In this week’s First Chair Podcast George and I talked about the 20 year relationship between Burton and AASI, focused on improving snowboard education and equipment. We’ll be working together to tell that story and how it’s eliminated the barriers for 3-6 year olds who want to learn to snowboard. This podcast also dives in to the Burton Step-On binding which I’ve been riding for the last few weeks. Listen in to get my impressions!
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!
Can you tell the members a little bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, where long winters make for a natural introduction to snowsports. My parents say I learned to ski before learning to walk. After graduating from high school, two buddies and I bought an RV and spent three months riding at more than 30 ski areas in Canada, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, and Colorado. That trip launched me into a career in snowsports, first in journalism, then in snowboard education. I live in EagleVail, and manage ski and snowboard school training at Vail Mountain.
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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.
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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After a grueling four-day competition and selection process held April 17 – April 21 at Breckenridge, Colorado, the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) is pleased to announce the names of the PSIA-AASI members selected from 81 total candidates to serve on the 2016-20 PSIA-AASI team.
These 81 snowsports instructors, some of the best instructors in the United States, converged upon the slopes of Breckenridge for the selection process and contended throughout the event with variable and challenging conditions. The selection process began on Monday for alpine and snowboard disciplines and on Tuesday for the nordic and adaptive disciplines.