Welcome to the Member Spotlight, which gives well-deserved shine to some of the incredibly skillful and devoted ski and snowboard instructors who make up PSIA-AASI. Whether instruction is a full-time career or a part-time pursuit balanced with other endeavors, PSIA-AASI members have valuable insights to share, gleaned from their experiences on snow.
Enjoy getting to know your colleagues from far and wide who share your passion for teaching skiing and riding! (And fill out this questionnaire for the chance to share YOUR story and insights in Member Spotlight.)
Name: Aldo Saavedra Romero
Primary discipline: Snowboard
PSIA-AASI Division: Intermountain
You, Your Gear, and Your Favorites
When did you start skiing or riding? 2012
What is your best skiing or snowboarding memory? Steeps camp at Jackson hole with the experience group, a great experience including hiking and fresh lines
What would you say to someone to encourage them to try skiing or snowboarding? If you feel like you want to learn about yourself and know your limits to be a better person try snowboarding.
What are your favorite off-snow hobbies? Sandboarding
PSIA-AASI and Your Snowsports Education Career
Certifications & specialties achieved: Level I
Resort you work at: Park City Mountain, Utah
What inspired you to become an instructor? The chance to share my passion and support my community
Do you teach part-time or fulltime? Part-time
What other profession(s) or endeavor(s) are you involved in? I’m a tourism specialist in my country, Peru; adventure travel operator at Desert Expeditions, my own company.
What about your teaching style stands out? I enjoy when my students discover the self how their body works and the effect on the board performance, and allowing everyone go on their own pace.
What is you biggest accomplishment as an instructor? Creating a passion for snowboarding and snowsports enthusiasm
What’s your favorite PSIA-AASI member benefit? Clinics and the books. These allow me to learn faster and organized and progress efficiently.
Who is your favorite PSIA-AASI Official Supplier – and why? Patagonia, because they support climate change movements
What are your current skiing or riding goals? My goal is to become a Level II snowboard instructor and a Level I park instructor.
What are your current teaching goals? Having a consistent learning partnership with my students
Your Advice to Instructors
What’s the best piece of advice you could offer a new instructor? Ride as much as you can with experienced people, stay safe, and let people know about your passion.
What’s are some of your tips for teaching the following students…
Beginners: Make sure everybody knows everyone and support everyone in their progress as they learn to heelside slide.
Intermediates: Make sure you give some time to everyone and, to make for a more efficient lesson, know what their plan is.
Advanced students: Have them do drills to challenge their overall balance and stance.
What advice do you have for instructors preparing for certification?
Level I: It is a very rewarding path and introduction to snowsports as a profession
Level II: Ride as much as you can and share your learning and insights.
Sound off… Anything else you want to share? I am from Peru and we don't have seasonal snow, so we practice more sandboarding. That keeps me warmed up for the season and still riding. I try to involve snowboarding into my everyday life; that's why my company is about sandboard and sandskiing on the biggest sand dunes of the world.
Connect with Aldo on Facebook: Facebook.com/Aldo Saavedra Romero; Instagram: @Aldo Saavedra Romero; Twitter: @Aldo Saavedra Romero; and/or his website: www.desertexpeditions.com.pe
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