20 Years of Burton and AASI – First Chair Podcast

By Chris / On / In Interviews, PSIA-AASI, PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain

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!

Defensive Skiing & Riding – First Chair Podcast

By Chris / On / In Interviews, PSIA-AASI, PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain, Vail

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!

PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain First Chair Podcast

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Interviews, PSIA-AASI, PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain

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!

The Scoop: Sliding Sideways with Rocky Mountain

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, PSIA-AASI, PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain

Cold but awesome three days of sliding around @breckenridgemtn for @psiarmaasi RMT Preview. One of the best parts of being an examiner is getting to see the new ideas being developed by the next generation of trainers. #snowpros #rmsnowpros #ridingisthereason

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

Enjoy!

Up Close and Personal for PSIA-AASI

By Chris / On / In PSIA-AASI, PSIA-AASI Alaska, PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain, Vail

2015-12-20 10_33_58-Chris Rogers (@chrisrogersvail) • Instagram photos and videosIn 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.  Read more “Up Close and Personal for PSIA-AASI”