500 episodes

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!

Remember: Taking a lesson is the best way to learn how to ski and snowboard, so go with a pro! Visit the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) “Take a Lesson” page at https://www.thesnowpros.org/takealesson or watch more videos at http://tiny.cc/GoWithAProVideos. Have fun and see you on the slopes! Learn More: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesnowpros Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesnowpros Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/thesnowpros YouTube: @thesnowpros

First Chair: PSIA-AASI Podcast PSIA-AASI First Chair Podcast

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    • 4.3 • 56 Ratings

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!

Remember: Taking a lesson is the best way to learn how to ski and snowboard, so go with a pro! Visit the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) “Take a Lesson” page at https://www.thesnowpros.org/takealesson or watch more videos at http://tiny.cc/GoWithAProVideos. Have fun and see you on the slopes! Learn More: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesnowpros Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesnowpros Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/thesnowpros YouTube: @thesnowpros

    Episode 704: 2024 Team Selections With Kevin Jordan

    Episode 704: 2024 Team Selections With Kevin Jordan

    PSIA-AASI First Chair Podcast host George Thomas catches up with National Team member Kevin Jordan. Kevin was just re-selected as a member of the Alpine Team this past April in Big Sky, MT. George and Thomas chat about the nerves re-trying out for the National Team brings and what brought on the most anxiety in the process. Kevin tried out for the team three times before he was eventually selected in 2021. He talks about how this experience has given him a bit more insight into the process and what to expect. With that, Kevin mentions that there are always still unknowns in every selection. George questions Kevin and what was the hardest and the most rewarding task he had to do during selection week. George and Kevin chat about future plans and Interski 2027 in Vail, CO. Learn more about snowsports education and the National Team by heading to thesnowpros.org.

    • 16 min
    Episode 703: Chris Rogers | 2024-28 National Team Member

    Episode 703: Chris Rogers | 2024-28 National Team Member

    PSIA-AASI First Chair Podcast host George Thomas catches up with National Team member Chris Rogers. Chris was just selected for his third term on the PSIA-AASI National Snowboard Team. Hear why Chris decided to re-tryout for the team and what his entire career on the team has looked like. George talks to Chris about some of the exciting things coming up and how that played a role in Chris's decision to go for a third team. They also talk about some of the more difficult tasks that stood out during the selection process. To learn more about the National Team and the entire process, visit thesnowpros.org.

    • 23 min
    Episode 702: Meet [New] National Team Member Melodie Buell

    Episode 702: Meet [New] National Team Member Melodie Buell

    PSIA-AASI First Chair Podcast host George Thomas catches up with Melodie Buell, a newly selected member of the 2024-28 PSIA-AASI National Team. George and Melodie talk about the journey of trying out for the team and the obstacles that presented themselves along the way. Melodie was named a new member of the PSIA National Adaptive Team in Big Sky at the recent selection event that took place. A notable takeaway from the process that Melodie mentioned was the importance of mindset and adapting to what you're dealt and how that goes a long way in persevering. George asks about the feelings of actually going through the selection process and what some of the tasks were that needed to be done. Tune in to hear more about the selection process and the emotions that come from making the team. For more, head to thesnowpros.org.

    • 16 min
    Episode 701: 2024-28 National Team Selections With First-Time Selector Jonathan Ballou

    Episode 701: 2024-28 National Team Selections With First-Time Selector Jonathan Ballou

    PSIA-AASI First Chair Podcast host George Thomas catches up with Jonathon Ballou about what it's like being on the other side of the selection process. Jonathon has been a part of 5 selections. 1 unsuccessful bid for the team, 3 as a new or returning team member and now 1 as a selector for the new National Team. Jonathon talks about the selection process and his point of view as a selector. Hear about some nitty-gritty details about the selection process. Learn more about the National Team by heading to thesnowpros.org.

    • 17 min
    Episode 700! National Academy 2024 With Pete Kray

    Episode 700! National Academy 2024 With Pete Kray

    PSIA-AASI First Chair Podcast host George Thomas catches up with PSIA-AASI Lead Writer Pete Kray for EPISODE 700!! We have an unbelievable bank of amazing podcasts that are all about snowsports instruction. Pete and George are old pals so this conversation is fun and insightful. Pete talks about his time at National Academy and what it's like being in Big Sky for the event. Pete has many books out and is the main writer for thesnowpros.org and 32 Degrees magazine. George asks Pete what keeps him so intertwined with this industry and what keeps him going.

    • 19 min
    Episode 699 2024 National Academy With Eliza Kuntz And Peggy Hiller Mixdown

    Episode 699 2024 National Academy With Eliza Kuntz And Peggy Hiller Mixdown

    PSIA-AASI First Chair podcast Host George Thomas catches up with PSIA-AASI CEO Peggy Hiller and Board Chair Eliza Kuntz! George, Eliza and Peggy chat about National Academy and how the week has been going and what to expect with Team Selection week. George questions Peggy on the member survey that went out and how it is interacting face-to-face with the members at this event. George asks Eliza about gender equity in this industry and how she feels being a woman leader here. Listen in to hear more. Peggy talks about a new launch of the Education Foundation and the high points of this season.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Ed Younglove ,

Staying Connected

Good advice. Thanks Ed.

Werkerbee007 ,

Just bad

Was hoping to get something out of this podcast but the information density is extremely low and the audio quality of the call in interview-ees is terrible.

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!

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