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!
The REI Co-op crew teamed up with PSIA-AASI National Team members Amy Gan, Greg Rhodes and Robin Barnes last December to create a comprehensive catalog of “learn to” cross country, ski and snowboard videos that you and your students can watch on YouTube, or that you can post on your own social media accounts to share the love of snowsports. This link takes you to those videos: http://tiny.cc/REIVideos
First Chair catches up with Hestra’s Marketing Manager Drew Eakins about the company’s decision to donate 38,000 pairs of gloves to Colorado first responders last week. During this time of so many changes, let’s keep backing each other in our industry, and if you’re able to, take advantage of your PSIA-AASI member specific-pricing on spring and summer products on the Pro Offers page and help support PSIA-AASI’s Official Suppliers. Visit: www.thesnowpros.org/shop
First Chair catches up with PSIA-AASI Chairman of the Board of Directors, Ed Younglove, about why it’s so important for all of us to stay connected to our snowsports community these days. Ed also chats about what the PSIA-AASI leadership is doing to focus on the needs of PSIA-AASI members across the country to help them get through this experience and into the next season. Be sure to stay connected to your community by following PSIA-AASI’s Facebook and Instagram channels and tagging your IG posts with #snowpros: www.thesnowpros.org/socialmedia
PSIA-AASI National Team Head Coach Jeb Boyd and Director of Education Dave Schuiling talk about the plan and path forward from the postponement of the 2020 National Team Selection. Hear their feedback about next steps and how the selection will kick off in just over a year from now, on April 18, 2021. Stay connected with the #snowpros community and watch education presentations: www.thesnowpros.org/socialmedia
First Chair catches up with Karen Downing, Annette Lang, JoAnn Larsen and Maggie Loring to discuss their key takeaways from the Women’s Summit, held March 1 – 3 at Snowbird, Utah. Karen, Annette and JoAnn also discuss working as instructors at the Boston Mills and Brandywine Ski area. Hear their take on how they plan to incorporate lessons learned from this event into next season, such as using a simplified teaching model and why they'll be working on finishing their ski turns. Stay connected with the #snowpros community: https://www.thesnowpros.org/socialmedia
Nate Gardner chatted with First Chair twice this month. In the first interview, he shares his excitement about participating in the 2020 PSIA-AASI National Team Selection event, that was scheduled for April 2020 and now postponed until next season. In the second interview, Nate shares how he’s going to continue to train for Team Selection and how he’s home schooling his two children. Follow PSIA-AASI social media channels and to stay connected to your #snowpros community: www.thesnowpros.org/socialmedia
First Chair catches up with Stacey Gerrish during Day 7 of her stay-at-home lockdown. Stacey talks about a message she shared with Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard school instructors last week and reflects about how she’s found a silver lining during these interesting times. Listen to how she's been expressing her gratitude in a variety of ways. Please follow PSIA-AASI social media channels to reach out and safely stay connected to our community: www.thesnowpros.org/socialmedia
First Chair catches up with some folks who help PSIA-AASI with some internal administrative operations, such as contract photographer Linda Guerette and communications specialist, Katrina Brinkerhoff. Get the skinny on some of the people working behind-the-PSIA-AASI scenes!
First Chair catches up with Stacey Gerrish to get the scoop about the fundamentals of teaching children and how you can help them determine their goals. Take a listen to get some tips and trick to teach kids from Stacey, then check out PSIA-AASI’s free e-learning course “Introduction to Working With Children.” https://lms.thesnowpros.org/product/introduction-to-working-with-children/
First Chair catches up with PSIA Alpine Team members Stephen Helfenbein and Brenna Kelleher about the benefits of summer skiing and how visiting other countries in the off season can help you keep your year-round edge. Be sure to check out PSIA-AASI’s new Fitness for Skiing and Snowboard resource too! Access your free digital edition: https://www.thesnowpros.org/education/digitalmanuals
First Chair catches up with Geoff Krill and Josh Spoelstra from the PSIA Adaptive Team to talk about what it’s like for them as they enter a tryout year for the team. Also, learn more about some of the most impactful events in the last 12 months of professional snowsports instruction. Read more: https://www.thesnowpros.org/news/id/2468/2019-year-in-review-top-stories-in-adaptive-instruction
First Chair catches up with PSIA-AASI National Team Manger Jeb Boyd who talks about the 2020 PSIA-AASI National Team Selection process and how ti helps PSIA-AASI select the nation’s best instructors to represent the association at the highest level. As a result, the team will embody these three attributes outlined by the Teams Taskforce: lifelong learners, inspirational educators, and inspirational athletes. Take a listen and learn more about next steps for the 2020 – 24 PSIA-AASI National Team Selection event.
First Chair catches up with Pete Allison about PSIA-AASI’s Learning Connection Model, which emphasizes an equal focus on people skills (which tie into the culture of snowsports), technical skills (which are at the core of good technique), and the teaching skills (which strengthen the student’s connection to snowsports).
First Chair catches up with Kristi Prochazka and Ryan Christofferson from the PSIA-AASI Western Division to chat about ways that PSIA-AASI members can get involved in the division and in the industry. Volunteering is a great way to become involved in your snowsports community. The best way to volunteer for the Western Division is to run for a position on its board of directors. If you have the qualities and experience that would make you a valuable member of the PSIA-AASI Western Division Board of Directors, and you have ideas on how PSIA-AASI can better serve its members, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Chair catches up with Greg Dixon and Grant Bishop to discuss the top highlight from the PSIA Telemark Team over the past few years. Learn how the biggest highlight for this term was the trip to Interski in Pamporovo.