1. Top Boot Fitting and Board Tuning Shops in CA, CO, NM & UT

    Top Boot Fitting and Board Tuning Shops in CA, CO, NM & UT

    When we asked you, America’s professional ski and snowboard instructors, who your top specialty shops are for boot and ski and snowboard expertise, you gave us some very enthusiastic answers.

    Here are your call-outs for CA, CO, NM and UT. Be sure and check out the original Facebook post by clicking here. We will post new results each week from a different region.
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  2. Max’s Product Spotlight: American Snow

    Max’s Product Spotlight: American Snow

    It’s been nearly two years since PSIA celebrated its 50th anniversary at Snowmass, Colorado, and exactly two years since Interski 2011 took place in St. Anton, Austria. These events brought together ski and snowboard professionals and enthusiasts alike, as old friends connected and new friends were made, and instructors from around the world celebrated their common passion for snowsports.

    You can relive all of these events and the past 50 years of ski and snowboard instruction within the pages of American Snow, The Snowsports Instruction Revolution.
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  3. Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month In Full Swing in 34 States

    Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month In Full Swing in 34 States

    Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM) is in full swing from coast to coast with large and smaller ski/snowboard resorts in 34 states hosting special programs for beginners. Anyone, anywhere who takes a beginner lesson during January can get a $50 gift certificate for their effort from skis.com. Anyone who brings a friend for beginner lessons can win prizes in the Bring a Friend Challenge.
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  4. REI Teams with PSIA-AASI for Introductory Ski and Snowboard Classes

    REI Teams with PSIA-AASI for Introductory Ski and Snowboard Classes

    January is much more than making New Year’s resolutions. It’s also Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM)—so the Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) has teamed again with REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) to help teach the basics of skiing and snowboarding and offer lessons from certified instructors.
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  5. LSSM Video Contest, Colorado Kids & Ted Ligety

    LSSM Video Contest, Colorado Kids & Ted Ligety

    Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is off to a strong start, with loads of special lift, rental and lodging deals, as well as the added horsepower of the Bring A Friend Challenge, which encourages everyone to get their buddies on snow.

    One more way for PSIA-AASI members to participate (beyond just teaching all of those lessons), is be entering the “Why I Love to Ski or Ride” amateur video contest. The contest celebrates the “joy and exhilaration” of skiing and/or snowboarding and will run through Feb.15, 2013.
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  6. Top Boot Fitting and Board Tuning Shops in WA, OR & ID

    Top Boot Fitting and Board Tuning Shops in WA, OR & ID

    When we posted a note on the PSIA-AASI Facebook page asking professional ski and snowboard instructors who their top shops for boot-fitting and ski and snowboard tuning are, we had no idea the kind of response we would get.

    In less than 48 hours, you named more than 100 shops. Rather than listing them all here at once, we decided to break them up just a little bit to make it easier to read (and also because we think that once more pros read this, we will get a few more call-outs).
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  7. Max’s Product Spotlight: The Movement Matrix & Grabber

    Max’s Product Spotlight: The Movement Matrix & Grabber

    Here in Lakewood, Colorado at the PSIA-AASI Warehouse we are shipping out a lot of educational materials and that can mean only one thing—that certification and professional development classes are in full swing!

    In addition to indispensible manuals such as the Alpine Technical Manual 2nd Ed., Core Concepts and Children’s Instruction Manual 2nd Ed., be sure to get your subscription to The Movement Matrix for free at TheSnowPros.org.

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  8. Professional Development Update: Preparing for a Certification Exam

    Professional Development Update: Preparing for a Certification Exam

    Now that the holidays are behind us, many instructors are really getting into their training mode, especially those preparing for an exam. The successful instructors at exams often spend many hours preparing for the event.

    So what’s exactly involved with “training?” That, of course, depends on many things with the common elements of: putting a plan together based on the time available, understanding what you are expected to know and do to earn the credential, gaining knowledge of the subject matter, putting the knowledge into practice, and practicing any physical skills you’ll need to demonstrate.
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  9. Herbert Schneider, Rossignol, 50th Anniversaries & More

    Herbert Schneider, Rossignol, 50th Anniversaries & More

    On December 28, Cranmore Mountain Resort honored PSIA-AASI pioneer and U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame member Herbert Schneider by dedicating a brand new chairlift in his honor.

    The new Schneider Triple Chair, built by Doppelmayr, replaces the old East Double Chair. It was named for Schneider, who was a member of the 1962 PSIA Interski delegation—the first official PSIA group to attend Interski—authored the book Let’s Go Skiing, was Cranmore’s former general manager, and is an honorary lifetime member of PSIA-AASI.
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  10. Ski Instructor Responds to ‘Sidecountry’ Op-Ed

    Ski Instructor Responds to ‘Sidecountry’ Op-Ed

    (Editor’s Note: This Op-Ed is response to a previous op-ed that we published from the National Ski Areas Association. You can read that article by clicking here).

    I think your article, while well-meaning, misses the essential point of the issue around sidecountry. The difference between backcountry and sidecountry is not the level of danger it presents. It is the accessibility of the terrain.
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