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More than 32,000 individuals belong to PSIA-AASI (Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors), making it the world’s largest organization dedicated to skiing and snowboarding.

Listen in to hear how PSIA-AASI gets people stoked on the ski and snowboard experience. Join us and turn your passion into a profession. Or, take a lesson from us. Friends don’t let friends teach friends. Let the snow fly!

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More than 32,000 individuals belong to PSIA-AASI (Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors), making it the world’s largest organization dedicated to skiing and snowboarding.

Listen in to hear how PSIA-AASI gets people stoked on the ski and snowboard experience. Join us and turn your passion into a profession. Or, take a lesson from us. Friends don’t let friends teach friends. Let the snow fly!

    First Chair: Learn About PSIA-AASI Certification Levels

    First Chair: Learn About PSIA-AASI Certification Levels

    PSIA-AASI National Team Alumni member David Oliver chats with First Chair about what it means to be a Level I, Level II and Level III PSIA-AASI certified member. Listen to D.O. share more insight about each certification level and what it means, both from an instructor standpoint and as a student taking a lesson from an instructor that has this certification.

    Watch these videos to learn more:

    https://www.thesnowpros.org/education/certification

    • 19 min
    First Chair: Meet Instructors Who Just Passed Their Level I Alpine Exam

    First Chair: Meet Instructors Who Just Passed Their Level I Alpine Exam

    First Chair catches up with a group of instructors from Eldora, Colorado, who just passed their PSIA Level I alpine exam. Listen to their stories and get the scoop on their journey and why they wanted to learn more and create some lifelong adventures through education. Learn more about PSIA-AASI certification and education opportunities:

    https://www.thesnowpros.org/education/certification

    • 7 min
    First Chair: Brenna Kelleher Chats About Warren Miller

    First Chair: Brenna Kelleher Chats About Warren Miller

    PSIA-AASI National Team Member Brenna Kelleher teams up with PSIA-AASI Level III instructors Glen Plake and A.J. Oliver for a segment in this season's Warren Miller film "Timeless," presented by Volkswagen. Brenna shares her story about performance anxiety that comes with representing instructors and PSIA-AASI members on the big screen. Listen to her experience, and then check out "Timeless" when it plays near you.

    https://www.thesnowpros.org/news/id/2424/member-spotlight-northern-rocky-mountains-brenna-kelleher

    • 5 min
    First Chair: News from OR Snow Show

    First Chair: News from OR Snow Show

    The Outdoor Retailer Snow Show took place in January at the Colorado Convention Center, with dozens of PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers showing off next year’s skis, snowboards, and accessories to retailers and snowsports instructors. First Chair catches up with Scott, Booster Strap, POC, Leki and more. Listen in for some of the top news that they wanted to introduce for instructors, and their students as well.

    Read more Outdoor Retailer Snow Show news from Nordica, HEAD, Salomon, Never Summer, Blizzard and Atomic:

    https://www.thesnowpros.org/news/id/2503/snow-show-standouts-new-womens-skis-never-summer-snowboards

    https://www.thesnowpros.org/news/id/2511/snow-show-standouts-new-skis-and-boots-for-instructors

    • 35 min
    First Chair: PSIA-AASI National Team Selection Deadline is Friday 1/10

    First Chair: PSIA-AASI National Team Selection Deadline is Friday 1/10

    First Chair catches up with current Team Manager Jeb Boyd, who will serve as the Head Coach of the 2020-24 PSIA-AASI National Team. Jeb shares an update about the new National Team selection process, who are individuals that are selected on a “best in the nation” concept. Every four years, men and women are chosen to represent the association following a rigorous selection process and will serve a four-year term. Hurry, your applications are due Friday, Jan. 10, 2020! www.thesnowpros.org/teamselection

    • 19 min
    First Chair: Geoff Krill and Josh Spoelstra Chat National Adaptive Academy

    First Chair: Geoff Krill and Josh Spoelstra Chat National Adaptive Academy

    First Chair catches up with PSIA Adaptive National Team members Geoff Krill and Josh Spoelstra about the 32nd annual Hartford Ski Spectacular that took place Dec. 9 - 15, 2019, in Breckenridge, Colorado. This event, hosted by Disabled Sports USA and held in conjunction with PSIA-AASI’s National Adaptive Academy, is the nation’s premier adaptive winter sports festival. Check out PSIA-AASI's top stories in adaptive instruction from 2019: http://tiny.cc/02d6hz

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

Raymo C ,

A missed opportunity, but it doesn’t have to be.

The First Chair is a missed opportunity, but it doesn’t have to be.

I’ve been teaching for many years and I was hoping this podcast would be a good compliment to my on-hill training and my other research. To that end it is, occasionally.

Unfortunately the gems are hidden amongst a lot of episodes that are not very helpful for a variety of reasons. Many episodes feature guests who don’t seem particularly prepared for the subject at hand and one episode was a drawn-out commercial for a glove manufacturer. My hope with the latter was that I would find out how to stay warm and dry on the hill.

I’m writing this partly as a selfish endeavor because I love the concept but sitting through ten episodes to find the one gem is a bit taxing. I’ve listened to forty episodes but now I tend to skim an episode to see if it is worth my time.

Here’s a couple suggestions.

Edit, edit, edit. Just because it was recorded doesn’t mean it is worthy of the listener’s time.
Let the guests guide the discussion. By avoiding lengthy and leading questions, the guest may come up with unexpected answers or may it may spark a new area of inquiry.

Peace,

Raymond

AdjusterMartinPhd ,

Valuable insights!

This podcast is a great way to infuse your knowledge of mountain skiing and riding. George is a skilled interviewer, adept at eliciting valuable insights from his guests on the cast. I listen to these more than once, they are packed full of useful information and really fun to listen to!

PeteA7 ,

Fantastic resources for membership

This podcast is a great resource for the Psia aasi membership and anyone interested in Snowsports. It presents up to date information on current issues and developments providing a balance between breadth and depth.
A joy to listen to regardless of the time of year and a sign of a vibrant community.

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