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: Still Time to Register for Rider Rally

By Chris / On / In Events, Podcasts, PSIA-AASI

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.

First Chair: Snowboard Team Check in From China

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Podcasts

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.

First Chair: Combating Burnout

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Podcasts

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.

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.