The Fall Board of Directors Meeting is coming up on September 11, 2010 at the SeaTac Red Lion. Contact your regional board member for more information. To find out who your region board member is follow this link to Board of Directors.
The newly designed PSIA-NW website is up and running. While not all of the content from the old site is in place yet we are moving content over daily. All of the articles from the 2010 issue of the NW Snowsports Instructor will be available for reading and commenting on-line. We want
by John Eisenhauer Former PSIA-NW Communications Vice President (1999-2009) We’ve all heard the saying, “Give credit where credit’s due.” You may not have noticed, but this is the first Northwest newsletter since somewhere in the mid-1990’s (it’s been so long we can’t even remember) t
By Kim Petram If you search the Core Concepts Manual, 2001 you will find a brief discussion regarding the levels of understanding of how a student remembers information, broken down into the language of Benjamin Bloom. Ring a bell? Likely, like me, you have skipped over this topic in
by Tyler Barnes photos by Matt Aimonetti (link to Matt’s website) If you’re like me you get the typical question from beginners and intermediate students, “What do I do with these things?” as they hold their poles awkwardly. Entry level and even seasoned instructors might
Time for skiing in the sun at Timberline Lodge at the PSIA-NW Summer Events. The Summer Professional Development Series is July 9-11 and the Summer Race Camps are July 9-11 and 16-18. Be sure to sign up early as these events fill up fast.
Excerpt from the PSIA-NW Bylaws, ARTICLE XIII, published in the Summer 2010 issue of the NW Snowsports Instructor. These Bylaws were published as a followup piece related to another article in that same issue. You can download a PDF of the Summer 2010 Issue here. Section 1. Purpose:
We have some good news. The summer issue of the NW Snowsports Instructor will be printed and mailed to PSIA-NW members in June. In the past due to budget concerns we have opted to make the summer issue on-line only, however this is an important member benefit and the newsletter will b
by Nick McDonald Can you teach an old dog new tricks? I sure hope so! I am amazed how much I still have to learn and how fortunate I am to be surrounded by the talented group of individuals that make up the PSIA-NW Technical Team. The Team gets together at various times of the year fo
The final event of the Spring season was the 2010-2012 Clinic Leader selection. More than 55 individuals spanning the Alpine, Snowboard and Telemark disciplines converged at Mt. Bachelor to show their stuff. The weather was more Winter-like than Spring and the conditions were both fun
by Nick McDonald The PSIA-NW Technical Team tryout was held in late April of 2010 at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon. I would like to introduce you to your team, but before I do let me describe a little bit about how they got here. The tryout is like, and unlike, an exam; like an exam where part
by Dave Lucas In the Winter 2009 issue of the NW Snowsports Instructor there was a featured article and a Snow Pro Tip that jumped out at me: “It’s Counter to be Square” by John May and “When it Comes to Your Pole, Get a Grip” by Kate Morrell. The old saying goes, “The proof of the pu
Track tip by Steve Hindman, photos by Susan Hindman www.schimages.com At our fall training, the NW Divisional Track Staff came up with a simple focus to improve our own skiing and to help others – use 2 cycles of leg flexion/extension in each skate or classic stride. It’s simple to se
Snowboard tip by Rick Brown As instructors we are faced with any number of challenges on a daily basis. For many of us, the fun and excitement of teaching comes from tackling these challenges. It seems like no matter what we’ve seen, there is always a new challenge waiting around the
by Chris Thompson, PSIA-NW Certification Vice President Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) divisions have been conducting skiing certification exams since the early 1960s, and snowboard exams beginning in 1996. W