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!
First Chair catches up with PSIA Alpine Team Coach Michael Rogan and Andy Hare, Nordica’s special events and marketing coordinator. Learn how for more than 30 years, Michael has been a leading voice in snowsports instruction, helping instructors and students improve how they teach and turn. Through his long affiliation with PSIA-AASI Official Supplier Nordica, Michael has influenced the way instructors ski by helping the brand with research and design. Learn more: http://tiny.cc/rogannordica
First Chair catches up with Obed Marrder and Chase Wagstaff, co-founders of Sno-Go, which is a PSIA-AASI Official Supplier. Learn how Sno-Go is helping to grow the snowsports industry and how its introducing new and experienced snowsports enthusiasts to sliding on snow by using similar mechanics to standing on or riding a bike – an activity that people are already familiar with – so people can have a successful first day on the mountain. Then, check out this free e-learning course that will help you learn more so you can introduce new and experienced snowsports enthusiasts to this new way to slide on snow. https://lms.thesnowpros.org/
First Chair catches up with Jeb Boyd, head coach for the PSIA-AASI National Team about Team Selection that happens this April 2021. Learn what all the candidates are doing this month for Team Selection in terms of their indoor presentations and what they are presenting on to the selectors in terms of current initiatives and events. Team Selection helps PSIA-AASI to select the nation’s best instructors to represent the organization at its highest education level. Team members set the standard for U.S. snowsports instruction and embody the ski and snowboard experience. Meet the current PSIA-AASI National Team: www.thesnowpros.org/who-we-are/teams/
First Chair catches up with Todd Ainsworth and a group of successful AASI Level I snowboard instructors who share their firsthand story. Listen in to hear their excitement about their journey and what they learned throughout this process to meet their certification goals. Congrats to all!
First Chair catches up with PSIA-AASI National Team Head Coach Jeb Boyd about what’s happening with National Team 2021 selection this month. Jeb also shares some advice you can use to prep for your assessments and exams. For example, over preparing, being engaged and using skills from the Learning Connection Model can help you achieve your goals this season. The National Team Selection 2021 process outcome will build a team that best represents the Learning Connection Model, as highlighted in the Teaching Snowsports Manual.
First Chair catches up with AASI Snowboard Team member, Chris Rogers, and Nabil Rahman, from Spot Insurance. PSIA-AASI’s newest Official Supplier offers PSIA-AASI members instructor-specific injury insurance. For just $50, individual instructors can secure up to $20,000 in coverage if they become injured skiing or snowboarding. Spot is also partnering with ski resorts and ski schools across the United States and can offer you single-day injury coverage for your ski school and for your resort customers for as low as $5 per day at checkout. Log in to the Pro Offers page to see how to take advantage of this offer. https://members.thesnowpros.org/products/pro-offers
Leigh Perini chats about why you should make plans to attend the Women’s Virtual Summit, Sunday, Feb. 28, and Monday, March 1, 2021, featuring a kickoff keynote with Women’s Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Julie Foudy. This event virtually brings together women from across PSIA-AASI divisions, different disciplines, and professional snowsports associations for online learning and networking Attend the kickoff keynote and you’ll also be entered to win an official USA Women’s Soccer jersey, courtesy of PSIA-AASI Official Supplier Volkswagen. Learn more and register now: https://www.thesnowpros.org/events/womens-summit/
First Chair catches up with Jeb Boyd, head coach for the PSIA-AASI National Team about Team Selection that happens this April 2021. This event will help PSIA-AASI to select the nation’s best instructors to represent the organization at its highest education level. Team members are responsible for promoting, supporting, and assisting with the development of PSIA-AASI education materials, programs, and activities at all levels. They set the standard for U.S. snowsports instruction and embody the ski and snowboard experience. Meet the current PSIA-AASI National Team: https://www.thesnowpros.org/who-we-are/teams/
First Chair catches up with Tim Kenney, education and events manager for the PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain division about what it’s been like to create and host education and events this season. Tune in to get the scoop about what type of training is available to you from across the country. Use this calendar to find an event or webinar near you: https://www.thesnowpros.org/events/event-calendar/
PSIA-AASI National Team Head Coach, Jeb Boyd, and PSIA-AASI Director of Education, Dave Schuiling chat about why you should register now for Adaptive Academy, Cross Country Academy, National Academy, Rider Rally, and Telemark Academy, scheduled for Breckenridge, Colorado, the week of April 12. Hurry! Registration rates increase $100 after February 12. Register now: https://www.thesnowpros.org/events/national-academy/
First Chair catches up with Francis Do about what it’s been like this season to lead assessments and instructors chat and share their stories after this post-Level I assessment. Francis chats about how well-prepared everyone has been this season because there’s so much information that’s now online.
First Chair catches up with Stacey Gerrish about what it’s like to teach a split lesson and what you can do to help teach both skiers and snowboarders. Get some tips on what you can do to help manage a split lesson. Listen in to get some tips and ideas for your own lessons and for your snowsports school.
First Chair catches up with Katie Chong, who talks about how she got started as an instructor. In middle school, she joined the ski team for a year and then, towards the end of the season, she joined Whitetail’s Junior Instructor Program, which inspired her to get her Level I certification when she turned 16 last year. She went through her certification program with her Dad too. Learn more about Katie: https://www.qgdigitalpublishing.com/publication/?m=55353&i=688850&p=24
First Chair catches up with Stacey Gerrish about what it’s like to help a family on a vacation learn to ski or ride together during a family private lesson. Listen in to get some tips and ideas for your own lessons and for your snowsports school. Learn how you can help to educate your students, who may not always know what they don’t know.
First Chair catches up with Nubs Nob Winter Sports School Director Brad Miller, who hails from the PSIA-AASI Central division. Brad chat about his role as director at Nubs Nob, located in Harbor Springs, Michigan Listen in about what it’s been like to be back on snow. Brooks also talks about his first season at Nubs Nob and what it’s been like to stay open during the season this winter.