Entries for February 2013

  1. Top Reasons to Attend National Academy 2013

    Top Reasons to Attend National Academy 2013

    There are several rock-solid reasons to attend PSIA-AASI National Academy 2013 in Snowbird, Utah, April 14–18. 1.  The event will feature ski and snowboard clinics this year. 2.  The Academy provides a completely unique opportun...
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  2. Max’s Product Spotlight: Keeping Your Boards in Tune

    Max’s Product Spotlight: Keeping Your Boards in Tune

    The snow is good everywhere right now. To take advantage of the current conditions and to be ready for extended spring skiing and snowboarding, I have a quick reminder this week that we still have good availability of tuning accessories and wax. Get what you need to tune your skis and boards through the online PSIA-AASI Accessories Catalog.
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  3. PSIA-AASI Freestyle Standards Approved

    PSIA-AASI Freestyle Standards Approved

    PSIA-AASI’s Professional Development department is pleased to announce that the National Freestyle Standards were approved at the bi-annual ASEA Board of Directors Meeting in Lakewood, Colorado on February 4, 2013.

    Encompassing the detailed work of representatives from all nine divisions, as well as representatives from both the Snowboard and Alpine disciplines, the National Freestyle Standards are now the basis for the latest nationally-recognized credential: Freestyle Specialist1, 2, and 3 (FS1, FS2, FS3).
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  4. Heli-Skiing, National Academy, Rookie Instructors & Backcountry Laws

    Heli-Skiing, National Academy, Rookie Instructors & Backcountry Laws

    With all the new snow falling across the country, it’s a safe bet plenty of Snow Pros have been skiing and snowboarding some awesome powder lately. But for every certified PSIA-AASI member who wants to enjoy the ultimate powder experience, CMH Heli-Skiing just made it that much easier.

    That’s because CMH’s Heli-High-Five program, which provides deep discounts to PSIA-AASI members, is now available to all professionally certified members. According to CMH Rep Brad Nichols, “PSIA-AASI Level I Professionals will also be included in the Heli-High-Five program starting in the 2013-2014 season. That pretty much means right now, since we're half way through the current season.”
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  5. Top Boot Fitting and Board Tuning Shops in MI, NY, PA & More

    Top Boot Fitting and Board Tuning Shops in MI, NY, PA & More

    What began with a simple question on the PSIA-AASI Facebook page, “Who are your top shops for tuning, boot fitting and overall service for professional instructors?,” generated 130 responses from professional ski and snowboard instructors across the country.

    Today, we’re rounding out the final tally of all of the great specialty ski and snowboard shops that you named as your personal favorites. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts, and be sure to stay tuned as we begin to profile some of your top shops.
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  6. Max’s Product Spotlight: Backcountry Safety

    Max’s Product Spotlight: Backcountry Safety

    Coming out of Outdoor Retailer Winter Market and the SIA Snow show, the ski and snowboard industry’s two big tradeshows in January, it was overwhelmingly apparent that whether it’s via gate access from a resort or by earning their turns, more and more people are accessing the backcountry.

    Both ease of access and snow safety dominated the product selection, with new boot and binding systems for hiking, new ski and snowboard profiles that offer more versatility in off-piste conditions, and backcountry rescue kits and ABS avalanche backpacks all aimed at minimizing the danger should an accident happen.

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  7. NSAA Journal: It’s Not Your Momma’s Bunny Hill Anymore!

    NSAA Journal: It’s Not Your Momma’s Bunny Hill Anymore!

    Over the years, ski and snowboard schools have experimented with different ways to help guest learn to ski and ride. Sculpting beginner terrain isn’t a new concept, but now areas are really taking it to the next level. Shaping the beginner area and utilizing a terrain-based teaching approach is gaining traction across the U.S. with schools seeing positive results in student success and conversion.
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  8. Snow Pro Survey Results—LSSM & Professional Development

    Snow Pro Survey Results—LSSM & Professional Development

    Early returns on the annual Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM) initiative point to several examples of instructional success.

    LSSM Executive Director Mary Jo Tarallo told TheSnowPros.org in an interview in January that the program was adopted by resorts in 34 states, and organizations such as Ski New Hampshire and Ski Vermont were reporting strong results.
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  9. Subaru Expands VIP Pro Purchase Program for PSIA-AASI Members

    Subaru Expands VIP Pro Purchase Program for PSIA-AASI Members

    Subaru of America, Inc., and PSIA-AASI are celebrating their strong partnership by extending the benefits available to the association’s members. Effective February 1, 2013, PSIA-AASI members can purchase a greater selection of Subaru models at VIP prices.

    The decision reflects the tremendous support that PSIA-AASI members have demonstrated for Subaru’s VIP Partners Program, as well as Subaru’s desire to provide America’s professional ski and snowboard instructors with even more valuable vehicle options.

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  10. Professional Development Update: Homework Isn’t Just for After a Clinic

    Professional Development Update: Homework Isn’t Just for After a Clinic

    Here’s another quick training tip for all of you Snow Pros leading clinic groups out there: give your participants homework before you start your clinic.

    Next time you are setting up a training session, don’t just ask yourself, “What are the specifics I want the attendees to know or be able to do after the clinic?”
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