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 Nate Gardner, who chats about how you can train during this season and what you can do to achieve your goals if it’s a low snow season in your area. Learn how you can make the most of your terrain and your training time. Nate also shares a tip for trying one-footed skiing with no poles!
PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain division education staff member, Phillip Anderson, and Eldora’s Director of Ski and Ride School, Jeff (JB) Brier, explain what it’s been like to get ready for early season exams and how you can prepare and get ready for your exam. Because there is a short window to train on snow, be sure to learn what's expected of you before you arrive on snow. Phillip and Jeff explain why it’s important to focus on one fundamental, and why it’s also important for you to understand why the other fundamentals also apply. Learn more: www.thesnowpros.org/certification/national-certification-standards/
Christeen Walch and Francesca Pavillard-Cain talk about the Women of Winter speaker series on February 20 that highlights BIPOC women carving their own paths in the mountains and in life. Learn more about scholarships that this event will provide for a PSIA Level I Alpine Course and Exam. https://www.womenofwinter.net/events.html
First Chair catches up with PSIA-AASI Board of Director member, Brooks Lillehei, who hails from the PSIA-AASI Central division. Brooks chat about his role as training director at Buck Hill, located in Burnsville, Minnesota. Listen in about what it’s been like to be back on snow. Brooks also talks about his journey to become an instructor and what he looks for in the individuals that he hires to join their team.
First Chair catches up with Nathan Y. Jarvis, a PSIA-AASI member and internationally recognized illustrator, about what it was like to illustrate the new PSIA-AASI Kids’ Activity and Coloring Book. This is a new tool to help parents, instructors, and snowsports school educate the next generation of skiers and riders. Learn more: http://tiny.cc/activitybook
The stoke is back! First Chair catches up with PSIA-AASI Intermountain member, Andrew Johnston, about what it’s like to be back on snow and what it was like to run a Level I at Brighton, Utah. Listen in to get some ideas for class handling during this season, such as making sure to increase the volume of your voice and encouraging candidates to speak louder too.
First Chair catches up with PSIA Cross Country Coach, Emily Lovett, and PSIA Cross Country team members, David Lawrence and Greg Rhodes, about some of the clinics that were planned for the November Cross Country Academy 2020 event. While the event ended up being cancelled and postponed for now, you can still learn from David, Emily and Greg about their clinic topics they were going to present. Listen in to get some great tips you can practice on snow this season.
First Chair catches up with Leslie Baker Brown from Blizzard-Tecnica about the Women-to-Women (W2W) Project, a new global initiative that they’re working on to design authentic women’s products that will take passionate skiers, regardless of ability, to new levels of confidence, excitement and freedom. Leslie also chats about a new W2W Education Scholarship program that supports support women as they further their education and expertise in snowsports. Learn more and apply to the W2W Education Scholarship (deadline is 12/31): https://www.blizzard-tecnica.com/us/en/w2w-education-scholarship-program
First Chair reports live from PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain’s Member School Management meeting held last month at Loveland Ski Area located near the town of Georgetown, Colorado. Listen in to get an educational update from Steve Edberg’s assessment standards session and get some ideas for class handling during this season.
Tracy Buchanan, a ski patroller and a Level III PSIA-certified instructor, shares an update about ways you can provide a great guest experience during this winter season. Also, be sure to review PSIA-AASI’s COVID-19 Snowsports Education Resources, which were created to foster conversations and amplify mindfulness around executing practical and successful lessons. https://www.thesnowpros.org/education/covid-19-updates/
First Chair catches up with Hannah Abuzaineh, who serves as The North Face’s Senior Manager, Social Impact and The Explore Fund. Learn about PSIA-AASI’s Official Supplier’s global commitment to work towards increasing outdoor access for all. Since 2010, The Explore Fund has created access and driven equity in the outdoors by funding hundreds of nonprofit organizations around two themes: Enabling Exploration and Loving Wild Places. Learn how you can play a part in helping to bringing the mountains to the city: https://www.thenorthface.com/about-us/outdoor-exploration/about-the-explore-fund.html
First Chair reports live from PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain’s Member School Management meeting held earlier this week at Loveland Ski Area located near the town of Georgetown, Colorado. Listen in to get an educational update from Joe Quarantillo’s slopeside children’s clinic.
First Chair catches up with PSIA Telemark Team member, Grant Bishop, and AASI Snowboard Team member, Brennan Metzler, about uphill travel tips on skis and a splitboard. If you’re thinking about adding an uphill component to your season this winter, take a listen for some things you need to know . Also, REI Co-op teamed up with PSIA-AASI and Grant and Brennan to create videos and content on this very topic. Watch videos at: http://tiny.cc/uphill
First Chair catches up with Francesca Pavillard-Cain and Bruce Edgerly from Backcountry Access. Francesca chats about how you can make beginners feel like a pro and she talks about her freeriding and backcountry experience and how she applies those skills to her teaching at The Yellowstone Club.
First Chair catches up with PSIA-AASI members Jeff Brier and Jonathan Hershberger about what really happens after you receive your certification. Learn why, as a certified instructor, you serve as a role model for others on your instructor team. Certification helps you advance your circle of knowledge and helps you become more become more aware of all that you don’t know. Also, as you advance in your certification level, you’re uniquely positioned to help and support not just advanced lessons, but beginner lessons as well. Learn more about PSIA-AASI’s certification process: https://www.thesnowpros.org/certification/