PSIA/AASI’s relationship with industry partners is stronger than ever and continues to be a major focus moving forward. Visitations to divisions last season has helped re-establish trust and fostered better communication, collaboration and consolidation (three Cs).
Although the Children’s Specialist (CS) program continues to be well-received, the program’s growth was flat this past season compared to previous years. In analyzing trends, we’re still only seeing a 31 percent conversion rate of Level 1 members into CS1. If you are new to PSIA/AASI, and want to increase your earning potential, please consider taking one of our valuable educational programs. For the 2017/18 season, we will continue to offer a number of Children’s clinics and lectures as well as CS events, and can accommodate pop-up events with advance notice. Please contact the office for more details.
“Teaching” skiing is not just about skiing, it’s about learning more about who people are, including ourselves, and how we work, play, explore and learn together. Any system of learning and facilitating learning must be grounded in an understanding of our social and learning context as well as the technical aspects of skiing.
A list and description of the clinics available for Alpine instructors is attached below. The clinics are intended to help you kick-start your season by reviewing the familiar and introducing you to the new, not to mention boosting your educational credit for the year.
Hello and best wishes to you all for a great summer! Here’s a quick update on relevant education developments in our division and nationally.
Education Leadership Council
I am part of a new national group called the Education Leadership Council and we recently met at the national office in Lakewood, CO for our first face-to-face meeting. The group consists of educational leaders from each of the nine divisions, the coaches of the four National teams (Dave Lawrence, Scott Anfang, Geoff Krill, and Michael Rogan), Dave Schuiling (PSIA Director of Education) and Jeb Boyd (National Teams Manager).
Prior to the recent board meeting, president Rich organized a day of “giving back” where board members assembled various pieces of furniture/ playground equipment and painted equipment for our friends at the NAC. Look for photos on the website.
Board of Directors
I was to represent eastern Idaho and northern Utah resorts (Region II). During the past three years I have learned of the many hours and effort that takes place behind the scenes by the board of directors on behalf of the members to keep the division healthy. I was able to interact with board members and program managers who put a lot of thought into helping members. There is a lot of discussion that goes on in hope of providing members the best possible training for certification and clinics. As a parting member of the board, let me share a few thoughts and experiences I’ve had.
I suggest that the president might be a good (correct) guess on the part of most people; as all of you would (should!) know from the recent e-blast and from the web page, Rich McLaughlin was recently reelected to a second term as president.
But in our Intermountain Division ski world, there are lots of reasons to celebrate!
We may be a small division with only 2500 members, but we certainly have some very bright stars!
The Instructors EDGE
The Instructors EDGE, official publication of the Professional Ski Instructors of America – Intermountain Division and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors – Intermountain Division, is scheduled to be published three times a year at a nonmember subscription rate of $15.
Opinions presented in the EDGE are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily represent the opinions or policies of the Professional Ski Instructors of America, Intermountain or the American Association of Snowboard Instructors, Intermountain. Submission of articles and photos is encouraged. Contact the editor.
Rodger Renstrom, Editor
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