Interski 2023: Keith Rodney on Student-Centered Teaching

Held every four years, Interski is an international event that brings together top snowsports instructors from more than 40 countries. The PSIA-AASI National Team attends to present their latest teaching techniques and get insight into new ideas to bring back home to members. The discussions that take place at the event help PSIA-AASI refine its approach to training instructors and improving the guest experience.

Here, PSIA Telemark Team member Keith Rodney provides a preview of what the team will present at Interski 2023 in Levi, Finland, March 26 through March 31.

What are you most excited about in anticipation of Interski 2023?

As a first term team member, I don’t know what to expect. Once we arrive, I’m looking forward to sharing PSIA-AASI’s Learning Connection Model and I’m also excited to hear what other countries will present.

Whether on-snow or indoors, what are you presenting, and how does that complement the team presentation?

As a specialty discipline, the telemark team works together as a small group. Since we’re a smaller discipline, our presentations will be more intimate as we share how we teach and train to the Learning Connection Model.

How has your Interski preparations impacted how you approach your clinics, lessons, and coaching?

While preparing for Interski and building our presentations, I’ve noticed how much I use the Learning Connection Model in every lesson I teach.

What are you most interested in learning from the other countries and their presentations?

I’m looking forward to learning what, and how, the other telemark specialists are teaching their students. Specifically, how they define their fundamentals and apply them to their lessons.