On a recent First Chair podcast, George brought up my teammate Jonathan Ballou’s podcast on taking your skiing from good to great (my answer? start snowboarding!), but it led to this discussion around how you can plan to take your riding from good to great and get to that next level – as well as a discussion of why we evaluate certain things during the riding portion of the exam. Learn why being a beginner again at a sport this summer, or trying some cross training on a board sport, can help you accomplish your winter riding goals.
Tag: Last Call
AASI Snowboard Team members Nick and Chris Rogers chat about AASI’s Rider Rally, which heads back to Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin May 7-11, 2018, for several days of incredible shredding and education. Plus, snag 24 hours of continuing education credits. Learn about the latest snow conditions at A-Basin and register now at www.thesnowpros.org/riderrally.
While we were in China, several of the AASI Snowboard Team members checked in to report from China, where we were working to help train Chinese ski and snowboard instructors for a Level I exam. Learn how this event is helping bridge cultures through snowboarding and help the Chinese’s government to reach a goal to grow the Chinese ski and snowboard population by 300 million before the 2022 Olympics.
In this episode, George and I chat about how you can overcome burnout at the end of your season. Take a moment to take a few turns for yourself and reflect on why you love being on snow. You have a unique opportunity to create a great guest experience or to help fuel the passion in other snow pros by helping them to improve their teaching and skiing and riding skills.
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.