The AASI Rider Rally kicked off Monday at Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin and will continue through today, May 11, offering several days of incredible shredding and education with AASI Snowboard Team members and snowboarding colleagues from around the country.
The event includes 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).
AASI Team member Eric Rolls Provides Highlights from Day 4
Day 4 was full of plenty of options to exercise the brain and body. Clinics ranged from having a conceptual focus, like Managing Fear and Giving Great Feedback, to a more technical focus, like Riding Steeps and Park Tricks. The Elements of Style clinic was widely popular, as riders cleaned up some tricks and maneuvers while adding style.
I had the impression that people are maximizing their experience as the week progresses. Seeing participants start to lean on their board as they assemble after our BBQ lunch shows that this group is starting to get a little tuckered out. But it still didn't stop people from celebrating the successes of the day and week with a super fun group dinner of margaritas and Mexican food.
There’s no rest for the riders, though. We have another big day of clinics and snowboard community antics. Never Summer will be slinging demos all day today (Friday), prizes will be handed out to attendees, and DJ Leprechaun from Steamboat Springs will be pumping fresh beats and tunes to close out Rider Rally 2018.
For many, it's the last day of the season, and the last day to enjoy our new friendships and take advantage of the coaching buffet of clinic offerings. After the hugs and high fives, new skills will have been learned, great memories will have been made, and we will all share a common bond that will last for a lifetime.
- Peter Kray