Team Summer Adventures: Chris Rogers
Catch up with PSIA-AASI National Team members as they share their summer adventures and how it keeps them on their game for winter. Here’s how AASI Snowboard Team member Chris Rogers spent his summer.
What’s been your go-to summer activity or big summer adventure?
After an insanely busy winter season, my biggest summer activity has been catching up on the numerous projects that are perpetually on the back burner. Still doing lots of mountain biking and wake surfing, but also enjoying some down time in Colorado’s Vail valley.
Probably my biggest adventure of the summer is that my girlfriend, Chloe, and I got engaged this spring and started planning a wedding for next summer as well as celebrating with a quick trip to Cancun.
Vail Ski & Snowboard School has been running online certification training throughout the summer, so I’ve stayed busy leading clinics for our snowboard school staff. We’ve had sessions focused on teaching skills fundamentals and building better teaching progressions, diving into movement analysis concepts and practicing MA on videos of riders, and technical conversations around topics from several of the PSIA-AASI manuals. I’ve found it really encouraging to see a bunch of pros stay engaged and focused on their development through the off-season! Talk about a silver lining from adopting online training out of necessity during the last couple of years.
I also instructed two days of freestyle camps at Big Snow in the American Dream Mall in New Jersey. After four months off-snow, it was a literal breath of cool fresh air to slide on snow in the fridge for a couple of days. Getting to work with the kids and adults in the camps really recharged me and got me excited for the season. There’s truly nothing like helping someone else progress or learn a new trick to fuel my own passion for snowboarding!