How to Raise a Skier, Team Selection, UN Honors Patagonia + New XC Video

PSIA-AASI teamed up with SKI Magazine to create a new e-learning course for parents on How to Raise a Skier, taught by Aleks and Brian Smith (who are also parents). This course is essential for anyone who wants to get their kids to become lifelong snowsports enthusiasts.


Team Selection Registration is Now Open

Registration is open for the 2020 PSIA-AASI National Team Selection process, which helps PSIA-AASI select the nation’s best instructors to represent the association at the highest level.


The PSIA-AASI National Team is selected on a “best in the nation” concept. For 2020, there is no set maximum number of team members. Every four years, men and women are chosen to represent the association following a rigorous selection process and will serve a four-year term. To serve another term, incumbent team members follow the same selection process. The team’s manager and coaches are appointed before the 2020 selection process starts. The following discipline groups make up the National Team:

  • Adaptive: May include adaptive alpine, snowboard, and cross-country members
  • Alpine 
  • Cross Country
  • Freestyle Specialist: May include at least one ski and/or snowboard member
  • Snowboard
  • Telemark 

Registration will close on January 10, 2020. Register now.


UN Honors PSIA-AASI Official Supplier Patagonia

The United Nations announced that outdoor clothing brand Patagonia, a longtime PSIA-AASI Official Supplier, has been named a UN Champion of the Earth, receiving the UN’s top environmental honor for a dynamic mix of policies that has put sustainability at the heart of its successful business model.


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recognized Patagonia in the entrepreneurial vision category. According to the announcement, “Since Patagonia was founded in 1973 by renowned environmentalist and entrepreneur Yvon Chouinard, it has won plaudits for its sustainable supply chains and advocacy for the environment. The company recently updated its mission statement to reflect the urgency of the environmental crisis: “We’re in business to save our home planet.””

Matrix Monday: Cross Country Technical Model

The Cross Country Technical Model was a key component of the PSIA-AASI Cross Country Team’s presentation at Interski 2019 in Bulgaria. In this Matrix video, Team member Greg Rhodes explains the model, how to teach it, and how it can improve your technique.

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