Snowboard E-Learning Module (LMS)

To complete the e-learning module, please click this link: https://members.psia-rm.org/rm-lms *Please use a browser other than Mozilla Firefox, videos will not play properly if using Firefox* *The LMS must be completed from a laptop or computer, it does not work from a cell phone or most tablets* Once there, you will need to log in using your log-in credentials for the PSIA RM Member Portal you set up when you joined as a new member. Once logged in, please click the “Then go to the RM LMS
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PSIA-RM-AASI 65 Year Anniversary History Project

History Project Announcement & Guidelines CLICK HERE
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Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation

Dear PSIA Instructors, I’m writing from the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation and would like to touch base with you and your organization.  Our mission is to financially assist alpine guides, patrollers or instructors who require surgery in order to continue their careers.  Since our inception in 2011, we have financially supported just under 100 candidates with career-threatening injuries worldwide. This year, it is our goal to increase mission outreach and awareness within PSIA/AASI.   In a profes
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Dirt is the New Snow!

Dirt is the New Snow
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Board Briefs 7-14-2015

Quarterly meeting of the Rocky Mountain Board of Directors Steamboat Springs CO July 14th 2015 For those of you who were unable to attend last week’s board meeting below is a “cliff notes” version of the minutes. For a full copy of the minutes please email carolyn@psia-rm.org. In attendance: Board members; Joel Munn, Rick Hinckley, Rick Rodd, Jane Tarlow, Robin May, Andy Docken, Jenny Cooper, Erik Mogensen, Donnie Mechalke. Those absent: Alicia Houche
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Rudi and Dottie Schnackenberg Scholarship Recipient: Highlights from National Academy

Rudi and Dottie Schnackenberg Scholarship Recipient: Highlights from National Academy Kevin Jordan 5-10-2015 Thank you to PSIA-Rocky Mountain and the scholarship committee for granting me the Rudi and Dottie Schnackenberg Scholarship which allowed me to attend the National Academy in Snowbird, UT this past April 22-27.  If you have not been to a National Academy, I would encourage you to attend one.  It is a ski and snowboard instructors’ conference…on steroids!  Snowbird is a challenging mounta
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Skating Efficiently – A Game of Inches (Centimeters, Actually)

Skating Efficiently – A Game of Inches (Centimeters, Actually) A Special Technique N-Mail by Jim Sanders I wonder if you had the chance to watch the 2015 Cross Country Skiing World Championships which took place in Falun, Sweden this winter.  The difference between Gold and Silver, Silver and Bronze, or podium and no podium was so often just tenths of a second.  Take the Men’s Skiathlon as an example.  After 30 kilometers of skiing—15k Classic, a transition of equipment, then 15k Skate (just ove
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Update from the Director of Education’s Desk

As I’m writing this update, it’s currently snowing hard here in Steamboat.  I hope it’s doing the same at your resort and it leads to some great conditions for you before Spring Break business hits all of us in March.  Here are some highlights from this season so far from my desk:   Certification Update Mandatory Clinic: We are excited for our new clinic that will be required for all certified alpine and snowboard membership to complete every four years.  We started offering this Certificat
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Election for Rocky Mountain Division Representative on the ASEA Board of Directors

At the April meeting of the Rocky Mountain Division Board of Directors we will be appointing by election a representative to the ASEA Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2018.   Below is the description of the position with Rocky Mountain and the Eligibility statement from the ASEA Bylaws.   A.S.E.A REPRESENTATIVE   The Board of Directors shall appoint a representative to serve on the American Snowsports Education Association (ASEA) Board of Direc
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Ocular Dominance in Snowboarding by Nathaniel Hammerli

Ocular Dominance in Snowboarding by Nathaniel Hammerli   How often do we, as snowboard instructors, witness riders turning down the mountain with their front shoulder and hips opened toward their heel edge, front leg extended and back leg more flexed, just to see down the hill?  I see riders of all ability levels, of every age, and in every type of terrain that ride this way, but why?   I have always heard the explanation that this riding style comes from a skiing background, and skiers are
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Alpine Level 1 E-Learning Module (LMS)

To complete the e-learning module, please click this link: https://members.psia-rm.org/rm-lms *Please use a browser other than Mozilla Firefox, videos will not play properly if using Firefox* *The LMS must be completed from a laptop or computer, it does not work from a cell phone or most tablets* Once there, you will need to log in using your log-in credentials for the PSIA RM Member Portal you set up when you joined as a new member. Once logged in, please click the “Then go to the RM LMS
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Board of Director Candidates and Elections

We will be sending out another email early next week regarding the upcoming Board of Director Elections. You will be able to vote on-line or by mail-in ballot, and you can download and read candidate statements on the mail-in ballot. Go here to vote: https://members.psia-rm.org/vote  
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New Events added to the Calendar

There are more than 500 calendared events each season and we’ve added a few more! Snowboard Level 2 Exam, Breckenridge, Jan 26-28 Snow Skate Clinic, Beaver Creek, Feb 23-24 Telemark Extreme Bumps & Steeps, Arapahoe Basin, Feb 23-24 Adaptive Snowboard Level 3 Prep, Breckenridge, April 7-8
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Promote yourself and boost your clientele with an Individual SNOWPRO PORTAL™ Pro Site

Breckenridge Snow Pros can take advantage of Individual SNOWPRO PORTAL™ Pro Sites this season in an effort to increase Private Lesson requests and build clientele. Duane Stutzman of Breckenridge Ski & Ride School has reached out to Tyler Barnes, the creator of the SNOWPRO PORTAL™, to help their staff get more repeat lessons and build their client list through the tools available using an Individual SNOWPRO PORTAL™ Pro Site. All PSIA-RM members can also take advantage of these tools even if y
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In Memory Of “Petie”

Eleanor “Petie” Van Everen died on October 20, 2014. A lifelong skier and racer, she coordinated the women’s program as well as Eldora Mountain resort’s outstanding kids program “ski trek”. She was certified Alpine II with Rocky Mountain. Many women and young people from Boulder and the front range credit her wonderful enthusiasm and skill for their own continued love of skiing. We will miss you Petie!
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Hovland Snowskate Pro Form

2014 PSIA-RM Tele Academy

Register for the 2014 PSIA-RM Tele Academy now! You can register online at the following links: Click here to register for the 3-Day event Click here to register for the 2-Day event
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President’s Communication on MOU

January 11, 2014   Eric, Per our conversation this past Thursday, I wanted to follow up on my email response to your announcement to the Presidents coming out of the ASEA October meeting in Copper Mt.  As I mentioned in that email (copied below), “My hope is for RM to parallel those (ASEA’s governance) efforts with a process to draft an agreement of affiliation between RM and the ASEA as business entities…”  The RM Board brought that process to a completion at our recent winter meeting. Spe
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Memo of Understanding

Memorandum of Understanding     THIS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (Agreement) is entered into this _____ day of ____________, 2014, between the American Snowsports Education Association, a Colorado non-profit corporation with its principal place of business at 133 S. Van Gordon Street, #200, Lakewood, CO 80228 (“ASEA“) and the Professional Ski Instructors of America, Rocky Mountain (“PSIA-ROCKY MOUNTAIN”), a Colorado corporation with its principal place of business at: 2300
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Great Coaches By Dave Schuiling

Great Coaches… I have the extreme pleasure and benefit to hang with so many wonderful coaches throughout the season.  Whether it’s sliding with folks during education sessions or working closely with our advanced education staff, I get to witness some of the magic that happens when the sharing begins.  I’m talking about the Zen of teaching awesomeness here, the stuff you can’t find in any manual, workbook or instructional video.  Ok, so I just totally jinxed myself, because I can’t really even w
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Tips for Finding RM Events

Here are some tips for finding the event you are looking for! You can view the RM Events from the “Events” tab on the RM Homepage Don’t forget to log-on using your email address as your username and RM followed by your National ID number for your password (unless you have since changed this) Example: name@psia-rm.org and RM123456   *Don’t forget, if you have a $35 Clinic Prepayment, you m
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Mad Skills!

Mad Skills By Dave Schuiling, Director of Education “Consistency, direction, depth, spin, pace” Coach said to me as I blasted yet another yellow, fuzzy ball against the green, vinyl back drop.  This big green back drop resembles the “green monster” at Fenway Park, but unlike hitting dingers into the cheap seats, this particular monster simply keeps the balls close enough to eventually whack again.  In this game, the goal is to get the ball over the net (consistency) and somewhere in the big, blu
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Governance Task Force Report & RM Response

Here is a link to the Governance Task Force Report: GTF Report   Rocky Mountain’s Response   September 3, 2013 To: Neil Bussiere – Chair – ASEA GTF and the GTF members From: The Rocky Mountain Executive Committee Joel Munn, Rick Hinckley and Rick Rodd   Please accept our gratitude for the work the GTF has done in compiling the Governance Task Force Report dated Aug. 30 2013.  Clearly all members participated with a sense of responsibility and passion.  We sincerely ack
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Powder Workshop in Niseko, Japan

Ross Matlock, current PSIA National Nordic team member, and Jill Matlock, former PSIA National Alpine team member, will host 5 days of skiing at the Niseko ski resort January 11-18, 2014. For more information and to sign up visit, www.go-ima.com or call 970-349-0230
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Level 1 Avalanche Course for PSIA/AASI Members

PSIA-RM-AASI member school Alpenglow Ski Safaris in conjunction with the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education is offering a 3-day course based out of the Alta Lakes Observatory near Telluride this February.  The trip will include two days of PSIA/AASI credits as well as the Avalanche Level 1 and is open only to PSIA members. Dates: February 8-10th  2014. Cost: $750 dollars per person. Price includes: all course materials, instruction, two nights at the Alta Lakes with breakfas
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Response to Peter Donahue’s Email

August 18, 2013 The leadership of Rocky Mountain (RM) wants to state clearly that the email you received from Peter Donahue was sent without the RM Division’s knowledge.  Peter’s perspective comes solely from his seat on the National Board, and although his position is called the “RM representative,” we remind you that he was appointed by the National organization and does not directly represent our division. The Leadership of RM feels that his comments incorrectly represent both the issues and
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Interview followup with Joel Munn, RM Board President

Joel Munn, RM President Interview with Dave Schuiling, Director of Education Last winter I interviewed our President, Joel Munn. The interview received so many compliments and support that we have decided to have a follow up conversation.  With so many articles and reports being sent out via our various levels of social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, the Scoop and the Community, we thought it was time to check in on the state of the division and what’s happened since last February.   Scoop: 
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Why Rocky Mountain Won’t Sign the Affiliation Agreement

  Dear Fellow Ski and Ride Pros: As members of Rocky Mountain, we all share a commitment to teaching and service to our guests and our sports.  As true professionals, we dedicate ourselves to learning so we can experience growth, change, and improvement for ourselves and for our students.   As board members, our learning has to extend even farther, to the organization itself.  As your elected representatives, we are committed to and responsible for ensuring Rocky Mountain’s health, growth,
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You spoke and we listened…Rocky Mountain has a NEW database!

Most of you reading this have been members for 5+ years so you know how good it was, when it changed and just how frustrating it became. Because of this, Rocky Mountain decided to go back to their own database. On July 1st we made the switch to CiviCRM. While we appreciate the effort on ASEA’s part to have one central system, unfortunately, it just did not work. After three exhausting and expensive years on the ASEA (aka National) database, we knew it was in your best interest to make this move.
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