Entries for July 2013

  1. PSIA-AASI Partner Product Spotlight: Yakima’s HoldUp Bike Rack

    PSIA-AASI Partner Product Spotlight: Yakima’s HoldUp Bike Rack

    As July comes to an end, we’re one month closer to getting ready for snow on the slopes. But while you’re waiting for it to get cold enough for the snowguns to start laying down a base, there’s still plenty of time to jump on your bike.

    That’s why this week’s product spotlight is on Yakima’s HoldUp Bike Rack, a super fast, incredibly easy way to load up your bikes and take them to your favorite mountain road or trail of singletrack.
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  2. Wealth of Resources Available for PSIA-AASI Adaptive Instructors

    Wealth of Resources Available for PSIA-AASI Adaptive Instructors

    We know how hard adaptive instructors work to share their passion for skiing and snowboarding, enhancing their students’ lives with the thrill of the slopes.

    That’s why we’re always trying to provide them with the best resources to help them—and their students—accomplish their goals. Whether it’s creating valuable print or digital content ourselves, or pointing them toward other great online material, we want to make it as easy as possible for adaptive instructors to do what they do best.
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  3. PSIA-AASI Team Members Beat the Heat at Mt. Hood Summer Camps

    PSIA-AASI Team Members Beat the Heat at Mt. Hood Summer Camps

    From June to August, Mt. Hood, Ore., is the epicenter of the U.S. ski and snowboard scene, with racers and freestylers alike honing their edge on the Palmer Snowfield and basking in the summer sun.

    “Everybody that’s there is there because they love snowsports, whether it’s kids bashing gates or working the terrain parks,” said PSIA-AASI Alpine Team member Dave Lyon, who for 19 years has hosted the Dave Lyon Summer Race Camp for kids, their parents and fellow instructors. “And because it’s the only place that’s open in the U.S., there’s always a good chance the kids are going to see one of their heroes on the hill.”
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  4. Emerging Leader: Central and Intermountain Division’s Derek Althof

    Emerging Leader: Central and Intermountain Division’s Derek Althof

    Derek Althof, who’s currently training instructors at The Remarkables mountain in New Zealand, gave up an office career to spend his days on the slopes spreading happiness through “Aha!” moments. Althof, 29, got his start at Illin...
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  5. Snow Pro Social Media: Wearing Your Pride on Your Parka

    Snow Pro Social Media: Wearing Your Pride on Your Parka

    We all have our reasons for loving our local mountain or ski area, from our co-workers to the terrain to the people we get to teach each day, who often grow to love the hill just as much as we do.

    When we asked you to “Name one thing about your resort that makes you burst with PRIDE!” at the PSIA-AASI Facebook page, a lot of you did says it was the people you work with that you take the most pride in. There were lots of other surprising answers though, many of which are listed below.
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  6. Max’s Product Spotlight: The Practical Joys of Owning a Subaru

    Max’s Product Spotlight: The Practical Joys of Owning a Subaru

    Max’s Product Spotlight provides PSIA-AASI Merchandise Coordinator/Warehouse Manage Max Felix with a place to go in-depth on all of the great products available to PSIA-AASI members through the PSIA-AASI Accessories Catalog. This week, he gets a little more personal regarding how fulfilling it is to drive a Subaru.

    Summer checklist: Camping trips, two under the belt and more to come, and family vacation, done. What’s one thing I take away from the start of this summer?
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  7. PSIA-AASI Benefits: ISIA Passbook is Your Passport to Worldwide Snow

    PSIA-AASI Benefits: ISIA Passbook is Your Passport to Worldwide Snow

    For PSIA-AASI certified Level III members, some of your benefits extend to other areas around the world. With the International Ski Instructors Association (ISIA) Passbook, which retails for $25, you can get discounts on lift tickets—or even a job—at partnering resorts from Europe to South America.

    “ISIA allows me to use my PSIA membership for skiing in Europe,” PSIA Alpine Team Captain Michael Rogan wrote from his “summer” job in Portillo Chile, where several U.S.-based instructors go to teach when the snow melts here.
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  8. July Snow, Ride Manhattan, the Powder Alliance + More News

    July Snow, Ride Manhattan, the Powder Alliance + More News

    Hot weather may be busting thermometers across the country, but in Colorado at least some lucky snow pros got a glimpse of the season to come. That’s because Loveland Ski Area reported a dusting of snow on July 18.

    At the 10,800 feet, Loveland’s base is one of the highest for any ski area in North America, which is why it’s also among the first to open each season. New Media Marketing Manager Dustin Schaefer certainly had an early opening in mind when he sent an e-mail reporting the July snow to several Colorado media outlets, saying, “Loveland is just 70 days out from snowmaking operations!”
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  9. Emerging Leader: Eastern Division’s Danny Murawinski

    Emerging Leader: Eastern Division’s Danny Murawinski

    Danny Murawinski, 27, from Virginia’s Wintergreen Resort, believes that an open mind is the key to progression. As an instructor of seven years, he feels that keeping an open mind through every scenario not only betters students, but the instru...
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  10. More Great Moments in Instruction: Realizing You Were Meant to Be a Snow Pro

    More Great Moments in Instruction: Realizing You Were Meant to Be a Snow Pro

    We like to think there are two key moments in your personal ski and snowboard history—that first moment when you fall in love with the sport, and that second moment when you realize you want to share that love with someone else.

    In a recent PSIA-AASI Facebook page post, we focused on the second epiphany and asked, “When did you ‘know’ that you were destined to become a ski/snowboard professional and instructor? What was that ‘A-HA’ moment for you?”
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