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!
Meet Abe Hoffman (Rocky Mountain Examiner and Breckenridge Instructor Trainer) who joins us for a discussion about his early days in skiing, his professional development and a few of his thoughts on qualities that help a snowsports instructor teach successful children's lessons.
Sometimes teaching a children's program can feel overwhelming. The children have goals, the parents have goals, watchful parents may wonder why their first time ski or snowboard child is playing games on flat ground rather than shredding the advanced runs... PSIA Examiner Kim Petram joins us for a discussion on the special opportunity an instructor has when working with children's programs.
Pole plants often get short shrift during lessons as there can be so many more pressing changes to make. However, proper use of the ski poles makes for much more efficient skiing. Ever had questions about how to teach the pole touch? PSIA-NW Tech Team member Tyler Barnes joins us for a discussion on effective pole use.
Steven Nyman joins us to discuss life post knee surgery. Nyman has an amazingly positive attitude and we look forward to following him weekly throughout his recovery!
Kim Petram, Educational Vice President of PSIA-NW as well as an Alpine Examiner on the Divisional Staff and responsible for both Children's Specialist and Senior Specialist programs, joins us for a discussion about teaching children and preparing for CS1/CS2. Photo of PSIA/AASI-NW Specialist Clinicians
Meet AASI National Demo Team member Nick Alfieri who joins us to talk about his first lesson, his early days of riding, cert path and Demo Team tryouts. We also mention an obscure Snowboard movie of which we'd really like to locate a copy!
Meet AASI National Demo Team member Chris Rogers who joins us to discuss his roots in snowboarding, how he got into teaching, what it was like to go through Team tryouts and how his teaching philosophy has developed throughout his career.
PSIA AASI CEO Nick Herrin joins us with representatives from Volkswagen to discuss the new sponsorship program!
Rick Lyons joins us to discuss how a person should go about choosing their instructor.
Meet the coach of the PSIA-NW Tech Team Rick Lyons.
Head coach of the PSIA AASI National Snowboard Team Scott Anfang joins us to talk about the National Team selection process as well as the Team's plans for this season.
PSIA-AASI CEO Nick Herrin joins us to discuss the new PSIA-AASI recognition badges.
PSIA-AASI CEO Nick Herrin joins us to discuss recruitment and retention in the Snowsports Industry.
We talk with Ron Lemaster about skiing with his Family, why skiing is addictive what influenced his current ventures.
A chat with Skadi Vail organizer about the importance of finding the right gear and the largest women's demo ski fest in North America.