Live from the Snow Show: Mary Jo Tarallo Talks LSSM Success
Here at the SIA Snow Show in Denver, every one is trying to figure out how to share the excitement of skiing and snowboarding with more people as they preview all sorts of hot new products for next season.
As the show coincides with the completion of the 2013 Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM) initiative, we took a moment to sit down with LSSM Executive Director Mary Jo Tarallo to see just how professional ski and snowboard instructors are helping grow the market for all the new gear.
Snowbird Gets Deep Ahead of National Academy 2013
Snowbird was reporting 21 inches of snow over the past 48 hours at noon today, with whiteout conditions making it all but impossible to see anything but clouds from the area’s Hidden Peak mountain cam.
With 208 inches of snow already this season—and counting—it is starting to look like National Academy 2013 in Snowbird really will be the perfect place to complete your ski and snowboard season.
Learn to Ski and Snowboard, the Snow Show & Sandy Relief
All good things come to an end, and Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month 2013 (LSSM), which has been driving thousands of lessons across the country this January, ends on the 31st.
But as every professional instructor knows, learning programs continue throughout the winter at venues throughout the U.S. Most ski and snowboard areas are open at least through March, and some stay open well into spring depending on snow conditions.
Snow Pros Weigh In On the Concept of ‘Sidecountry’
The whole concept of “sidecountry,” that nebulous and perhaps non-existent resort-adjacent terrain that continues to draw the interest of more skiers and snowboarders, continues to be a live subject for professional instructors.
Since we published the National Ski Areas Association op-ed declaring that there is no such thing as sidecountry, and a response to that op-ed from Level III Alpine Instructor David Bond, members have sent in their own personal take on the matter.
Mountain Lodging Surges, But Some Skier Visits Off to a Slow Start
Ski and snowboard industry news from last week pointed to signs of a slow recovery from last season’s rough ride, although December snow and mountain lodging numbers have many in the industry hoping for a late season uptick.
Snowstorms that finally materialized in mid-to late December did contribute to a partial rebound in occupancy during December and also created a significant boost for advance reservations for the remainder of the season, according to the most recent data released by the Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP).
Professional Development Update: Good Tips for Trainers
Training can take many forms. The one common denominator that applies across the board is that the responsibility for doing something with the training lies with the trainee. Simply getting in the habit of asking your participants what they’ve done with the knowledge and information from previous clinics is a great way to create the culture of accountability for putting learning into practice and making tangible changes.