National Team 2021-24: Meet Matt Boyd
Matt Boyd is a member of the 2021-24 PSIA-AASI National Team where he will help set the standard for snowsports instruction. PSIA-AASI hand-selected the 37 team members – 8 coaches and 29 team members – for their range of skills that allow them to serve as inspirational leaders and build enthusiasm for learning and having fun skiing and riding.
Listen to Alpine Assistant and Development Coach Matt Boyd in this podcast.
Where is your home mountain?
Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
What other occupations are you involved in?
Waterparks and ziplines.
Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
It was at a rainy training session at Loon over 20 years ago when I realized that it is not the “progression” that is important – it is the steps you take to help create learning.
What are your specialties as a team member?
Coaching is my specialty. I love helping people find their keys to success.
Any relevant certifications?
PSIA-certified Alpine Level III with a Children’s Specialist 2 credential. Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Red Cross lifeguard instructor, certified pool operator.
Who is your greatest inspiration as an instructor?
Instructors from small ski areas always provide inspiration. I grew up at a 300 vertical foot hill and love visiting these smaller areas. Instructors at places like these exude such amazing passion, creativity, and love for our sport!
Best part of teaching?
Making the recipe up as you go along. In the kitchen, I don’t have this skill, but on snow, I love the challenge of adapting, adjusting, and developing the right combination of activities, thoughts, and practice time to help create a positive learning environment.
What’s your favorite run at your home mountain?