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: The Importance of Continuing Education | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:31

Live from National Academy at Big Sky, MT, First Chair catches up with PSIA-AASI Central members Doug Carter, June Jordan, and Ron Shepard about how Central members attending National Academy will bring back education concepts from this event back to their division.

 First Chair: How Your Tactics Determine Your Technique | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:37

Live from National Academy at Big Sky, MT, First Chair catches up with PSIA Alpine Team member, Josh Fogg. Learn how to dial in your tactics for how you want your skis to perform - such as speed, location of your skis, and how you want the ski to interact with the snow. Focusing on small tactics such as these will help you enhance your big objective of enhancing your overall skiing performance.

 First Chair: Learn About the World of Adaptive Instructors | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:14:16

Live from Spring Symposium in Sun Valley, ID, First Chair catches up with Melody Buell, who works as a divisional clinic leader for the PSIA-AASI Northwest division. Melody shares her experience about what it’s like to enable more instructors to provide excellent education for their students to support their disability.

 First Chair: How the Fundamentals Help with Movement Analysis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:20:54

Live from National Academy in Big Sky, MT, First Chair catches up with PSIA Alpine team member, Stephan Helfenbein. While the Skills Concept establishes what you need to do with your skis, it doesn’t tell you how to do it or define your technique. The five Alpine Skiing Fundamentals provide best practices for how to apply these skills effectively to maximize your, or your student’s, technique based on constantly changing variables. They bring the Skills Concept to life.

 First Chair: How to Respond to Criticism | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:14:42

PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain member, Lynn Hasday, shares some suggestions on how you can respond to criticism, and how it can help you become better, both personally and professionally. Being able to hear people’s opinions can improve your teaching, skiing and riding, and overall satisfaction as an instructor. Find out how to handle what others have to say!

 First Chair: Meet Nancy Oakes Hall Scholarship Recipients | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:22:07

Live from National Academy and Rider Rally at Big Sky, MT! Meet some of the awesome women who were recipients of the Nancy Oakes Hall women’s scholarship, such as Mindy Fairchild, Tera Adams, Jennifer Lockwood, Jess Parcheta, and Stephanie Zimmers.

 First Chair: How to Enhance Your Communication Skills | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:23:05

Live from Spring Symposium in Sun Valley, Idaho, First Chair catches up with Melodie Buell, Ryan Christofferson, Kolby Knox, and Dave Gregory about communication skills. Learn how to adapt your communication skills based on how people may experience the world around them.

 First Chair: How to Teach 7- to 10-Year-Olds | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:05

PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain member, Stacey Gerrish, shares her feedback about how you can work with seven to 10-year-olds. Listen for recommendations to help you rekindle your childlike love for the mountain while building life-long relationships teaching this age group.

 First Chair: Meet Members from PSIA-AASI’s Central Division | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:17:09

Live from Spring Symposium in Sun Valley, Idaho, First Chair sits down and chats with Ron Shepard, Julie Nitzsche & Chad Poepping from the PSIA-AASI Central division. Learn how different resorts across the country look to hire members from the Central division for their spring hiring season.

 First Chair: Interski 2019 – Meet Two Norwegian Instructors | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:03:17

Recorded during Interski 2019, meet Sissel and Lena, two Norwegian instructors, who share their first-hand experience about the event, and how no matter what country an instructor is from, everyone has so much in common. #Interski2019

 First Chair: Interski 2019 – Opening Day & Highlights | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:07:40

Recorded during Interski 2019, listen to PSIA Alpine Team Coach Michael Rogan and PSIA-AASI members (part of the USA delegation) share their thoughts during the opening day which kicked off under blue skies on the slopes of Pamporovo, Bulgaria. More than 500 attendees from around the world coming together to share ideas about how they can have a personal impact on growing snowsports in a changing market. #Interski2019

 First Chair: Interski 2019 - People Skills On-Snow Clinic | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:52

Recorded during Interski 2019, listen to AASI Snowboard Team member Eric Rolls present USA’s people skills during this on-snow clinic. Learn how using interpersonal skills, such as trust, communication, self-awareness and social awareness, can help ensure a strong future for snowsports instructors. #Interski2019

 First Chair: Meet Hestra, One of PSIA-AASI’s Official Suppliers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:30

First Chair catches up with Drew Eakins, marketing director for Hestra. Did you know that some of their original customers were lumberjacks who needed a highly durable and warm glove? Seeing that skiers (and then, snowboarders) could benefit from the same quality, Hestra released its first ski glove in 1941. Today, Hestra manufactures gloves and mitts to suit all #snowpros needs. Shop at

 First Chair: How to Improve Touch with the Fifth Alpine Fundamental | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:05

Ever have the wrong skis for powder? Not a fan of high-speed carved turns in big bumps? Great skiers can make both things look easy because they have great touch. PSIA Alpine Team member, Ann Schorling, discusses how you can apply the fifth item on PSIA’s Alpine Skiing Fundamentals, that’s in the new Teaching Snowsports Manual, and become a better skier.

 First Chair: Interski 2019 – Cross Country Workshop | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:28

Cross Country Team Coach David Lawrence and team members Emily Lovett and Greg Rhodes chat with First Chair about the cross country presence at Interski 2019 and what it was like to run an on-snow workshop on Wednesday, March 20. #Interski2019


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