One of the awesome things about being on the AASI National Team is the projects we get to work on that impact the whole industry.
Earlier this spring, teammate Amy Gan and I met up with Burton’s Global Experience Manager Shaun Cattanach at Eldora Mountain Resort for one of those projects, a video to promote learn to snowboard programs for young kids to show at the National Ski Areas Association’s National Convention.
Not only was it a fun project to create and film, it carried an important message to ski area managers from across the country. I’m really happy with how the video turned out and love its message about improvements to children’s snowboard education through advancements in equipment, terrain, and teaching.
When we brainstormed the return of Rider Rally at Team Training last fall, all we really knew was that we wanted to revive this core event and bring together riders from across our organization.
The idea was one that the snowboard team rallied around, and so we spent the last 6 months planning on teleconferences and over beers at other events, talking to resorts and hitting the jackpot with Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, asking sponsors for whatever they had left in their swag drawers, promoting Rider Rally at every resort we visited, designing graphics and creating messaging, building the community on Facebook, and working with PSIA-AASI staff to help organize registration.
And then 60 snowboarders from all over the world showed up at Arapahoe Basin! This is the final group photo, taken at about 3:30 on Friday. Still 50 strong and many of the riders in this group went on to bounce and jump at Woodward Copper for the next 3 hours.
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.