Awards and Recognition 

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PSIA-AASI’s Award Program recognizes its members’ achievements as instructors, leaders, and collaborators in the industry. Know a member who deserves recognition and honors? Review the award categories, then submit an application. Or, email memberservices@thesnowpros.org learn more.  Never underestimate the power of a gift!

Top of the Course Award

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This award is presented to members pursuing Level III certification. It recognizes individuals who score at the highest percentile in skiing/snowboarding, teaching and technical knowledge; and who empower other candidates during the exam process. Candidates must display exceptional compassion and understanding for the needs of others, which results in a more positive examination environment.

Who is eligible? Members who are being examined for Level III certification
Who can nominate? Division Education staff in good standing (all continuing education requirements have been met and dues have been paid)
Application Deadline: Nominations are due to Frances Walsh by April 30 (email: fwalsh@thesnowpros.org)

Download the application.

Three C’s Award – Collaboration, Communication, Cooperation 

This award recognizes members who demonstrate positive leadership behavior within a snowsport school. These candidates consistently collaborate, communicate and cooperate with guests, peers, and school management. Positive leadership may be shown through their ability to support their peers within their school and division, as well as volunteering when positive action is needed. These members are seen by school management and fellow pros as a role model for the values and behaviors espoused by our organization and profession. 

Who is eligible? Members who work at a ski and ride school
Who can nominate a candidate?
Ski and ride school directors and managers, and peers
Application Deadline: Nominations are due to Frances Walsh by April 30 (email: fwalsh@thesnowpros.org)

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Rising Star Award

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This award recognizes young standout PSIA-AASI members who have demonstrated positive leadership within the snowsports industry. This award is for members who show extraordinary promise charting a career path within the snowsport industry, members who are volunteer leaders, or who are otherwise distinguishing themselves in an exemplary fashion.

Who is eligible? Standout young leaders in the snowsports industry (must be a PSIA-AASI member)
Who can nominate? Ski and ride school directors/managers, and peers in good standing (all continuing education requirements have been met and dues have been paid)
Application Deadline: Nominations are due to Frances Walsh by April 30 (email: fwalsh@thesnowpros.org)

Download the application.

Distinguished Service Award

Who is eligible? Members, and non-members, including PSIA-AASI staff, vendors and industry partners
Who can nominate a candidate? PSIA-AASI Board of Directors, Committees, Divisional Boards, or PSIA-AASI members in good standing (all continuing education requirements have been met and dues have been paid)
Application Deadline: Nominations are due to Frances Walsh by December 31 (email: fwalsh@thesnowpros.org)

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Educational Excellence Award

This award recognizes those exceptional few members who authored PSIA-AASI educational materials over the years. They have added significantly to, and possibly even changed, the educational direction of PSIA-AASI . They have exhibited dedication, devotion and self-sacrifice contributing to the PSIA-AASI educational system, with ten years or more sustained outstanding service.

Who is eligible? Members significantly contribute to the creation of PSIA-AASI education materials (with 10 years or more of service)
Who can nominate? PSIA-AASI Board of Directors, Committees, Divisional Boards, or PSIA-AASI members in good standing (all continuing education requirements have been met and dues have been paid) 
Application Deadline: Nominations are due to Frances Walsh by December 31 (email: fwalsh@thesnowpros.org)

Click here to download the application.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes exceptional members who have designed and implemented programs, projects and procedures affecting the association on a national level. They have exhibited dedication, devotion, and self-sacrifice serving in national level leadership positions.

Who is eligible? Members with 10 years or more sustained outstanding service
Who can nominate? PSIA-AASI Board of Directors, Committees, Divisional Boards, or PSIA-AASI members in good standing (all continuing education requirements have been met and dues have been paid)
Application Deadline:
Nominations are due to Frances Walsh by December 31 (email: fwalsh@thesnowpros.org)

Download the application.



Awards & Recognition Committee

  • Kent Lundell, Chair, Intermountain Division
  • Joel Munn, National Board Member, Rocky Mountain Division
  • Tom Butler, National Board Member, Eastern Division
  • Jim Mikulich, At-Large Member, Northern Rocky Mountain Division
  • Joe Waggoner, At-Large Member, Intermountain Division
  • Rob Croston, At-Large Member, Northwest Division
  • Christian Luening, At-Large Member, Northern Intermountain Division
  • Bart McClure, At-Large Member, Northern Intermountain Division
  • Lauren Foster, Committee Liaison (email: lfoster@thesnowpros.org