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
Last week we recorded this episode of Last Call while I was on an evening splitboard skin up Beaver Creek to enjoy some fresh snow. Tune in to hear George and I chat about splitboarding, equipment, and uphill access at resorts.
AASI and Burton have been partnering on snowboard education and equipment for more than 20 years, and in the last year we’ve been collaborating on specific education highlighting the evolution of teaching kids. This winter we rolled out the “Kids Can Snowboard Too” project, a campaign to educate kids, parents, instructors, and resorts about the advancements in equipment, instruction, and terrain available to create successful lessons for 3-6 year olds.
Read more “First Chair: E-Learning Course Helps PE Teachers to Teach Snowboarding Indoors”