1. Op-Ed: Share Your Nominations for the Hall of Fame Candidates

    Op-Ed: Share Your Nominations for the Hall of Fame Candidates

    It is my honor to represent PSIA-AASI members at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Vail this Saturday to see Horst Abraham formally honored as a pioneer in the history of ski instruction.

    Abraham, who in 1971 was asked to fill the position of director of training and development of the Professional Ski Instructors of America, was instrumental in developing the skills concept that remains PSIA-AASI’s instructional cornerstone.
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  2. Max’s Product Spotlight: American Snow and the History of PSIA-AASI

    Max’s Product Spotlight: American Snow and the History of PSIA-AASI

    With PSIA pioneer Horst Abraham being inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame on Saturday in Vail, it seems like a perfect time to celebrate all of the contributions Snow Pros have made to skiing and snowboarding—both here in the U.S., and around the world.

    Those contributions, the people that made them, and the rich history of the past 50+ years of snowsports instruction can all be found within the pages of American Snow – The Snowsports Instruction Revolution.
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  3. National Academy 2013 Set for Exciting Week at Snowbird

    National Academy 2013 Set for Exciting Week at Snowbird

    PSIA-AASI National Academy 2013 is just days away. With snow continuing to fall in the Wasatch we are sure to get classic Snowbird spring conditions—from powder to slush!—to play in.

    For all of you Snow Pros who can’t make it to Utah this year, you can still stay connected to all the fun with daily updates and insights from PSIA-AASI members and sponsors right here on TheSnowPros.org website, and also on the PSIA-AASI Facebook page, which you can access by clicking right here.
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  4. Conversion Cup Finalists, Ski and Snowboard Sales + Extended Season

    Conversion Cup Finalists, Ski and Snowboard Sales + Extended Season

    The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) have named three finalists in its third annual Conversion Cup Challenge including Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor (winner of the 2012 Cup), as well as Pennsylvania’s Camelback Mountain Resort, and New Jersey’s Mountain Creek.

    Launched in 2010, NSAA’s Conversion Cup Challenge is designed as an innovative way to pique competition among member ski areas and recognize those who make significant efforts to boost skier and snowboarder conversion rates. This year 12 ski areas submitted applications. Applications are judged on a number of key conversion indicators including:
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  5. Retailer Profile: Jim Mates of Washington’s Custom Boot Service

    Retailer Profile: Jim Mates of Washington’s Custom Boot Service

    Jim Mates won’t sell you ski boots, but he’s certain he can help your feet feel better in the ones you have. He’s been fitting boots for 23 years in his shop, Seattle-based Custom Boot Service. “I’ve always run this as ...
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  6. Snow Pro Survey Results—How You Stay Connected

    Snow Pro Survey Results—How You Stay Connected

    With all the different ways you can access information these days, from print to websites to social media, we wanted know how you, the Snow Pro, prefers to stay connected.

    Whether it’s news from PSIA-AASI, or just keeping up with the snowsports scene overall, the latest Snow Pro Survey results reveal that you enjoy a wide range of media options. Thanks as always for taking the time to respond. Two new surveys are up on the homepage right now.
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  7. Max’s Product Spotlight: AASI Snowboard Teaching Handbook

    Max’s Product Spotlight: AASI Snowboard Teaching Handbook

    Spring is melting the snowpack at most ski areas, but a couple resorts were able to take advantage of some late season snow falls and actually reopened during the last couple of weeks.  While the product selection in the online Accessories Catalog has also been melting away, there are still some great deals to be had, and we still have a full selection of educational materials available for you to have everything you need for the spring clinic and certification classes.

    The newest part of the AASI family of educational materials is the AASI Snowboard Teaching Handbook.
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  8. Live from the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic

    Live from the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic

    “If you fall down, get back up.”

    The message doesn't get any more complicated or clear than that. I'm here at the 27th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass, Colo., which brings together veterans and volunteers from across the country.
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  9. Hall of Fame, Top LSSM Videos + Extended Season

    Hall of Fame, Top LSSM Videos + Extended Season

    Professional ski instruction pioneer Horst Abraham is entering the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame this month, just as nominations are opening for the election of the hall’s next class of honorees.

    Nominations can be made by anyone and the deadline for the receipt of nominations is April 30, 2013. All the nominations are reviewed by a national selection committee, with those that meet the qualifying criteria placed before a National Voting Panel of 100 experts from across the country.
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  10. Retailer Profile: New Hampshire’s Stan & Dan Sports

    Retailer Profile: New Hampshire’s Stan & Dan Sports

    Earlier this year, we asked our Facebook following to let us know which shops provide top-notch equipment support, including boot fitting and ski and snowboard tuning. Feedback was overwhelming, so here’s the third installment in a series in which we profile the men and women behind your top U.S. shops.

    The philosophy of New Hampshire’s Stan & Dan Sports might be “Learn from the best and don’t rest on your laurels.” Owners Stan Millen and Dan Lewis cut their teeth in the business 40 years ago at the iconic Carroll Reed Ski Shop in North Conway.
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