Mikaela’s Record & Snow Pro Insight, Women’s Summit + Matrix Videos

Photo courtesy of Paul Bussi

U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin won her first World Cup super-G race at Lake Louise, Alberta, on Sunday to give her a win in all five major disciplines. She joins an elite group of athletes that also includes Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller.


PSIA-AASI member Paul Bussi was at the races, shooting photos like the one accompanying this story. Here’s what he said about watching skiers at the highest level:“It reminds me how great the athletes are, because you can’t get a sense of the difficulty of a World Cup course from TV coverage. It’s also easier to understand the goal of the racer. Their overall goal is the clock. Along the course, goals include getting to a higher line, searching for speed or recovering from a mistake. Goals in recreational skiing often go unstated. Other than to have fun – a goal I need to remember – I ask my students about their goals and often they only have a vague idea.


Without a clear goal I can’t prescribe a specific technique. I can, however, help improve skills, which they can apply to meet multiple goals. Watching ski racing reinforces this concept. Assuming all those on the World Cup are good skiers, I try to understand why one uses a particular technique and another athlete a different one. What I come up with is they have different goals and emphasize different skills. Is it wrong to use a divergent step? Not if you want a higher line. What about a converging step? Can it help cut off the line? That’s why I find World Cup ski racing so relevant to my work as a ski instructor. This emphasis on skills, as they enable technique choices, is how I try to teach all levels of skiing.”


Attend Women’s Summit in Steamboat, Colorado

Join PSIA-AASI Intermountain and Rocky Mountain divisions, as they host the Women’s Summit, taking place January 15-17, 2019, in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The Women's Summit brings together women from different organizations, such as the National Ski Patrol, and from across PSIA-AASI divisions and different disciplines for 3 days of empowerment and inspiration. The event is dedicated to providing opportunities for networking, coaching and acquiring tools for advancement. Don’t miss this opportunity to ski and learn with the top female professionals across the snowsports industry. 


Matrix Monday: Watch New Videos to Create New Experiences

The Matrix, your go-to digital resource for top videos on technique and teaching, is adding several short films created to help you enhance the learning environment. This new video walks you through all the ways you can “create experiences,” in order to give your students a more meaningful lesson.


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