Snow Pro Survey Results—LSSM & Professional Development

Early returns on the annual Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM) initiative point to several examples of instructional success.

LSSM Executive Director Mary Jo Tarallo told TheSnowPros.org in an interview in January that the program was adopted by resorts in 34 states, and organizations such as Ski New Hampshire and Ski Vermont were reporting strong results.

Although the final participation tally won’t be available until May at the annual National Ski Areas Association convention, we wanted to take a poll of what Snow Pros thought of the program. And as the season expands to include more opportunities for professional ski and snowboard instructors to up their own game via certification and clinics, we also asked just what achieving a new level of certification means to your own personal and professional development.

Here are all of the results. And there are also two new polls up on the homepage where we would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

What do you like best about Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month?

1)    That it promotes professional instruction—8 percent.
2)    That it promotes skiing and snowboarding—15 percent.
3)    That it makes it easier for beginners to start skiing and snowboarding—24 percent.
4)    That it promotes business during January—3 percent.
5)    All of the above—61 percent.

Why is certification and your personal/professional development important to you?

1)    Because I like to set—and meet—personal goals—28 percent.
2)    Because each level of certification validates my teaching skills—10 percent.
3)    Because studying for certification forces me to improve my teaching and skiing/riding skills—46 percent.
4)    Because becoming certified shows I’m part of a professional organization—7 percent.
5)    Because the pin shows everyone my commitment to teaching—9 percent.

- Peter Kray

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