Nick Herrin Named New PSIA-AASI CEO

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Super excited about this news from PSIA-AASI. For those that don’t know him, Nick is a phenomenal skier, inspiring leader, and all around great guy. Nick has been a huge part of Logan Academy, one of the big events we host at Vail, and for the last few years he’s taken the hard charging heavy hitter ski group (which usually ends up hucking off Lovers’ Leap). So rad to have a skier of this caliber taking the reins of the organization, and I think we should all be stoked for the direction he’ll lead.


Nicholas Herrin, a snowsports-industry leader with senior management experience in resort management and snowsports education, will join the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) as its new chief executive officer on July 18, 2016. Currently based in Gunnison, Colorado, Herrin most recently served as the assistant general manager for Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado. He also served three terms (2004-16) as a member of the PSIA Alpine Team.

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Snow Bullying and Shane Koyczan’s “To This Day” Animated Spoken Word

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We all know people who were bullied, or affected by bullying, in school. Spoken Word poet Shane Koyczan and a team of animators have created beautiful, awesome, moving piece of art about bullying, titled “To This Day.” Check it out below the fold. Read more “Snow Bullying and Shane Koyczan’s “To This Day” Animated Spoken Word”

SBG: Where we’ve been, where we’re at, where we are going

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This is the original business card we hit the road with in 1999

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I started SBG with two good friends in the fall of 1998 as we prepared to hit the road on a snowboard roadtrip. It’s been more than a decade since I started cobbling together bits of code to make a website that would catalog our trip as we traveled from Alaska into Canada and then down through Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado during what was to be one of the best seasons on record. Read more “SBG: Where we’ve been, where we’re at, where we are going”

Off-Snow Training: Trampolines

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One of our most commonly asked questions is “How do I prepare for a snowboard or ski vacation?” While there is no easy answer, there are a number of ways you can prepare your body and mind for a trip to the mountains. Off-snow training regiments can benefit riders in many ways, including conditioning, balance, and freestyle advancement. Snowboarding uses a diverse set of muscles; creating a work-out plan to keep them all in shape is no easy feat, considering that many of our guests ride no more than 20 days per year. I encourage my clients to train core snowboard muscles throughout the year, reducing the dreaded “day 3 burnout” and making their on-snow experience more enjoyable. There are many ways to keep your body in “snowboard shape” and your mind prepared for the next jump, the important thing is that you find one that works for you.

This is the first in a series about off-snow training. We’ll look at trampolines, fitness training, favorite exercises, and other sports with skills that transfer easily to snowboarding. Read more “Off-Snow Training: Trampolines”