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.
PSIA-AASI is running an interview series called “Meet the Team.” Each segment features one team member, so you can learn a bit more about us.
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.
I am honored to be selected as a member of the 2016 PSIA-AASI Snowboard Team and to represent AASI for the next four years alongside an incredible team of inspirational educators and athletes.
In the fall of 2004 I moved to Steamboat Springs, planning to spend a winter there between college and “real life.” That all changed because of a conversation at Mahogany Ridge where Scott Anfang convinced me to teach snowboarding for “a season.”
I’m passionate about our organization and the power of the Teams to inspire, influence, and change lives because it happened to me. Standing at the front of the room last night with my new teammates, I couldn’t help but be excited about the incredible opportunity we all have to create that same life change for the next generation of educators.
While I credit Scott with starting me down this path, the saying “It takes a village” has never been more true. In that first season in Steamboat I had a few outstanding trainers who inspired me to make snowboard instruction a career instead of just a job. Through the years that list has expanded dramatically, and I owe so many thanks to the many, many people who’ve I’ve had the opportunity to train with and learn from.
So, to everyone who trained me and trained with me, to all of the amazing people who helped make this a career, to the guests who made teaching snowboarding so fun, to my peers who have been an endless source of encouragement, and to my friends and family who put up with me always talking about snowboarding: Thank You!
After a grueling four-day competition and selection process held April 17 – April 21 at Breckenridge, Colorado, the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) is pleased to announce the names of the PSIA-AASI members selected from 81 total candidates to serve on the 2016-20 PSIA-AASI team.
These 81 snowsports instructors, some of the best instructors in the United States, converged upon the slopes of Breckenridge for the selection process and contended throughout the event with variable and challenging conditions. The selection process began on Monday for alpine and snowboard disciplines and on Tuesday for the nordic and adaptive disciplines.
In 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.