About Us

About PSIA-RM-AASI

PSIA-Rocky Mountain-AASI is a member organization comprised of teaching professionals. As the second largest of nine divisions of PSIA/AASI, the organization sets the standards for ski and snowboard instruction in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and part of Wyoming.

Vision

“To provide the guest skiers and riders at Rocky Mountain resorts quality and consistency in the instruction they receive from our professional membership.”

Mission

“To provide excellence in education and membership services while maintaining fiscal responsibility and promoting professionalism to the public and the snowsports industry.”

Culture

“To work together as a team and as role models for the division. We support each other and share common beliefs about our jobs and about skiing and riding. We are accountable for maintaining top-quality clinics and exams which uphold the standards of snowsports instruction as outlined in our Educational Master Plan.”

Strategic Message

As a lifelong commitment, PSIA-Rocky Mountain-AASI will provide opportunities to enhance your success and inspire your passion as snowsports professional by offering experiences that value people and are inclusive and supportive.

History

In September 27, 1950, Certified Ski Instructors, Inc. was founded and incorporated in Colorado as a non-profit corporation by George Engel Jr., Merrill G. Hastings Jr., Willy Schaeffler, Rudi Schnackenberg, Trad Fortna, Gorden Wren, Sepp Olmi, Hans Wagner and Per Stoen. The original purpose of the organization was for “organizing into a working body the certified and approved ski instructors who teach skiing within the area under the jurisdiction of the Southern Rocky Mountain Ski Association; setting up minimum standards of qualified ski instruction; approving and certifying the qualifications of ski instructors”.

On April 24, 1966, the Articles of Incorporation were amended to change the name of the organization to “Rocky Mountain Ski Instructors Association”. The purpose was also amended to read: “The object for which our said Corporation is formed and incorporated is for the purpose of the advancement of the sport of skiing through an organization composed of certified ski instructors; to provide for the certification of ski instructors and for the establishment of standards of ski instruction.”

In September, 1969, after a year of arduous work by Jim Riley, President of RMSIA, and Rudi and Dottie Schnackenberg, the IRS granted RMSIA a tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c) (6).

In 1983, the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) was founded and incorporated in Minnesota. PSIA approached the Board of Directors of RMSIA and suggested that strength and direction would be in a unified, national organization. RMSIA agreed to align with the goals of the national organization and on October 7, 1983, the Articles of Incorporation were once again amended to change the name of the organization to “Professional Ski Instructors of America – Rocky Mountain”.

The Rocky Mountain Division has a tradition of innovation in the education of ski and snowboard professionals and utilizes The American Teaching System (ATS). ATS is among the most respected and progressive teaching systems in the world and is a student centered, experiential and outcome based approach to teaching.

In keeping with the innovative tradition, we have developed this site for our members. This site will provide information on events, membership and educational products.

Board of Directors

There are currently 12 members on the PSIA-Rocky Mountain-AASI Board of Directors: three from the Front Range, three from the Western Slope, three from the Southern District and three Members-at-Large. Each of the 12 Board Members serves a three-year term with no limit on the number of terms an individual may serve. Terms expire on a rotating basis with one member from each District and a Member-at-Large representative elected each year. The Member-at-Large position will be filled with the person from the ballot candidates with the next highest number of votes.

Board candidates must be active, full dues-paying members in good standing with the Division and PSIA/AASI at the time of their election and throughout their term. The Board meets three to four times each calendar year: typically January, April, August and October. Candidates elected on the December ballot will begin their terms at the Spring Session. Applications for candidacy for Representative to the Board of Directors can be requested from the office or downloaded here in PDF format.

The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for September 20, 2018 in Steamboat Springs, CO. Members comment period will be from 8-8:30 a.m.

Become a Board Member

Applications must be received in the office no later than the date on the application for the year applying.

Board of Directors Application 18-19 (196.3 KB, 510 downloads)

Board Job Description (68.1 KB, 736 downloads)

ASEA Services Agreement

 

Contact your Board Members

Daniel Brown Home Grand Junction, CO
Role(s): Board of Directors, Member at Large

 

J. Tom Burch Board Member, Treasurer Home Leadville, CO
Role(s): Board of Directors, Western Slope Rep

 

Ted Champion Home Salida, CO
Role(s): Board of Directors, Member at Large

 

Jenny Cooper Board Member, Secretary Home Taos Ski Valley, NM
Role(s): Board of Directors, Southern District Rep

 

Andy Docken Board Member Home Aspen, CO
Role(s): Board of Directors, Western Slope Rep

 

Jon ‘Rick’ Hinckley PSIA-RM Vice President Home Pajarito, NM
Role(s): Board of Directors, Executive Committee Member

 

Dan Huston Home Frisco, CO
Role(s): Board of Directors, Front Range Rep

 

Robin May Board President Home Angel Fire, NM
Role(s): Board of Directors, Southern District Rep

 

Donald ‘Donnie’ Mechalke Board Member Home Copper Mt, CO
Role(s): Board of Directors, Front Range Rep

 

Tanya Milelli Home Aspen, CO
Role(s): Board of Directors, Western Slope Rep

 

Jane Tarlow Board Member Home Breckenridge, CO
Role(s): Board of Directors, Front Range Rep

 

Committees

Below is a list of all committee members. Choose a committee from the drop down list to view a specific committee or search for committee member by name.

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Eringiri Watts Education Staff, Freestyle Committee Home Copper Mt, CO
Role(s): Freestyle Committee, Snowboard Staff

 

John Wiltgen Education Staff Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Home Aspen, CO
Role(s): Alpine Committee, Alpine Examiner 3, Alpine Staff

 

Katie Zinn Education Staff, Committee Member Home Edwards, CO
Role(s): Adaptive Committee, Adaptive Examiner 1, Adaptive Staff

 

Education Staff

In order to provide quality educational products for our membership, we have a trained professional staff of advanced educators. In order to be one of the staff, there are many requirements that must be met as well as a hiring interview process to determine if the skiing and riding, coaching and examining skills are at the standard.

All of our education staff members work at a member school as well as providing their services for the organization. It takes a huge amount time and commitment to be a member of this group of professionals, and we feel they are the best in the industry.

To find a particular member use the search form or drop down menu below, or choose from the various choices in the sidebar menu on the right.

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Steve Edberg Education Staff Breckenridge Ski & Snowboard School Home Breckenridge, CO
Role(s): Alpine Examiner 3, Alpine Staff

 

Kevin Eddy Education Staff Breckenridge Ski and Ride School Home Fairplay, CO
Role(s): Alpine Freestyle Staff

 

Mark Eisenman Education Staff Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School Home Vail, CO
Role(s): Snowboard Examiner 2, Snowboard Staff

 

Scott Eklund Education Staff Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Home Snowmass, CO
Role(s): Snowboard Examiner 1, Snowboard Staff

 

Kipp Ertl Education Staff Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Home Basalt, CO
Role(s): Alpine Examiner 3, Alpine Staff, Children's Staff

 

Mike Evans Education Staff, Committee Member Home Vail, CO
Role(s): Children's Committee, Children's Staff

 

Sheila Farny Education Staff Home Steamboat Springs, CO
Role(s): Adaptive Examiner 1, Adaptive Staff

 

Colleen Farrell Education Staff, Adaptive Committee Co-Chair Adaptive Sports Center of Crested Butte Home Crested Butte, CO
Role(s): Adaptive Committee, Adaptive Examiner 1, Adaptive Staff, Education & Certification Steering Committee

 

Joshua Fogg Education Staff, Committee Member Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Home Carbondale, CO
Role(s): Alpine Committee, Alpine Examiner 3, Alpine Staff, Children's Staff, National Team Member

 

Elizabeth Fox Education Staff, Committee Member National Sports Center for the Disabled Home Winter Park, CO
Role(s): Adaptive Committee, Adaptive Examiner 3, Adaptive Staff

 

Derek Freedman Education Staff Vail Ski & Snowboard Schools Home Vail, CO
Role(s): Snowboard Examiner 2, Snowboard Staff

 

Stacey Gerrish Education Staff, Committee Member, Children’s Committee Chair Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School Home Beaver Creek, CO
Role(s): Children's Committee, Children's Staff, Education & Certification Steering Committee

 

Adam Goeden Education Staff Powderhorn Ski & Snowboard School Home Powderhorn, CO
Role(s): Snowboard Examiner 2, Snowboard Staff

 

Dave Gregory Director of Education, Education & Certification Steering Committee Chairperson PSIA-RM
Role(s): Alpine Examiner 3, Alpine Staff, Education & Certification Steering Committee, PSIA-RM Office Staff

 

Valerie Gross Education Staff Vail Ski & Snowboard School Home Eagle, CO
Role(s): Alpine Examiner 1, Alpine Staff

 

Thomas Gulden Education Staff Home Winter Park, CO
Role(s): Alpine Examiner 2, Alpine Staff, Children's Staff

 

Michael Haas Education Staff Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Home Aspen, CO
Role(s): Alpine Examiner 3, Alpine Staff, Children's Staff

 

Kris Hagenbuch Education Staff Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School Home Steamboat Springs, CO
Role(s): Alpine Examiner 3, Alpine Staff

 

Nat Hammerli Education Staff Vail Ski & Snowboard School
Role(s): Education Staff, Snowboard Staff

 

Dennis Handley Education Staff Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Home Aspen, CO
Role(s): Alpine Examiner 3, Alpine Staff

 

 

Member Services Staff

Carissa Eggers Director of Operations PSIA-RM Home Steamboat Springs, CO
Role(s): PSIA-RM Office Staff

 

Dana Forbes Executive Director PSIA-RM
Role(s): PSIA-RM Office Staff

 

Dave Gregory Director of Education, Education & Certification Steering Committee Chairperson PSIA-RM
Role(s): Alpine Examiner 3, Alpine Staff, Education & Certification Steering Committee, PSIA-RM Office Staff

 

Tim Kenney Events & Education Manager Education Home Steamboat Springs, CO
Role(s): PSIA-RM Office Staff, Snowboard Examiner 1, Snowboard Staff

 

Kolby Knox Education staff Vail Ski & Snowboard Schools Home Vail, CO
Role(s): Alpine Examiner 2, Alpine Staff, PSIA-RM Office Staff

 

Christene Planansky Event Registrar PSIA-RM
Role(s): PSIA-RM Office Staff

 

Daisy The Dog Official Office Greeter
Role(s): PSIA-RM Office Staff

 

Juno The Dog Official Office Greeter
Role(s): PSIA-RM Office Staff

 

Stella The Dog Official Office Greeter
Role(s): PSIA-RM Office Staff

 

 

National & Regional Divisions

PSIA-AASI – The Snow Pros The Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) are nonprofit associations dedicated to promoting the sports of skiing and snowboarding through instruction.
Role(s): Divisions
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PSIA/AASI-Alaska Division PSIA and AASI Alaska Division
Role(s): Divisions
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PSIA/AASI-Central Division PSIA-C and AASI-C membership includes approximately 3,500 snow sports instructors in the disciplines of Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Nordic (Track & Telemark), and Adaptive Snow Sports throughout the Midwest (MN, WI, MI, IA, IL, IN, OH, MO, KY, AR, TN, LA
Role(s): Divisions
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PSIA/AASI-Eastern Division With more than 11,000 members, the Eastern Division of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA-E) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) is the largest of the nine divisions that make up the American Snowsports Education As
Role(s): Divisions
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PSIA/AASI-Intermountain Division Intermountain Division headquartered in Salt Lake City
Role(s): Divisions
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PSIA/AASI-Northern Intermountain Division Northern Intermountain Division
Role(s): Divisions
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PSIA/AASI-Northern Rocky Mountain Northern Rocky Mountain Division of PSIA and AASI
Role(s): Divisions
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PSIA/AASI-Northwest Division Established in the 1930′s, the Pacific Northwest Ski Association (PNSA) was one of the first professional ski associations in the United States.
Role(s): Divisions
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PSIA/AASI-Western Division The Western Division of Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA-W) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI-W), is one of nine divisions that make up the American Snowsports Education Association (ASEA, the national umbrella organ
Role(s): Divisions
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Related Industries

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Role(s): Industry
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Colorado – Ski Country USA Currently, Colorado Ski Country USA is represents 22 Colorado ski areas.
Role(s): Industry
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Colorado Cross Country Ski Association Our Mission… Define Colorado as a premier destination for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing while discovering unknown Nordic enthusiasts and introducing them to our sports.
Role(s): Industry
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Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum has been passionately dedicated to safeguarding the spirit and evolution of snow sports and their contribution to Colorado’s history.
Role(s): Industry
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Cross Country Ski Areas Association Cross Country Ski Areas Association is a non-profit organization representing member ski service providers.
Role(s): Industry
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Disables Sports USA Disabled Sports USA is a nation-wide network of community-based chapters offering a variety of recreation programs.
Role(s): Industry
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ISIA The International Ski Instructors Association, known better by the acronym ISIA, is the world body for professional ski instructors.
Role(s): Industry
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National Ski Patrol As the leading authority of on-mountain safety, the NSP is dedicated to serving the public and outdoor recreation industry by providing education and accreditation to emergency care and safety service providers.
Role(s): Industry
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Ski New Mexico Ski New Mexico is a not for profit trade organization whose primary purpose is to promote the ski industry of New Mexico within and outside the state.
Role(s): Industry
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U.S. Ski and Snowboard Assosciation About The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is the national governing body of Olympic skiing and snowboarding. It is the parent organization of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing.
Role(s): Industry
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US Ski Team Alpine, Freestyle and Nordic US Ski Team website
Role(s): Industry
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Contact Us

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Carissa Eggers Director of Operations PSIA-RM Home Steamboat Springs, CO
Role(s): PSIA-RM Office Staff

 

Dana Forbes Executive Director PSIA-RM
Role(s): PSIA-RM Office Staff

 

Dave Gregory Director of Education, Education & Certification Steering Committee Chairperson PSIA-RM
Role(s): Alpine Examiner 3, Alpine Staff, Education & Certification Steering Committee, PSIA-RM Office Staff

 

Tim Kenney Events & Education Manager Education Home Steamboat Springs, CO
Role(s): PSIA-RM Office Staff, Snowboard Examiner 1, Snowboard Staff

 

Kolby Knox Education staff Vail Ski & Snowboard Schools Home Vail, CO
Role(s): Alpine Examiner 2, Alpine Staff, PSIA-RM Office Staff

 

Christene Planansky Event Registrar PSIA-RM
Role(s): PSIA-RM Office Staff

 

Daisy The Dog Official Office Greeter
Role(s): PSIA-RM Office Staff

 

Juno The Dog Official Office Greeter
Role(s): PSIA-RM Office Staff

 

Stella The Dog Official Office Greeter
Role(s): PSIA-RM Office Staff

 

National Website

To access the PSIA-AASI National website visit www.thesnowpros.org

THESNOWPROS.ORG

Member Portal

Go to the PSIA-RM Member Portal to signup for events and more.

RM MEMBER PORTAL

RM Member Services

PSIA-RM
PO Box 775143
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Phone: (970) 879-8335
Fax: (970) 879-6760
Email PSIA-RM
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8-5 pm