Snowboard Education Staff Job Description

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Sliding Sideways with Rocky Mountain

AASI RM instructors, It’s been an awesome few years for the Rocky Mountain division, and as we plan for the next few, I’m excited to introduce myself as the new Snowboard Education Committee Chair. First, I want to offer a huge thank you to my friend and mentor, Scott Anfang. Scott steered the ship for the last two years, but after accepting the PSIA-AASI National Team Coach position decided to step down from the committee chair role. Likewise, I want to thank Spicky, Tony Macri, Jeff Patterson,
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Alpine Education Staff Job Description

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16/17 Event Calendar – downloadable PDF

Click below for a downloadable version of our 16/17 Event Calendar: psia_onlineguide
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Board to Amend Bylaws

On November 17th at 6:00 the Rocky Mountain Board of Directors will have a regularly scheduled board call where they will be voting on amending the Bylaws. Below is a link to the proposed changes.  All members are welcome to attend this call by coming to the RM office at 6:00 on the 17th. The address: 2300 Mt Werner Circle Unit C2 Steamboat Springs, CO. PSIA-RM-AASI Bylaw Change
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Director of Education Report – By Dave Gregory

As the final leaves are falling and ski and ride videos are consuming all of my social media accounts, I’d like to let you know about a few educational announcements and reminders. Alpine and Snowboard Level 1 members are no longer required to attend the Certification Update Clinic.  As announced last season, we introduced the Certification Update clinic as a required clinic every four years for all certified alpine and snowboard members. Click here to read the announcement. The purpose of the c
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Weekend Events for Part Timers

Attending events and continuing your education is one of the hallmarks of being a certified member, but taking the time off to attend those events is not always easy.   For many part-time Pros weekend events are the only option for them.  PSIA-RM-AASI works with our member schools to build our event calendar and therefore we do not host events during busy times or on busy weekends.  We do however have a few weekend events over the course of the season that you may find doable.  Here is a list of
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N-Mail By Jim Sanders

Greetings Nords!  Your N-mail is back, just like winter.  You can’t avoid it.  And why would you want to? I know.  It’s been a while since you’ve had your N-mail.  When time passes, things can change.  It’s hard to keep up, but we must.  And that is part of the reason for N-mail’s very existence:  to help you keep up with changes.  Our team of N-mail writers, editors, and reporters caught up with XC Chair Person, Patti Banks for an interview to find out about changes in the PSIA-RM XC world for
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Rocky Mountain Cross Country Education: continuously moving forward….

By Dale Drennan During the summer I like to watch professional tennis tournaments like the French Open and the US Open. In junior high I played tennis competitively a little bit and then recreationally for a few years after that before moving on to other sports. My exposure to tennis has been enough for me to recognize that the announcers know the sport so much more deeply than I do. Their movement analysis always makes sense to me once I hear it. Often for up to a set, they accurately comment o
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Alpenglow Ski Safaris adds PSIA credited events in Dec, Jan.

Alpenglow Ski Safaris has added 2 events to their lineup of back country expeditions that are catered to PSIA-RM-AASI membership.  Attend either of the 2 events listed in the poster above and you will not only have the time of you life but you will also receive 12CEU’s for your participation.  Contact globalski@alpenglowskisafaris.com / 970-728-6481 to get more info or to sign up.
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SkillsQuest Article By Ellen Post Foster

This ski season, sign up for an action-filled SkillsQuest clinic to improve your skiing and teaching! SkillsQuest is a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) program designed to encourage racers to learn to ski well in order to ski fast. This is your opportunity to learn about the technical side of racer development and come away skiing better and with ideas you can use in your lessons. Taking place out-of-the-gates, SkillsQuest is all about skill development. Scott Birrell, PSIA-RM Children’
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How Rocky Mountain Helped Me Prepare for the PSIA-AASI National Team Selections

Josh Fogg
-By Josh Fogg The night before the first day of the PSIA-AASI National Team Selections in Breckenridge, Alpine Team coach, Michael Rogan, addressed the candidates to prepare us for the coming days. He described the event as a series of difficult tasks and events designed to challenge our skiing, knowledge, ability to work as a team, and stamina. This was my third National Selection, and it lived up to Michael’s descriptions as the hardest one I’ve attended. What made it so hard? How do you prepa
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Board Briefs April 28th, 2016

In attendance: Joel Munn, Rick Rodd, Rick Hinckley, Robin May, Jane Tarlow, Alicia Heckel, Jenny Cooper, Andy Docken, John Kirchner, Bob Lemley and Donnie Mechalke.  Also in attendance were Executive Director Dana Forbes, Dave Gregory, Stacey Gerrish, Patti Banks, Guy Sedillo, Rudy Miick, Jim Shaw, Chris Rogers, Jonathan Ballou and Dave Oliver MINUTES: Donnie moved to approve the January 2016 Board minutes, as written.  Jane seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously. PUBLIC COMMENT: T
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Getting Past: Finding a way forward after falling short

The Breckenridge Beacon·Sunday, May 1, 201694 Reads Wow gang! I look back and realize that it’s been two months since I wrote anything other than clinic outlines, letters of intent, or season synopses. Sadly, I had let my faltered journey toward Examiner Selection get in the way of writing for The Beacon… when, in reality, writing is exactly what I should have been doing. It may have kept me along a little more focused path!! Oh well, live and learn, I guess. As many of you know, my bid to
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PSIA-Rocky Mountain-AASI in China

“Why are you going to China” asked the customs agent…”to ski,” I said. His brows furrowed as he looked at me in disbelief. My heart rate increased out of fear that I was going to get in trouble…and end up being strip searched. ”Why would you leave Denver where there is some of the best skiing to go to China. I didn’t even know you could ski in China” he said. “Well Pete (he was wearing a name tag that said Peter but I felt as though we had bonded enough to get informal) to see how we can help,”
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Cutting Edge By William McCawley

Cutting Edge Or how steel edges created modern skiing. Widely taken for granted, the invention and evolution of steel edges played a pivotal role in the growth of skiing. Without edges we would find ourselves sliding aimlessly and dangerously all over the mountain.  With them, we can guide the ski where we choose with accuracy and purpose. Skis haven’t always had steel edges. In the early 20th century, skiing pioneers understood the need for the ski to bend to accommodate changing terrain.  Soft
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The Skills Concept & Skiing Fundamentals By Jonathan Ballou

In the 2014/15 season PSIA released a long planned and welcome update to the National Standards.  This update altered the way we look at and use the national standards and, for the first time in recent history, was the result of collaboration from key players in every division.  At the heart of the skiing portion of the standards is Alpine Skiing Fundamentals. ·         Control the relationship of the Center of Mass to the base of support to direct pressure along the length of the skis ·        
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Affiliation Agreement Summary

RM members: I am often asked what the Affiliation Agreement process was about and what exactly PSIA-RM-ASIA accomplished with the agreement we signed?  Here is a brief, yet hopefully clear explanation. The ASEA (American Snowsports Education Association) originally provided their version of an Affiliation Agreement to PSIA-RM-AASI in 2011. They requested we sign it immediately as a condition of using the ASEA’s trademarked logos.  While we saw the value in using the ASEA’s logos, we felt we coul
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Equivalent Events to the Certification Update Clinic

Equivalent Events to the Certification Update Clinic: (Any of these clinics will also give you credit for completing the Cert Update clinic regardless of the clinic’s discipline or your discipline) Alpine: ·         Level 1 Exam Prep ·         Level 1 Exam ·         201 MA Indoor ·         201 MA On-Snow ·         201 Precision Skiing ·         201 Teaching Practice ·         Level 2 Exam ·         301 MA Indoor ·         301 MA On-snow ·         301 Precision Skiing ·         301 Teaching Pract
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Alpenglow Ski Safari 2 Day Hut Trip

Alpenglow Ski Safari Ads New Dates in Jan 2016
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The Tale of Two Teams

By Tony Macri This summer I had the pleasure of meeting up with some of my PSIA/AASI RM cohorts in a beautiful location they call the “Edge of the World.”  As some of you may have already read through the various social media outlets, Interski 2015 was held this summer in Ushuaia, Argentina.  I was in a unique situation with being on the AASI National Team as well as the New Zealand Demo Team.  This allowed me to be involved with both helping the US and NZ teams develop their educational message
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Board Briefs October Meeting

PSIA – Rocky Mountain- AASI Board of Directors Meeting October 14, 2015 Board Briefs Roll call:  Dana Forbes, Joel Munn, Rick Hinckley, Rick Rodd, Jane Tarlow, John Kirschner, Erik Mogensen, Jenny Cooper, Donnie Mechalke, Andy Docken, Robin May Absent: Alicia Heckel Others present: Dave Gregory, Director of Education; Carissa Eggers, minute taker Discussion on recording the meetings of the board July meeting minutes approved No questions from members as none were present Conference call with Lar
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MSM Fall Training Flyer

Click here to view the MSM Fall Training Flyer: MSM Fall Training Invite
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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:
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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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