Entries for September 2013

  1. Kevin Jordan Joins LSSM Team + Vermont's Small Ski Hill Film

    Kevin Jordan Joins LSSM Team + Vermont's Small Ski Hill Film

    Kevin Jordan is the newest member of the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month/Bring a Friend Leadership Team. He is the children's coordinator at Snowmass for the Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass. From 2009 to 2013, Kevin ran the children's program at Buttermilk for ages 7-17. He is currently a trainer, an alpine examiner, a freestyle examiner and a children's education training team member for the Rocky Mountain Division of PSIA-AASI.

    LSSM Leadership Team members are those who go the extra mile advocating learning how to ski or snowboard by taking lessons from professional instructors. Glen Plake was the first Ambassador in 2009.
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  2. Snow Pro Poll Results—Women on Snow + Favorite Start to the Season

    Snow Pro Poll Results—Women on Snow + Favorite Start to the Season

    It won’t be long now. Snow sightings are starting to come in from the high country, and Loveland Ski Area in Colorado has announced that today is the day they turn the on snowguns.

    For those of us who love this sport, this is one of the best times of year. Which is why we wanted to know just what you like most about getting back on the slopes. But we also wanted to know what you think has the most impact in getting women over 30 coming back season after season.
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  3. Hey Snow Pros! Promotional Offers on Hardgoods are Ready for You!

    Hey Snow Pros! Promotional Offers on Hardgoods are Ready for You!

    Early snow reports keep coming in from around the country, and there is an unmistakable hint of fall in the air.

    Which means it’s time to get your gear ready for the upcoming season—especially the skis and snowboards you depend on to help you share your stoke for sliding on snow.
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  4. Setting Goals: What it Takes to Make the PSIA-AASI Team

    Setting Goals: What it Takes to Make the PSIA-AASI Team

    For the final chapter in our Setting Goals series, we focus on three snow pros who have reached the pinnacle of the teaching profession as members of the PSIA-AASI Teams.

    Here, they provide insight in what making team has meant to them, and how they believe it benefits the work that you do. They also have some tips for any instructor who is considering trying out for the team, or, who just wants to improve their own teaching skills.
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  5. LSSM Ambassadors, New Snow + Best Area to Learn to Ski or Snowboard

    LSSM Ambassadors, New Snow + Best Area to Learn to Ski or Snowboard

    Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month has revamped its Ambassador and Champion program. Ambassadors and Champions motivate newcomers to take ski or snowboard lessons from professional instructors. They help newcomers sign up for lessons at a local venue, share information about why they love snowsports, and promote why it is important to learn from trained instructors.

    Ambassadors and Champions are asked to serve as role models in their community. The breakdown between the two is that Ambassadors are adults 18 and older, and Champions are between the ages of 13 and 17.
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  6. Emerging Leaders Recap: Seven Instructors and One Ski School

    Emerging Leaders Recap: Seven Instructors and One Ski School

    For the past two months, the Emerging Leaders series has focused on up-and-coming instructors who have been nominated by their peers as future PSIA-AASI difference-makers. Here is a recap of the seven instructors and one ski school featured, with links to the full stories as they first appeared here on TheSnowPros.org.
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  7. Snow Pro Social Media—Where Did You Learn to Ski or Ride, Part III

    Snow Pro Social Media—Where Did You Learn to Ski or Ride, Part III

    Some ski and snowboard instructors learned to ski at big name ski areas such as Squaw Valley, Breckenridge, Killington and Sun Valley. While others got their start at local hills such as Greek Peak, Perfect North Slopes or Snow King. But they all have the same passion for enjoying—and sharing—the sport.

    That’s the lesson behind the PSIA-AASI Facebook question, “Where Did You Learn to Ski or Ride?” which has garnered nearly 100 responses since we first posted it. From local hills to big name destinations, all it takes is the first thrill of sliding to get you hooked.
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  8. Max’s Product Spotlight: PSIA-AASI Accessories Catalog is Here!

    Max’s Product Spotlight: PSIA-AASI Accessories Catalog is Here!

    By now most of you should have received your Fall issue of 32 Degrees and the 2013-2014 PSIA-AASI Accessories Catalog.

    The PSIA-AASI Accessories Catalog is your one-stop shopping spot for the accessories you need to be confident and comfortable while you are teaching on the hill. With the right gear and resources you are ready to provide the best possible experience to the guest.
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  9. Setting Goals: A Multi-Divisional Look at Becoming a Clinician and/or Examiner, Part II

    Setting Goals: A Multi-Divisional Look at Becoming a Clinician and/or Examiner, Part II

    Last week, as part of our ongoing "Setting Goals" series, we took a closer look at the various rewards and challenges of becoming a clinician and/or examiner. Realizing how specific those needs and challenges are to each division, we reached out to instructors from four separate divisions so they could speak to their own region’s opportunities and needs.

    This week, we speak with Doug Daniels from Mount Snow, Vermont and Eric Rolls from The Canyons, Utah. Here’s what they had to say:
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  10. Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month Ready to Rock Winter

    Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month Ready to Rock Winter

    Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month organizers are gearing up for the 2-13-14 season with a new logo, updated Web site content, a revised Ambassadors program, an enhanced PR effort and a return of the Bring a Friend Challenge and Why I Love to Ski or Ride Video Contest.

    The initiative still will concentrate on January as Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month but the “Learn to” message directed toward consumers has been expanded. Last year, more than 153,000 children and adults took beginner lessons through LSSM programs.
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