NEW Freestyle Experience Log adds awareness and skills for Freestyle Specialist candidates

New Freestyle Experience Log – Tony Macri  I hope this article finds everyone enjoying their autumn and getting excited for another great season, which is just around the corner. The off-season is always a great time for reflection on the past season and an opportunity to evolve our resources and products for the RM membership. Well, your Freestyle Committee has been busy doing just that. There are multiple projects currently in development right now
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Ron LeMaster to lead indoor, off season training – receive CEU credits before the snow flies!

Skiing from the Snow Up: Technique, Tactics and Biomechanics The better you understand the why and how of skiing, the better a skier and ski educator you can be. The purpose of this pair of courses is to help deepen that understanding. Some of the topics that will be covered are: Ski performance: The mechanics of holding, slipping, self-steering, carving and oversteering PSIA’s Five Fundamentals: Their associated techniques The biomechanics of the techniques Matching techniques to tactics Boot B
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New Events for the 18/19 season

There is reason to be stoked for the 18/19 season:   Performance Based Tuning & Waxing with HWK in Breckenridge (Indoor) – 10/27 The focus of this clinic will give the basics of waxing and tuning to prepare and maintain alpine, snowboard and Nordic skis.  We will go over initial ski preparation, side wall cutting, side wall maintenance and waxing.   We will discuss and demonstrate setting side-edge angle, base-angle and how to maintain it.  We will also demonstrate h
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Cross-country Skiing in Russia

Cross-country Skiing in Russia Hello fellow instructors! I am Igor Gesse, an 80-year-old RM Trainer and instructor at Keystone Nordic. I teach Telemark and skate and classic cross-country skiing. I emigrated from Russia to the USA with my family 40 years ago. I lived and skied in Russia until 1978 and want to share with you what it was like then and what I know about it now. Russia in 1960s-1970s At that time, cross-country skiing was a mass sport in Russia, like downhill skiing in the USA. I li
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Posterior Kinetic Chain by Lynn Hasday

Posterior Kinetic Chain by Lynn_Hasday
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Ed Foundations Donations 16/17 Season

Ed Fund Donations 16-17 Quark File
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First Telemark Certification in South America September 2017

         By Scott McGee and Jim Shaw First Tele Fest on the continent In September, 2015, following Interski in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, Jim Shaw, Ross Matlock, Scott McGee, members of the PSIA Nordic Team, and frequently contracted manual and matrix videographer Vinnie Urgo, along with some other South American Tele’ers,  traveled overland by car to Cerro Catedral in Bariloche – a three-day landscape-sampler odyssey. There, the team member
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Board Briefs 9-14-2017

PSIA – Rocky Mountain – AASI Board Briefs Salida, CO – September 14, 2017   President Joel Munn called the regular meeting to order with the following Board members present: Rick Hinckley, Robin May, Jane Tarlow, Andy Docken, Donnie, Mechalke, Jacob Levy, Andy Docken, Dan Huston, Jenny Cooper, Tom Burch, Ted Champion.  Also in attendance was Executive Director Dana Forbes, Director of Education Dave Gregory, Director of Operations Carissa Eggers, Events & Education Manager Tim Kenn
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2016-17 Certifications

Congratulations to those who received a certification or specialist during the 2016-17 season! Click here to view the list of members who were certified
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17/18 Event Calendar – pdf

Click HERE to VIEW the 17-18Events Calendar Registration for events will open in SEPTEMBER 2017.
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Don Coleman visits Roland Couttet

Click here to view the article and pictures: coleman-article
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Non Verbal Communication by Nick Alfieri

As snowboard instructors and trainers, we often find ourselves talking and talking and talking and talking—you get the gist. However, I think if you can force yourself to be conscious of the way you and others communicate nonverbally, you will find that you are able to not only communicate better with students and trainees, but also you will be able to pick up on how your students are truly feeling and understand them.   First, let’s look at some different types of nonverbal communication:
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Board Briefs January

PSIA – Rocky Mountain – AASI Board of Directors Meeting Frisco, CO – January 9, 2017   Board Briefs President Joel Munn called the regular meeting to order with the following Board members present: Rick Rodd, Rick Hinckley, Robin May, Jane Tarlow, Andy Docken, John Kirchner, Donnie Melchalke and Jacob Levy.  Also in attendance was Executive Director Dana Forbes. Dave Gregory joined the meeting in progress. Sarah Katherman recorded the meeting and prepared the minutes.    Boar
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Snowboard Education Staff Job Description

Click here for the Snowboard Education Staff Job Description
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Sliding Sideways with Rocky Mountain

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

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Board to Amend Bylaws

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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