1. Chairman’s Blog: Frost Fire Forges New Level I’s & Inspiration

    Chairman’s Blog: Frost Fire Forges New Level I’s & Inspiration

    In addition to being the chairman of the board for PSIA-AASI, I have the honor of serving as a member of the alpine, snowboard, and children’s education staff of the Northern Rocky Mountain Division. PSIA-AAS-NRM serves an area that stretches from Idaho to Minnesota and includes small resorts throughout Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and North Dakota. With these large distances, it’s important for the division to be as efficient as possible when providing education events. That’s why I was asked to give a combined alpine and snowboard Level I exam at Frost Fire Ski Area, in Walhalla, North Dakota.
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  2. Max's Product Spotlight: Gibbon Slacklines Offer Unlimited Fun and Fitness

    Max's Product Spotlight: Gibbon Slacklines Offer Unlimited Fun and Fitness

    The craze of slacklining has spread globally. You have undoubtedly seen a slackline set up in a local park or front yard, either surrounded by people with ear to ear grins, or a solitary individual that looks so focused and centered that they exude inner peace and confidence.

    Slacklining is a great group activity for adults and kids. It gets everybody outside for day of challenges and laughs, and everybody will benefit from the intense core strength slacklining promotes without even knowing it.

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  3. New PSIA-AASI E-Learning Module Focuses on Equipment

    New PSIA-AASI E-Learning Module Focuses on Equipment

    The best ski and snowboard instructors never stop learning. But sometimes you have to go back to the basics to remember just how much you already know.

    That’s the premise behind the latest PSIA-AASI E-Learning module, which presents a critical, compelling overview of all the equipment—from alpine skis to snowboards to cross-country skis to adaptive hardgoods—that we use to slide on the snow.
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  4. Kikkan’s XC Breakthrough, Instructors in the News & Strong Skier Visits

    Kikkan’s XC Breakthrough, Instructors in the News & Strong Skier Visits

    U.S. Ski Team star Kikkan Randall made history in Sweden on Sunday, becoming the first American woman in history to break into the top three overall in the FIS Cross Country World Cup.

    Randall finished seventh in the Falun 10k freestyle pursuit, which resulted in her securing the number three spot. Randall needed to at least maintain her 15th position in order to secure her third overall position and she easily moved up the field with the day’s second fastest time.
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  5. Chairman’s Blog: Headless Barbie & the Steeps Camp Burn ‘n’ Churn

    Chairman’s Blog: Headless Barbie & the Steeps Camp Burn ‘n’ Churn

    As a member of the alpine, snowboard, and children’s education staff for Northern Rocky Mountain Division, I stay pretty busy and rarely get to participate in clinics from the receiving end. The Intermountain Division Steeps Camp at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has been on my to-do list for years, and I finally had an opportunity to attend in February.

    I went with a friend of mine, Nina, who is in her early 20s. She has taught skiing off and on, but has always been a bit skeptical of PSIA-AASI. Why? Well, she has this perception that we spend a lot of time standing on the side of the run talking about skiing, rather than actually doing it. I was hopeful that the Steeps Camp would show her that not all PSIA-AASI clinics are spent talking.
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  6. Save Some Green: Spring Break Shipping Deal Extended

    Save Some Green: Spring Break Shipping Deal Extended

    In honor of the first day of spring, PSIA-AASI is extending its spring break shipping deal.

    Make any PSIA-AASI Accessories Catalog purchase of $50 or more until noon, March 25 (EST)—and receive free FedEx ground shipping within the contiguous United States. Orders to be sent to Alaska or Hawaii, and all APO/FPO orders, will be shipped for free via USPS priority mail. This offer does not apply to international orders. Express shipping is available at standard rates. This offer is limited to stock on hand and is nontransferable and not redeemable for cash. Offer not valid on special orders or prior purchases. Closeout items cannot be returned.
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  7. Professional Development Update: Expanding Your Bag of Tricks

    Professional Development Update: Expanding Your Bag of Tricks

    Spring officially starts tomorrow, which can only mean one thing—it’s exam season!

    With so many great ski and snowboard instructors out on the slopes right now, either looking to up their own certification level, or coaching other instructors, I wanted to offer a couple of suggestions to help make the entire experience that much more rewarding.

    Here are just a few things I like to keep in mind:
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  8. Spring Shipping Break, Horst Abraham and U.S. Ski Team Success

    Spring Shipping Break, Horst Abraham and U.S. Ski Team Success

    Hey Snow Pros, remember that if you make any PSIA-AASI Accessories Catalog purchase of $50 or more before noon (EST) on March 19, you receive free shipping on the entire order.* Take advantage of this offer to score the accessories you need for the rest of this season, and for next year!

    *Spring break free-shipping offer available March 13–19, 2013. All orders totaling $50 or more—placed between noon March 13 and noon March 19 (Eastern Standard Time)—will receive free FedEx ground shipping within the contiguous United States.
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  9. Snow Pro Survey Results—Growing Participation

    Snow Pro Survey Results—Growing Participation

    Getting people stoked on skiing and snowboarding is what professional instructors do best. And according to a recent report regarding the success of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM), January was a particularly popular month to get people sliding.

    In a press release, LSSM organizers said the annual initiative generated more than 153,000 beginner lessons from professional instructors during January 2013, an increase of more than 50,000 over last season.
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  10. Retailer Profile: Brenda Speckmann of North Carolina’s Alpine Ski Shop

    Retailer Profile: Brenda Speckmann of North Carolina’s Alpine Ski Shop

    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 second installment in a series in w...
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