In this week’s First Chair Podcast George and I talked about the 20 year relationship between Burton and AASI, focused on improving snowboard education and equipment. We’ll be working together to tell that story and how it’s eliminated the barriers for 3-6 year olds who want to learn to snowboard. This podcast also dives in to the Burton Step-On binding which I’ve been riding for the last few weeks. Listen in to get my impressions!
Last week George Thomas and I connected for the first episode of our new weekly series as part of PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain “First Chair” Podcast . The podcast is a new project focused on Skiing, Riding, Certifications, Professional Development, and Mountain Lifestyle. Last week’s podcast was focused on defensive skiing and riding during spring break, check it out!
Checking in from the top of Vail Mountain with a conditions update for the President’s Day weekend!
I recently sat down with George Thomas for the new PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain “First Chair” Podcast. The podcast is a new project focused on Skiing, Riding, Certifications, Professional Development, and Mountain Lifestyle. If you’d like to listen in as George and I chat about snowboarding, the national team, and everything in between, check it out below.
Meet AASI National Demo Team member Chris Rogers who joins us to discuss his roots in snowboarding, how he got into teaching, what it was like to go through Team tryouts and how his teaching philosophy has developed throughout his career.
There are already 16 episodes with a guest list that include Nick Herrin, Scott Anfang, Ron LeMaster, Joel Gratz, Charlie MacArthur, Ellen Post Foster, and Dave Gregory!
Over the summer I took on the role of Chair for the Rocky Mountain Snowboard Education Committee. In a recent article for the PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain newsletter I explained what the committee is and our vision for continuing to evolve the snowboard education process…
Here’s an excerpt:
It’s been an awesome few years for the Rocky Mountain division, and as we plan for the next few, I’m excited to introduce myself as the new Snowboard Education Committee Chair.
So what is the snowboard education committee? It’s a question I’ve heard a dozen times in the last few months, and my answer changes a bit every time. Essentially, it’s a group of seven passionate, dedicated volunteers, who’ve been elected by the RM Education Staff to continue the development of our division while holding to the national standards and maintaining the quality we’ve all grown accustomed to. The committee is largely responsible with balancing feedback from our members, member schools, the RM office, and national standards while maintaining a level of consistency, honoring our past, and looking to the future.
Check out the full article on PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain’s website: http://www.psia-rm.org/the-scoop/sliding-sideways-rocky-mountain
By / In Gear/ On
With Burton’s big reveal of the Step On, snowboarding’s worst kept secret of the last year is finally official – the step in binding is back.
For the last few decades, many of us have been deriding step-ins. They were heavy, clunky, unreliable, poor performing, pieces of junk that were just as likely to accidentally release as they were to ice up and refuse to attach. Similar to binding “advancements” that swivel the front binding, add levered brakes, or automatically close the ankle straps, step-ins were just another great intentioned, but overly complicated invention. As a result, they were unable to compete with the simplicity, weight, and reliability of traditional straps.
Despite the disdain mainstream snowboarding threw at them, step-ins found a niche of die-hard followers that put new liners in their beat up old boots, search for replacement binding parts online, seek out gear at garage sales, and post in forums about their love for step-ins.
Can you tell the members a little bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, where long winters make for a natural introduction to snowsports. My parents say I learned to ski before learning to walk. After graduating from high school, two buddies and I bought an RV and spent three months riding at more than 30 ski areas in Canada, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, and Colorado. That trip launched me into a career in snowsports, first in journalism, then in snowboard education. I live in EagleVail, and manage ski and snowboard school training at Vail Mountain.