Last year the AASI Snowboard Team brought back the signature snowboard event Rider Rally. This year we’ve been hearing a common question: “Which should I got to; Rider Rally or National Academy?”
Rider Rally and National Academy are both premier national events, but they have different focuses. Between these two events, you may identify with one primarily – after all, some people prefer vacation cruises, and some prefer being in their own private bungalow in Costa Rica.
We’ve tailored the snowboard offerings at both of these events to create experiences that will speak to our varied membership. National Academy is a premium event that provides high-end amenities in a package price that encompasses the entire experience. Rider Rally is a lower price point event with an a la carte design focused primarily on mountain experiences, relaxed socials, and choosing your own adventure.
|Snowboard Posse @ National Academy
||Rider Rally @ Arapahoe Basin
|Five days of big-mountain riding with a member of the AASI Snowboard Team at one of the biggest all-mountain playgrounds in the U.S.
||Four days with the AASI Snowboard Team riding steeps, groomers, bumps, and park, plus partying on The Beach at A-Basin
|A lodging package that puts you front and center at Big Sky, a stone’s throw from the chair
|| #vanlife, AirBnB, or finding a couch to crash on near A-Basin. Or maybe a tent in the parking lot?
|Evening education sessions with guest speakers from across the outdoor and education industry
||Bowling, bonfires, best costume contests, and whatever else the night may bring
|Banquet dinners with 200 of your new ski, snowboard, adaptive, and telemark friends from across the country
||Parking lot BBQs, ramen in a jetboil, bowling alley grill, or Silverthorne with whoever you rally out with
|All you can eat (before riding all day) breakfast buffet and daily sack lunches. Last year the build-your-own omelet station was amazing.
||Buy breakfast or lunch at the Legend’s Café, pack your own, or just munch on that granola bar you randomly found in your pocket.
|On-snow demos from PSIA-AASI industry partners and a Sponsor Night event with incredible offers from PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers
||Trade boards with your new friends, or check out demos from local reps and giveaways from some of our snowboard sponsors
|A multi-discipline experience with lots to learn and share with each other
||We’re all snowboarders at heart and our twin-tip two-plank brethren are welcome
|Group splits focused on riding preferences and learning outcomes
||Group splits focused on riding preferences and pace of individuals
|Champagne, fine wine, and microbrews
||PBR, boxed wine, and yeah, microbrews too
| Register now for National Academy
|| Register now for Rider Rally
Rider Rally and National Academy have their differences, but they also have plenty of similarities. Both events put you on snow with AASI Snowboard Team members and your fellow instructors from across the country for a week of education, socializing, riding, and learning. Both provide continuing education credits to meet your divisional and national clinic attendance requirements. And both promise to be a lot of fun.
We look forward to seeing you at either, or both, of these awesome events!
Ride on, and let the snow fly,
The AASI Snowboard Team