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: How Your Mindset Helps You in the Certification Journey | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:16:55

PSIA Alpine Team member, Stephen Helfenbein, talks about the importance that your mindset can make during your certification journey. Your mindset is set of beliefs that you hold about your own capacity to change and evolve or the lack of.

 First Chair: What the Level I Certification Experience is Like | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:10:31

Davis Thompson shares what it was like for him to go through his Level I alpine certification experience. If you’re thinking about pursuing your certification or wondering what the experience is like, check out Davis’ story.

 First Chair: Learn About Lessons & Beginner Retention Study | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:13:14

Dave Belin, director of consulting services for RRC Associates, helps you understand the lifecycle of customers that are trying skiing and snowboarding for the first time, and use this insight at your resort. Dave breaks down some of the reasons why people leave snow sports, what makes lapsed skiers different, and what it takes to bring these visitors with previous experience on snow back to skiing and snowboarding.

 First Chair: Meet Snowboard Instructor Dean Morales | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:10:42

First Chair catches up with Dean, a Level I snowboard instructor and Florida native, who now teaches at Eldora Mountain and is releasing an album soon. Get some ideas from him on how you can make sure your guests can have a great experience learning to snowboard. @hundop24

 First Chair: Teaching Tips for Children | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:17:33

Get tips on how to teach children from Stacey Gerrish, the training manager of Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School. She also serves as the PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain division Children’s Committee Chair, Education Staff Member and she keeps up her racing side as a USSA Sports Educator.

 First Chair: Teaching Tips for Skiing the Steeps and on Ice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:17:47

PSIA Alpine Team Manager, Jeb Boyd, and PSIA Alpine Team member, Matt Boyd, give you some tips on how to ski the steeps and how to ski on ice. Both can be challenging and treacherous to ski if you’re not prepared. Get the tips that you and your students need to succeed on this terrain.

 First Chair: AASI & Burton Launch Campaign to Grow Snowboarding | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:11:19

Chole Elliot from Burton chats about a new campaign #AFamilyofSnowboarders being launched with the American Association of Snowboard Instructors. Help spread the word to your students, families and friends that snowboarding is a family sport. Encourage them to share their pics!

 First Chair: Heidi Ettlinger Reports from Winter Jam in Central Park | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:17:51

First Chair caught up with PSIA Alpine Team member Heidi Ettlinger at Winter Jam, the free winter sports festival, in Central Park, NY, on Saturday where Gore Mountain made lots of snow in the heart of Manhattan. Winter Jam hosted Learn to Ski activities including skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, and live ice sculpting. #learntoski #learntosnowboard #snowpros

 First Chair: So What’s With that “Get Your Hands Up” Statement? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:13:18

Ron Kipp, Squaw’s ski team coaches education and development manager, talks about how coaches and instructors talk about the hands. Take a listen and get answers to questions such as “Are the hands the action or the reaction?”

 First Chair: How an "Always in Training" Mindset Refocuses Your Learning | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:16:07

First Chair catches up with PSIA-AASI’s Director of Education, Dave Schuiling, on the topic of training. Learn why following a training program can be beneficial for you, even if you’re not pursuing certification this season.

 First Chair: New Year, New You - How to Accomplish Your 2019 Goals | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:16:28

Now that you’ve made it through the holiday rush and the busiest instruction season, use your downtime to refocus. AASI Team member, Chris Rogers, talks about how to enjoy the calm after the storm to refocus on your education goals and take some time for you to train.

 First Chair: How You Can Create Connections & Help Grow Our Sport | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:21:06

AASI Snowboard Team member Eric Rolls chats about the roll that every instructor can play in providing great guest service to their students. Learn how you can enhance your people skills, which is your ability to connect socially with a broad range of students, so you can create a sense of trust and partnership and keep your students coming back to the hill so they build a lifelong love of snowsports.

 First Chair: Go from Good to Great with the Learning Connection | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:16:02

AASI Snowboard Team member, Chris Rogers, talks about the Learning Connection, which is an important developmental framework that focuses on each person’s teaching skills, technical skills, and people skills. A great instructor is one who is highly skilled in each of those areas. Chris talks about how you can use the three different tenants based on the conditions of the day to tailor your student’s experience.

 First Chair: Horst Abraham Chats Experiential Learning | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:16:53

Meet Horst Abraham, served as PSIA’s education director in the early 1970s, chats with First Chair about experiential learning which helps facilitating how a student can learn. Horst was among PSIA-AASI’s early innovators responsible for the American Teaching Method (ATM), which was a game-changer in ski instruction at the time and continues to be an integral part of modern instruction. The ATM focused on the guest and the skills specific to that guest.

 First Chair: Dana Forbes Reports on the Women’s Summit 2019 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:40

Dana Forbes, CEO of the PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain division, chats about why you should check out the Women's Summit 2019 that takes plan Jan. 15 – 17 in Steamboat Springs, Colo. This event brings together women from across PSIA-AASI divisions, different disciplines, and professional snowsports associations for three days. It’s a great opportunity for you to ski, ride and learn with top female professionals.


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