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!
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!
And to my new teammates: Let’s bring it!
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“The most important gift that you receive by taking action in the direction of your dreams is not attaining your dreams, it’s you growing stronger and becoming a stronger version of yourself through the challenges, through the resistance, and because it’s hard.” Elliot Hulse
I’m beyond excited to receive an invite to the next step of the 2016 PSIA-AASI National Team selections, and I’m stoked to head to Breckenridge in April with 60 of the most passionate ski and snowboard instructors and trainers in the world! Thank you to my friends, family, colleagues, and mentors who’ve helped and supported me in this crazy, awesome career. It’s been a wild 12 years, and it just keeps getting better!
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.
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”
Originally posted on SteamboatGuides.com
Steamboat is known for its ultra dry champagne powder, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only snow we receive. The six day storm from December 17th to 23rd was a Pineapple Express, a storm named for the high level of moisture it brings up from tropical areas like Hawaii. The storm went a bit south and buried resorts in southern Colorado, but Steamboat still made out with plenty of snow.
Read more “Epic Pow Week 12/17-23”