The annual Winter Jam event took place in Manhattan’s Central Park on Saturday, February 1, giving hundreds of New York City residents the opportunity to ski, snowshoe and even go for sleigh ride right downtown.
“It’s a great event that allows us to introduce mostly inner city children to skiing and let them know how many resorts are actually nearby,” said Robert Gallo, snowsports school director at Mount Peter, which is only an hour drive from the city.
Presented by NYC Parks, the Olympic Regional Development Authority, I Love NY, and I Ski NY, Gallo said the free winter sports festival provides a chance for he and other PSIA-AASI members—including PSIA Alpine Team member Robin Barnes—to introduce New Yorkers to ski equipment, and give them 20 minute lessons on a small hill made of manmade snow.
“It’s a very cool event,” Barnes said. “There were so many smiles!”
“We have instructors from Gore, Belleayre, and Whiteface who all work together to introduce people to the sport, and then invite them to come join us on the slopes,” Gallo said. “There’s a lot of camaraderie at the event, and we all come together as a team to teach skiing.”
Gallo said the areas also hand out coupons for attendees to receive discounted lift tickets, equipment rentals and lessons. He said, “The day after the event, we got back 24 coupons at Mount Peter, so we were very happy with the outcome. I think it’s something that more cities should do.”
National Academy, Rider Rally Registration to Close March 9
Space is filling up VERY fast for PSIA-AASI National Academy, Rider Rally, and Telemark Academy at Breckenridge, Colorado (which in the last 72 hours received three feet of new snow!).
Take advantage of this opportunity to treat yourself to an action-packed week of game-improvement, networking, and fun. It’s also your final chance to ski and snowboard with members of the 2016-20 PSIA-AASI National Team.
The team is ready to ramp up an immensely successful four-year run, with a highlight reel that includes a breakthrough international presentation of The Learning Connection Model (LCM) at Interski 2019 in Pamporovo, Bulgaria, the creation of a robust e-learning platform, and significant steps towards alignment of the LCM across divisions.
But what may be the most lasting contribution of this group of standout instructors is the ONEteam approach to teaching that unites instructors across disciplines.
“The Breck Academy is going to be a huge celebration of this ONEteam’s success and is not to be missed,” said PSIA-AASI Director of Education Dave Schuiling. “Breck has amazing terrain to showcase one of this team’s huge accomplishments – Teaching Fundamentals and the balance of what it means to be a great instructor through the Learning Connection.”
Register now for National Academy, Rider Rally, or Telemark Academy.