First Chair: PSIA-AASI Podcast show

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!

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 First Chair: Meet Greg Dixon, 2020 PSIA-AASI National Team Telemark Coach | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:11:20

Meet the first-ever telemark specific coach for the 2020 PSIA-AASI National Team, Greg Dixon. Learn why the organization made the decision to separate cross-country and telemark within the nordic discipline, working with a tight-knit telemark team, telemark tryouts, and more. Photo credit: Grant Nakamura Follow PSIA-AASI: • • • •

 First Chair Supplier Series: Phoozy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:10:16

We all know how frustrating it is to have your phone die on the hill due to cold. In this episode, George Thomas meets the creators of the Phoozy, a thermal capsule that protects your phone from the cold. Follow PSIA-AASI: • • • •

 First Chair Supplier Series: Hestra | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:11:32

To continue our Supplier Series, George Thomas talks with Drew Eakins and Josh Jacobson from Hestra. George gets the scoop on the durability of one of his favorite ski products, the future of the brand, caring for your gloves, and more. Follow PSIA-AASI: • • • •

 First Chair: Five Fundamentals And Freestyle With Ryan Christofferson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:54

On this fun episode of First Chair, George talks with PSIA-AASI National Team member Ryan Christofferson. Ryan discusses the pressure of his third National Team tryout before diving into the five fundamentals and how they apply to freestyle lessons. Follow PSIA-AASI: • • • •

 First Chair Supplier Series: The Origins of Phunkshun Wear | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:11:17

The next company in our Supplier Series is Denver-based Phunkshun Wear. In this episode, George Thomas chats with Lanny Goldwasser and Kelly Proudley to discuss the ski school origins of the company, finding success, teaching instructors to sew, and more. Follow PSIA-AASI: • • • •

 First Chair Supplier Series: Checking in With Faction Skis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:13:13

George Thomas met up with Henrik Lampert and Blake Peterson from Faction Skis at Team Training to learn about the history of the brand, why they teamed up with PSIA-AASI, and why they think their product aligns perfectly with the needs of professional instructors. Check out Faction's latest skis: Take advantage of PSIA-AASI Pro Deals: Follow PSIA-AASI: • • • •

 First Chair: Fitness for Skiing & Snowboarding with Chris Fellows and Doug Kechijian | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:21:55

Listen to the authors of the new Fitness for Skiing and Snowboarding book, Chris Fellows and Dr. Doug Kechijian, talk about their latest project. The new manual, which combines Chris’ experience as a professional ski instructor with Doug’s experience as a physical therapist to create a cohesive training program for skiers and snowboarders, is available now. Learn more: Follow PSIA-AASI: • • • •

 First Chair: Behind the Scenes of the New Warren Miller Film with AJ Oliver | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:16:50

On this episode of First Chair, PSIA-AASI Alpine Level III AJ Oliver provides a behind-the-scenes look into what it is like to star in the new Warren Miller Entertainment film, “Timeless.” The upcoming segment features Oliver alongside ski legend Glen Plake and PSIA-AASI National Team member Brenna Kelleher skiing steep powder in the Monashee Mountains in British Columbia, Canada. Watch AJ’s WME Athlete Profile: Find tour dates and get tickets to “Timeless” on the WME site: Follow PSIA-AASI: • • • •

 First Chair: Managing Chaos with Matt Boyd [Part 2] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:22:39

In this episode of First Chair, host George Thomas and PSIA-AASI National Team member Matt Boyd respond to a comment on a previous episode about "controlling" chaos. Tune in to hear Matt's take on controlling vs. managing the inevitable chaos that comes with snowsports instruction. Listen to Part 1: Follow PSIA-AASI: • • • •

 First Chair: Getting Involved with Kirsten Huotte | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:07:39

PSIA-AASI Northwest Executive Director, Kirsten Huotte chimes in to let members know how they can get move involved at a divisional level with PSIA-AASI. She also gives a brief rundown of the organizational structure and how that structure facilitates participation through various committees and task forces. The education foundation is another important topic of discussion. Kirsten explains the purpose of the foundation and how members can help raise funds for future scholarships. Related podcast: Follow PSIA-AASI: • • • •

 First Chair: Roaming the World with Scott Anfang (and Elle Tresidder ) [Part 4] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:16:40

In this episode, PSIA-AASI National Team member Scott Anfang chats with Eleanor “Elle” Tresidder in the middle of the ski day at The Remarks (aka The Remarkables Ski Area) in New Zealand. Elle is a snowboard instructor at Coronet Peaks and Sierra at Tahoe with a background in sports exercise science, coaching, and education. Learn about her transition into snowsports instruction, her opinions on industry standards between men and women, and the differences between teaching in New Zealand compared to the United States. Follow PSIA-AASI: • • • •

 First Chair: Learning Your A-B-Skis with Libby Ludlow and Nathan Jarvis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:14:32

On this very fun episode of First Chair, Olympian skier and writer Libby Ludlow and illustrator and instructor Nathan Jarvis (Alpine Level II and Children’s Specialist 2) chat about their new children’s book, A-B-Skis. Find out how they met and how they came to collaborate on the project. Find out more about A-B-Skis and purchase at Learn more about Nathan Jarvis in his Member’s Spotlight: Follow PSIA-AASI: • • • •

 First Chair: The Caribbean Experience (At 8,500 Feet) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:21:01

On this episode of First Chair, host George Thomas checks in with Tony Bullings (aka Tony-Man) from the I & I Caribbean Cafe in Nederland, Colorado. Tony is originally from Jamaica and has lived and worked in Nederland for 17 years. He is an avid skier, but more than that, he is an expert at creating an experience for the customer. Find out how Tony's experiences in the kitchen relate to life on the snow. Follow PSIA-AASI: • • • •

 First Chair: Roaming the World with Scott Anfang (and Andy Su) [Part 3] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:16:38

Working as a snowsports instructor provides the opportunity to meet the most amazing people, and PSIA-AASI National Team Member Scott Anfang is using his time in New Zealand to connect with instructors from all over the world. In this episode of First Chair, our host George Thomas hands the reins over to Scott as he talks with Andy (Shiliang) Su. Andy has a very interesting story. He is a native of China who started out as a translator, which lead him to work with members of PSIA-AASI while they were conducting certification courses in China. Translating during certifications sparked an interest in snowsports and snowsports instruction. He now possesses ski and snowboard certifications from organizations all over the world, including PSIA-AASI, the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors, and Snowboard Instructors New Zealand (a division of the New Zealand Snowsports Instructors Alliance). He’s now pursuing his SBINZ Level III. Andy discusses the differences between teaching and learning in China compared to the rest of the world, getting certified from different associations, growing snowsports in China before the Olympics, and cultural differences he’s noticed during his travels. Follow PSIA-AASI: • • • •

 First Chair: Keep it Simple! With Jonathan Ballou, Brenna Kelleher, and Matt Boyd | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:09

On today’s episode of First Chair, host George Thomas shares a few words with PSIA Alpine team members Jonathan Ballou, Matt Boyd, and Brenna Kelleher to discuss the importance of simplicity in ski instruction. Topics include how instructors can better read body language, why you don’t want to overwhelm beginner skiers, and how to best utilize your time during short lessons. Follow PSIA-AASI: • • • •


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