New First Chair Podcasts Share the Excitement of National Freestyle Academy

National Freestyle Academy Prep and Assessment took flight through Woodward Park City, Utah, in late January and early February, offering two-, three-, and five-day options for instructors to attend prep clinics, assessment, and prep clinic and assessment, respectively.

Along with the opportunity to learn and train with top freestyle ski and snowboard instructors from across the country, this annual event also gives attendees the chance to earn between 12 and 18 CEUs, while enjoying a deeper connection to the freestyle instruction community.

In three new PSIA-AASI First Chair Podcasts, host George Thomas sits down with AASI Snowboard Assistant and Development Team Coach Tony Macri and PSIA Alpine Team member Ben Potts – as well as Freestyle Academy attendees – to talk about how this event continues to grow.

You can listen to more First Chair Podcasts on Soundcloud and on Spotify.

National Freestyle Academy, Part 1

In this introductory podcast, George, Tony, and Ben talk about what Freestyle Academy is, the sense of tradition it brings to the discipline, and how the event progresses from training days to prep days to exam days. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what each day looks like, why the Woodward facility is so great for this event, and how the event benefits the growth of freestyle.


National Freestyle Academy, Part 2

In the second podcast, hear how Freestyle Academy travels across the country, how examiners come from nearby regions to help put this event on and assess the students in attendance, and why every level of assessment in freestyle is offered, including Freestyle I, II, and III for alpine and snowboard. Tony and Ben also talk about the camaraderie at Freestyle Academy and the mutual support among attendees.


National Freestyle Academy, Part 3

In the third podcast, a few successful FS candidates from the National Freestyle Academy event at Woodward Park City talk about their experience at the full five-day event, the instructors and the facility, how examiners were attentive and helpful throughout the entire process, and the value of bringing experiences from national events to regions.