I am honored to be selected as a member of the 2016 PSIA-AASI Snowboard Team and to represent AASI for the next four years alongside an incredible team of inspirational educators and athletes.
In the fall of 2004 I moved to Steamboat Springs, planning to spend a winter there between college and “real life.” That all changed because of a conversation at Mahogany Ridge where Scott Anfang convinced me to teach snowboarding for “a season.”
I’m passionate about our organization and the power of the Teams to inspire, influence, and change lives because it happened to me. Standing at the front of the room last night with my new teammates, I couldn’t help but be excited about the incredible opportunity we all have to create that same life change for the next generation of educators.
While I credit Scott with starting me down this path, the saying “It takes a village” has never been more true. In that first season in Steamboat I had a few outstanding trainers who inspired me to make snowboard instruction a career instead of just a job. Through the years that list has expanded dramatically, and I owe so many thanks to the many, many people who’ve I’ve had the opportunity to train with and learn from.
So, to everyone who trained me and trained with me, to all of the amazing people who helped make this a career, to the guests who made teaching snowboarding so fun, to my peers who have been an endless source of encouragement, and to my friends and family who put up with me always talking about snowboarding: Thank You!
And to my new teammates: Let’s bring it!
“The most important gift that you receive by taking action in the direction of your dreams is not attaining your dreams, it’s you growing stronger and becoming a stronger version of yourself through the challenges, through the resistance, and because it’s hard.” Elliot Hulse
I’m beyond excited to receive an invite to the next step of the 2016 PSIA-AASI National Team selections, and I’m stoked to head to Breckenridge in April with 60 of the most passionate ski and snowboard instructors and trainers in the world! Thank you to my friends, family, colleagues, and mentors who’ve helped and supported me in this crazy, awesome career. It’s been a wild 12 years, and it just keeps getting better!
This fall I uploaded some videos from a few years ago. I have a bunch more to post, but before I do, here’s the highlights. Continue reading “Videos from Silverton and Alaska”
This week saw some incredibly deep snow in Colorado, and Tuesday 12/22 I was able to get out ride with a new Feiyu Tech 4G GoPro gimbal. The footage speaks for itself. Continue reading “Pow day at Vail with a Feiyu Tech Gimbal”
In 1998 I took a roadtrip with two good friends that launched a career in the snowsports industry. Because of that trip I started teaching snowboarding and joined the American Association of Snowboard Instructors 11 years ago. At the time I thought I’d teach for a year or two, but then something happened, and stumbled into my dream career.
Learn a little more about that trip and about my journey through the ski and snowboard industry in this 5 minute interview – part of my application to the 2016 PSIA-AASI Snowboard Team. Continue reading “Up Close and Personal for PSIA-AASI”