Rider Rally, Synchro Ski Championships + Matrix

Don’t miss your chance to participate in the last big event of the season at AASI Rider Rally 2018, May 7-11 at Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin.

 

Rider Rally is an annual teaching and freeriding event that includes several days of incredible shredding and education with AASI Snowboard Team members and colleagues from around the country. The event kicks off May 7 with registration and freeriding with Team members, followed by four days of on-snow exploration, clinics for all levels of instructors, networking, and parties each evening. Attendees can receive 24 continuing education credits (6 per day). Register here.

 

Instructors Excel at Aspen World Synchro Championships

The Aspen World Synchro Championships were held April 8 on Aspen Mountain, with dozens of instructors from around the world competing in the synchronized ski competition. According Jenny Williams, a board member of the Aspen Divas Team, the competition is, “The perfect way to close the winter season in the northern hemisphere. The championships expose international ski instructors to their elite peers, forcing them to perform to the highest technical level as a team.”

 

Spectators filled the deck at Bonnies Restaurant to watch the athletes compete on the same slope that was used for demonstrations at the 1968 Aspen Interski. The 50th anniversary of that landmark event was celebrated on the mountain and at a special event in town the evening of the April 7.

 

Williams said that most of the Synchro Championships teams consist of professional ski instructors from all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, Austria, and Czech Republic. “As the event is judged on individual bumps and race criteria, as well as the team score for the day of synchronized skiing, it can be any team’s event,” Williams said. “To compete against top instructors from around the globe is inspiring. Lifelong friendships are made here.”

 

Matrix Monday: Expert Advice

The Matrix, your go-to digital resource for instructional videos, will keep loading content to help you improve your technique and teaching throughout the spring and summer. Whether you’re done making turns for the season or still have a few days or an entire season of riding set in the Southern Hemisphere, this video on Creating Flow and the Expert Line will get you pumped to reach your personal best. Enjoy!

 

- Peter Kray

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