National Team Starts Season with High-Energy and Expectations

The PSIA-AASI National Team hit the snow together for the first time since Team Selection last spring, with a clear list of objectives and outcomes to help improve your member experience.

With their four-year term shortened to three-years, due to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions in 2020, the 2021-24 team got off to a fast start. Their goals include: helping divisions onboard the new certification standards, supporting the Learning Connection by continuing to build on the inter-disciplinary ONEteam concept, and preparing for Interski 2023 in Levi, Finland.

“This was the first time the team got to work together as a group, following April’s Team Selection event, and I was thrilled to see the level of skill, commitment, and camaraderie they bring to their role as innovators in snowsports education,” said PSIA-AASI CEO Nick Herrin.

Nick said, “Now more than ever, we need their inspirational leadership as we help chart growth opportunities for skiing and snowboarding – and the professional development of you and your fellow instructors. Like you, the 37 members of the PSIA-AASI National Team are looking forward to what the future has in store as we dive into the coming season.”

The team met in Colorado, spending mornings on the only open run at Arapahoe Basin, followed by afternoon training and thinktank sessions at nearby Keystone. The week was capped off on Friday evening with a meet and greet session that included many of the valuable Official Suppliers who support professional snowsports instruction.

Team Coach Jeb Boyd said, “Our goal is to ensure we’re on point with our ONEteam discipline initiatives, can function as a high-performing team, and we’re poised to provide training support for the National Strategic Alignment initiative. It was amazing to see how excited everyone was to roll up their sleeves and start working together as a team.”

Jeb said that along with the sense of excitement and energy each member of the team brought to the snow each morning, he is equally optimistic about the spirit of communication and collaboration between disciplines that will continue to inform snowsports instruction for the benefit of everyone.

“Just dropping in with different disciplines on the snow, because of the consistency of communication, within seconds you could recognize what they were talking about and contribute to the conversation,” Jeb said. “While each discipline maintains its own culture and identity, the fact that we can all continue to learn from each other and our individual perspectives is a powerful thing.”

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