1. More Top Reasons to Attend National Academy 2013

    More Top Reasons to Attend National Academy 2013

    PSIA-AASI National Academy 2013 is a little more than a month away, dropping in on Snowbird, Utah, April 14-18, which means it’s time to commit to closing out your season in style.

    Last week we highlighted the fact the event will feature both ski and snowboard clinics, a chance to preview next season’s gear, and the opportunity to connect with all of your hard-teaching colleagues from across the country as top reasons to attend Academy this year.
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  2. YC Interconnect Day 3: The Road Ahead

    YC Interconnect Day 3: The Road Ahead

    After three nights of presentations and roundtable discussions, two days of hard skiing and riding at the Yellowstone Club and Big Sky, and one broken leg for Jackson Hole Mountain Sports School Director Brian Maguire, the YC Interconnect wrapped up in Montana on Tuesday.

    With Big Sky’s iconic Lone Peak in the background, more than a dozen ski and snowboard school directors from areas such as Aspen, Beaver Creek, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf, Whitefish and Whistler gathered at the Yellowstone Club’s Rainbow Lodge to discuss what instructors are doing right, and more importantly, what they can do better in the future.
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  3. YC Interconnect Day 2: Owning the Message

    YC Interconnect Day 2: Owning the Message

    One of the main themes emerging from the YC Interconnect at the Yellowstone Club in Montana this week is how ski and snowboard schools need to take charge of the message they are presenting to the consumer.

    National Ski Areas Association President Michael Berry stressed how important instructors are to the health of the snowsports industry on opening night, and on Monday, Mario Schulzke told attendees they need to take control of their own media channels.
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  4. Interconnect Looks for Top-Down Approach to Ski & Snowboard Growth

    Interconnect Looks for Top-Down Approach to Ski & Snowboard Growth

    When more than a dozen top ski and snowboard school directors from across the country hit the exclusive slopes of the Yellowstone Club this morning, they will be looking for ways to grow the sport for every level of consumer.

    Hosted at the world’s only private ski and golf community, just down the road from Bozeman in Big Sky, Montana, the YC Interconnect began as a way to showcase the incredible amenities of the Yellowstone Club, but also to discuss how the passion for skiing and snowboarding can cross all economic boundaries.
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  5. Retailer Profile: Brad Nelson of Minnesota’s Hi Tempo Snowsports

    Retailer Profile: Brad Nelson of Minnesota’s Hi Tempo Snowsports

    Earlier this year, we posted a Facebook comment asking members to let us know which shops do a great job of providing top-notch equipment support, including boot fitting and ski and snowboard tuning. Feedback from PSIA-AASI members was overwhelming! ...
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  6. Top Reasons to Attend National Academy 2013

    Top Reasons to Attend National Academy 2013

    There are several rock-solid reasons to attend PSIA-AASI National Academy 2013 in Snowbird, Utah, April 14–18. 1.  The event will feature ski and snowboard clinics this year. 2.  The Academy provides a completely unique opportun...
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  7. Max’s Product Spotlight: Keeping Your Boards in Tune

    Max’s Product Spotlight: Keeping Your Boards in Tune

    The snow is good everywhere right now. To take advantage of the current conditions and to be ready for extended spring skiing and snowboarding, I have a quick reminder this week that we still have good availability of tuning accessories and wax. Get what you need to tune your skis and boards through the online PSIA-AASI Accessories Catalog.
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  8. PSIA-AASI Freestyle Standards Approved

    PSIA-AASI Freestyle Standards Approved

    PSIA-AASI’s Professional Development department is pleased to announce that the National Freestyle Standards were approved at the bi-annual ASEA Board of Directors Meeting in Lakewood, Colorado on February 4, 2013.

    Encompassing the detailed work of representatives from all nine divisions, as well as representatives from both the Snowboard and Alpine disciplines, the National Freestyle Standards are now the basis for the latest nationally-recognized credential: Freestyle Specialist1, 2, and 3 (FS1, FS2, FS3).
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  9. Heli-Skiing, National Academy, Rookie Instructors & Backcountry Laws

    Heli-Skiing, National Academy, Rookie Instructors & Backcountry Laws

    With all the new snow falling across the country, it’s a safe bet plenty of Snow Pros have been skiing and snowboarding some awesome powder lately. But for every certified PSIA-AASI member who wants to enjoy the ultimate powder experience, CMH Heli-Skiing just made it that much easier.

    That’s because CMH’s Heli-High-Five program, which provides deep discounts to PSIA-AASI members, is now available to all professionally certified members. According to CMH Rep Brad Nichols, “PSIA-AASI Level I Professionals will also be included in the Heli-High-Five program starting in the 2013-2014 season. That pretty much means right now, since we're half way through the current season.”
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  10. Top Boot Fitting and Board Tuning Shops in MI, NY, PA & More

    Top Boot Fitting and Board Tuning Shops in MI, NY, PA & More

    What began with a simple question on the PSIA-AASI Facebook page, “Who are your top shops for tuning, boot fitting and overall service for professional instructors?,” generated 130 responses from professional ski and snowboard instructors across the country.

    Today, we’re rounding out the final tally of all of the great specialty ski and snowboard shops that you named as your personal favorites. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts, and be sure to stay tuned as we begin to profile some of your top shops.
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