Western Division’s John Armstrong was honored with the PSIA-AASI Lifetime Achievement Award at the PSIA-AASI Western Convention in Squaw Valley, California, Saturday evening.
As a PSIA-AASI member since 1971, Armstrong has enjoyed an extensive and influential instruction career. Internationally, he was a founding member of the New Zealand Ski Instructors Alliance, and a certified “Stage Auxiliere” ski instructor at the French National School for Skiing and Climbing in Chamonix. As a PSIA-AASI member, he has served on the Western Division Board of Directors and – at the national level – as Western Division Board Representative, Alpine Demonstration Team Selector, Communications Vice President, and President and Chairman of the Board. He has also served as international vice president to the International Ski Instructors Association & Interski, and was executive editor of the former PSIA professional instruction magazine, The Professional Skier. He is a PSIA-AASI Lifetime Member.
Armstrong has also worked as a ski instructor, coach, supervisor, and director for ski schools, race departments and ski teams in the U.S. and New Zealand. With the United States Ski Coaches Association, he was a certified coach, member of the board of directors, and pPresident from 1983 to 1987. With the United States Ski Association, he was a certified alpine official and member of the board of directors.
Armstrong said he was “completely taken by surprise” to receive the award, and was especially touched to have so many friends and colleaguesin – including PSIA-AASI Interim CEO Tom Spiess, and former CEOs Stephen Over and Mark Dorsey – travel to California for the event.
“It stunned me and it was certainly an emotional moment,” said Armstrong. “I have said many times before that I have regarded it as a huge privilege to work with PSIA-AASI members from all over the nation, and to hang out with the best of our profession is reward enough for anything I may have contributed.”
PSIA-AASI Chairman of the Board Ed Younglove presented Armstrong with the award. Younglove said, “What I told the Western Convention was a quote from Issac Newton: ‘If I can see further than I should it's because I stand on the shoulders of giants.’ John was one of the tallest. He was a mentor, a contemporary and a great friend. His visions for PSIA-AASI have been instrumental in getting us where we are today.”
Previous recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include PSIA co-founders Jimmy Johnston, Bill Lash, Max Dercum, Doug Pfeiffer, Donald Rhinehart, and Curt Chase; past presidents Ray Allard and Mark Anderson, as well as PSIA-AASI members Junior Bounous, Hal O’Leary, Doug Pringle, Herbert Schneider, Jerry Warren, and John Peppler.
-- Peter Kray
Photo: PSIA-AASI Lifetime Achievement Award recipient John Armstrong (left) with PSIA-AASI Chairman Ed Younglove