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RM - Alpine Certification Update, Aspen Mountain Ski AreaRM - Alpine Level 1 Assessment, Loveland Ski Area
RM - Alpine Fall Workshop, Winter Park Ski AreaRM - Snowboard Level 1 Assessment, Loveland Ski Area
RM - Alpine Level 1 Assessment, Snowmass Ski AreaRM - Children's Specialist 1, Loveland Ski Area
RM - Alpine Tip It & Rip It, Aspen Mountain Ski Area
RM - Alpine RMT Clinic Leading Prep, Loveland Ski Area
RM - Children's Specialist 1, Snowmass Ski Area
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RM - Alpine Level 1 Assessment, Loveland Ski AreaRM - Alpine Level 1 Assessment - Vail Resorts Employees Only, Beaver Creek Ski AreaRM - Cross Country Level 1 Assessment, Gold Run Nordic Center
RM - Snowboard Level 1 Assessment, Loveland Ski AreaRM - Snowboard Level 1 Assessment - Vail Resorts Employees Only, Beaver Creek Ski Area
RM - Children's Specialist 1, Loveland Ski AreaRM - Children's Specialist 1 - Vail Resorts Employees Only, Beaver Creek Ski AreaRM - Cross Country Level 1 Prep, Gold Run Nordic Center
RM - Learn to Telemark, Winter Park Ski Area
RM - Telemark Learn to NTN, Winter Park Ski Area
RM - Cross Country Rendezvous, Breck Nordic/Gold Run/Frisco Nordic
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RM - Alpine Level 1 Assessment, Crested Butte Ski AreaRM - Alpine Level 1 Assessment, Vail Ski Area
RM - Snowboard Level 1 Assessment, Crested Butte Ski AreaRM - Alpine Level 1 Assessment, Steamboat Ski Area
RM - Snowboard Level 1 Assessment, Vail Ski Area
RM - Snowboard Level 1 Assessment, Steamboat Ski Area
RM - Children's Specialist 1, Steamboat Ski Area
RM - Children's Specialist 1, Vail Ski Area
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RM - Understanding Behavior in Snowsports Lessons Webinar, Online


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  • There will be no additional fee if registration is cancelled or switched before the published First Chair Pricing deadline date.
  • 50% cancellation OR switch fee if the registration is cancelled or switched after the published First Chair Pricing deadline but up to 72 hours before the clinic/Level 1 Exam or 1 week before the Level 2/3/RMT Exam.
  • The 50% fee will be waived if the registrant provides a person, at least one week before the event, as your replacement for a cancellation or switch. This person will need to pay the registrant directly for the cost of the event.
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  • Medically verified cancellations will receive a 100% refund if a written doctor’s verification and request for a refund are received in the RM office within two weeks after the event.

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Adaptive Alpine Teaching, Technical & Skiing Prep Clinic

This 2-day session is geared for PSIA Adaptive level 1-2 candidates working toward their level 1 or 2 certification. Participants will gain a clearer picture of the movements and skills that can be developed to move towards attaining the Adaptive L 1-2 Skiing Standard;   Required prerequisite Course:  Alpine L1 E-Learning Course – Free. Please go to www.psia-rm.org/education and click the appropriate discipline to view educational materials for this event.

Adaptive Alpine Functional Skiing Exam

This is a one-day validation of skiing, teaching and technical understanding for levels 1-6 as applied to adaptive alpine students. Candidates are evaluated on the Application Maneuvers and Fundamental Skiing Maneuvers used in teaching adaptive lessons. They are also assessed on their knowledge of skiing and teaching concepts and terminology, as well as their ability to perform movement analysis of a stand up skier. Upon successful completion of the Adaptive Functional Skiing Exam, candidates may take Specialty Exams in Bi-Ski & Mono Ski; Cognitive and Visually Impaired; or 3-Track, 4-Track & Slider. Please go to www.psia-rm.org/education and click the appropriate discipline to view educational materials for this event. Notes: As of the 14-15 season, you may pass the Functional Skiing Exam at a Level 1 or Level 2. If you took your exam prior to the 14-15 season you must re-sit the Functional Skiing Exam and pass at a Level 2.  For details on the Level 1 and 2 scoring, see the Adaptive Alpine Functional Skiing Scorecard on the Adaptive Alpine Reference Materials section of the PSIA-RM website. / You must bring your completed Adaptive Alpine Functional Skiing Professional Development Log to the exam. Please go to www.psia-rm.org/education and click the appropriate discipline to view educational materials for this event.

Adaptive Alpine 3-Track & 4-Track & Slider Exam

This is a one-day Specialty Exam in which candidates will be verified in skiing, teaching, medical & technical knowledge and competent use of 3-Track, 4-Track and Slider adaptive equipment.

Adaptive Alpine Bi-Ski & Mono-Ski Exam

This is a one-day Specialty Exam in which candidates will be verified in their skiing, teaching, medical & technical knowledge and competent use of mono-ski and bi-ski adaptive equipment.

Adaptive Alpine Cognitive & Visually Impaired Exam

This is a one-day Specialty Exam in which candidates are verified in their skiing, teaching, medical & technical knowledge and competent use of specialized adaptive equipment relative to students with cognitive disabilities and visual impairments.

Adaptive Alpine Level 3 Prep Clinic

This two-day clinic is a prerequisite to the Adaptive Alpine Level 3 Certification. It focuses on teaching, movement analysis and technical understanding for adaptive skiing levels 1-9.  All aspects of adaptive specialties are addressed through interaction and discussion.  Part of the course is taught indoors and part of it is on the snow. Please go to the Ed Materials section of the website and DOWNLOAD the Adaptive Alpine Level 3 Professional Development Log and the Level 3 Adaptive Alpine Exam Material. Work on the Professional Development Log with your home area trainers and bring it, along with the Level 3 Adaptive Alpine Exam Material, to the clinic.

Adaptive Alpine Level 3 Exam

A three-day interactive workshop addressing comprehensive guest assessment relative to equipment selection, set-up and use in broader applications; upper level skill development in personal and adapted alpine discipline skiing; and strategies to meet the unique learning needs of guests with a wide variety of diagnoses.

Adaptive Alpine RMT Prep Clinic

A two-day workshop format session focusing upon skills needed to be an effective instructor trainer in the adapted snowsports industry.

Adaptive Alpine RMT Exam

Candidates for Adaptive Alpine Rocky Mountain Trainer are evaluated on skiing, teaching & technical knowledge, and clinic leading skills. Successful candidates demonstrate skiing at the Trainer Standard for the functional skiing tasks, 2-track skiing, and all of the adaptive specialties.

Adaptive Alpine Ski Bike Clinic

This one day clinic will introduce ski-bikes as adaptive tools to get our students back on the mountain or just keep them out there a little longer. Learn who might be a candidate for adaptive ski-bike and any individual adjustments needed. Discuss and practice beginner to intermediate progression including safe chairlift loads and hands-on assists. Please go to www.psia-rm.org/education and click the appropriate discipline to view educational materials for this event.

Adaptive Alpine Tethering Tune Up

This clinic is intended for instructors who have already tethered sit-down equipment and would like more practice and tune-up tethering skills.  Get hands-on practice with the latest sit-down equipment and refine your skills with both hand-held and fixed outrigger tethering.  This clinic will also cover common terrain tactics and adjustments for varying snow conditions. Please go to www.psia-rm.org/education and click the appropriate discipline to view educational materials for this event.

Adaptive Alpine Sit Down Tethering Foundations

This clinic is intended for instructors who have little to no tethering experience and would like more tethering practice and receive feedback for tethering skill development.  Participants will have the opportunity to get practical experience tethering both hand-held and fixed outrigger biski set-ups.  This clinic will also cover tethering safety, basic terrain tactics and adjustments for varying snow conditions. Please go to www.psia-rm.org/education and click the appropriate discipline to view educational materials for this event. Attendance at this clinic is required for instructors who have no tethering experience and are planning to attend the Adaptive Level 1 Biski exam.

Adaptive Alpine Webinars:

Teaching Guests with Visual Diagnoses:  This interactive clinic serves as a base for any snowsports instructor seeking information on effectively connecting with and teaching guests with a variety of visual impairments from slight to high impact on the guests’ vision. Instructors preparing for adaptive certification will find this course especially helpful. Please go to www.psia-rm.org/education and click the appropriate discipline to view educational materials for this event.

Teaching Guests with Cognitive Diagnoses: This interactive clinic serves as a base for any ski or snowboard instructor seeking information on effectively connecting with and teaching guests in typical or adaptive lessons who may have mild to significant cognitive related challenges from stroke survivors to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Due to the increasing prevalence of inclusion of students with cognitive diagnoses in typical educational and activity classes, this clinic is valuable for all snow sports instructors. Instructors preparing for adaptive certification will find this course especially helpful. Please go to www.psia-rm.org/education and click the appropriate discipline to view educational materials for this event

Understanding and Addressing Behavior in Adaptive and other Snowsports Lessons: This interactive clinic serves as a base for any snowsports instructor seeking information on understanding and addressing behavior in snowsports lessons. Additionally, content will offer insights into connecting with guests and preventing behaviors that negatively affect learning by individuals or class participants. Instructors preparing for adaptive certification may find this course helpful. Please go to www.psia-rm.org/education and click the appropriate discipline to view educational materials for this event.

 

Adaptive Alpine Successful Lessons for Guests with Behavior Challenges

This 1-day session is geared for PSIA instructors of any discipline looking to gain a deeper understanding of the unique attributes, abilities, and challenges of snowsports lesson guests. Learn how to perform a simple assessment to gather information on cognition, communication and learning preferences, behavior considerations and safety precautions. Practice using this information to create and implement pathways to successful lessons for these distinctive learners. Please go to www.psia-rm.org/education and click the appropriate discipline to view educational materials for this event.

Adaptive Alpine Upward Mobility

Adaptive skiers often choose to split their time between sit and stand skiing. Join this interactive session with veteran instructors to gain a deeper understanding about physical assessment of prospective stand up skiers and tools, techniques and strategies that support stance, strength, grip, and success using various and unique adapted stand skiing equipment. Please go to www.psia-rm.org/education and click the appropriate discipline to view educational materials for this event.

Adaptive Snowboard Level 1 ITC

This three-day ITC will introduce candidates to teaching snowboarding to students with special needs. It is intended as a broad overview of teaching snowboarding and of some of the disabilities you will encounter and will include a verification of your riding as well as teaching skills. The  AASI-RM Adaptive Snowboard Resource Guide is available online and it is highly recommended that you read this prior to day 1 of the ITC.

Day 1 – Riding

The first clinic day covers riding through skidded turns (Levels 1 – 4). Personal snowboarding skills will be developed in bumps, carving, switch riding, freestyle and demonstration images. Technical aspects of the sport will be covered in relationship to their impact on effective riding. This clinic will include ASB (Adaptive Snowboard) specific Riding Tasks and a verification of riding ability at the Level 1 Certified Standard

Day 2 – Movement Analysis

This clinic provides a solid foundation of primary snowboarding skills and in-depth observation skills. Focus will be on delivering clear and concise descriptions of snowboarding movements in student centered language and how those concepts relate to Adaptive Teaching. Cause and effect relationships and how movement analysis is integrated into the teaching model will be covered.  Throughout the day we will also be discussing riding challenges specific to Students with Visual and Cognitive Impairments.

Day 3 – Teaching & Adaptive Specialties

This clinic explores the many aspects of teaching snowboarding with special emphasis on understanding and using the Teaching Model with students. Skills covered include recognizing learning styles and developing teaching progressions and adapting those to the special needs of our students. A variety of progressions as well as adaptive teaching aids will be explored.

Adaptive Snowboard Level 2 Exam Prep

This three-day course is a prerequisite for the Adaptive Snowboard Level 2 Exam. Each day can be taken on its own or all three can be taken together, however, all three days are required prior to taking any portion of the ASB Level 2 Exam. Any individual modules taken and passed prior to the 2018-19 season will be honored and will not be required for the exam.

Day 1: Sit-Down

Will include discussion of students with disabilities best suited for sit down equipment, the characteristics of those disabilities and the medications which those students might be taking.  Participants will learn about and practice assessments for this population and explore different student scenarios and set-ups. The specialty specific riding tasks will also be practiced throughout the day. Will include teaching and technical information on adaptive equipment, including, but not limited to bi-skis, mono-skis, shredder plate, and variations of any and all devices. Candidates will be expected both to practice assists and tethering on different sit down devices and to be tethered and assisted in those devices. Equipment specific progressions and adaptations of the standard snowboard progression that are needed for this population.

Day 2: Cognitive/Visually Impaired/Hard Of Hearing Prep

Will include discussion of students with cognitive or developmental impairment, visual impairment or hearing impairment, or a combination of any or all three, the characteristics of those disabilities and the medications which those students might be taking.  Participants will learn about and practice assessments for this population and address different guiding styles.  The specialty specific riding tasks will also be practiced throughout the day. Will include teaching and technical information on adaptive equipment.  There will be hands-on use of adaptive equipment and adaptations of the standard snowboard progression that are needed for this population and candidates will be expected to practice guiding and being guided with or without adaptive equipment.

Day 3: Stand Up

Will include discussion of students with disabilities best suited for stand up equipment, the characteristics of those disabilities, and the medications which those students might be taking.  Participants will learn about and practice assessments for this population and explore different student scenarios and ways to use adaptive equipment.  The specialty specific riding tasks will also be practiced throughout the day.  Will include teaching and technical information on adaptive equipment including, but not limited to outriggers, rider bar, bamboo pole. and adaptations of the standard snowboard progression that are needed for this population.  Candidates will be expected to practice assisting and being assisted with or without adaptive equipment.

 Adaptive Snowboard Level 2 Exam

Day 1 ASB Sit-Down

This day requires proficiency at teaching and guiding students from Level 1-5 with physical disabilities best suited for riding with sit-down equipment. AASI/ATS teaching and technical concepts as they apply to each specialty and specific equipment, disability-specific knowledge, riding, safety, adaptive assists, medical and equipment assessment of adaptive riders. Candidates will also be expected to ride at a minimum of Snowboard Level 6 in a manner which provides the highest level of safety to both the candidate and the students whom he or she teaches and perform specific riding tasks designed to demonstrate proficiency in guiding sit-down students.

Day 2 ASB Cognitive/Visually Impaired/Hard Of Hearing

This day requires proficiency teaching and guiding students from Level 1-5 with these particular adaptive specialties: cognitive or developmental impairment, visually impaired and hard of hearing related disabilities or a combination of any or all. AASI/ATS teaching and technical concepts as they apply to each specialty. Disability-specific knowledge, riding, safety, adaptive assists, medical and equipment assessments of adaptive riders. Candidates will also be expected to ride at a minimum of Snowboard Level 6 in a manner which provides the highest level of safety to both the candidate and the students whom he or she teaches and perform specific riding tasks designed to demonstrate proficiency in guiding students with the aforementioned disabilities.

Day 3 ASB Physical Stand-Up

This day requires proficiency at teaching and guiding students from Level 1-5 with physical disabilities who are best suited for riding with stand-up equipment. AASI/ATS teaching and technical concepts as they apply to each student. Disability-specific knowledge, Adaptive equipment specific knowledge, riding, safety, adaptive assists, medical and equipment assessment of adaptive riders. Candidates will also be expected to ride at a minimum of Snowboard Level 6 in a manner which provides the highest level of safety to both the candidate and the students whom he or she teaches and perform specific riding tasks designed to demonstrate proficiency in guiding stand-up students.

Alpine Advanced Skiing Applications

This is a clinic for Level 3 pros who enjoy improving their skiing. It is a medium-intensity skiing clinic that will use all available terrain (from greens to double blacks) to facilitate learning and reinforce effort. Conversations that bolster technical understanding will be complemented by skiing that encourages exploration and experimentation. Hone your understanding of high-end performance skiing, your understanding of and your ability to influence the motivations and behaviors of your students. Please go to www.psia-rm.org/education and click the appropriate discipline to view educational materials for this event.

Alpine Boot Balancing & Alignment

*This clinic is one of the suggested prerequisites for Alpine Levels 2 & 3.*

This two-day equipment-oriented clinic will focus on balancing and alignment issues for all alpine and telemark skiers. Topics include biomechanics, equipment considerations and individual skier characteristics and alignment aspects.

Alpine Certification Update

This two-day clinic is recommended once every four years as part of all Level 2 and Level 3 alpine certified member’s continuing education.  The educational content covered through the certification process is constantly evolving and is representative of guest needs, member school needs, and the direction of the national organization. This clinic evolves with the certification process and is designed to accomplish our membership’s goal of being current in their understanding and practice as a certified professional.  The clinic content is updated and redesigned each year to provide you with the most updated and current information on teaching methodology, technical understanding, and personal skiing to help you perform at the top of your game for your guests.

Participants will be exposed to new ideas and information, receive skiing feedback based on their certification level, and have opportunities to share questions and ideas about the state of snowsports instruction and the industry.

Alpine Cruising The Groomers

This is a low-intensity skiing clinic exclusively on groomed green, blue, and some black terrain. Engage in meaningful two-way conversations with the clinic leader and group members to help you recognize, reflect upon, and assess experiences and sensations to improve your skiing with turns that are more steered and skidded than carved. Help your students maximize their enjoyment of groomed trails by improving your understanding and ability to make round, smooth, rhythmic, controlled, short and long turns. In the event of snow, the clinic leader will make every attempt to find the “most groomed” terrain available

Alpine Edwin Terrell Memorial Clinic

This clinic and Scholarship Fund is in dedication to Edwin Terrell, who was an exceptional athlete, ski instructor and Divisional Clinic Leader from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Edwin had an enthusiastic hunger for self-improvement. In his memory, this clinic provides a unique open-minded exploration into the big picture of movement and natural behaviors utilizing information from other sports. The Edwin Terrell Memorial Clinic is a Southern District clinic open to all Rocky Mountain members with one scholarship per Southern District Ski School available.

Alpine Exam Preview – Level 2

Come slide with an examiner the day before a Level 2 exam.  This is an opportunity to learn how to maximize your performance on the terrain provided and work through some exam nerves with the group.  During the shortened day, the focus will be on a tour of potential exam terrain and talking through exam tactics.  The course will not provide participants with feedback on performances and all participants must be registered to attend the concurrent exam.

Alpine Extreme Mountain Performance

Explore the technical and tactical aspects of skiing steep, off-piste terrain in all types of snow conditions in this high-intensity skiing clinic. Participants will develop optimal ski and body performance in extreme terrain, and achieve efficiency in all terrain and snow conditions. Group participation will facilitate a deeper understanding of cause and effect relationships and improve your feedback accuracy at high skiing levels. Come prepared to ski challenging terrain and snow conditions, including “hike-to” terrain

Alpine Fall Workshop

Get an early season tune-up for your technique from top PSIA-Rocky Mountain Divisional Trainers. Share your knowledge of contemporary skiing, teaching and technical skills, as well as guest retention with your peers. Individual feedback will create a focus for development to take you into a successful season and beyond.

Alpine Freestyle Specialist 1

This fun filled 3-day event is focused around conducting introductory/ basic level freestyle lessons in the smallest consequence parks of the host resort. Spend the first day of the event over-viewing the elements of terrain parks in a safe and exploratory manner that will build upon your pre-existing skill sets, than dive into the teach/MA assessment day and then the ski assessment day to round out the 3 day event.

Exploration of teaching methodologies and versatility demonstrations will be expanded upon, please come with a helmet, a sense of humor, as well as the ability to hike some features within the park for ease of fun and exploration. All participants need to have a current Alpine Level 1 to attend.  Please download the course outline for all the prerequisite checklist items before you attend.

Twin Tip skis are NOT required but do assist in the performance of some exercises.

Alpine Freestyle Specialist 2/3

Freestyle Specialist 2:

This next level exploratory filled 3-day event is focused around conducting intermediate/ medium level freestyle lessons in the medium consequence parks of the host resort. Spend the first day of the event Focusing on the intermediate elements of terrain parks in a safe and exploratory manner that will build upon your pre-existing skill sets, than dive into the teach/MA assessment day and finally the ski assessment day to round out the 3 day event.

Exploration of teaching methodologies and versatility demonstrations will be expanded upon, please come with a helmet, a sense of humor, as well as the ability to hike some features within the park for ease of fun and exploration. Need to have a current cert 1 and an FS-1 or be a Cert 2 with confident park riding skills to attend.  Please download the course outline for all the prerequisite checklist items before you attend.

Candidates must have an Alpine Freestyle Specialist 1 or be a current Alpine Cert II with confidence of terrain park features.

Freestyle Specialist 3:

This upper level exploratory filled 3-day event is focused around conducting advanced/ large level freestyle lessons in the large consequence parks of the host resort. Spend the first day of the event Focusing on the intermediate elements of terrain parks in a safe and exploratory manner that will build upon your pre-existing skill sets, than dive into the teach/MA assessment day and finally the ski assessment day to round out the 3 day event.

Exploration of teaching methodologies and versatility demonstrations will be expanded upon, please come with a helmet, a sense of humor, as well as the ability to hike some features within the park for ease of fun and exploration. Need to have a current cert 1 w/ FS-2 or Cert 2 with confident park riding skills that has attended another FS event to attend.  Please download the course outline for all the prerequisite checklist items before you attend.

Candidates must have an Alpine Freestyle Specialist 1 or 2 and must complete the Freestyle Specialist 3 Workbook.

Alpine Frontside – Backside

Learn how the skiing fundamentals blend effectively on piste then adapt that awareness to ski and teach more confidently off piste on trails. Experience a varied learning environment on blue and moderate black terrain in this medium – intensity skiing clinic. You’ll develop your beginner bump skiing and choice of tactics with the clinic leader and peers to enhance your ability to guide and teach guests through their initial journey from groomed to ungroomed terrain.

This clinic could be considered as an introduction to All Mountain Skiing (bumps and off-piste) depending on the specific needs of the participants

Alpine High Performance Turns with Deb Armstrong

Have you ever wanted to clinic with an Olympian?  1984 Winter Olympics Gold Medalist and PSIA education staff member, Deb Armstrong, will elevate your turns to the next level.  You will acquire an understanding and acquisition of a high performance turn.  Various teaching aids will be utilized; brushies for turn placement, video, etc.  No race experience is necessary

Alpine History of Skiing

This clinic will explore the interaction of factors that influenced the development of skiing, ski technique and ski instruction. Focusing on the truths of anatomy and physics as they apply to skiing, participants will identify cause and affect relationships from historical ski techniques and how these relate to teaching. Learn and share ideas about how to pace your lessons while addressing movement, psychological and equipment needs when making various historical movement patterns more contemporary.

Alpine Movement Analysis 201 On-Snow

*This clinic is one of the suggested prerequisites for Level 2.*

A one day on-snow clinic that will focus on applying and further developing the skills needed to demonstrate an understanding of the movement analysis process for Level 2 Certification by analyzing each other’s skiing using tasks from Level 2 Certification Skiing tasks and maneuvers

Alpine Movement Analysis 301 On-Snow

*This clinic is one of the suggested prerequisites for Level 3.*

A one day on-snow clinic that will focus on applying and further developing the skills needed to demonstrate an understanding of the movement analysis process for Level 3 Certification by analyzing each other’s skiing using tasks from Level 3 Certification Skiing tasks and maneuvers.

Alpine Performance Bumps

This high intensity clinic is focused on all aspects of fall line moguls on expert terrain.  Expect a full-day of off piste skiing with appropriate warm up and cool down periods. Prepare to broaden your current application of technique and tactics in a variety of conditions and settings. The group will explore skills development and tactics for teaching students in this demanding environment. Prepare to share your fall line bump teaching tips with your peers.

Alpine Precision Skiing 201

*This clinic is one of the suggested prerequisites for Level 2.*

This one day on-snow session is optional, but highly recommended, for those members seeking Alpine Level 2 Certification.  Explore movements using the Level 2 exam tasks that will improve your personal skiing in the intermediate to advanced intermediate zone.

Alpine Precision Skiing 201 Camp

*This clinic is one of the suggested prerequisites for Level 2.*

This two day on-snow session is optional, (but highly recommended), for those members seeking Alpine Level 2 Certification.  Explore movements using the Level 2 exam tasks that will improve your personal skiing in the intermediate to advanced intermediate zone.  (This clinic will delve in deeper to the Level 2 Skiing tasks/ standards/ movements than the 1 day Precision Skiing 201 Clinic.)

Alpine Precision Skiing 301

*This clinic is one of the suggested prerequisites for Level 3.*

This one day, on-snow session is for those members seeking Alpine Level 3 Certification. Explore movements that exist in high level contemporary skiing and anchor learning as personal skiing is improved.  Practice required maneuvers for Level 3 Certification and understand the technical implications relating to teaching advanced level students.

Alpine Precision Skiing 301 Camp

*This clinic is one of the suggested prerequisites for Level 3.*

This two day on-snow session is optional, (but highly recommended), for those members seeking Alpine Level 3 Certification.  Explore movements using the Level 3 exam tasks that will improve your personal skiing in the intermediate to advanced intermediate zone.  (This clinic will delve in deeper to the Level 3 Skiing tasks/ standards/ movements than the 1 day Precision Skiing 301 Clinic.)

Alpine Race Clinic

Learn to race or improve your racing technique! Get excellent coaching on carving your turns as applied to the specific tactical applications necessary in the gates. Practice on NASTAR-type courses with coaching from qualified Rocky Mountain Divisional Educators. Take new skills into the NASTAR course and improve your time. Proudly earn your medal and satisfy the appropriate NASTAR requirement for all levels of Alpine Certification! Helmets required. .

Alpine Rocky Mountain Academy

This event will give you the opportunity to ski and ride with PSIA-AASI Alpine National Team Members, some of the best and most dedicated trainers our country has to offer.   Experience top level coaching, tailor made challenges, and expand your horizons with the latest information from across the county and around the world.  Find out why so many of RM instructors make this THE event of their season.   This clinic is offered on an every other season basis.  Advanced skiing or riding skills are recommended.

Alpine Teaching Prep 201

This 2 day on-snow interactive clinic is designed to enhance teaching skills in the intermediate zone.  Whether preparing for an exam or making more effective connections with level 5-7 skiers, spend two days understanding, developing and delivering successful lesson plans.  We will use the level 2 exam criteria as a template to organize and explore the components of good teaching.  Practice teaching in a relaxed, fun environment with peers and level 2 examiners.  Receive feedback about strengths and create a plan to increase success at an exam and with your guests.

Alpine Teaching Prep 301

This 2 day on-snow interactive clinic is designed to enhance teaching skills in the advanced zone.  Whether preparing for an exam or making more effective connections with level 8-9 skiers, spend two days understanding, developing and delivering successful lesson plans.  We will use the level 3 exam criteria as a template to organize and explore the components of good teaching.  Practice teaching in a relaxed, fun environment with peers and level 3 examiners.  Receive feedback about strengths and create a plan to increase success at an exam and with your guests.

Alpine Tip-it & Rip-it

Explore how to match skill blending and tactics to improve your on-piste high performance skiing in this medium to high intensity skiing clinic. Improve your ability to control your turn shape, turn size, and overall speed control while carving. Learn and share teaching ideas to help your students improve their on-piste skiing on a mix of groomed green, blue, and black terrain. Experience how managing terrain, pacing, and activities creates an environment that encourages exploration and experimentation. In the event of snow, the clinic leader will make every attempt to find the “most groomed” terrain available.

Alpine Women’s Workshop

Top women clinic leaders from the PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain Divisional Educators provide insight, knowledge and inspiration for women participants. Must be Level 8 or 9 skier. Improve teaching skills by learning to address equipment issues and tailor lesson content and other considerations to the physical and psychological profile of women. At the same time, take skiing to new heights in a supportive, challenging environment. You will also learn the skills to be a more effective instructor to enable your clients to also ski all terrain in any condition!

Alpine 401 On Snow Clinic Leading Skills

Designed for Rocky Mountain Trainer Selection candidates and area resort trainers, this clinic continues to develop training skills that were introduced in 401 Clinic Leading and Presentation Skills.  Spend two days on snow developing clinic objectives to synthesize organizational and participant needs.  Experiment with activities and progression lines to meet specific objectives.  Practice precise communication skills in front of your peers while learning strategies to coach them towards excellence.  Practice giving feedback and receive suggestions for improvement.

Alpine Level 1 Exam Prep Course

Whether you are new to the industry or you are an experienced pro and want to get better at teaching beginner skiers, this course is designed to prepare you for elements of the Level 1 Exam.  Spend 2 days on-snow exploring aspects of teaching, movement analysis and skiing demonstrations for the beginner zone.   This entry level, discounted course will boost your skills and resume when looking to land that first industry job.

Alpine Level 1 Exam

Please come prepared to ski each of the 3 days for this exam.

The Level 1 Exam is a trade certification validating a candidate’s ability to effectively work with beginning skiers (levels 1-4).  It consists of a prerequisite e-learning course that is followed by 3 on-snow coaching and evaluation days.  Teaching, technical understanding/movement analysis and skiing demonstration skills are all attributes of successful Level 1 instructors.

Our professional staff will inspire you to work hard and learn more!  Coaching and guided practice are hallmarks of the level 1 exam.  Come prepared to enhance your skills as a teacher and as a skier and also to make new friends. Those candidates successfully completing the 3-day exam and all requirements are awarded the PSIA Level 1 Certification.

You must attend all three days of the exam continuously.  If a candidate is unsuccessful in any portion of the exam, he/she will be invited to re-take those portions.  Contact the office directly to schedule a retake day.

Day 2: Skiing Demonstration

This on-snow session will focus on personal skiing skills and demonstrations specific to the beginner zone.  We will explore green, blue and maybe some easy black terrain.  Skiing skills will be tied to technical understanding and to teaching application.  Feedback and coaching will be provided to help candidates meet the Level 1 skiing standard.

Day 3: Teaching

Candidates will apply steps in the teaching cycle and make short presentations to the group.  You will be asked to track steps in the cycle and activities as others present.  Practice, observe and receive coaching from your examiner to become more effective with your beginner zone guests.

Alpine Level 2 Exam

Level 2 is a trade certification validating a candidates successful experiences, demonstration and lesson planning ability, and technical understanding as it pertains to level 5, 6, and 7 skiers, up to and including entry level bumps and entry level black terrain.

Movement Analysis/Technical Exam

Candidates will view video clips of skier at various levels and complete a movement analysis.  Candidates will share their movement analysis descriptions with examiners and discuss cause and effect relationships.  Candidates will utilize descriptions of body-part specific movements, and then go on snow to demonstrate their technical understanding.

On-Snow Teaching Exam

Candidates will be expected to show their ability to apply the Teaching/Learning Cycle, the Teaching Fundamentals and the GCT Model with a variety of Level 5 to 7 Guests.  Candidates will be expected to demonstrate class handling skills, ability to engage the group and create progressions relevant to technical goals.

On-Snow Skiing Exam

Candidates will ski with their designated group and work through the Level 2 Skiing Tasks while being assessed based on the current level 2 national standard.   Overall results for the Level 2 Certification Exam are announced at the end of the day.

Alpine Level 3 Exam

Level 3 is a trade certification validating a candidate’s successful experiences, demonstration and lesson planning ability, and technical understanding as it pertains to level 8 and 9 skiers on all terrain, including basic freestyle, double black bumps and variable terrain.

On-Snow MA/Technical Exam

Watch video of advanced-level skier and describe body-part specific movement patterns with cause and effect relationships.  Move on snow to watch peer group with the same focus.

On-Snow Teaching Exam

Candidates will be expected to use the Guest Centered Teaching model to analyze guest motivations and understanding.  Candidates will then be given a task/scenario to teach on the hill that will include relevant technical information.  Candidates will be expected to demonstrate class handling skills, ability to engage the group and create progressions relevant to technical goals.

On-Snow Skiing Exam

The skiing tasks are divided into three sections – Highlighted, Basic Blended, and Applied.  Feedback and scores will be given regarding your performance in relationship to the Level 3 National Standard. Please see task descriptors in the IDP or the videos on The Matrix website for the list of possible tasks. Beginning in the 19/20 season, each section must be passed during the exam day.  Candidates are no longer able to “bank” partial passes in sections.  Partial passes earned before the 19/20 season will be recognized until they expire.

Ski Retake

For those who have passed two of the three ski modules (Applied, Basic Blended, Highlighted). Retake the portion of your Level 3 Exam.

Children’s Specialist 1

This two-day event is the entry-level children’s instruction course for PSIA and AASI, involving both educational and evaluative components. The course includes the CS1 online e-learning course, skiing/riding teaching scenarios, and technical clinics focused on how children and young students learn and progress through the Beginner and Intermediate Zones.

CS1 facilitators assess candidate knowledge, comprehension and application of materials throughout the 2-Day event. Active participation throughout Day 1 and Day 2 is essential for all video and on snow portions of CS1. This is a two-day event with one final scorecard. If a candidate is unsuccessful at attaining CS1, both days will need to be taken again.

Children’s Specialist 2

Child Specialist 2 is a three-day assessment, focused on deep application of child development through the advanced skiing and riding zone.  Participants will need to integrate their technical understanding of the CAP model with movement analysis and scored teaching activities for children ages 3-14. Participants are evaluated on their knowledge and expertise in teaching children and earn Child Specialist 2 upon successful completion of the 3-day event, the on-line quiz, and completion of the CS2 workbook.

401 On Snow Children’s Clinic Leading

This course is designed for Children’s Rocky Mountain Trainer candidates and area resort children’s trainers. Participants will complete exercises and activities similar to those expected at the Children’s RMT selection. Multi-discipline groups will participate in objective building, on-snow clinic leading, movement analysis, indoor presentations, and technical knowledge development. Insight to RM Children’s products and preparing candidates for Children’s Specialists will be a common theme throughout the two days. Clinic leading and presentations will focus on experiential learning using creative, movement based learning activities and experiences to share knowledge.

Children’s Skill Based Play

Improve your teaching skills and your own sense of play and adventure on the mountain in this two day educational event. Groups will explore a deep application of the CAP model to create on-snow activities, exercises and experiences to help students become more skillful skiers and riders. This clinic will move through the intermediate zone skills (movement patterns and applications therein) and through the full range of ages of students. Learn how to bring the concept of progressing through play into your lessons. Understand what it takes to keep young students skiing and riding and improving

Children’s RMT Exam

This course is designed to verify a candidate’s ability to develop and lead a variety of children’s clinics at their home resort, including preparation clinics for CS1 and CS2. A successful candidate will pass all sections of the exam and become a Children’s Rocky Mountain Trainer. Candidates will be asked to lead multi-discipline on-snow clinics, demonstrate level appropriate children’s movement analysis, and lead other presentations. Candidate’s workbooks will be reviewed and examiners will choose one of the clinic outlines from the workbook for the candidate to lead during the event.  Clinic leading and presentations will focus on experiential learning using creative and movement based learning activities to share knowledge.

Children’s RMT Ski/ Ride Assessment

Ski: The CRMT Ski Assessment is a skiing and technical assessment.  Successful completion of the CRMT Alpine Ski Assessment is required to be eligible to apply for RM Children’s Staff.  The exception to this is if you hold an Alpine RMT qualification, you already have your hard skills check-off and do not need to attend the ski assessment.  Through this session, candidates will be assessed on their ability to perform tasks, and variations on tasks from multiple aspects of the Level 3 task pool.  To be successful, candidates must demonstrate a pattern of level 3 or above performance in all areas assessed.

Ride: The CRMT Snowboard Assessment verifies candidates’ snowboarding across the level 3 standard. Successful completion of the CRMT Ride Assessment is required to be eligible to apply for RM Children’s Staff.  The exception to this is if you hold a Snowboard RMT qualification, you already have your hard skills check-off, and do not need to attend the snowboard assessment.  At the CRMT Ride Assessment, candidates will perform a variety of tasks, and variations on tasks, across the Level 3 task pool.  To be successful, candidates must demonstrate a pattern of level 3 or above performance in all areas assessed.

Rethinking Maslow’s Hierarchy: A 4-Step Plan & SCARF Connection (Webinar)

Revisit and explore Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs through a simple 4-step plan to apply in your lessons.  This clinic also introduces the SCARF Model, illustrates important connections to Maslow, and highlights tactics for improved student engagement.

Bringing the Learning Connection Model to Life on Snow

Improve your personal skiing, technical knowledge, and your teaching and people skills with National Team members. During this 2-day clinic, we’ll start each day by tuning into our own personal goals for ski improvement and professional development. Using the Learning Connection Model as our framework, we will use movement analysis tools to come up with one or two areas of focus for each person. Utilizing kinesthetic and skiing technical knowledge we will create action plans for developing new movement patterns.  Throughout the entire clinic, we will be highlighting the fundamentals of teaching and people skills that build trust, communication and enhance the learning environment for both students and teachers.

Better Posture for Better Skiing

Skiing efficiently and smoothly is based on having a strong and stable core. We’ll take the time to explore what that means to you. From this we’ll experiment with efficient/not efficient movements of different joints in the body. Outdoor classroom discussion, on and off-snow progressions and exercises will be the format of the clinic and we’ll continually bring our discoveries back to your personal skiing and teaching. There will be lots of time for practice!

XC Rendezvous:

The biggest skiing and teaching event of the season! Learn a new cross country discipline, or explore modern cross country skiing, teaching and people skills with members of the PSIA National Team and Rocky Mountain Educational Staff in a small-group learning environment. This event is a must for instructors looking to enhance their cross country ski skills, become a more effective ski instructor, or work towards a higher level of instructor certification. Many clinic topics to choose from, with 1 or 2 day options available.

  • Clinic Topics:Pattern Breakers Classic
    Skiing skills develop over hours, days, and years of practice. Over time everyone develops movement patterns that are both productive and unproductive to efficient skiing. Changing movement patterns can be one of the most important, and often frustrating, things to do to improve your skiing. In this clinic we will explore unconventional ways to change your perception and performance.(key areas covered: personal skiing improvement, technical skills, people skills, teaching skills) Pattern Breakers Skate
    Skiing skills develop over hours, days, and years of practice. Over time everyone develops movement patterns that are both productive and unproductive to efficient skiing. Changing movement patterns can be one of the most important, and often frustrating, things to do to improve your skiing. In this clinic we will explore unconventional ways to change your perception and performance.(key areas covered: personal skiing improvement, technical skills, people skills, teaching skills) The Kinesiology of XC Skiing Classic
    Cross country skiing is a sport that uses full-body movement and coordination, yet when systematically broken down it can become a simple, elegant, and graceful human movement. In this clinic we will use the Sports Performance Pyramid to improve your skiing as well as your knowledge of modern skiing technique when teaching lessons.          (key areas covered: technical skills, personal ski improvement, teaching skills)The Kinesiology of XC Skiing Skate
    Cross country skiing is a sport that uses full-body movement and coordination, yet when systematically broken down it can become a simple, elegant, and graceful human movement. In this clinic we will use the Sports Performance Pyramid to improve your skiing as well as your knowledge of modern skiing technique when teaching lessons.          (key areas covered: technical skills, personal ski improvement, teaching skills) Skier Improvement w/ & Movement Analysis Classic
    Movement Analysis is a valuable tool for skill improvement.  How do we execute this process with success and build excitement for the learning process?  We will practice Movement Analysis with each other in a safe and stimulating environment.(key areas covered: personal skiing improvement, Movement Analysis, people skills, teaching skills, technical skills) Skier Improvement w/ & Movement Analysis Skate
    Movement Analysis is a valuable tool for skill improvement.  How do we execute this process with success and build excitement for the learning process?  We will practice Movement Analysis with each other in a safe and stimulating environment.(key areas covered: personal skiing improvement, Movement Analysis, people skills, teaching skills, technical skills)   Learn to Skate Ski / Creating a Positive Learning Environment for Beginner Skate SkiersThis is a combined clinic for both novice skiers looking to learn how to skate ski for the first time and experienced ski instructors wanting to learn new ways to develop effective beginner teaching progressions. We will develop progressions foster learning in a welcoming learning/teaching environment for everyone.(key areas covered: personal ski improvement, teaching skills, people skills) Learn to Classic Ski /Creating a Positive Learning Environment for Beginner Classic Skiers

    This is a combined clinic for both novice skiers looking to learn how to classic ski for the first time and experienced ski instructors wanting to learn new ways to develop effective beginner teaching progressions. We will develop progressions that foster learning in a welcoming learning/teaching environment for everyone.

    (key areas covered: personal ski improvement, teaching skills, people skills)

     

    Specialty clinics. These will be offered once throughout the entire Rendezvous

     

    Games, Drills and Skills for Kids Classic and Skate
    If you are coaching or teaching kids on skis then you know that the key to a successful outing is keeping the kids moving and having fun. But how do you ensure that they are learning something along the way? In this clinic, you’ll learn a variety of games and drills that will keep the fun level high and the learning continuous.

    (key areas covered: children/kids, teaching skills, people skills)

    Downhills, Speed Control, and Turning Classic and Skate
    Often, downhills, how to stop, and how to turn on cross country skis are the most requested items that we teach as instructors (or the thing we are scared to ask help with). In this clinic we will explore ways to improve our own skiing as well as how to develop meaningful connections with students that leads to an effective learning environment.

    (key areas covered: technical skills, people skills, teaching skills, personal ski improvement

 

Cross Country Level 1 Prep Clinic

Participants need to have intermediate Classic and Skate skiing skills and ability. Equipment includes Classic and Skate ski equipment for groomed trails. This clinic will help you prepare for the Cross Country Level 1 assessment. It is designed for instructors who are new to Cross Country ski instruction and/or have no prior PSIA certification.  Develop teaching methodology while improving technical knowledge, people skills, and personal skiing skills in both Classic and Skate techniques.  Skiing skills  will be demonstrated and developed through practice and feedback. This clinic is a prerequisite for Level 1 Certification. Participants are required to download and bring the XC Level 1 Certification Workbook. Please complete the workbook as much as possible prior to attending the clinic.

Cross Country Level 1 Assessment

Participants will be assessed in a friendly, non-threatening manner in areas of Cross Country teaching, skiing skills, people skills and technical knowledge for both Classic and Skate technique. Teaching scenarios, group and individual movement analysis and plenty of skiing will be the venues for participants to demonstrate their understanding of modern Cross-Country teaching, skiing and people skills. Participants need to have intermediate classic and skate skiing skills. Equipment includes Classic and Skate ski equipment for skiing groomed trails. Participants need to complete the XC Level 1 Workbook as well as complete the XC E-Learning Module “Delivering the beginner experience – Cross Country” at least 72 hours before the assessment.

Cross Country Level 2 Prep Clinic

Designed to help you improve and fine-tune your XC teaching skills, personal skiing, people skills and technical knowledge for both Classic and Skate technique, this clinic will help prepare you for your XC Level 2 Assessment. This clinic is designed for instructors who teach Cross Country skiing to first timers through intermediate level Cross Country skiers & are already certified at Level 1.  Develop teaching methodology while improving technical knowledge, people skills and personal skiing skills in both Classic and Skate techniques.  Skiing skills will be demonstrated and developed through practice and feedback. This clinic is a prerequisite for Level 2 Certification. Participants are required to download and bring the XC Level 2 Certification Workbook. Please complete the workbook as much as possible prior to attending the clinic. Participants must be an advanced skier in classic and skate skiing skills. Equipment includes Classic & Skate ski equipment for skiing on groomed trails. This clinic is offered every other season.

Cross Country Level 2 Exam

Participants will be evaluated in a friendly, non-threatening manner in areas of Cross Country teaching, skiing skills, people skills and technical knowledge for both Classic and Skate technique.  Teaching scenarios, group and individual movement analysis, and plenty of skiing will be the avenues for participants to demonstrate their understanding of modern Cross Country teaching, people and skiing skills. Participants must be an advanced level classic and skate skier. Participants must complete the XC Level 2 workbook as well as complete the XC E-Learning Module “Delivering the beginner experience – Cross Country” at least 72 hours before the assessment. Equipment includes classic and skate ski equipment for skiing on groomed trails. This assessment is offered every other year.  The event is guaranteed to run when scheduled.

Cross Country Level 3 Prep Clinic

Designed to help you improve and fine-tune your XC teaching skills, personal skiing, people skills  and technical knowledge for both Classic and Skate technique, this clinic will help prepare you for your XC Level 3 Assessment. This clinic is designed for instructors who teach Cross Country skiing to first timers through Advanced level Cross Country skiers & are already certified at Level 2. Develop teaching methodology while improving technical knowledge, people skills  and personal skiing skills in both Classic and Skate techniques.  Skiing skills will be demonstrated and developed through practice and feedback. This clinic is a prerequisite for Level 3 Certification. Participants are required to download and bring the XC Level 3 Certification Workbook. Please complete the workbook as much as possible prior to attending the clinic. Participants must be an advanced skier in classic and skate skiing skills. Participants must download and complete the XC Level 3 Workbook. Equipment includes Classic & Skate equipment for skiing on groomed trails. This clinic is offered every other season.

Cross Country Level 3 Exam

Participants will be evaluated in a friendly, non-threatening manner in areas of Cross Country teaching, personal skiing skills and technical knowledge for both Classic and Skate technique.  Teaching scenarios, group and individual movement analysis, and plenty of skiing will be the avenues for participants to demonstrate their understanding of modern Cross Country teaching, people  and skiing skills. Participants must be an expert skier in classic and skate skiing skills. Participants must complete the XC Level 3 Workbook as well as complete the XC E-Learning Module “Delivering the beginner experience – Cross Country” at least 72 hours before the assessment. Equipment includes classic and skate ski equipment for skiing on groomed trails. This assessment is offered every other year.

XC 401 Workshop/ RMT Prep

This  high-level workshop is for instructors who desire to improve their skiing and clinic leading skills beyond Level 3 Certification. Participant goals will help determine specific clinic format. Topics and activities can include: peer clinicing, cutting-edge Classic and Skate technique, upper level teaching/clinic  progressions, advanced training methodology along with preparation for becoming a XC Rocky Mountain Trainer.  This is not specifically an RMT Prep clinic but is a prerequisite for XC Rocky Mountain Trainer. The XC RM Trainer Workbook may be covered during this event. Participants must be an expert level classic and skate skier. Equipment includes Classic and Skate Cross Country ski equipment and appropriate wax. This clinic will be offered every other season.

Cross Country RMT Selection

This 2-day event will be an assessment and validation of both classic and skate skiing, clinicing skills, people skills  and technical knowledge at the trainer level. Candidates will be expected to perform high level tasks, demos, free skiing, perform movement analysis and relevant clinicing of peers, and participate in accurate technical discussions of XC skiing.  Participants must complete the XC RMT Workbook. This assessment is offered every other season.

Experience Driven Learning Lab with Horst Abraham

It has been said that “progress and comfort go in opposite directions”! This adage may be most appropriate when teaching experienced pros new tricks. Come to the EDL Lab for an information filled, pleasantly uncomfortable, and participatory experience. We will collectively generate an understanding of how teaching ‘experientially’ fundamentally differs from detaching ‘didactically’ while gaining self-awareness about how we are “showing up” in ways that help or hinder our delivery. Leaving, you will be both excited about the possibilities and have tangible actions to reshape your lessons with the principles of experiential learning.  Join us on our on-going experiment and mission to: Simplify – AMPLIFY – Gamify

Managing Variety within the Family Private lesson (on snow)

The family private lesson is a significant product within modern ski and snowboard schools. Families want and expect instructors to be able to meet the wide variety of developmental and interpersonal profiles of their families when they purchase this premier product. This two-day on-snow clinic focuses on strategies for managing a variety of levels and ages within the family private lesson.

Topics include: Setting yourself up for success – goal setting; who wants what and who’s in charge? Who ultimately has the say in what goes on – Dad? Mom? The kids? You?; Terrain choices – Manage terrain and maximize challenge; Breaking the ice – conversation starters for the whole family rather than the family spokesperson; Managing  individuals within the group and facilitating change with various levels.

Managing Variety within the Family Private lesson (Webinar)

The family private lesson is a significant product within modern ski and snowboard schools. Families want and expect instructors to be able to meet the wide variety of developmental and interpersonal profiles of their families when they purchase this premier product.

Topics include: Setting yourself up for success – goal setting; who wants what and who’s in charge? Who ultimately has the say in what goes on – Dad? Mom? The kids? You?; Terrain choices – Manage terrain and maximize challenge; Breaking the ice – conversation starters for the whole family rather than the family spokesperson; Managing  individuals within the group and facilitating change with various levels

Natural Terrain Freestyle

This on-snow, interactive, one day clinic is designed to enhance your teaching skills on natural terrain features such as rock drops and wind lips.  Participants will practice how to assess and manage risk in the alpine environment.  Work with your peers and clinic leader to develop progressions using freestyle concepts ATML and SPS on natural terrain.

Freestyle RMT Assessment

In addition to the application packet, this 2 day assessment is for instructors wanting to attain a freestyle clinic leading credential in the Rocky Mountain Division.  Each day, candidates will be assessed on their clinic leading skills, technical skills, people skills, and skiing/riding demonstrations.  On day 1 candidates will work with their peers in a clinic leading environment.  Upon successful completion of day 1, candidates will be invited to work with FS1 clinic participants on day 2.  Candidates must successfully complete both days to attain their FS RMT.  For more information on the FS RMT process and training resources please refer to the FS RMT outline.

Snowboard AMP 401: All Mountain Performance

Improve your riding skills and versatility with two days of riding, coaching, and feedback. The RMT riding tasks may be utilized to develop skills while applying the tasks to a variety of terrain and conditions. Participants will gain a clearer picture of the movements and skills that can be developed to move towards attaining the RMT riding standard as well as developing their own personal riding skills. Plan on doing anything and going anywhere in this all out all-mountain Shred-quest.

Snowboard Half Pipe Improvement

This two-day clinic will cover all aspects of riding the half-pipe. This includes introduction through getting comfortable, getting more amplitude, grabs, and spins. You will also explore different teaching progressions and movement analysis methods when in the pipe. You will be given lots of personal feedback to improve as well as tricks to teach and coach it. This course is designed as an additional resource to aid in the attainment of the freestyle specialist credential and level 2 or 3 certifications.

Please note specific characteristics of features are variable based on what is available from resort to resort.  The clinic leader will do their best to choose features that are most appropriate to assessing the skills relative to the standard.  AASI-RM reserves the right to cancel this event when weather conditions require it.

Snowboard Tricks of the Trees

Calling all Level 1 riders and above that want to sharpen their riding and teaching skills in the trees. This clinic will explore contemporary technique and movements that will help you master the trees as well as the newest developments in teaching that will help you help your clients slip in and out of the trees with confidence. Join us for 2 days of off piste pleasure while we seek out the best trees that the Rocky Mountains have to offer. Terrain utilized will range from groomers to bumps to crud and powder. Expect direct feedback on your riding, idea sharing and plenty of shredding! (This clinic cannot be used as a prerequisite for Level 2 or Level 3).

Snowboard Certification Update

This two-day clinic is suggested to be taken once every four years as part of snowboard certified Level 2 and 3 member’s continuing education.  The educational content that is covered through the certification process is constantly evolving and is representative of guest needs, member school needs, and the direction of the national organization. This clinic evolves with the certification process and is designed to accomplish our membership’s goal of being current in their understanding and practice as a certified professional.  The clinic content is updated and redesigned each year to provide you with the most updated and current information on teaching methodology, technical understanding, and personal riding to help you perform at the top of your game for your guests.

Participants will be exposed to new ideas and information, receive riding feedback based on their certification level, and have opportunities to share questions and ideas about the state of snowsports instruction and the industry.

Snowskate 101 Session

For snowboarders, Snowskate represents a way to explore our roots (skateboarding and surfing) in a venue that’s familiar. The clinic structure will focus on mileage and teambuilding through the experience as we explore different tactics all over the mountain. If you are interested in something new and exciting that will turn heads everywhere you go, come join us. Snowskating is gaining serious momentum in the industry, and this is an opportunity to see where it will evolve in the future. As snowsports educators, we can play an instrumental role in its growth

Snowboard Freestyle Specialist 1 Exam

This one-day clinic and two-day exam will cover all aspects of freestyle including a better understanding of the level 1 Freestyle specialist exam standards. All 3 days of the event are required if this is your first attempt at FS1

During the one day clinic participants will spend time riding all different facets of freestyle such as jumps, rails/jibs, pipe, flatland and all-mountain. You will also explore different teaching progressions and movement analysis methods when in and outside the park. You will be given feedback where you currently stand within the level 1 Freestyle Specialist standard.

During the two day exam candidates will be evaluated according to the standards of level 1 Freestyle Specialist. To attain this freestyle specialist level, a candidate must successfully meet the standards of Instruction, Movement Analysis and Riding Skills. Concepts, skills and ideas from the candidate’s previous certifications should be shown throughout the evaluation process.

Please note specific characteristics of features are variable based on what is available from resort to resort. The clinic leader will do their best to choose features that are most appropriate to assessing the skills relative to the standard. AASI-RM reserves the right to cancel this event when weather conditions require it.

 

Snowboard Freestyle Specialist 2/3 Exam

This is a one day preview and two-day exam in which on day 1 candidates will cover all aspects of freestyle including a better understanding of the level 2 and 3 Freestyle specialist exam and on day 2 they will be assessed through their teaching and movement analysis abilities. Then on the third day their riding abilities.

Please note specific characteristics of features are variable based on what is available from resort to resort. The clinic leader will do their best to choose features that are most appropriate to assessing the skills relative to the standard. AASI-RM reserves the right to cancel this event when weather conditions require it.

Snowboard Level 1 Exam

Participants must complete the online e-learning module (LMS) before attending the on-snow event.

Day 1: Movement Analysis

This course provides a solid foundation of foundational snowboarding skills and in-depth observation skills.  Focus will be on delivering clear and concise descriptions of snowboarding movements in student-centered language.  Cause-and-effect relationships and how movement analysis is integrated into the teaching model will be covered.  Video and on-snow application of material will anchor concepts.  As part of the overall Level 1 Exam Course, this course will end with a written verification of movement analysis knowledge at the Level 1 Certified Standard.  The Snowboard Level 1 Study Guide (follow the event materials link) is provided as a preparation and self-evaluation tool. We highly recommend you complete as much of the guide as possible, and bring any questions or clarifications to your exam.

Day 2: Instruction

This course explores the many aspects of teaching snowboarding with special emphasis on understanding and using the Teaching Model with students. Skills covered include recognizing learning styles and developing teaching progressions. A variety of progressions will be explored, dictated by the participation of the group. Completion of the Snowboard Level 1 Study Guide is mandatory prior to attendance at this course. As part of the overall Level 1 Course, this clinic will end with a verification of teaching knowledge at the Level 1 Certified Standard.

Day 3: Ride

This course covers riding, first day through skidded turns (Levels 1 – 4). Personal snowboarding skills will be developed in bumps, carving, switch riding, freestyle and demonstration images. Technical aspects of the sport, such as: snowboard design, bindings and stance, will also be covered in relationship to their impact on effective riding. Completion of the Snowboard Level 1 Study Guide is mandatory prior to attendance at this clinic. As part of the overall Level 1 Course, this course will include a verification of riding ability at the Level 1 Certified Standard.

Snowboard Level 2 Prerequisite Clinics

Movement Analysis 201

Preview the level 2 exam standards and movement analysis requirements as you prepare for certification. You will be given feedback where you currently stand in the national exam standard for movement analysis and the technical applications of teaching levels 5-7. Participants will gain a clearer picture of their ability to observe, describe and analyze board performance and body movements. Your Divisional Educator will recommend further training through additional clinics to aid in your development.

Ride 201

Preview the level 2 exam standards and exam riding task requirements as you prepare for your Level 2 Riding certification exam. This 1 day session is also designed for those wishing to improve their personal riding skills using the L2 riding tasks. Participants will gain a clearer picture of the movements and skills that can be developed to move towards attaining the L2 riding standard. Your Divisional Educator will recommend further training through additional sessions to aid in your development.

Instruction 201

Preview the level 2 exam standards and exam teaching requirements as you prepare for your Level 2 Instruction certification exam. This 1 day session is also designed for those wishing to improve their teaching knowledge for level 5-7 snowboarders. Participants will gain a clearer picture of their ability to develop successful lessons utilizing progression building within the teaching model. Your Divisional Educator will recommend further training through additional sessions to aid in your development.

Snowboard Level 3 Prerequisite Clinics

Instruction 301

Preview the level 3 exam standards and exam teaching requirements as you prepare for your Level 3 Instruction certification exam. You will be given feedback where you currently stand in the national exam standard for instruction and the technical applications of teaching levels 8 & 9.  Participants will gain a clearer picture of their ability to develop successful advanced level lessons utilizing MA and progression building within the teaching model.  Your Divisional Educator will recommend further training through additional sessions to aid in your development.

Ride 301

Preview the level 3 exam standards and exam riding task requirements as you prepare for your Level 3 Riding certification exam. You will be given feedback where you currently stand in the national exam standard for riding free-ride, freestyle, and specific tasks at levels 8 & 9. Participants will gain a clearer picture of the movements and skills that can be developed to move towards attaining the L3 riding standard. Your Divisional Educator will recommend further training through additional sessions to aid in your development

Movement Analysis 301

Preview the level 3 exam standards and movement analysis requirements as you prepare for certification.  You will be given feedback where you currently stand in the national exam standard for movement analysis and the technical applications of teaching levels 8 & 9.  Participants will gain a clearer picture of their ability to accurately observe, describe and analyze advanced board performance and body movements.  Your Divisional Educator will recommend further training through additional clinics to aid in your development.

Snowboard Level 2 Exam

Movement Analysis

Candidates will be tested on movement analysis both on-snow and indoors, with a written test from video; intermediate-advanced levels. If unsuccessful at any day of the exam, candidates may re-take that section at another date until successful in all areas.

Instruction 

Candidates will be tested on teaching knowledge and skill for intermediate-advanced level students, including movement analysis and developing progressions using the Teaching Model.

Ride

Candidates will be tested on demonstrating clear riding images for intermediate-advanced level students including all-mountain terrain, freestyle and other teaching maneuvers.

Snowboard Level 3 Exam

Instruction

Candidates will be tested on teaching knowledge and skill for advanced-expert level students by developing peer lesson plans using the Teaching Model with emphasis on movement analysis. If unsuccessful on one day, the candidate may retake that day of the exam at another date until successful in all areas.

Ride

Candidates will be tested on demonstrating clear riding images for advanced-expert level students including extreme terrain and conditions, racing, freestyle, bumps and steeps. If unsuccessful on one day, the candidate may retake that day of the exam.

Movement Analysis

Candidates will be tested on movement analysis and the technical aspects of teaching snowboarding at advanced-expert levels. Candidates will be tested on movement analysis both on-snow and indoors, with a written test from video. If unsuccessful at any day of the exam, candidates may re-take that section at another date until successful in all areas.

Snowboard RMT Workshops

Clinic & Presentation 401 Trainer Workshop

This clinic will workshop Clinic and Presentation skills at the RMT level. The workshop is designed to introduce you to the Rocky Mountain Trainer standard and develop clinic and presentation skills through pre-work, on-snow practice, feedback, and self-assessment. Clinic & Presentation 401 Trainer Workshop counts as a pre-requisite for the Snowboard Rocky Mountain Trainer exam and will help you learn where to focus your training as an RMT candidate or trainer at your resort.

Please complete the RMT Clinic & Presentation 401 Clinic Builder clinic outline (available at PSIA-RM.org), and come prepared to present your clinic on snow.

Trainer Workshops may include tasks, progressions, skills, and learnings from any level of certification, on any exam terrain, forward or switch. Your clinician will work with the group to determine specific goals and skills to develop during based on participants’ needs, available terrain and features, and snow/weather conditions.

MA & Tech 401 Trainer Workshop

This clinic will workshop Movement Analysis and Technical skills at the RMT level. The workshop is designed to introduce you to the Rocky Mountain Trainer standard and develop MA and Technical skills through pre-work, on-snow practice, feedback, and self-assessment. MA & Tech 401 Trainer Workshop counts as a pre-requisite for the Snowboard Rocky Mountain Trainer exam and will help you learn where to focus your training as an RMT candidate or trainer at your resort.

Please come prepared to the MA & Tech 401 Trainer Workshop with at least one video on your phone of a rider that you are familiar with and can talk to changes they have made or are working on.

Trainer Workshops may include tasks, progressions, skills, and learnings from any level of certification, on any exam terrain, forward or switch. Your clinician will work with the group to determine specific goals and skills to develop during based on participants’ needs, available terrain and features, and snow/weather conditions.

Ride 401 Trainer Workshop

This clinic will workshop Riding skills at the RMT level. The workshop is designed to introduce you to the Rocky Mountain Trainer standard and develop your riding through pre-work, on-snow practice, feedback, and self-assessment. Ride 401 Trainer Workshop counts as a pre-requisite for the Snowboard Rocky Mountain Trainer exam and will help you learn where to focus your training as an RMT candidate or trainer at your resort.

Please come prepared to the Ride 401 Trainer Workshop with documented feedback (written, videos, text messages, etc) of at least two specific riding tasks. This could be from a trainer you’re working with, a peer or supervisor or manager, or with your own self-assessment.

Trainer Workshops may include tasks, progressions, skills, and learnings from any level of certification, on any exam terrain, forward or switch. Your clinician will work with the group to determine specific goals and skills to develop during based on participants’ needs, available terrain and features, and snow/weather conditions.

Snowboard RMT Exam

Rocky Mountain Trainer is a specialization in training other instructors, and as such is different from any other certification we conduct. The RMT exam may include tasks, progressions, skills, and learnings from any level of certification, on any exam terrain, forward or switch.

It is important to recognize that while the Trainer Workshop clinic layout, tasks, learning situations, and settings will be within the RMT standards and applicable to the RMT Exam, it may not exactly mirror the tasks performed during your exam. Be sure to review the RMT Standards prior to your preview clinic and ask for clarification if there are specific areas where you need additional feedback.

Rocky Mountain Trainer is a three-day process. All three days will focus on riding, movement analysis, and technical understanding. Come prepared with your equipment to ride on all three days.

Candidates will be verified as an AASI Rocky Mountain trainer in movement analysis, riding and clinic leading skills. Successful candidates may interview for a position on the Rocky Mountain AASI Education Staff.

Learn to Telemark (Intro to Telemark Skiing)

This is a clinic for people who can already Alpine ski on green terrain and are first time Telemark skiers (or nearly so!). Participants will become familiar with Telemark equipment while learning Telemark and Alpine techniques on easy terrain. Practice with feedback from our top Telemark Education Staff and learn what it takes to become a “Nord”! It is your responsibility to bring or rent telemark equipment.

Telemark Blues & Beyond

This two-day clinic will address the needs Telemark skiers who enjoy Tele skiing on blue terrain and would like to step up to the next level. Stretch your limits and improve your skills in easy bumps, powder and variable conditions as well as steeper groomed runs (“never-evers” please see Learn to Telemark Clinic).

Telemark Bumps

Improve your skills and refine your technique in the moguls! Participants will receive feedback on personal performance with video to enhance learning. Participants should be willing to venture onto blue, blue-black and/or black mogul runs.

Telemark Extreme; Steeps and Bumps

Improve your skills and accuracy while working on your steeps and bump technique. Participants will receive feedback on personal performance with video to enhance learning. Participants must be comfortable on steep black and double-black terrain. Please note: This clinic may utilize any available terrain included gated access and “hike to” areas. Anyone who does not exhibit the skills necessary to participate safely in this clinic will be asked to join another group or offered other options if another group is not available

Telemark Learn To NTN

NTN, the New Telemark Norm is here and has been for a while. Get on board with step-in Tele bindings and ski brakes. Let go of the old images and come enjoy the most modern equipment that everyone will enjoy! This is a clinic for instructors who are new to Telemark skiing and for those who are new to the new NTN Tele gear. Participants will become familiar with the new Telemark equipment while learning Telemark technique on primarily green and blue terrain with our top Telemark Education Staff. Experience the future of Telemark skiing! Arrangements will be made for discounted access “top of the line” NTN equipment

Telemark Refine Your Technique

This two-day clinic will focus on refining the skills of Telemark skiers on green and blue terrain. Learn how to make changes in your skill blend of the “DIRT” to adapt to different outcomes and changes in terrain. Improve your understanding of how refining your application of movements can enhance your performance! Video, when available, will be used to enhance learning.

Telemark Trees

Experience the beauty and enjoyment of tele skiing in the trees. Learn to apply your current skills and blend new skills to safely navigate and have fun in the trees. Participants will receive instruction and feedback on personal performance on both groomed runs and in the trees with the intent to improve technique in the trees.  Participants should be comfortable skiing groomed and ungroomed blue runs with the intention of moving off the trail and into the trees!

Telemark 401 Workshop

This high-end workshop is designed for any Level 3 Certified Telemark instructor who wants to take their skills to the next level. During these exciting two days, explore advanced training methodology, cutting edge Telemark technique and upper-level progressions and exercises. Improve your coaching for alpine and snowboard instructors crossing over to Telemark. Emphasis will be on fun, sharing ideas and personal improvement in skiing, training and technical knowledge. This is a possible requirement for Telemark Rocky Mountain Trainer

Telemark Level 1 Assessment

While working through skiing, teaching and technical elements of the Telemark Level 1, participants will enhance their personal performance and understanding. Participants are required to download and complete the Telemark Level 1 Certification Workbook from the PSIA-RM website prior to attending the exam. By utilizing the on-hill checklists, participants will enhance and monitor their progress throughout the 3 days. Please Note: This is not a clinic to learn how to Telemark ski. Participants will earn Level 1 Certification upon successfully meeting all performance requirements during the 2-day exam.

Telemark Level 2/3 Prep Clinic

Take the guessing out of your certification preparation with this two-day clinic. Gain a clear understanding of what is required to pass Telemark Level 2/3 Certification. The workshop will cover topics from the Telemark Level 2/3 Certification Workbook, which can be downloaded from the PSIA-RM website. Participants are required to bring their workbook with them to this clinic.

Telemark Level 2 Assessment

Work through the skiing, teaching and technical elements of Level 2/3 Telemark Certification while improving personal performance and professional growth. Participants are required to download and complete the Telemark Level 2 Certification Workbook from the PSIA-RM website prior to attending. By utilizing the on-hill checklists, participants will be able to enhance and monitor progress throughout the 2 days.

Telemark Level 3 Assessment

Work through the skiing, teaching and technical elements of Level 2/3 Telemark Certification while improving personal performance and professional growth. Participants are required to download and complete the Telemark Level 3 Certification Workbook from the PSIA-RM website prior to attending. By utilizing the on-hill checklists, participants will be able to enhance and monitor progress throughout the 2 days

Telemark RMT Prep

This clinic is designed specifically to support Telemark Trainers in preparing for Telemark Rocky Mountain Trainer. Participants will receive coaching on skiing skills as they relate to maneuvers and tasks required for Telemark RMT. High-level technical discussions and improving skills as a trainer of other instructors will also be addressed during this in-depth two days. Participants are required to download the Telemark RMT Workbook from the PSIA-RM website prior to attending this clinic. This clinic is not a prerequisite for the Telemark Trainer, but is highly recommended.

Telemark RMT Assessment

This two day event will be a validation of Telemark skills in skiing, training and technical knowledge at the Trainer level. The standard for RMT is substantially higher than that of Level 3! Candidates will be expected to perform high level tasks, demos and free skiing; perform movement analysis and training of peers; and participate in technical discussions on contemporary Telemark skiing. Please come prepared! Becoming Trainer is a prerequisite for application to our Telemark Advanced Educator staff in the Rocky Division

The following events are eligible for PSIA-RM Education credit. Check with the office for details on how to obtain credit for these events:

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