First Chair: How to Take your Riding from Good to Great

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Podcasts, PSIA-AASI

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. 

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First Chair: Checking in from Rider Rally

By Chris / On / In Podcasts, PSIA-AASI

AASI Team members Amy Gan, Tony Marci and Chris Rogers report on what’s happening at Rider Rally, which kicked off May 7 at Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin and continues through Friday, May 11. Learn how the team is working to build camaraderie with event attendees and what’s being worked on during these several days of incredible shredding and education with AASI Snowboard Team members and snowboarding colleagues from around the country.
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First Chair, Last Call: Benefits of Skiing & Snowboarding

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Podcasts, PSIA-AASI

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.

First Chair, Last Call – What is Logan Academy?

By Chris / On / In Podcasts, PSIA-AASI

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.