First Chair, Last Call: Passion, Career Paths, and Adventures in Education

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

PSIA-AASI just dropped another edition of our First Chair, Last Call podcast. This one ties into PSIA-AASI’s new vision statement “Adventures in Education,” and is about following your passion, pathways to a career in the industry, and a little of my journey through the industry.  Read more “First Chair, Last Call: Passion, Career Paths, and Adventures in Education”

First Chair Podcast: How Paddleboarding Helps You Keep Your Snowsports Edge

By Chris / On / In Interviews, PSIA-AASI

Following up on my article on paddleboarding as a great activity for training ski and snowboard fitness and balance in the Spring issue of 32 Degrees, George Thomas and sat down a couple weeks ago to record another podcast for our Last Call edition of PSIA-AASI’s First Chair. Hope you enjoy it, let me know if there are things you want George and I to chat about in our next podcast!

 

Kids Don’t Have to Learn to Ski First

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

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.

Rider Rally Brought 60+ Snowboarders to Araphaoe Basin

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

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.

📷: Linda Guerrette Photography

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.