2018/19 Burton Catalog is Live

By Chris / On / In Gear

If you’re eagerly awaiting the snow like me, new gear release season is always an exciting milestone in the fall’s progress towards winter!

Burton’s 2018-19 gear is now live on their site, including boards (I’m looking forward to the Family Tree Trick Pilot myself), boots, bindings, outerwear, and all the accessories (including the new Anon M4 goggle).

I’m pretty excited by their news that starting this fall, all Burton softgoods come backed with a lifetime warranty. This fits well with Burton’s commitment to quality gear, but also to their Burton 2020 Sustainability Goals as it puts an incentive on Burton to delivery quality gear that will last for years to come. Through the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle mantra, companies like Burton and Patagonia who commit to lifetime warranties put their own money on the line to say “you don’t have to buy a new jacket every year, and in fact, that jacket is a purchase that will last you a lifetime.”

Worth mentioning that right now you’ll get a free 18oz Mizu water bottle with the purchase of a full price backpack from now through 8/24.

First Chair: How to Take your Riding from Good to Great

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Podcasts, PSIA-AASI

On a recent First Chair podcast, George brought up my teammate Jonathan Ballou’s podcast on taking your skiing from good to great (my answer? start snowboarding!), but it led to this discussion around how you can plan to take your riding from good to great and get to that next level – as well as a discussion of why we evaluate certain things during the riding portion of the exam. Learn why being a beginner again at a sport this summer, or trying some cross training on a board sport, can help you accomplish your winter riding goals. 


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First Chair: Checking in from Rider Rally

By Chris / On / In Podcasts, PSIA-AASI

AASI Team members Amy Gan, Tony Marci and Chris Rogers report on what’s happening at Rider Rally, which kicked off May 7 at Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin and continues through Friday, May 11. Learn how the team is working to build camaraderie with event attendees and what’s being worked on during these several days of incredible shredding and education with AASI Snowboard Team members and snowboarding colleagues from around the country.
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First Chair: Still Time to Register for Rider Rally

By Chris / On / In Events, Podcasts, PSIA-AASI

AASI Snowboard Team members Nick and Chris Rogers chat about AASI’s Rider Rally, which heads back to Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin May 7-11, 2018, for several days of incredible shredding and education. Plus, snag 24 hours of continuing education credits. Learn about the latest snow conditions at A-Basin and register now at www.thesnowpros.org/riderrally.

First Chair: Snowboard Team Check in From China

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Podcasts

While we were in China, several of the AASI Snowboard Team members checked in to report from China, where we were working to help train Chinese ski and snowboard instructors for a Level I exam. Learn how this event is helping bridge cultures through snowboarding and help the Chinese’s government to reach a goal to grow the Chinese ski and snowboard population by 300 million before the 2022 Olympics.