Snow Pros Share gives well-deserved shine to some of the incredibly skillful and devoted ski and snowboard instructors who make up PSIA-AASI.
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 Snow Pros Share.)
Name: Bryan Jackson
Member Since: 2010
Primary Discipline: Snowboard, Alpine, and Tele
PSIA-AASI Division: Northern Rocky Mountain
Resort: Hausberg Ski School
Certifications/Credentials: Alpine Level III, Snowboard Level III, Children’s Specialist 2, and Freestyle Specialist 1
What inspired you to become an instructor? Originally, the idea of a free ski pass. But what got me hooked was really seeing improvements in my own riding and teaching, soaking up knowledge from other instructors.
What keeps you coming back to teach every year? The opportunity to catch up with winter friends, and getting to spend quality time on the mountain teaching and riding with them.
What stands out about your teaching? I'd say my overall enthusiasm for winter sports. Sliding downhill is fun, and I feel I can facilitate that at any level. And my ride-to-talk ratio.
What's one accessory, tool, or education resource you keep in your pocket? The cell phone; taking a quick video of someone’s riding and reviewing it on the chairlift is a powerful tool.
Is there an "insider tip" you'd share with new members? Always buy the season pass. Don't be afraid to ride with better skiers/boarders. It'll only improve your riding as you observe/absorb their movements. And talking turns never gets old.
Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind. Fall Fest this year with the Iron team at Big Sky, Montana. What a great crew to share stoke with. And if you haven't tried a Sno-Go trike yet, do it!
Where can we find you in the summers? And doing what? Out on the mountain, biking, climbing and running. Or chasing the ball around the golf course.
Anytime we missed? Play more! We're all here on earth to have fun! Best part about being a kid is the idea of "play." As we grow older we need not to forget that.
Connect with Bryan Jackson on Instagram @jacksonmang1
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Photographs courtesy of Brad Hays.