1. Professional Development Update: Preparing for a Certification Exam

    Professional Development Update: Preparing for a Certification Exam

    Now that the holidays are behind us, many instructors are really getting into their training mode, especially those preparing for an exam. The successful instructors at exams often spend many hours preparing for the event.

    So what’s exactly involved with “training?” That, of course, depends on many things with the common elements of: putting a plan together based on the time available, understanding what you are expected to know and do to earn the credential, gaining knowledge of the subject matter, putting the knowledge into practice, and practicing any physical skills you’ll need to demonstrate.
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  2. Herbert Schneider, Rossignol, 50th Anniversaries & More

    Herbert Schneider, Rossignol, 50th Anniversaries & More

    On December 28, Cranmore Mountain Resort honored PSIA-AASI pioneer and U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame member Herbert Schneider by dedicating a brand new chairlift in his honor.

    The new Schneider Triple Chair, built by Doppelmayr, replaces the old East Double Chair. It was named for Schneider, who was a member of the 1962 PSIA Interski delegation—the first official PSIA group to attend Interski—authored the book Let’s Go Skiing, was Cranmore’s former general manager, and is an honorary lifetime member of PSIA-AASI.
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  3. Ski Instructor Responds to ‘Sidecountry’ Op-Ed

    Ski Instructor Responds to ‘Sidecountry’ Op-Ed

    (Editor’s Note: This Op-Ed is response to a previous op-ed that we published from the National Ski Areas Association. You can read that article by clicking here).

    I think your article, while well-meaning, misses the essential point of the issue around sidecountry. The difference between backcountry and sidecountry is not the level of danger it presents. It is the accessibility of the terrain.
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  4. Snow Pro Survey Results—Video & Top U.S. Athletes

    Snow Pro Survey Results—Video & Top U.S. Athletes

    Happy New Year everyone! We certainly hope the holidays were special for you all, and that along with some great times with family and friends, you also got some quality time out on the snow.

    Conditions are certainly off to a better start than they were last season, with the majority of areas across the country reporting moderate to substantial snowfall. That should help get Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month off to a fast start, which is one of the subjects of our newest set of poll questions on the TheSnowPros.org homepage right now.
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  5. Icebreaker Offers Special Deal for Instructors

    Icebreaker Offers Special Deal for Instructors

    In the first installment of Max’s Product Spotlight, a regular feature here at TheSnowPros.org, longtime PSIA-AASI Merchandise Coordinator/Warehouse Manager Max Felix called out Icebreaker merino clothing for its warmth, durability and soft feel against the skin.

    “Icebreaker merino clothing and accessories are produced with one principle in mind—that real fleece, the fleece that comes from a merino sheep’s back, is warmer, tougher, and more comfortable than fleece derived from plastics,” Felix said.
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  6. Need to Burn Some Holiday Calories? Why Not Try Cross-Country Skiing?

    Need to Burn Some Holiday Calories? Why Not Try Cross-Country Skiing?

    Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are two great options for warding off unwanted weight gain during the over-indulgent holiday season. In fact, getting out in the winter months on snowshoes or cross-country skis are both great activities for burning up hundreds of calories.
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  7. NSAA: Ski Areas Prevail in Water Rights Litigation

    NSAA: Ski Areas Prevail in Water Rights Litigation

    Ski areas across the country are responding positively today to news that a federal district court in Colorado has struck down a controversial U.S. Forest Service water policy that would have required resorts to transfer ownership of valuable water rights to the U.S. government without compensation.
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  8. Trying Something New Major Reason Given for Learning to Ski or Snowboard

    Trying Something New Major Reason Given for Learning to Ski or Snowboard

    “Try something new” is the major reason given for wanting to learn how to ski and/or snowboard this winter, according to an on-line survey now being conducted by the organizers of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM) at skiandsnowboardmonth.org.

    And, for those who are resolving to try something new this winter – January is the best month for a good deal on a learning package.
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  9. Max’s Product Spotlight: Patagonia

    Max’s Product Spotlight: Patagonia

    This week’s product spotlight falls on Patagonia and the super high quality outdoor wear that they provide to enhance the ability of PSIA-AASI members to perform their job.

    When Patagonia supports an initiative, program, association or organization, they really focus to make sure that the cause that is being supported is aligned with their goals. Through instruction we instill the passion of the mountains and the stoke of the outdoor experience to the next generation—that is the cause that Patagonia supports for us.

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  10. NSAA Journal Editorial: There's No Such Thing as ‘Sidecountry’

    NSAA Journal Editorial: There's No Such Thing as ‘Sidecountry’

    The truth about “sidecountry” is that it doesn’t actually exist – at least as far as the ski industry’s leading avalanche and snow science experts, the U.S. Forest Service, ski area risk managers, patrollers, and other experts are concerned. While it’s difficult to discern its origin, the term sidecountry is likely a marketer’s brainchild. And there are similar terms, such as slackcountry, backcountry-lite and others that have been added to skiers’ and snowboarders’ lexicon in recent years.
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