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 Emily Lovett, current PSIA Cross Country team member. Meet Emily and learn how her teaching background started when she started teaching cross country skiing at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center in 1995. Did you know that an October 2016 Outside magazine article ranked nordic skiing the world’s toughest outdoor sport? Meet Emily and then check out these videos to get started cross country skiing this season. https://www.thesnowpros.org/take-a-lesson/how-to-learn-to-cross-country-ski
First Chair catches up with PSIA Alpine Team members Matt Boyd and Ann Schorling who recently led one-day seminars as part of the National Ski Areas Association Winter Conferences. Each seminar focused on providing training for snowsports managers about the Learning Connection Model. This is a tool that is helping directors ensure their snowsports school teams have the teaching and people skills needed to connect with their resort guests.
PSIA-AASI National Team Alumni member David Oliver chats with First Chair about what it means to be a Level I, Level II and Level III PSIA-AASI certified member. Listen to D.O. share more insight about each certification level and what it means, both from an instructor standpoint and as a student taking a lesson from an instructor that has this certification. Watch these videos to learn more: https://www.thesnowpros.org/education/certification
First Chair catches up with a group of instructors from Eldora, Colorado, who just passed their PSIA Level I alpine exam. Listen to their stories and get the scoop on their journey and why they wanted to learn more and create some lifelong adventures through education. Learn more about PSIA-AASI certification and education opportunities: https://www.thesnowpros.org/education/certification
PSIA-AASI National Team Member Brenna Kelleher teams up with PSIA-AASI Level III instructors Glen Plake and A.J. Oliver for a segment in this season's Warren Miller film "Timeless," presented by Volkswagen. Brenna shares her story about performance anxiety that comes with representing instructors and PSIA-AASI members on the big screen. Listen to her experience, and then check out "Timeless" when it plays near you. https://www.thesnowpros.org/news/id/2424/member-spotlight-northern-rocky-mountains-brenna-kelleher
The Outdoor Retailer Snow Show took place in January at the Colorado Convention Center, with dozens of PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers showing off next year’s skis, snowboards, and accessories to retailers and snowsports instructors. First Chair catches up with Scott, Booster Strap, POC, Leki and more. Listen in for some of the top news that they wanted to introduce for instructors, and their students as well. Read more Outdoor Retailer Snow Show news from Nordica, HEAD, Salomon, Never Summer, Blizzard and Atomic: https://www.thesnowpros.org/news/id/2503/snow-show-standouts-new-womens-skis-never-summer-snowboards https://www.thesnowpros.org/news/id/2511/snow-show-standouts-new-skis-and-boots-for-instructors
First Chair catches up with current Team Manager Jeb Boyd, who will serve as the Head Coach of the 2020-24 PSIA-AASI National Team. Jeb shares an update about the new National Team selection process, who are individuals that are selected on a “best in the nation” concept. Every four years, men and women are chosen to represent the association following a rigorous selection process and will serve a four-year term. Hurry, your applications are due Friday, Jan. 10, 2020! www.thesnowpros.org/teamselection
First Chair catches up with PSIA Adaptive National Team members Geoff Krill and Josh Spoelstra about the 32nd annual Hartford Ski Spectacular that took place Dec. 9 - 15, 2019, in Breckenridge, Colorado. This event, hosted by Disabled Sports USA and held in conjunction with PSIA-AASI’s National Adaptive Academy, is the nation’s premier adaptive winter sports festival. Check out PSIA-AASI's top stories in adaptive instruction from 2019: http://tiny.cc/02d6hz
First Chair catches up with Jeff Brier to chat boardercross. Learn how it combines speed, jumps, and drops and how the feeling of the sport can help you become more connected to the performance of their snowboard or skis. Learn how moguls and banked turns in the trees directly relates to boardercross and advancing your fundamental skills as you maneuver through changing terrain.
First Chair catches up with Jim Shaw, about his new role as PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain division’s Telemark Committee chair. Learn what Shaw is doing in this role to apply consistency across the board for PSIA telemark national standards, as well as apply all skills found in The Learning Connection to education experiences. Check out PSIA-AASI National Standards: thesnowpros.org/education/national-standards
First Chair catches up with Rodney Williams, who shares his stories about becoming involved in teaching others to ski. Learn how he was able to introduce 48 children to skiing for an eight-week program at the now defunct Geneva Basin Ski Area. Rodney also shares how he was part of the Slippers-N-Sliders Club of Denver, a non-profit corporation organized and chartered in 1972 for the purpose of promoting the sport of skiing in the metro Denver urban areas.
First Chair catches up with Gates Lloyd, about his new role as PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain division’s Alpine Committee chair. Learn what Gates is doing in this role to apply The Learning Connection to education experiences. Gates also chats about his current role serving as snowsports director for Arapahoe Basin. Learn more about The Learning Connection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5wzlTX6W2M
Get the scoop about what’s happening on the education front, including the snowboard and people skills fundamentals, from AASI Snowboard Team member Chris Rogers.
Get some tips about how to introduce and use freestyle progressions and movements into your lesson from AASI Snowboard Team Coach Scott Anfang and PSIA-AASI member David Oliver.
PSIA Alpine Team Member Dusty Dyar discusses the best techniques for skiing steeps. Get the hang of choosing your line, making skid turns and learning advanced tips to conquer the steeps. Want more tips? Check out this online course created with the help of SKI Magazine. https://www.thesnowpros.org/ski-magazine-courses