First Chair: PSIA-AASI Podcast
Summary: More than 32,000 individuals belong to PSIA-AASI (Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors), making it the world’s largest organization dedicated to skiing and snowboarding. Listen in to hear how PSIA-AASI gets people stoked on the ski and snowboard experience. Join us and turn your passion into a profession. Or, take a lesson from us. Friends don’t let friends teach friends. Let the snow fly!
Christina Bruno is a member of the 2021-24 PSIA-AASI National Team where she will help set the standard for snowsports instruction. PSIA-AASI hand-selected the 37 team members – 8 coaches chosen last season and 29 team members selected in April 2021 – for their range of skills that allow them to serve as inspirational leaders and build enthusiasm for learning and having fun skiing and riding. Meet PSIA-AASI Adaptive Team member Christina who hails from Steamboat Resort, Colorado. Learn more about Christina: http://tiny.cc/meetchristina
First Chair catches up with Mermer Blakeslee, who was recently recognized with the Education Excellence Award, which honors those exceptional few members who've authored PSIA-AASI educational materials. She is dedicated instructor who inspired many to be better skiers and teachers and Mermer is committed to destigmatizing fear by showing that fear is not a weakness, and that students can use skills to overcome their fears. Her non-fiction book about the psychology of skiing and teaching, A Conversation with Fear (2012) helped many snowsports enthusiasts take their skills to the next level. She also supported PSIA-AASI educational products including Core Concepts for Snowsports Instructors. Congrats, Mermer!
First Chair catches up with PSIA-AASI’s Board of Directors Chair, Eliza Kuntz, about what it was like for the National Academies and Rider Rally events to make a successful return to Breckenridge, Colorado. One year after all national on-snow learning events were postponed due to COVID-19, more than 260 attendees were able to carve, teach, and clinic together again in a mix of both sunny and snowy spring conditions. Eliza also shares the direction of where PSIA-AASI is headed now and into the future.
First Chair catches up with Stacey Gerrish, who was recently recognized with the Education Excellence Award, which honors those exceptional few members who've authored PSIA-AASI educational materials. Her dedication to education landed her squarely in the development of several PSIA-AASI publications, including Core Concepts for Snowsports Instructors, the Children’s Instruction Manual, 2nd edition, the Alpine Children’s Teaching Handbook, and the Snowboard Teaching Handbook. In total, Stacey helped author or review seven PSIA-AASI educational products. Congrats, Stacey!
First Chair catches up with Ed Younglove, who was recently recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Ed's patience and commitment to continuity has helped form the long-term vision of PSIA-AASI. Meet Ed and hear his story about his PSIA-AASI journey and what he’s learned along the way. Ed was elected to the Northwest board in 1995, he’s served as President on the Northwest Board of Directors for five years, two terms as Chair of the Presidents Council, and most recently three terms as the Chair of the National Board of Directors. His dedication and devotion to the association helped build PSIA-AASI’s current organizational structure based around governance to best serve members. Congrats, Ed!
PISA-AASI National Team Coach Jeb Boyd talks about how team selection candidates need to dig deep to show everything they bring to the table to help serve the association. He shares selection is a high-pressure situation – and selectors are looking for skiers and riders who can cut through the pressure to lead the best clinics in the country. Lean about how Team Selection will build the best team to support members educational experiences.
Hear from Jonathan Ballou who shares that Team Selection is more like a job interview than a certification exam, and that candidates competing for the same job together builds a bond that translates to members, schools, and divisions. He also gives tips for managing stress. Jeb Boyd, who recently posted a list of the alpine and snowboard candidates advancing to the next round of selection, shares a message to all candidates. He says that regardless of who makes the team, everyone at selection has a lot to offer to PSIA-AASI.
First Chair catches up with Dustin Krause, the e-mobility director for Volkswagen of America. Learn what it was like for him to complete a 6,700-mile-plus trip across the U.S. with the all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 EV. Starting in New York City, his small team crossed the States on a predominantly southern route, wrapping up the drive on schedule in 18 days in Sacramento, California. Check out his vlog highlights: https://www.youtube.com/VolkswagenUSANews PSIA-AASI members can take advantage of member-specific pricing on Volkswagen at https://members.thesnowpros.org/products/pro-offers
First Chair catches up with Jeb Boyd, Ron Kipp and Eric Rolls about Day 2 of the on-snow portion of Team Selection 2021 at Breckenridge, Colorado. Listen in to get the scoop from these education leaders about what’s happening behind the scenes with this event. There are more than 70 top snowsports instructors vying for a spot on the PSIA-AASI National Team this week. Plan to tune into the live results to learn who makes the new National Team this Thursday, April 22 on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAPONhtqmq0
First Chair catches up with Jeb Boyd, PSIA-AASI National Team Head Coach, about the on-snow portion of Team Selection 2021 that kicks off at Breckenridge, Colorado today. There are more than 70 top snowsports instructors vying for a spot on the PSIA-AASI National Team. Plan to tune into the live results for who make the team this Thursday, April 22 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAPONhtqmq0
First Chair catches up with the PSIA Cross Country Team Coach, Emily Lovett, about what's next for the Cross Country team. Emily calls Lake Catamount Touring Center in Steamboat Springs, Colorado home.
First Chair catches up with the PSIA Alpine National Team coach, Michael Rogan, and the Alpine Assistant and Development Coach, Matt Boyd. Listen in to learn what's next for the team.
First Chair catches up with Jeff Boliba, vice president of sport & participation at Burton Global. Burton Snowboards recently honored the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) with the brand’s first ever Breaking Down Barriers Award during the NSAA Winter Conference and Tradeshow Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. Learn more about this award: http://tiny.cc/burtonaward
First Chair catches up with Eric Rolls, who serves as the AASI Snowboard Coach for the PSIA-AASI National Team. Eric talks about how he’s been integral in the development of PSIA-AASI’s Learning Connection Model, and how he’s going to continue to serve the organization as his leadership capabilities expand with coaching experience for future seasons to come.
First Chair catches up with Kevin Olivera, who teaches at Whitetail Mountain Resort, on what it was like for him to decide after 10 years of teaching to decide to pursue his Alpine Level I certification. Listen it to hear Kevin’s key takeaways from his assessment experience, including learning, camaraderie and fun.