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!
PSIA Alpine Team member, Brian Smith, chats about how to manage a family group lesson. Take a listen to get some ideas for this upcoming season for your group lessons. For example, consider group size and accommodating all family members to set up your students for success.
First Chair catches up with pro skier, Julian Carr, who has been featured in seven Warren Miller films, developing a reputation not only for capturing the biggest airs, but for all around skiing. Listen to how his background in gymnastics and his fascination for deep powder, has helped him to hone his craft.
First Chair catches up with PSIA Cross Country Coach Emily Lovett about how learning to cross country ski this winter will be a perfect half-day family and friend activity for this upcoming winter season. Listen to her recommendations on how instructors can approach teaching groups that may include students with different skill levels. To learn more about cross country skiing, check out your local Nordic centers and this “Beginner’s Guide to Cross Country Skiing”. http://tiny.cc/XClessons
First Chair catches up with Tanya Milelli about how instructors can stay positive this season while facing a return to something new for this winter season. Listen for some suggestions on how to look at the bigger picture, while applying some different and complex thinking to help roll out the red carpet for a return to winter. This season will be a great opportunity for you to really hone your people skills, so that together, we can strengthen our community, understand and embrace one another, and rebuild and reopen.
First Chair catches up with Kevin Jordan and PSIA Alpine Team member Jonathan Ballou, to learn about the history of Snowmass Bike Park and the Snowmass Bike School. They also share some insight about how the school is providing mountain bike lessons this summer to teach students foundational skills. You’ll also get some insight about how Snowmass has worked with local and state guidelines to make it a safe summer operational season.
First Chair catches up with pro skier Julian Carr and Nabil Rahman, vice president for Spot, which is a company that has reimagined the insurance ecosystem for the outdoor industry and its enthusiasts. PSIA-AASI recently partnered with Spot to offer all members injury insurance specifically designed for ski and snowboard instructors. For an affordable, one-time payment of $50, you can purchase Spot for the 2020-2021 season and get up to $20,000 for your medical bills each time you’re injured while skiing or snowboarding. Learn more: http://tiny.cc/spotinsurance [Photo Credit: Hanna Whirty]
First Chair catches up with PSIA-AASI National Team Alpine Assistant and Development Coach Matt Boyd and Snowboard Assistant and Development Coach Tony Macri about PSIA-AASI’s education staff and team coaches announcement on their decision for a positive path forward for the PSIA-AASI National Team Selection that will continue to build on the current team’s successes and also provide valuable benefits for members.
First Chair catches up with PSIA Alpine Team Coach Michael Rogan, PSIA Alpine Team member Dave Lyon, and PSIA-AASI Northwest member Melody Buell about their participation in Dave Lyon's race camps at Timberline Ski Area, Mt. Hood in Oregon this summer. Get the scoop on how the camps are operating during this unusual time.
First Chair catches up with PSIA-AASI National Team Head Coach, Jeb Boyd, and PSIA-AASI Director of Education, Dave Schuiling, about the Learning Connection model and talks about how two of the three tenets, teaching and people skills, are the same across all disciplines. The Learning Connection emphasizes that great lessons rely on the instructor’s ability to offer a blend of people skills, teaching skills, and technical skills. Whether students are new to skiing and riding or experts seeking greater mastery of their chosen sport, this approach creates informative, fun, and personalized experiences that keep students engaged in the learning process for life.
First Chair catches up with Dave Horne, a Level III alpine instructor, who hails from the Rocky Mountain Division. Dave shares his story about why he decided to pursue his passion to work in the snowsports industry and teach skiing and work at Vail Mountain. He also talks about what it’s like working in the snowsports industry as a Black ski instructor and shares ideas about how the industry can work to diversify its instructor core.
First Chair catches up with PSIA-AASI National Team Head Coach, Jeb Boyd, and PSIA-AASI Director of Education, Dave Schuiling, about PSIA-AASI's certification standards and the work that’s being done with PSIA-AASI’s education leaders, including the Education Leadership Council and the National Team, to update PSIA-AASI these standards. Learn about the journey PSIA-AASI’s education leaders have taken since the 2016 National Leadership Summit to work towards increasing consolidation, consistency and cooperation for PSIA-AASI’s education and certification programs. Learn how the updated certification standards will result in a clearer, more consistent path to success for you and all of PSIA-AASI’s members.
First Chair catches up with Zoe Mavis of Big Sky, Montana, and Pete Allison, from Penn State University about how to make a living as a full-time ski or snowboard instructor. Zoe and Pete share tips on how you can achieve success. Also, learn how you can advance from becoming a good to a great instructor through education and boosting your people skills.
First Chair catches up with Scott Mellin, global VP of mountain sports at The North Face and Nick Herrin, CEO of PSIA-AASI, about the new partnership between PSIA-AASI and The North Face. Learn how this partnership will give you access to the best gear to explore the mountain environment while you’re training the next generation of skiers and snowboarders. Scott and Nick also chat about how instructors help serve as a safe gateway for access to help educate the next generation of mountain athletes. Learn more about this new partnership: https://tinyurl.com/ybdq4rjs
There’s a saying that nothing gets you in better shape for skiing than actually skiing. But what if there’s no snow, like in the summer? Then you go inline skating! First Chair catches up with Rollerblade and chats with Andy Hare, director of partnership marketing, and Myles Cotter-Sparrow, product marketing coordinator. PSIA-AASI members receive special member pricing at https://members.thesnowpros.org/products/pro-offers
First Chair catches up with Ed Younglove and Eliza Kuntz, who discuss their role as the outgoing and incoming chair of PSIA-AASI’s Board of Directors. Hear Ed and Eliza’s stories about their journey and adventures with PSIA-AASI and how their love of teaching other people to ski and snowboard and the education they’ve received from PSIA-AASI has helped them both on and off the hill.