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.
In this episode, George and I chat about how you can overcome burnout at the end of your season. Take a moment to take a few turns for yourself and reflect on why you love being on snow. You have a unique opportunity to create a great guest experience or to help fuel the passion in other snow pros by helping them to improve their teaching and skiing and riding skills.
I love the story of Ester Ledecká’s double gold in both skiing and snowboarding at the 2018 Olympics, but not because of the ski/snowboard rivalry. I like this story because of what it says about how much our sports gain through collaborative competition.
When I ride with skiers I find our differences in line choice, terrain usage, and tactics for approaching situations make for great discussions and opportunities to challenge ourselves by adapting others’ perspectives. Did Ester win because she looked at the course differently? Or because her athletic training from both sports gave her an advantage?
There are going to be heaps of conversations and different versions of dissecting of what happened last night, but what I know is I can improve my riding by riding with skiers and occasionally putting on skis myself, and similarly, our two-planked friends can learn from following our lines and maybe even taking a snowboard lesson!
Tune in for more thoughts in this edition of First Chair, Last Call with George Thomas.
Hosting Logan Academy is one of the great pleasures of managing the training program at the Vail Ski & Snowboard School. This year we had 9 PSIA-AASI National Team members leading groups of instructors from Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone. Learn more about Logan Academy in this podcast with George Thomas.
Eric, Nick, and I jumped on a call with George to talk about the return of Rider Rally the pros/cons of the Rally vs National Academy. I always enjoy the energy Rolls and Alfieri bring to our group podcasts! Check it out