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Rocky Mountain Board Representatives Joel Munn, President, Western Slope Rick Hinckley, VP, Southern District Rick Rodd , Secretary, Western Slope Donnie Mechalke, Front Range Alicia Houchen, Front Range Jane Tarlow, Front Range Jason Hartmann, Western Slope Jenny Cooper, Southern District Robin May, Southern District John Kirschner, Member at Large Andy Docken, Member at Large Robert Lemley, Member at Large PSIA/AASI Representative Peter Donahue COMMITTEE CHAIRS: Kirsten Atkins – Adaptive Chair Jonathan Ballou – Alpine Chair Dusty Dyar – Children’s Chair Jim Shaw – Nordic Chair Noah Sheedy – Member School Chair


Michael Blanton – Snowboard Chair

What will be your legacy? By Executive Director Dana Forbes


egacy is not what’s left tomorrow when you’re gone. It’s what you give, create, impact and contribute today while you’re here that then happens to live on.” - Rasheed Ogunlaru The above quote embodies the spirit behind the Golden Ski and Platinum Snowboard Award. The Golden Ski was started some 20 years ago by no other then a legacy himself, Jerry Berg aka Bergie. There is no greater honor bestowed upon a leader and educator within our Rocky Mountain Family. In my winter article I wrote about my perfect dream ski day. The list included two very special men, Jean and Dadou Mayer. I recently had the incredible privilege to ski with both. Yesterday I returned from Taos Ski Valley where I was in attendance to honor our 25, 35, 45 and 55 year members along with our Golden Ski recipient, Dadou Bernard Mayer. It was truly an honor to present Dadou with the award. His brother Jean and friend, Gordon Briner, had much to say about Dadou’s contributions to ski instruction. As I handed him the ski Dadou simply said “I am humbled.” While I only got to take a few runs with Dadou, I knew immediately why he was chosen for the award. He possessed such enthusiasm in his feedback (yes it of course turned in to a lesson) that I too grew more excited with his every word. What was amazing was that Dadou wasn’t teaching me, he was simply leading me to what I already knew. In my position I see a lot of archives and often Dadou’s name would be mentioned. His contributions go back many decades. He was an innovator and was selfless in doing so. A few hours later I found myself skiing with Jean and that too became a lesson or should I say “coaching session.” He watched me ski, and then admitted he was pleasantly surprised that I was a good skier, however he wanted me to try some things. In Jean language he was going to “contemporize me, make me ski like Ligety.” After just a few hours he had made noticeable changes in my skiing. He didn’t tell us what to do, he involved us. His style had an influence on me and those with us that built us up encouraged and edified us. 2

Dadou and Jean didn’t sculpt the future of skiing, they flat out invented the future of skiing and they continue to do so till this day after 60+ years as instructors. While many of you reading this may never reach 60 years of teaching or receive the golden ski or platinum snowboard, you have opportunities every day to inspire your students and fellow instructors. You have the ability to influence the future of this industry. In order to do so, don’t settle for the way it is, consider the way it could be. The one compliment Jean gave me that will stick with me forever was “you don’t ski like a ski instructor.”

Correction Robert ‘Bob” Moran was inadvertently left off the list of donors to the organization in the Winter 2014 newsletter. Thank you, Bob, for your generous donation!!


Going Deep By Dave Schuiling, Director of Education


ow, did you see that? That dude took that jump super deep! That is so sick” exclaimed Sammy, my 13 year old son as we watched Olympic Ski Slopestyle together. If you are unaware of the expression, taking a jump deep or going deep is to jump massively and land far down the landing hill. If the landing is stomped, the rider will get high amplitude points. Because the rider is landing further down and out of the sweet spot, the level of difficulty is also higher and therefore harder to stomp. Typically when a deep jump is stomped with huge style, you can hear a collective “uuugh!” of approval from the audience. To go deep is to go all the way, with absolute commitment. Dropping in with the intent of going deep takes the confidence, trust and awareness that you have zero doubts in your ability to perform. Many truly inspirational athletes go deep. Ted ligety, Lebron James, Gus Kenworthy, Rafael Nadal, Lindsay Vonn, Serena Williams, Pele, Michael Phelps, Mia Hamm, Roger Federer, Martina Navratilova and Mikaela Shiffrin are a few that come to mind. Some of the people listed have such explosive gusto in their performances that they are noticeably going all the way. Certainly Shred, Gus, Serena and Rafa exude this style with huge success. Others in my short list are simply so deeply skilled that they make everything they do look so effortless, so easy. Michael, Pele, Roger and young Mikaela are examples of such skillful prowess; it is magical to watch them perform. Deep Practice

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samual Beckett. Tattooed on the forearm of Swiss professional tennis player, Stanislas Wawrinka is this quote. Why? Because he has suffered greatly in his quest to be the best tennis player he can be. Although he has failed epically, he attributes his recent success and increased skill set to his failures along the way. His mental fortitude of picking himself back up after each let down has increased exponentially. Through the struggle both

mentally and physically, Stan’s skill set has gone deeper. When we purposefully operate on the edge of our ability, when we reach and go deep, learning and skill building take off. “Deep practice is built on a paradox: struggling in certain targeted ways—where you make mistakes—makes you smarter” – The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle. We’ve heard the expression, adversity (or what doesn’t kill us!) makes us stronger. With this motto, if we embrace the struggle and push deeper in our quest to become better at something, we increase our skills much faster. Traditionally, we would strive to avoid making mistakes. How refreshing to know that it’s ok to mess up from time to time or actually encouraged in the practice arena! Depth versus Breadth

Do we cover more surface area of the pool or do we dive deeper into fewer topics to gain more knowledge? The debate of Depth and Breadth is on-going, however research shows that striving for mastery strengthens the learning with more meaningful outcomes. Educational institutions have traditionally used a more broad based approach in an effort

to produce more well-rounded human beings. As the expression goes; “I’m a jack of all trades, master of none.” In the long run, when it comes to skill acquisition, the penalty of becoming well rounded is mediocrity. Studies suggest that delving into a deeper base of strength can anchor the skill set. Working (and struggling) to gain full command of our skills, deepen the talent pool for the most meaningful production. As a multi-sport slider, I’ve always touted versatility to be a critical aspect of enhanced skillfulness. On the surface, this statement justifies the breadth of talent argument, but cross discipline training actually enhances a base of strength in dynamic balance. The concept of dynamic balance is critical in motor skill development in an “open skill” sport such as skiing or riding that has an element of unpredictability. Exposure and deep practice on multiple sliding devices in a dramatically and continually changing environment can deepen a core and complex skill set over countless hours of practice. The base transfer skills gained between the sliding sports argues deep learning on lots of different gear! Going Even Deeper

In order to learn deeply and acquire new skills, we must experience through mind and body with absolute commitment and passion. How badly do you want it? Are you ready to “take it deep” like I described in the beginning? To truly go deep you can’t just want it badly, you have to love it. The combination of loving what you are learning and the realization that you can achieve it sparks the motivation to go deep. Outsiders might describe the behavior as obsessive, but again that is a dipping the toe into the shallow end attitude. When you are ready to dive into the deep end and touch the drain, you are off on a learning journey that is incredibly powerful. The aura you project to the world is pure inspiration. The athletes mentioned earlier exude this inspiration. So if you love it, work hard, struggle and even fail. But along the journey, fail better, on your way to greatness as you take it deep!


Disciplined Practice By Jonathan Ballou, Alpine Chair


he 2013/14 season has been awesome. The snow and weather have been spectacular—and, it isn’t over! In late March and with the massive influx of guests we meet, or meet again, we can find ourselves exhausted, particularly on the tail of a fantastic season like this one. When we teach tired or begin to feel burned out it’s easy to lose focus and revert to less disciplined and less accurate movement patterns. When we fall into this trap we are training our minds and bodies to become accustomed to these less than ideal performances and, in effect, practicing poor skiing and riding. We can often pull ourselves out of burnout mode and strengthen our sliding abilities by applying the concept of disciplined practice to our performances in lessons. Disciplined practice generally means practicing specific skills with a specific focus while continually analyzing one’s performance. This generally requires us to ski or ride below our speed or tactical threshold so that we have the time to focus on our performance. Teaching provides us with just this opportunity. While teaching we are skiing or riding to our guests’ level, a level where we, as pros, can easily focus on accuracy and skill development, thereby enhancing and grounding movement patterns. Most of our students learn the skills of skiing through watching skiers (hopefully the teacher) and experimenting with what they saw. Our students, and general public, are watching us all the time. There is no part of the lesson where we are not demonstrating something. In addition to grounding solid personal skills, combining disciplined (focused) practice while demonstrating will give your guests and potential guests (the general public) inspirational, educational, and accurate images to copy. On a personal note, disciplined practice creates a fully engaged experience and is highly addictive. This often has the effect of reengaging us when end of the season fatigue can make us detach. As the end of the season approaches we have a couple options as to how we view our 4

time on snow: 1. Finish out our season sliding through squishy snow and dreaming of the beach while practicing and engraining less then ideal movement patterns. 2. Choose to take advantage of the opportunity to finish our season skiing and riding at an all time high, both physically and mentally- deliberate practice can trigger a dopa-

mine release, and ground lasting positive changes in our sliding abilities. Choosing option 2 involves practicing great demonstrations for your guests and imparting an inspiring, accurate visual image. This will ground lasting and positive change in your sliding abilities and, these skills will be easily accessed in the early part of the 14/15 seasons. PSIA-RM-AASI SPRING 2014

Procrastination By Patti Banks, Cross Country Chair

“I’m a big believer in putting things off. In fact, I even put off procrastination as well as signing up for PSIA events.” ­—UNKNOWN PSIA MEMBERS.

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re the Nords the only ones who drag their feet? I’m not talking about in the tracks. I’m talking about signing up for PSIA events on time. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard, “ I would have gone to that event but I dragged my feet and didn’t sign up in time,” or “ I have a bunch of friends who were going to take this clinic, but when they went to sign up the week before the event, the office told them it was cancelled.” So why is that? PSIA-RM does a great job of publishing the next winter’s calendar by September. The information about events always specifies quite clearly that the deadline to sign up is three weeks before a clinic, four weeks before an exam. There’s even a penalty for signing up late. The obvious advantages of signing up on time include enabling the event to actually take place, not incurring the $10 per day late fee, and avoiding hearing the dreaded words, “Sorry, that event was cancelled because not enough folks signed up” (it’s a good thing I don’t work in the Office, because I would finish that last statement with, “what where you thinking Mrs.(Mr.) Procrastinator, the deadline was 3 weeks ago?”). In the past years PSIA-RM members have paid more than $15,000 in late fees. This is pretty

impressive when you consider PSIA-RM has about 7000 members! Just in case your mind has already gone the route of, “Wait a minute, some events simply don’t get enough participants and do get cancelled,” please note that if you signup for an event that PSIA-RM cancels, you will get a full refund or you can credit your full payment towards another event. You really risk nothing when you sign up for an event on time. Imagine that! By the way, if you find the published event dates really do not work for you, you can create your own event on a date that does work for you by putting together your own group. When you do this, PSIA will supply the clinic leader!!!!!!! This “make up your own group” clinic can be done for clinic credit or not. My intention in writing this article was to help all of our events, Nordic and otherwise, to take place. Our motto should be,”No cancellations!” I hope I can motivate Nords and members of all disciplines to avoid procrastination in signing up for events --not sometime in the future—but right now! Remember these words of wisdom: “My mother always told me I wouldn’t amount to anything because I procrastinate. I told her, ‘Just you wait...”

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Setting up your On-Hill R.A.D.A.R. As opposed to radio signals we use our senses to detect presence and establish range and speed in relation to our position. It is critical to understand and practice the following concepts to avoid collisions on the mountain.






Are you READY for your adventure? There are some things you can do before your day even starts that will help you to detect all the blips on

Being AWARE of your surroundings is critical to assessing and mitigating unsafe situations. There are some key factors that can help us to establish the blips and their behavior.

We must DEPEND on our own skills and awareness to assess and alleviate dangerous situations. Unfortunately the rules of the road (skier responsibility code) merely provides the framework for safe and common practices. It does not eliminate poor choices made by other sliders on the hill. Consider the following when making choices on the hill.

ANTICIPATE the behavior of the blips on the mountain. Expect the worse, but hope for the best!

We can REACT



your RADAR screen.

FOCUS-Attempt to eliminate any distractions that will affect your ability to focus on your safety, as well as those around you. For example, stay nourished and deal with any personal conundrums before hitting the slopes. 100% -Before sliding with

guests be sure to have everything YOU need to make it through your day. If you are not prepared for the day your focus could be compromised, allowing a blip to get through your RADAR.


OBJECTS-Establish positions of objects and know where the open spaces are around you. SLIDERS-With moving objects on the hill we must estimate their range and speed with regards to our position. WEATHER-Flat-light

and lack of visibility can compromise our ability to establish blips.

Blame can be easily established, but collisions have no conscience or judgement. Injuries can occur for both the party at fault and the innocent party. Unfortunately the collidee is usually injured more severely than the collider. It isn’t fair, it just is. An injury is an injury, no matter who is at fault.


condition or pitch that will affect the performance of the masses on the hill needs to be taken into consideration. For example icy days=more space and less speed. Steep terrain= less control.

yourself if any stealth blips can present themselves in any given location on the hill. If I am on the side of a run, what are the chances of someone charging out of the trees? Expect the unexpected!

proactively and in a timely manner. Because of our

RADAR we can increase the amount of time we have to identify and avoid a possible collision.. ASSESS-Create an

insight to the various aspects of a collision. Consider different skill levels, terrain and conditions. They all contribute to the ďŹ nal outcome.


doubt of the behavior of any given blip, command attention with movement or eye contact.

Chance favors the prepared mind!!! 2014 By Michael Blanton, PSIA-RM-AASI SnowboardSPRING Chair

Diagonal Stride-Strength and Healing From Kick and Glide By Leigh Sullivan, PSIA member since 1983, Level 3 in cross-country, tele, and alpine


his short story is a testament to the many benefits of cross-country skiing. I have been teaching skiing at the Telluride Ski Resort for more than 30 years. I spent my first 10-12 winters her focusing on crosscountry and telemark instruction, and pursuing those certifications. Telluride in the 80s was less developed than in 2013. The cross country center was in an old cabin on what is now the golf course. There was no Mountain Village and the trail system was extensive, covering terrain that is now roads, golf course and many large homes. My early years teaching and skiing cross country built strength and fitness and provided a strong framework for my eventual crossover to teaching downhill. In the early 90s my husband and I were able to buy a home in Ophir, a small mountain town 15 miles outside Telluride. With the mortgage debt, I decided to switch to teaching alpine, with the help of long-time friends Rod Smith, and then ski school director Annie Vareille-Savath. The similarity in teaching different disciplines helped ease the transition. I continued on to pursue alpine certification as well. I have been teaching alpine ever since, but continue to cross-country ski on my days off and teach cross-country whenever I get the chance. In more recent years, the Nordic grooming has expanded to the Trout Lake Railroad grade near Lizard Head pass, and only 10 or 15 minutes from my home in Ophir. Nordic has become more popular in the community over the years, with athletes young and older alike The north-facing track is very shady and provides quality Nordic skiing even in low snow years. The season is usually long, starting in early November and lasting well into April. The track provides great early season training. Especially this season for me!! At the end of July I was traveling alone, coming home from a great family reunion of Great Lakes beaches and sailing. I had a very unfortunate accident while traveling and broke my kneecap into three pieces. When my surgeon reviewed my x-rays, the break looked severe (shaped like a Mercedes symbol), and

he wasn’t sure how the repair would go. Not only would this ski season be compromised, but potentially my future as a ski instructor. Luckily, and due to his skill, the surgery went well. 4 bolts and a tension cable to pull the bone fragments back together so they could heal were inserted. A second surgery will be needed next year to remove the tension cable. So I started on the long, slow and very painful process of physical therapy. The therapist thought that I would not be able or want to teach skiing this winter due to pain generated by the cable running over freshly healed bone. The surgeon said it would be at least 6 months before I could downhill ski, about mid-February. Pretty discouraging news for a ski instructor! But I worked really hard at the physical therapy and progressed quickly from wheelchair to crutches to ski pole walking in 4.5 weeks. The most difficult part is the leg had to stay locked straight during weight bearing for 10 weeks, causing major atrophy of the quad muscle complex. Finally on 10/25 I was allowed to start flexion with weight bearing. On 11/15, I got wonderful news, as the surgeon and physical therapist agreed that I could Nordic ski,

diagonal only, no skating. I am convinced that Nordic skiing greatly increased my rate of strengthening and healing. While I struggled to walk without a limp, I was able to kick and glide, greatly improving my strength, balance, flexion, and ability to apply pressure control. The support of the groomed diagonal grooves also helped improve my ability to control the edge angle of my skis. After 6 weeks of ongoing physical therapy combined with Nordic skiing, my therapist and surgeon released me to begin downhill skiing. After 3 weeks of carefully adjusting to the demands of downhill skiing, I received a release to go back to work teaching alpine, part-time, a full month before the predicted recovery time of 6 months. I am so grateful to be back to ski teaching. I really missed it a lot. I am able to return to the double diamond moguls and trees that I love so well, albeit slow and cautiously, with great emphasis on staying smooth with good pressure control. My ability to balance and flex are strong and solid, thanks to the healing power of Nordic skiing. I continue to cross-country ski whenever I can to further accelerate my healing and increase my strength.


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Sipapu Founder Lloyd Bolander Passes Away


ADITO, N.M. – Lloyd Bolander, founder of New Mexico’s Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, has died, 62 years after he opened northern New Mexico’s first ski area. Bolander died January 20, 2014 at his home in Vadito, just miles from the resort he founded. He was 86 years old. A New Mexico native, Bolander grew up in Penasco, and began skiing at age three, shooting the gaps between pine trees on U.S. Hill near Taos on skis purchased from Montgomery Ward. In 1950, Lloyd and his new bride, Olive, bought 13 acres of riverfront property in the Sangre de Cristo mountains with a simple but meaningful desire to create a sustainable life in this valley they loved. Two years later, Lloyd opened northern New Mexico’s first ski area with a 100-foot-long portable rope tow and charged 50 cents per lift ticket. He christened his slope “Sipapu,” a Tewa word for “land of paradise.” Over the years, Lloyd – with the support of Olive, his daughter, Sue, and his son, Bruce – added and replaced lifts, put in new trails, handbuilt all of the resort’s slopeside lodging, and opened a rental shop, restaurant, and store. Lloyd was most passionate about teaching others – especially children – how to ski. He founded the Sipapu School Program, which offers

deep discounts to local schools who brought their classes to learn to ski (Sue, Sipapu’s Ski School Director, now champions this initiative). In 1984, Lloyd and Olive retired from their daily duties at Sipapu (although he frequented the resort regularly, usually helping his daughter teach ski school lessons) and were inducted into the New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame in 2004. Last May, Lloyd was recognized by the Professional Ski Instructors Association for 55 years of PSIA service. Lloyd is survived by his wife of 64 years, Olive, and his daughter, Sue (Bolander) Leslie and her husband, Bill Leslie, of Vadito; and his son, Bruce, and his wife, Winonah, of Vadito. He is also survived by four grandsons, seven great-grandchildren and countless employees, resort guests, friends and neighbors whom he counted as family. Lloyd – along with Olive, Sue and Bruce – began Sipapu over 60 years ago, but he did more than create a ski area. He defined what it meant to pursue a passion, to be unafraid to take risks, to build a dream, to provide for a family, to support a community, to explore, to adventure, to walk a life modestly, humbly while loving deeply. The Bolander family will announce how they will commemorate and celebrate Lloyd’s life at a later date.

Doug Sheffer, In Memoriam


Doug Sheffer, former PSIA-Rocky Mountain member, was killed in a helicopter accident in January, 2014. He was inspecting power lines in the helicopter when it apparently snagged a line and crashed. During his years of membership, Doug served as a DCL and Advanced Clinic Leader.

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