PSIA-AASI National Academy 2018 in Big Sky, MT, set a new record of more than 400 attendees, coaches, and staff at the event. There were instructors from every discipline, and every corner of the country.
Some of them have been attending National Academy for decades, and others for the first time. After a productive day shredding in the shadow of Lone Peak, several sat down for a PSIA-AASI First Chair Podcast. Here are three of those interviews.
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Meet Phil Shutler, 90-Years-Young
During National Academy, Phil Shutler of Liberty Mountain, PA, who is 90-years-young, attended the event for the first time. “You know teaching skiing is like being in a club that they pay you to join,” he said. Phil’s wife Margaret (“Muggs), died more than a month ago, and Phil attended the event with his son, David. Phil said that he and Muggs were married for 69 years, and that he saw Academy as a chance to get out and try something different.
Liberty’s Culture of Education and Training
Twenty-seven members of the Liberty Mountain Snowsports School attended National Academy, all set on taking their personal teaching to the next level by skiing and riding with some of the best instructors in the world. Liberty teaches between 28,000 to 35,000 students per years. Listen to this podcast to learn how Liberty created a culture of education and training at their school.
Meet Bert Boyd, Logan Academy Scholarship Recipient
Bert Boyd received a Logan Scholarship, thanks to the contributions of Vail Valley residents Kent and Vicki Logan, which promotes continuing education and professional growth for Vail Resort instructors to participate in National Academy. Learn about Bert’s experience at Big Sky.