PSIA-AASI NORTHWEST

EVENT CALENDAR

The calendar is still being updated with events, please continue to check back for updates.

If at any time you have questions please call/text us 206-244-8541 or email info@psia-nw.org.

We are working to place online, and on snow, events for you. The only constant is change, we hope less than last year. Please check our COVID page for any updates due to the virus. If you don’t feel well, let us know and stay home. Before any on snow event, we will have a list of health questions for you to complete. On snow events will be direct to lift, your car your “chalet” for the day, masks are required, social distancing expected, following all resort rules, and loads of patience :). 

And the usual, we make every effort to run all events. If the event you are registering for cancels for any reason, we will notify you.

Education Credits

Continuing education (CEU) events are designed to help you learn and grow as a snowsports professional. They also serve as an opportunity for you to keep up-to-date on the latest techniques and trends in your discipline. Every certified member of the NW Division is required to attend at least 6 CEU each season (usually one day on snow). 

All events, online sessions, etc. will list the number of CEUs provided.

Note on Education Credits

You may only accrue up to 12 CEU; i.e. if you attend a one-day event in January for 6 credits, then take an exam in March which provides 12 credits, the total credits will be 18, and take care of things for the current season and the next. You can always check your credits by looking at your profile at thesnowpros.org.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • Full refund less $30 admin fee for cancellation 10 business days from event
  • No refund for cancellation less than 10 business days from event
  • No show, no refunds
  • A complimentary event transfer (requested 7 days before original registered event) can be performed one time, after that, there is a $30 admin fee for each event transfer
  • Our admin fees are non-refundable

Request for Non-PSIA-AASI Credit

To receive credit for a non-PSIA-AASI event, we require a request for approval of the event in advance. The request must provide us with details of what the event will entail and its duration. Complete the downloadable form below and e-mail to info@psia-nw.org.

Request Form

The “Outside” credit policy allows members to count certain non-PSIA-AASI functions towards continuing educational credit, contingent upon pre-approval, and a $35.00 administration fee. It is important to remember this request can only be used once every three seasons. The purpose of this policy is to allow members who wish to broaden their base of experience to do so, while at the same time meet their continuing education requirements. Please note, requests need to be completed for participation or attendance of outside events occurring in the current season.

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Fall Seminar 2021


Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
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Event Type: Webinar

Location: NW – Webinar

Available Registration Packages (click for more info):
Registration:
– Full Rate: $100.00
– CEUs: 6

Prerequisites: None

Additional Fee for Non-Members: $25.00

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 11:59 pm


Online Registration: CLOSED

Offline Registration: Contact the division office.


Additional Event Details:

It’s time for Fall Seminar – virtual this year using the Zoom platform.

Our keynote speaker is Ron Kipp and we have a wide range of topics for your morning and afternoon sessions to choose from – please click on the link below for all the topic descriptions and details for Fall Seminar 2021. We look forward to “seeing” you there.

*Please note, if there are not enough registrations for a session, we will contact you for your second choice.

Fall Seminar Overview (click for PDF):

Date: 23rd October 2021

CEUs at completion: 6 CEU

Schedule (all times Pacific)

9:00-10:00am – Keynote – Ron Kipp

10:00-11:45am – Morning Session

12:00-12:45pm – Lunch Panel

1:00-2:30pm – Afternoon Session




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Registration

Package Price:
– Full Rate: $100.00

CEUs: 6

Prerequisites: None

Registration Deadline Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 11:59 pm

This package includes each of the following sections.

Morning Session (Choose 1 option):
AM-Ski Performance vs. Ski Performance
     October 23, 2021 from 10:15 am to 11:45 am

An exploration of what “Ski Performance” means. Two different definitions, one is about how the ski performs on the snow, the other is what the specific ski is designed to do. When we’re prompted to “get more performance” out of the ski, what does that mean? We’ll answer that and more going through these concepts.

At the completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • differentiate between what the ski does on the snow and what the purpose of a specific ski is
  • share that difference with others, and
  • share what it means to maximize the built-in performance of the ski

AM-Children’s Movement Analysis
     October 23, 2021 from 10:15 am to 11:45 am

Come and join us to watch video of kids skiing. They will be doing a variety of tasks and drills showing varied levels of ability and development. We will discuss what is reasonable to expect from the movements of their bodies and the outcomes at the ski. Be prepared to participate, have fun and challenge yourself in this hands-on movement analysis session!

At the completion of the session, you will:

  • have an understanding of specific stages of growth and development and
  • have a better eye to see their movements.

AM-Watch Your Mouth: Limit vocab to build your movement analysis
     October 23, 2021 from 10:15 am to 11:45 am

Limited vocabulary is a tool to hone our abilities to describe tool-snow interaction and how our body movements impact that interaction. By agreeing to a limited set of language, we can practice using that language in a precise and concise way. The observation, evaluation, and prescription framework is a great way to exercise this limited vocabulary. Together they work to create a process which will set us up to be successful using movement analysis in exams, tryouts, and most importantly with our students.

At the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Concisely and accurately describe snow tool interaction and body movements
  • Describe how fundamentals tie body movements to snow tool interaction
  • Use a limited vocabulary to practice the observation, evaluation, and prescription framework

AM-Cross Country Movement Analysis
     October 23, 2021 from 10:15 am to 11:45 am

During this session we will discuss what we look for in both classic and skate technique when observing cross country skiers. We will work on coming up with ways to efficiently describe what we see and how that affects push off, weight transfer and glide.

At the end of this session you will come away with different strategies for looking at cross country skiers and a better eye for seeing their movements.


AM-People Skills Experience
     October 23, 2021 from 10:15 am to 11:45 am

How would you describe an instructor with strong people skills?

Good people skills are defined as the ability to listen, to communicate and to relate to others on a personal or professional level. It can also include problem-solving abilities, empathy for others and a willingness to work together toward a common goal. You will be provided opportunities to engage with the People Skills intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially and collaboratively as we “learn by doing.” Using activities and our own experiences to reflect upon, we will work to grow ourselves as instructors by gaining a better understanding, recognition and application of how the people skills aid us in building learning connections with our students in ways that are measurable, observable and coachable.

At the end of the session you will be

  • more familiar with the Learning Connection Model
  • how the people skills work within the model & why they are important
  • understand how they are what we do in building our connection with our students

AM-Snowboard Skill Blending
     October 23, 2021 from 10:15 am to 11:45 am

Kelly Howle

Get winter ready with a refresh on the snowboard fundamentals with a movement analysis twist. Using real NW riders on video, look for movements that cause effective and ineffective skill blending.

At the end of the session, you will be able to:

  • Identify key issues in skill blending, especially as it pertains to different exam tasks.
  • Use each of the six fundamentals to identify and relate both effective and ineffective movements that sometimes occur.
  • Connect the importance of blending movements as they relate to Timing-Intensity-Duration (TID) and the amount of movement made (range of motion-ROM).

AM-Lies, More Lies & Numbers on Boot Boxes
     October 23, 2021 from 10:15 am to 11:45 am

There’s a strong correlation between our gear choices and successes (or lack there of) in the pursuit of our desired outcomes, and we haven’t even mentioned our clients yet! Why do we make the choices we make? Marketing? Peer pressure? Price point? And what experiences do we get for our money? Why do we buy new boots 2 weeks before our exam, or conversely, why are we skiing in 20 year old boots? Is that left footed turn always chattering on hard snow days? Having trouble with one footed movements? What do we look for in our movements that tells us a guest/client, or colleague is struggling because of imbalance? How can we see if it’s skills based or gear set up, tune, or choices, or a combination of everything?

Through humor, antidotes from the ski shop, video and real world experiences, at the completion of the session, you will be able to:

  • build a general base of gear, fit, and sizing knowledge to help make us better ‘see-ers’ in identifying how gear choices influence narratives and desired outcomes for both our guests/students and ourselves

AM-Behavior Management 101 (AM)
     October 23, 2021 from 10:15 am to 11:45 am

Toolkits for Successful Learning

Have you ever had a challenging lesson? Maybe your guest was super frustrated? Yelled at you? Tossed their ski? Laid face down in the snow on their snowboard, and wouldn’t talk to you? Most likely these are stories you’ve heard of or experienced. How did you react? Respond? During our time together, we are going to discuss behaviors, our reactions, interactions and how to work on managing both. Bring your questions, curiosities and even a story or two.  

At the completion of this interactive session you will have actionable steps and responses to help you keep your guest within a learning space, or come back to. 



Afternoon Session (Choose 1 option):
– PM-Ready to Grow? Let’s Start Goal-ing
     January 1, 1970 from 12:00 am to 12:00 am
PM-Senior Movement Analysis
     October 23, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

As our clients and fellow instructors move into their retirement years how will we keep them sliding on the mountain? Whether you are grappling with this question for yourself or your clients come and join us. We will look at a variety of video clips of seniors and instructors skiing and talk about low impact approaches to longevity on the mountain (we will be using skiing videos, the common movements and themes with the client would relate to any discipline).

At the completion of the session, you will:

  • Have an understanding of applying skeletal alignment to reduce fatigue, and
  • Have a better eye to see movements and tool/snow interaction.

PM-Efficient Body Movements in Cross Country
     October 23, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

During this session we will look at a few joints and body parts and how moving them certain ways can help in efficient cross country skiing.

At the completion of the session you will:

  • be more familiar with controlling body movements to enhance push off, weight transfer, glide.

PM-Physical Conditioning: Enhance Your Snowsports Performance, Instruction & Health!
     October 23, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Come and EXPERIENCE a snowsport conditioning workout designed for snowsports instructors, of all ages and fitness levels, that will enhance your on-snow performance.

LEARN by DOING: develop and improve the movements necessary for efficient skiing or riding when OFF the snow, so you maximize your training ON the snow.

This session will help you have better proprioceptive awareness, balance in motion, enhanced coordination and minimized risk of injury.

At the completion of the session, you will:

  • have experienced a FUN snowsport-specific workout with efficient & effective timing
  • better understand the importance of cognitive development in learning snowsport specific movements on dryland (skill development)
  • the benefits of snowsport-specific conditioning components.



PM-The Bubble-Family, Mixed Ages & Ability Lessons
     October 23, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

In this session we will look at ways to create a lesson plan for groups who include students of multiple levels, ages and potentially even disciplines. We will used break outs to discuss how we would manage prescribed scenarios and come up with lesson plans to be shared out at the end of the session.

At the completion of the session you will:

  • Have the ability to create and fulfill a lesson plan that will create a fun a productive lesson for groups with mixed levels and ages.

PM-Lies, More Lies & Numbers on Boot Boxes
     October 23, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

There’s a strong correlation between our gear choices and successes (or lack thereof) in the pursuit of our desired outcomes, and we haven’t even mentioned our clients yet! Why do we make the choices we make? Marketing? Peer pressure? Price point? And what experiences do we get for our money? Why do we buy new boots 2 weeks before our exam, or conversely, why are we skiing in 20-year-old boots? Is that left footed turn always chattering on hard snow days? Having trouble with one footed movements? What do we look for in our movements that tells us a guest/client, or colleague is struggling because of imbalance? How can we see if it is skills based or gear set up, tune, or choices, or a combination of everything?

Through humor, antidotes from the ski shop, video and real-world experiences, at the completion of the session, you will be able to:

  • build a general base of gear, fit, and sizing knowledge to help make us better ‘see-ers’ in identifying how gear choices influence narratives and desired outcomes for both our guests/students and ourselves

PM-Understanding the Updated Snowboard Standards
     October 23, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

The updated national standards for snowboarding are here! What is different you wonder? Or maybe you’re wondering what is a learning outcome, assessment criteria? Let’s talk about how the standards will help improve your lessons and your riding. Bring all your questions and we will have all the answers.

At the end of the session, you will understand:

  • how to use the snowboard certification standards
  • how to navigate the Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria
  • why People Skills will improve your teaching AND your riding

PM-Teaching to Guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder (PM)
     October 23, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Have you ever had a guest you felt like you couldn’t connect with? Maybe they said thank you with little to no tonal change? Maybe they took every instruction you offered literally? Maybe you left the lesson feeling a little deflated? In this session, we will look at successful strategies when you have a guest that might have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or present with, including how your awareness and needs within the lesson impact your guests experience too. This seminar is open to all disciplines and will be tailored based on the needs of the group and guests who are seeking lessons with in a conventional ski and ride school. 

At the end of the session, you will have gained a better understanding of how to cultivate a progressive learning experience for your guest, focusing on how you can adapt to their needs.


PM-Telemark Skiing & Lead Change
     October 23, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

The changing of the lead in telemark is what differentiates it from other disciplines. Just what is the lead change and how does it occur? How we perform this process can affect all of the other skills of telemark skiing. Let’s explore the different ways we can perform this and when each may be appropriate.

At the end of the session, you will:

  • be able to define the lead change and
  • have an understanding of when the various methods of performing the lead change might be most appropriate.