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 Eastern Division’s Sue Kramer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:08:22

Meet PSIA-AASI Easter Division member Sue Kramer, who shares an update about a new app developed called Kids’ Kube, which helps guide the way for ski and snowboard instructors to provide an effective activity or game, specifically geared towards students.

 First Chair: Fall Conference 2017 - Meet Stephen Helfenbein | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:09:38

The PSIA-AASI Team is made up of the top ski and snowboard instructors from across the country. These professionals are some of the best skiers and riders in the game and they are inspirational educators and lifelong learners. Meet Stephen Helfenbein, a member of the PSIA Alpine Team.

 First Chair: Learn About PSIA-AASI’s Children’s Specialist Program | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:38:48

During Fall Conference 2017, PSIA Alpine Team member, Dusty Dyar helped lead a children’s specialist discussion, along with Zoe, Patti, Kim, Sue and Stacey. Learn about the benefits of pursuing a PSIA-AASI children’s specialist certificate and #fidgetspinners.

 First Chair: Fall Conference 2017 - Meet the AASI Snowboard Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:40

Meet the 2016-20 AASI Snowboard Team. Featuring some, but not all, member of this crew:

 First Chair: Fall Conference 2017 – Andrew Lockerbie on International Relations | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:11:59

Meet British Association of Ski Instructors (BASI)CEO Andrew Lockerbie, who shares how since working with PSIA-AASI at Interski 2015 in Ushuaia, Argentina, these two organizations have collaborated on education programming related to adaptive alpine instruction and matching an association's professional qualifications to academic qualifications.

 First Chair: Fall Conference 2017 – Meet Your PSIA Nordic Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:58

Meet Grant Bishop, Greg Dixon, David Lawrence and Emily Lovett. Missing: Greg Rhodes, the Nord that also boards. Hear key takeaways: 1. Nordic discipline is human powered. 2. Free your heel. 3. Learn something new this season - telemark 4. Kerfuffle 5. Have fun! Watch their video on

 First Chair: Fall Conference 2017 – Learning from Your Failures | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:31:14

Learn how you can learn from your failures with input from this panel discussion with top PSIA-AASI educators, Nick Alfieri, Jonathan Ballou, Stacey Gerrish, and Chris Rogers. Watch the video on

 First Chair: Team Training 2017 – Hestra Chats Staying Warm on the Hill | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:09:47

Meet Hestra’s Marc Cutilletta and Annie Fedrigo, who chat why PSIA-AASI Team members are a perfect fit for the brand and a great ambassador for why Hestra is a good fit for snow pros and students. Get the inside scoop about Hestra’s lumberjack connection and why that connection helps snowsports pros stay comfortable on the hill.

 First Chair: Team Training 2017 - POC Chats Safety | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:08:00

Learn more about POC, one of PSIA-AASI’s Official Suppliers, from Willie Ford & Zach Clayton, who share why PSIA-AASI is such a great fit for POC and why the PSIA-AASI Team and members help tell their brand’s story about safety and protection and reducing the consequence of accidents.

 First Chair: Team Training 2017 - Marker Dalbello Volkl Chats Skiing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:08:25

Meet Sarah Lauridsen, director of promotions, for Marker Dalbello Volkl about why the association is such a great fit for them as a PSIA-AASI Official Supplier, why they enjoy working with the PSIA-AASI Team, and what’s to come for this season and beyond for #snowpros and an all-mountain ski experience.

 First Chair: Fall Conference 2017 - Meet Ed Younglove | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:08:22

Fall Conference provides an opportunity for PSIA-AASI’s educators from across the country to get together to talk about new directions for the organization. Learn how education leaders are focusing on learning outcomes to apply of consistent application for PSIA-AASI’s national discipline standards, and how #snowpros across the country will start to see these results this season.

 First Chair: Highlights from Northwest Fall Seminar in Portland | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:14:00

George Thomas, First Chair podcast host, reports from PSIA-AASI Northwest Division’s Fall Seminar. Check out the overview of education sessions held were topics such as the five fundamentals for equipment set up and the importance of guest service were covered. Plus learn why listening to remember vs. listening to respond can serve others well.

 First Chair: Ben Roberts on Effective Use of Visualization | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:27

Ben Roberts, Northern Intermountain division’s alpine certification VP, shares how you can effectively use visualization for this season, incorporate different skills into your skiing and riding, and how using all senses can help you get ready and prep for your exams for this season.

 First Chair: Team Training 2017 Kicks Off, Expect to See More Education Content | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:16

Jeb Boyd, team manager, and Michael Rogan, alpine coach, discuss what happens during this week’s Team Training and Fall Conference, and how education leaders are working together to elevate the association's education content to be delivered in a variety of ways to members and schools. The PSIA-AASI Team is made up of the top ski and snowboard instructors from across the country. These professionals are some of the best skiers and riders in the game and they are inspirational educators and lifelong learners.

 First Chair: Learn What It’s Like to Work as an Instructor with Free Course | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:13:47

Northwest member Tyler Barnes, chats about why PSIA-AASI’s free E-Learning Course for New Instructors can introduce new instructors at your school to the industry and prepare them to work on snow. He also shares how this course can pre-qualify new hires to determine if being a ski and snowboard instructor is the right fit for them. Check out the course at


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