Entries for August 2013

  1. Emerging Leader Look Back: Catching Up with Ann Schorling

    Emerging Leader Look Back: Catching Up with Ann Schorling

    When we first started covering professional ski and snowboard instruction’s emerging leaders two years ago, in the Spring 2012 issue of 32 Degrees, free-heel skier Ann Schorling was one of the five Snow Pros who made the list.

    Now that we’ve shone the spotlight on a new crop of rising stars, we wanted to find out what one of our first picks has been up to. Here is an interview we conducted with Schorling, who is spending her summer teaching skiing in Portillo, Chile.
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  2. Snow Pro Poll Results—Top Education Materials + New Gear

    Snow Pro Poll Results—Top Education Materials + New Gear

    Winter is just around the corner! So after you barbecue all weekend, it would be a good time to start getting your game on for the best season of all.

    Many of you are already planning ahead judging from the last Snow Pro Poll results. From studying up to teach great lessons to getting some sweet new gear to ride and wear, it’s nice to see so many of you have your priorities straight.
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  3. Max’s Product Spotlight: Get Tuned Up Now Before the Snow Falls

    Max’s Product Spotlight: Get Tuned Up Now Before the Snow Falls

    Labor Day weekend is the official last hurrah of summer and the perfect time to take an inventory of your winter gear.  Don’t wait for the snow to fall to confirm what do you need, what needs to be tuned up, and what needs to be cleaned.

    What do you need?
    Fear not, the 2013-2014 PSIA-AASI Accessories Catalog is not far from your mailbox, and if filled with gear that enhances and compliments your job as a ski or snowboard instructor.
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  4. Setting Goals for Level III—Three Pros Talk About What It Takes

    Setting Goals for Level III—Three Pros Talk About What It Takes

    Why do PSIA-AASI members work so hard for their Level III Certification? Because it represents the pinnacle of their profession, combining everything they have learned with what they contribute to the sport.

    “When I earned my Cert 3 I felt like I was an expert at the fundamentals of the job,” said PSIA-AASI Alpine Team member and Freestyle Specialist Kelly Coffey.
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  5. Gold Medal Recap +  Big Ski Area Improvement News

    Gold Medal Recap + Big Ski Area Improvement News

    In cased you missed it, Kim Seevers, U.S. Paralympic Guide and PSIA-AASI Adaptive Team Coach, and Staci Mannella, U.S. Paralympic Team athlete won a gold medal at Winter Games NZ 2013 in their preparation to compete in the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games to be held March 7–16 in Sochi, Russia.

    Mannella and Seevers won with a time of 2.01.11, edging out teammate Danielle Umstead and guide Robert Umstead at 2.02.69. Third place went to the British team of Jade Etherington and guide Caroline Powell at 2.09.22.
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  6. Emerging Leader: New York's Schenectady Ski School

    Emerging Leader: New York's Schenectady Ski School

    So far, our Emerging Leaders series has focused on young members who’ve been nominated by their peers as future PSIA-AASI leaders. This week, however, we’re turning the spotlight on Maple Ski Ridge’s Schenectady Ski School in New Yo...
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  7. Congrats to Kim Seevers and Staci Mannella on Their World Cup Win!

    Congrats to Kim Seevers and Staci Mannella on Their World Cup Win!

    Congratulations to Kim Seevers, U.S. Paralympic Guide and PSIA-AASI Adaptive Team Coach, and Staci Mannella, U.S. Paralympic Team athlete! They recently won the gold medal in a World Cup event at Winter Games NZ 2013 in their preparation to compete in the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games to be held March 7-16 in Sochi, Russia.

    Mannella and Seevers won with a time of 2.01.11 edging out teammate Danielle Umstead and guide Robert Umstead in 2.02.69.
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  8. Snow Pro Social Media—Where Did You Learn to Ski or Ride?

    Snow Pro Social Media—Where Did You Learn to Ski or Ride?

    Ski areas love to market their vertical drop. But every ski and snowboard instructor knows that any place with snow and a slope can provide a lasting experience.

    There are plenty of smaller areas across the country that provide easy access to rope tows and chairlifts, as well as an important opportunity for beginners to first fall in love with the sport. That’s why when first saw the VerticalFeet.com website, listing the vertical drop of hundreds of North American ski areas, we wanted to know where you first got your start.
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  9. Max’s Product Spotlight: Leki Trekking and Nordic Walking Poles

    Max’s Product Spotlight: Leki Trekking and Nordic Walking Poles

    One of the best ways to enjoy the late summer and fall months is to get out on day hikes and take in the beauty of the nature around us. My product Spotlight this week focuses on Trekking and Nordic Walking poles.

    Trekking poles can be a valuable addition to any day hike, from a casual day on a nature trail to ascending a 14’er. Poles help distribute weight evenly and absorb added shock to your knees and back when traveling different terrain.
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  10. How to Set and Achieve Goals—Making the Level II Commitment

    How to Set and Achieve Goals—Making the Level II Commitment

    Last week we talked about taking that first step on the path to certification, and how to prepare for your Level I. This week we take a closer look at achieving your Level II, and how the increased level of reward is matched by an increased need for education and commitment.

    “I have no doubt that going for—and achieving—my Level II made me a better skier, and a better person overall,” said PSIA-AASI Alpine Team member Matt Boyd.
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