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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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...