No matter where you go on the slopes of Snowbird right now, you’re almost guaranteed to encounter a group of ski or snowboard instructors laying down soft tracks, slapping high-fives, or deep in discussion on the side of a trail.
Conditions have been perfect for attendees to work on their own personal improvement, with a mixture of fresh snow and sunshine creating the optimal environment for spring riding, relationship building, and the kind of memory making that will last for years.
Here’s a quick look at what each discipline is working on while they’re on the hill. Tomorrow, look for indoor activity highlight reel.
Adaptive is finally coming into its own as it enters a second year of programming at National Academy. I am seeing a ton of crossover and attendance from instructors who are not here with just an adaptive focus. The fundamentals and the way they adhere to everything sliding is really being driven home and received with an unbelievable acceptance – everyone understands that no matter who you’re teaching, skiing is skiing. I am excited to see the notion take hold that adaptive fundamentals are really not different, and to help everyone have a better understanding of the movements associated with sliding.
- PSIA-AASI Adaptive Team Coach Geoff Krill
In the first few days of National Academy 2017, we’ve been blessed with sunshine and fresh powder! The alpine groups are loving their mid-fat skis and floating through soft snow with little need for carving – just right for Snowbird. We’ve expanded the “elective” offerings at this Academy to provide participants with brand new ways to take their skiing to the next level. It’s the perfect season finale!
- PSIA Alpine Team member Eric Lipton
The collection of snowboarders here at National Academy 2017 is an amazing representation of incredibly passionate educators from all over the country. We have quickly bonded over our shared interests and the friendships developed in only a short few days are sure to last a lifetime. The positive learning environment here in Snowbird is a perfect stage for progression and growth and I can’t wait to see what we can all accomplish by the end of the week.
- Rob Johnsen, snowboard instructor, Vail
This year at National Academy, telemark has a strong showing. We’ve had telemarkers of all ability levels come and join the Team for some freeheel fun and training. It is always amazing to to see the passion that telemarkers have for the sport and how much joy there is in sharing it with others. The group we’re skiing with at this Academy has demonstrated to me the strength of the PSIA telemark community. I am proud to be able to ski and work with this group of people.
- Greg Dixon, PSIA Telemark Team
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- Peter Kray