noon, Archie J.  Wiesmann, Bob  
 Corey, Richard J.  Hand, Kathy F.  Page, Roger  Zauner, Frank J.  
 Cram, Wendall  Hand, Kenneth  Palmer, Gene    
 Crites, W. D.  Harlacher, Doris  Parody, Ronald W.    
 Crook, Rusty  Harlacher, Joe  Paterson, Charles    
 Cummings, Myron L.  Hill, Eugene A.  Pearson, Gary H.    
 Davis, Robert A.  Jones, J. P.  Pearson, Inger M.    
 Deuker, Robert C.  Kaneda, Ken  Perry, Lee    
 Dunn, Bob  Kempton, Jeanne A.  Pfeiffer, Douglas *    

* PSIA Co-founder

     

Doug Pfeiffer                                              Curt & Betsy Chase                                       Bill Lash

Schools

The ski, snowboard, and adaptive schools and their individual members are critical stakeholders in the association. They are members of PSIA-AASI, and their input helps guide not only our education content—what sort of materials we produce for members— but also focus on getting quality instructors out on snow.

The schools serve—from the ski area standpoint—a critical link to teaching the public.

Professional Education

Among the benefits PSIA-AASI offers are education materials to help instructors provide more comprehensive and compelling lessons, which create a more satisfying and successful guest experience.

We offer our members detailed information on how to teach lessons that give the student the best chance for success. Put another way, our system provides the framework on which great lessons are built. These educational components complement and highlight certification clinics and training in each individual division.

PSIA-AASI updates its education material frequently in order to reflect changes in technology and changes in current teaching and learning theory. This way, we're confident that the educational content we provide is the top level within the industry.

The first step toward membership is contacting your regional division. Determine which ski area you would like to be employed by as an instructor. PSIA-AASI divisions can help you determine which ski schools in your geographic area are PSIA-AASI member schools.

Once you have filled out the appropriate paperwork, received training from your area, and paid your dues, you are considered to be a registered member of PSIA-AASI.

If you choose, you may also participate in training programs offered by your area and division to achieve a Level I certification. Through these programs, you will learn snowsport teaching fundamentals to prepare you for the Level I certification exam.

PSIA-AASI Credentials

PSIA-AASI certifications reflect your mastery of specific skill sets, with an emphasis on how well you meet the needs of each guest. You’ve been able to demonstrate your proficiency, and when you’re talking to a training manager to get hired, you’re not starting from scratch. They already know a  measure of what you know, what you understand, and what you can do.

As a member, you have access to attain these credentials. One of the things that make the credentials so valuable is that they are recognized across the country. You could, for instance, become certified in one geographic division, later move to another, and know your credential will be recognized as the national standard across all the regions.

Skiing and snowboarding are visual—the movements, the action, plus the smiles. With more than 300 videos, The Movement Matrix captures action to help you enhance your skills. And now you can view these at no fee.

The Movement Matrix provides viewers examples of good quality skiing and riding—covering alpine cross country, snowboard, adaptive, and telemark disciplines. As an expanding resource, additional videos are consistently being uploaded.

The images and commentary complement the visual message, explaining our modules, our concepts, the specific movement  patterns, and the illustrations of our national standards.

Educational Resources

The educational materials PSIA-AASI develops are the right content in the right format, designed to help you—the instructor—be better at your job. The ultimate goal is for these materials to help you become more successful, and that chain of success continues with students and guests. It’s a win for everyone.

The materials can take several different forms, from printed manuals to online video, or online e-learning resources in short courses. Another option are job aids, which are meant to be kept in a jacket to serve as quick reference pieces while you're out teaching. Our handbooks create the link between the theoretical and the practical. All our educational materials are designed to help you be an innovator in your field and out on the snow.