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THE JOURNAL OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN PROFESSIONAL SKI AND SNOWBOARD INSTRUCTOR

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PSIA-ROCKY MOUNTAIN-AASI Rocky Mountain Ski Instructors Educational Foundation PSIA REPRESENTATIVES Joel Munn, President, Western Slope Fred Rumford, Vice President, Southern District Brian Dunfey, Secretary, Member at Large Donnie Mechalke, Front Range Michael Melhauser, Front Range J.P. Chevalier, Front Range Earl Saline, Member at Large Joe Webster, Member at Large Jon Hinckley, Southern District Rhonda Doyle, Southern District John Wiltgen, Western Slope Linda Guerrette, Western Slope COMMITTEE CHAIRS Ruth DeMuth - Adaptive Chair Jonathan Ballou - Alpine Chair DUSTY DYAR - Children’s Chair JP Chevalier - Member School Chair Patti Banks - Nordic Chair Tony Macri - Snowboard Chair


The Backbone of the Organization: Our Volunteers By Dana Forbes: Executive Director PSIA-RM-AASI

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he Wikipedia definition of volunteering is: the practice of people working on behalf of others or a particular cause without payment for their time and services. Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life, but people also volunteer for their own skill development, to meet others, to make contacts for possible employment, to have fun, and a variety of other reasons that could be considered self-serving. Did you know that Wikipedia is written collaboratively by largely anonymous Internet volunteers who write without pay? Anyone with Internet access can write and make changes to Wikipedia articles. Users can contribute anonymously, under a pseudonym, or with their real identity, if they choose. The Wikipedia community has developed many policies and guidelines to improve the encyclopedia; however, it is not a formal require2

ment to be familiar with them before contributing. Since its creation in 2001, Wikipedia has grown rapidly into one of the largest reference web sites, attracting nearly 68 million visitors monthly as of January 2010. I read somewhere recently that “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea” Last week, while attending a series of meetings for the organization, I sat there after endless hours of discussions and work pertaining to the state and future of the organization and I was exhausted. I then paused, looking around the room and realized outside of myself and one other office personnel, everyone there was a volunteer. I then reflected on what had been accomplished that day, the previous day and in the hundreds meetings over the year. I came to the realization that without the volunteers and those who have made donations we PSIA-RM-

AASI would not exist. To be frank, we don’t have the finances to support the work load and I certainly do not have the energy to do it all! I then asked myself, “Why do they do it”? Although Wikipedia defines volunteerism as a selfish act, I believe the reasoning behind our member’s motivation for volunteering is truly for the love of the organization, for the love of the sport and most of all for the love of teaching. While preparing this article and cover, I asked Carolyn for a list of everyone who sits on our committees, has and currently sits on our board and those who have donated financially to the organization. I was blown away when I got the list! One thousand plus names! As I looked over the list of financial donors I shook my head in disbelief as I read names of Divisional Educators and Board members who already donate so much time, energy and effort. Then I came to a name that will remain anonymous, a person I know personally through the organization, a person I know for a fact doesn’t have two nickels to rub together, has been a member for 36 years, who has dedicated his life to the industry and for 30+ years straight has donated financially to the organization. It was irrelevant to me the amount each year, as some years it was a dollar or two; what was so relevant was the spirit and dedication in which he gave. As I sit here today my heart is warm as I reflect on all that you ALL do to support this organization. I am proud to run an organization that thrives because of the size of all of your hearts. I will leave you with one last story… Someone asked the anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978), “What is the first sign you look for, to tell you of an ancient civilization?” The interviewer had in mind a tool or article of clothing. Ms. Mead surprised him by answering, a “healed femur”. When someone breaks a femur, they can’t survive to hunt, fish or escape enemies unless they have help from someone else. Thus, a healed femur indicates that someone else helped that person, rather than abandoning them and saving themselves. Isn’t that what we in philanthropy are all about? Healing femurs of one sort or a nother? A PSIA-RM/AASI WINTER 2009


President’s Letter By Joel Munn

The official publication of PSIA - Rocky Mountain - AASI P. O. Box 775143 Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 Phone: 970.879.8335 Fax: 970.879.6760 Executive director - dana@psia-rm.org Office manager - carolyn@psia-rm.org Director of Education - dave@psia-rm.org Events Coordinator - reception@psia-rm.org website - psia-rm.org

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s the new President of PSIA-RM-AASI, I want to express my sincere gratitude and that of the entire Board of Directors to Linda Guerrette. During her time as President, Linda’s contributions to this organization can only be described as priceless! Her dedication, energy, work ethic, creativity, and most importantly her leadership, have been an inspiration to all of us. She has given us an incredible foundation from which we will evolve and create our future. Thank you Linda! You indeed represent everything we as professionals aspire to achieve! I n my three years as a member of the board, and most especially since moving into this new role, I’ve spent considerable time learning about and pondering the many aspects of our association. The complexity of who we are, what we do, and how we do it amazes me. As I consider my responsibilities to you the member, I realize we are only as successful as the many groups and teams who are dedicated to developing our success. Like a chain, we as an organization are only as strong as each individual link. Each link must do its part, and how they are connected is as important as the link itself. That connection is where I see my responsibilities and where I intend to spend a great deal of my energy. Our parts are many and varied. We have a Board of Directors which is essentially given the responsibility of providing vision, direction, and preserving the health and staWINTER 2009 PSIA-RM/AASI

bility of the organization. This is then communicated and entrusted to our Executive Director, Dana Forbes. Dana and her staff have extensive duties and responsibilities. They administer our business, coordinate the delivery of our products, oversee our financial issues, and much more. Next we have the committees and sub-committees within each of our individual disciplines. These dedicated members, mostly volunteers, are the people who design and constantly improve our products. Those products are then delivered by our Education Staff to you the member. The final results, we all hope, are your achievements and growth as individuals and just as importantly, how successful you are in sharing your passion, talents and knowledge with the people you teach! This past year, our Board collectively created and adopted a Strategic Message which contains four actions; Valuing People, Providing Opportunities for Success, Inspiring Passion, and Being Inclusive. As I begin this Presidency, I promise you all this message will be used as both a “benchmark” and as a “template” in guiding our leadership, our decisions, and ultimately our behavior. In holding all of us to that promise, please feel free to contact me at your convenience. Best of luck to each and every one of you in creating “who” you want to become, “what” you want to achieve, and “how” you choose to get there! Joel Munn, joelmunn@wildblue.net A

General Information Submissions of articles, photos or other items for publication are invited. PSIARocky Mountain- AASI members submitting articles of an educational nature with a minimum of 500 words will be reimbursed $100 per published article. Type copy should be double spaced and sent to the editor at the above address. A disk may be submitted along with a hard copy in either PC or MAC formats. All the submitted material is subject to editing. Use of all material will be at the discretion of the editorial staff. Articles are accepted on the condition that they may be released for publication in all PSIA/AASI National and Divisional publications. Instructor to Instructor is published four times per year by the PSIA-Rocky Mountain - AASI divsion. Permission is hereby given to PSIA/AASI and all divisions of PSIA/AASI to copy original materials from the newsletter providing credit is given to PSIA - Rocky Mountain - AASI and the author, and the material is not altered. Articles that contain specific copyright notices may not be reprinted without written permission from the author. Subscriptions: Persons who are not members of PSIA - Rocky Mountain AASI can purchase a one-year subscription of Instructor to Instructor for $15. Send your name and address along with payment to the above address. Note: Materials published in Instructor to Instructor which have been provided by persons in other than an official capacity, or for official purposes, are the responsibility of the author, and do not necessarily represent the opinions or policies of PSIA-Rocky Mountain - AASI.

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National Report By Peter Donahue, National Representative Now that spring is really here, and our memory of those great turns at season’s end is beginning to fade, it’s a good time to start making plans to make next year even better! The first big event on the National calendar for next season is Interski, the quadrennial gathering of Snowsports professionals from around the world. Here’s what you need to know:

• Interski is the world’s largest snowsports education conference • Euro Mini-Academy is your chance to ski and ride in Europe with the PSIA-AASI Teams • Interski and Mini-Academy are in St. Anton, Austria, in January 2011 • PSIA-AASI members of all disciplines and levels are invited to attend You can build your own trip:

• Attend the PSIA-AASI Deluxe Event (Jan. 11–22, 2011), which includes the Euro Mini-Academy with the PSIA-AASI Teams • Attend just the PSIA-AASI Euro MiniAcademy (Jan. 11–15, 2011) • Attend just Interski (Jan. 15–22, 2011) St. Anton is the birthplace of formalized Snowsports Instruction, and this is certain to be a fantastic event at one of the world’s great destinations. Go to thesnowpros.org for details and pricing. The Registration deadline for these packages is July 15th and enrollments are limited, so act now! More important than the event it is the value that our participation brings to our members in terms of educational materials, teaching tools, and future programs. Past PSIA/AASI delegations to Interski introduced the skills concept and student centered teaching, ideas that helped bring the event from the days of flag waving and demonstrating national techniques to addressing key issues in skill development and snowsports instruction. This year’s delegation will be no exception. Their presentation is better organized than ever and demonstrates our association’s commitment to enabling our national teams to make a meaningful contribution to our members and 4

the international snowsports community. If you want to stay closer to home, plan to attend the National association’s 50th anniversary celebration. Next spring—April 4–9, 2011, to be exact—PSIA-AASI is hosting the biggest party in the history of snowsports instruction . . . and you and your family and friends are invited! Join us in Snowmass, CO to party in the name of the past five decades of instruction and decades yet to come. Details to follow, but for now, just save the date! This once-in-a-lifetime party has been 50 years in the making, and if you miss it, you’ll have to wait until 2061 to raise your glass to PSIA-AASI instructors everywhere for their amazing contributions to the success of snowsports. This event will also be published in the RM curriculum guide as our Spring Fling, so plan on catching up with old friends and making new ones from nearby and afar. Other news:

The children’s task force is completing the national Children’s Specialist Certifi-

cate program. The curriculum and national standard draft document has been through a preliminary review process, and pending final review, will be approved by the ASEA Board of Directors. This is an excellent program that formalizes the very best elements of the divisions’ accreditation and ACE programs. It is the product of months of discussion and exchange between all the divisions’ children’s committees. Special thanks go out to Eliza Kuntz (NRM), Stacey Gerrish (RM), among several others, and to Earl Saline and Ben Roberts from the National Education Department for making it happen. What is especially important about this program is that it is the first truly collaborative national certificate program. It will bring a new level of consistency and accountability to children’s education programs across divisions, and it sets the bar for the creation of nationally standardized programs in all disciplines in the future. Last, but certainly not least, is that despite challenging economic circumstances our association is headed for a membership record again this year. As of April 27th, we had 29,833 members nationwide, and we have a chance to record the additional 167 members needed to break 30,000. This has been a goal of the association for over a decade, and reaching this milestone brings us to a new era of national credibility with our industry and industry partners. This growth reflects the state of the industry as a whole. Numbers just released by the National Ski Areas Association show that total visits to U.S. resorts for the 2009-2010 season reached 59.7 million, only 1.2% behind the all time high of 60.5 million recorded in 20072008. This demonstrates what we all know in our hearts: that participation in snowsports is not a luxury but a passion! It is our sincere hope that we can continue to live up to our national Mantra: “We get people excited about Snowsports!”,“We provide a connection to people and ideas in unexpected ways and places”, “we are the first place members come to for information about snowsports teaching and the industry” and “we provide access to people, resources, and more of the mountain environment”. A PSIA-RM/AASI WINTER 2009


The Snowboard World

“For the Love of the Slide” By Dave Schuiling, Director of Slideways Education PSIA-Rocky Mountain-AASI

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s we finish this season and look forward to the next, the AASI-RM staff continues to educate themselves and ensure our standards are always in line with industry trends. It is noteworthy the National office is in the process of finalizing the national standards. Lucky for us (Rocky Mountain Division), we are already in line with the majority of these standards, so we should not see many changes. With regard to preparation for examinations, everyone needs to consider looking at the written standards of the one they are planning on taking for the 2010/11 season. During this season, more than past ones, I observed incorrect perceptions and understandings of riding maneuvers e.g. the standard for size of the jump and maneuver. One source of misconceptions is that candidates who went to an exam are spreading the word about what they think the requirements are rather than looking at the outlines that are available on our website (www. psia-rm.org.) I encourage anyone who may be interested in seeing/listening to our committee meetings to look for meeting times and locations as they will be listed in the 2010/11 curriculum guide. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the future of AASI-RM and hear all the debate as we make decisions to evolve this organization. Lastly, enjoy your summer and stay healthy. I hope to see you all next season. A

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t’s a day off and time to head for the mountain. It’s truly a day where no person or event is dictating the sliding device attached to my feet. Now, I truly have a dilemma! Do I want to go light and free and get the best possible cardiovascular workout available? Do I want to ditch the poles and turn the mountain into a playground with pure disregard of the direction I’m supposed to go or face? Or do I want to open the throttle wide open and trench the mountain at ludicrous speed, switch? Oh man! What do I do? Well…let’s look at the conditions. Any new snow out there? If not, is a hike in order to find a stash or two? If there is new snow, how much is there? Dust on crust, blower or somewhere inbetween? Or is it just plain, cat can’t scratch it, boilerplate. Depending on the conditions, especially boilerplate, many “one-tooled” sliding personalities would choose to curl up by the fire with a good book, beverage or both. No, this just helps me narrow down the choices. Sometimes, I just need to follow the philosophical mood approach and go with the spontaneous urges as they present themselves. For instance, in the movie UP when Dug the dog is distracted by the “SQUIRREL!” Now the biggest challenge is making sure I grab the correct boots to match the appliance. It used to be the friends I was meeting

helped to dictate what I would ride on. Times have definitely changed in that regard. Mixed posse mingling is highly encouraged, provided, of course, that everyone can keep up. On any given day, my family, including my wife and two boys, has every discipline represented. Nothing like a little cross mojonation (I just invented this word) to make the experience more interesting and fun! Why not? Even recycling centers have opened their minds and encourage co-mingling. Cue, “We are the World” or “One Love”, please. What’s my point? Brothers and Sisters, it’s time to expand your sliding horizons. Adapt, improvise, overcome; go on honey, take a chance; dance to the beat of a different drummer: go on with your bad self and get yourself some! I don’t want to hear anyone saying, “I’ve got be an expert______, before I try ______.” Or, “I want Junior to be a really accomplished______, before I let them try ______.” I’m so over this philosophy! Cross discipline training enhances movement skills to help all sliders improve and ultimately enjoy their ride, skate, shred, mono, pin, jib, glide, arc, carve, butter, bump, grind, slash, pizza, mono, groove, bi, French fry, worm, and wiggle. If you have any more, I want to know because it’s not about the tool, it’s about the slide. I’ll see you up there. What will I be riding? Your guess is as good as mine. A 5


2010 National Academy By Kevin Jordan

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he National Academy was held from April 17-23 at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. If you have not had an opportunity to attend an Academy, it is an event that you will definitely want to go to at some point. The Academy is a conference of sorts for alpine ski instructors. Here is how it works. Participants at the Academy come from all over the country. On the first evening there is a buffet and welcome. This is when the ski groups are determined. On the registration form PSIA National asks participants to classify themselves on a 1 to 4 scale. A “1” means that the group can ski anywhere and anything and does not mind if they skip lunch to continue skiing. A “4” would mean that a skier would stay on groomed snow and only venture off-piste if the conditions are perfect. Our group consisted of a crew from Big Sky, Montana, Aspen/Snowmass, Crested Butte, and Alpine Meadows. The members of our group consisted of Troy Nedved, Emily Nedved, Christine Baker, Jill Imsand, Chris Jones, Josh Fogg, Will Glaser, Leigh Pierini, and Kevin Jordan under the guidance of our fearless leader, Nick Herrin. For the next four of five days our group skied together every morning. Now what happens at Academy stays at Academy. Just kidding! With Nick, we worked on concepts such as, line of action, a drift turn, and upper body positioning. The “line of action” is a term or 6

concept from the White Book, one of the original PSIA manuals. The idea behind this concept is that we are trying to have our center of mass move with our feet and skis. In other words, we are trying to keep our center of mass over our line of action or in a line of action with our base of support. Another concept that we work on was performing a drift turn. This is similar to a World Cup racer performing a half skid/half carve turn also called a “ski-vit”. The idea behind the drift turn is that we need to be more patient in the initiation of a turn. If we rush the initiation, we have almost too much turn shaping and rotary of the body at the finish of the turn which can make it difficult to start another turn in the opposite direction. Instead, we want to be patient and “zing” our hips or pelvis across the hill, laterally, in order to allow the ski to bend and result in a bending ski coming back underneath our center of mass. In addition, Nick Herrin brought some pre-cut ski pole shafts for our group. These shafts were 2 feet long. We held them with our arms up; the idea was to keep the shaft level to the horizon all the time. One of the shafts even had a carpenter’s level on it! The idea behind working with the pre-cut pole shafts was to discipline our upper bodies. After skiing with our morning group, there are electives to choose from in the afternoons. The options vary from seeing yourself on video, to children’s topics, to women’s specific clinics, to steeps and bumps, to carving,

and to exploring the conditions of the day. Thus, everyone meets on the plaza and groups are split up depending on ability level and what people want to get out of the session. One particular day of the Academy is an elective day which gives participants an opportunity to focus specifically on an elective. These electives include race techniques and race tactics, steeps and bumps, conditions of the day, carving, video, and others. In the evenings there are indoor sessions that participants can partake in. PSIA-RM’s own Katie Fry and Stacey Gerrish presented information on teaching kids who have learning disabilities, autism, and/or Asperger’s Syndrome. Michael Rogan and Jim Lindsay preented changes in ski and boot technology. Mark Dorsey and Rob Sogard presented the state of PSIA, the industry, and the National Teams. On another evening, members of the National Team presented what they are working on for Interski 2011 in St. Anton, Austria. These presentations all allow time for questions and answers and as a result some great discussions and conversations come out of these presentations. If you have ever skied Snowbird in April, you know that the snow conditions are not always perfect. However, challenging snow conditions can improve your skiing skills. The first two days were sunny and warm which equated to rock hard boilerplate in the morning and manky slush in the afternoon. However, on day 3, weather came in with rain, snow, graupel, and some of the thickest pea soup/flat-light conditions you have ever seen. Then it snowed overnight about 4 inches over coral reef, but as the day warmed up, the snow below the 4 inches warmed as well. In challenging snow conditions, it is helpful to have some of the best coaches in the country giving you feedback to improve your skiing. Next year, the Academy will be held as part of the 50/50 event at Snowmass. There will also be an opportunity for members to attend a mini-academy overseas in Austria either before or after Interski. In addition, members will also have an opportunity to attend Interski in St. Anton. Stay tuned for more details from PSIA National on how to make these opportunities a reality. A PSIA-RM/AASI WINTER 2009


Abbreviations & Acronyms, What Do They Really Mean? By Ruth DeMuth

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o you ever wonder why we have so many acronyms for things? PSIA, AASI, PDS , ….Well, it is simple; the brain can only process about five plus or minus two things at a time. So if we fill up our brains with these really long words or even phrases we have used up most of the brain capacity and end up not remembering anything. So have you participated in a PDS program (Professional Development Series) and if so, which one? Kids, Alpine, Snowboard or Adaptive? If you replied with Adaptive, great; then you will be familiar with PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorders), some of the characteristics that may follow this diagnosis and what you should be looking for if this child happens to be integrated into your ski school class. PDD are developmental disabilities that share many of the same characteristics. PDD’s are neurological disorders that affect a child’s ability to communicate, understand language, play and relate to others. This is really important to know if you are going to be teaching this child how to ski. Most instructors shrug it off and say it will never happen in my class like it’s some kind of accident, but really it is a matter of timing. Wouldn’t you feel more confident knowing you may have the tools to assist this person’s needs. The PDS was designed to help you go beyond certification and create a well-rounded instructor that can handle anything that comes to your ski school to learn the sport we love so much. So sign up for the fall class that will give you the tools needed to assist a student with different needs. Reaching and teaching Challenging students will give you just what you need. It is designed to be “inclusive” & cross-disciplined; focusing on various challenges we may face with the differing needs of our students. There is an indoors discussion on developmental disorders, such as Autism, Asperger’s, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, ADHD, Fragile X, Traumatic Brain Injury, Down syndrome and other special challenges. Discussions will include characteristics of each of the above. In addition, problem-solving strategies may be incorporated into our lessons. Then the on-hill portion will include basic adaptive equipment for stand up skiers/ WINTER 2009 PSIA-RM/AASI

boarders; such as ski links, reins, and visual pictures. Methods to enhance communication, problem solving for sensory modulation difficulties and other cognitive challenges will be discussed. Enhance your “bag of tricks”! Now, let’s say you are teaching an adult beginner class and this person is having a really hard time flexing his ankle and the herringbone is next to impossible. You have searched in your brain and applied the steeping stones approach but still are having trouble. You really start asking questions and you find out this person is a left leg BK no wait an AK. You think to yourself what is a BK? It is a Below-the-Knee amputee; so they are missing an ankle joint. How much do you use your ankle in skiing???? Now AK means Above-the-Knee; so now you are thinking no ankle, no knee. There is no way that person can ski like everyone else. Well, yes they can. Sometimes it just takes a little adaptation and canting and this person may only need mild assistance or may need outriggers to get started. How would I even begin to get training for this? I hear that question all the time. There are two places one is the PDS program which offers Adaptive Mania. You had better come with a good technical understanding of

skiing as this product introduces you to the equipment and canting portion of adaptive skiing. Did you ever wonder what life would be like if you lost your leg? Well then this is the clinic you want to attend. You will ski on one ski and go through the progressions 1-9 (most only make it to small blue bumps). Once your single leg is good and tired we allow you to sit down and ski the mono and biski. If you think skiing on one leg is tough, try skiing and balancing on one ski and using only your arms without riggers for a balance point. If this sounds like you, then Adaptive Mania is your clinic and it is usually offered at Spring Fling. Now I mentioned one more place to obtain continuing education clinic credits and that is at the National Adaptive Academy held during the second week of December in Breckenridge at the DSUSA(Disabled Sports United States of America) ski spectacular . Okay, so hopefully you now you know what that PDS and PDD are different and it will not cause PSD (post traumatic stress). I look forward to hearing about your experiences and LOL’ing about some of your stories skiing as a BK or mono skiing as a SCI T10. BFN –Ruth!! A 7


Summer Training Opportunities By Jonathan Ballou

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he Rocky Mountains offer a wealth of fantastic terrain and snow conditions; likewise our division of PSIA hosts international and domestic trainers in a concentration that few rival in skiing regions around the world. It is for this combination of reasons many of us moved to this division and work here. Many of us start our season with training and certification or performance goals; goals that we later find difficult to meet due to work requirements, finances, fitness, or time simply runs out. Once our season ends many of the trainers we wish to train with, and countless more we would like to meet, move south or to glaciers to conduct off-season and summer season training programs. Imagine the level any of us could attain if we took an extended period of time to be completely focused on our own skiing. From domestic and international race programs to ski instructor training academies, there are many organizations and private companies that specialize in all levels of training. These programs are designed to help you reach your goals and achieve a level of performance and understanding that is difficult to attain given the time constraints and work commitments of the normal season. These programs can run in length from several days domestically, to several months internationally. Many of these programs include options for training to domestic and/or foreign certification and racing or other specialty accreditations. Of particular value to me are the programs that offer training towards foreign certification. As a US and New Zealand Examiner, my training and challenges from both organizations have helped me grow my skills and achieve my professional goals in both countries. Most of these programs employ top level trainers, including Demo Team members, senior examiners, Technical Directors, National Team Coaches from multiple countries. They are those people you want to train with all season but are too booked! I have compiled a partial list of programs (below), including some basic information about the program or area and contact information. It is a partial list; there are many

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other programs that cater to an almost infinite spectrum of goals. If this has your interest, I encourage you to further research the possibilities in order to maximize your experience.

Rookie Academy has developed specialist skiing and snowboarding courses, since 1992, to help instructors further their development and become qualified. Rookie Academy is based at Treble Cone, New Zealand and it offers courses focused towards certification from BASI (Great Britain), CSIA/CASI (Canada), NZSIA/SBINZ (New Zealand), and PSIA. Many of these courses culminate in an examination…and some are geared only towards training. Rookie Academy currently employs certified trainers and examiners from the U.S., New Zealand, Great Britain, and Austria. The courses include accommodation in Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island, lift passes and transportation. Web: www.rookieacademy.com Email: info@rookieacademy.com

researching and information can be found through a web search or through your local ski club. One organization in particular is National Alpine Ski Camps, NASC. Since 1984 NASC has been operating comprehensive summer ski camps. NASC is a ski camp with a twist. Ski and race train GS and Slalom in the morning and in the afternoon, choose from a variety of afterski activities. Summer ski racing camps run through the months of June and July. NASC also runs a Thanksgiving camp at the end of November at Copper Mountain in Colorado. Coaches include certified race coaches and examiners from around the country including US team coaches. NASC operates at a six-toone athlete-to-coach ratio. Programs are tailored to the individual needs of each athlete based on their motivation, level of understanding and movement patterns. Accommodation and meals can be arranged through NASC located 14 miles from Mt. Hood. Training programs can also be purchased separately from accommodation/meal packages. Web: www.skicamp.com Email: NASC@skicamp.com

Ski Instructor Training Company, SITCo., have been running ski training courses in Queenstown, NZ since 2002. All of SITCo.’s trainers are NZSIA trainers; some are also BASI and PSIA trainers. SITCo.’s philosophy is to run personally tailored courses, which allow people to achieve their own personal goals. Since 2002, SITCo. has been running NZSIA Level 1 and Level 2 courses; three years ago they began running a NZSIA Level 3 course. This program has eight week and four week options. The eight week option includes the NZSIA Level 3 pre-course and exam, with training in between. SITCo. Courses include accommodation, lift passes and transportation. Web: www.sitco.co.nz/ski/level3youth Email: ski@sitco.co.nz

Mt Hood, Oregon is host to many youth and adult race camps. Many are worth

Snow Trainers was founded in Queenstown, New Zealand and has been running ski and snowboard training courses since 2003; it operates at Coronet Peak on the South Island of New Zealand. Snow Trainers offers 11 and 5 week training courses in both ski and snowboard geared towards completion of the NZSIA and SBINZ levels 1 and 2 certification. Snow Trainers also offers a 19 day Heli-guide course. This course focuses on the basic skills needed for one to begin moving towards a guiding career path and has the option of adding various avalanche courses. All trainers employed by Snow Trainers are NZSIA/SBINZ examiners and some are PSIA/AASI trainers as well. Snow Trainers courses include accommodation, season pass and transportation to and from the resort. Web: www.snowtrainers.com Email: info@snowtrainers.com

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N-Mail By Jim Sanders

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ou’ve got N-mail again, that Nordic thing. It’s hard to resist. Why do you read it? Curiosity? Boredom? Pity for the author? Perhaps it’s just the right thing to do, like skiing corn on high peaks in the late spring and summer. No matter, read on. Welcome back to Nordic World. I can’t resist reflecting upon this past season. It leads to considerations for the future, your future. This winter was special. For one thing, let’s give a cheer for the ski areas in the southern part of the division, as they had an epic El-Nino-grande type of winter. You guys deserved it. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed the powder and big snow pack. In my neck of the woods, the snow was late to arrive and not as plentiful as the previous two seasons. Despite that, I couldn’t help notice how good the skiing was for the majority of the season. Whether on Nordic trails, in the backcountry, or on the slopes, the quality of the snow was consistently fantastic. What made it that way was my enjoyment of the people with whom I skied. I found that the more I was in the moment with the folks (or dogs) around me, the better the snow and the more special the whole experience. Did you notice that too? I can give you some examples. I facilitated an XC Level 1 Clinic and Exam early in the winter. I can’t remember when I’ve enjoyed an event so much, either as a participant or staff. The instructors taking the event felt the same way. They were prepared, experienced, and supportive of each other. As a group and as individuals, we remained focused on the moment and the learning/sharing potential of the whole experience. Consequently, each individual truly shined in their skiing, teaching, and learning. They all passed the certification effortlessly, thoroughly enjoying the process along the way. It was hard to leave at the end of the three days. Every clinic and exam should be like that. It was the same at the XC Skate and Classic Workshop, a Tele ITC, and the National Telemark Academy. The common threads (to dredge up an old term) connecting the high quality experience in all of these events were the spirit and attitude of the group and our ability to be fully immersed in the moment. At the risk of getting a little philosophiWINTER 2009 PSIA-RM/AASI

cal here, I’m going to suggest that maybe the greatest benefit we can receive from our organization (and sport) and its various offerings, comes not from how great of a skier or instructor we are or think we are, how certified we become, how much powder we get, or how well groomed our trails are, but from each other coupled with our ability to lose ourselves a little and be entirely present in the time we spend together. Wow. I think I might hug myself. Don’t think this means you don’t need to prepare thoroughly to get certified. You do. Just remember to keep things in perspective. Maybe the pin isn’t the point… You know what else I noticed? The rates for XC Clinics were reduced this season! In a dramatic display of support for Nordic members and an effective strategy for encouraging clinic participation, RM made XC clinics the best value of the season. If you didn’t notice, it would behoove you to take advantage of this situation next season. Like any good deal, it can’t last, so start planning which XC clinic to take right now! Speaking of planning, here are some cross training ideas for next season. For those of you who have never tried Skate skiing, “Learn to Skate” day is a new offering. This will be a for-credit, Beginner Skate clinic taking place at various ski areas around the division concurrently on Jan. 13. Similarly, “Learn to Tele”

Day will be held on Jan. 14. Since these events will be offered at multiple locations on the same day, it will be easy to try something new and get clinic credit at the same time. Don’t miss this opportunity to successfully multitask! Or, try Children’s Accreditation or Basic Freestyle Accreditation. There are many Nords who are a bit jaded, shall we say, and think, “oh, that’s Alpine and Snowboard stuff, it’s not for me, because I work at a Cross Country ski area.” It’s time to break out of that rut and expand your horizons! These events are for all disciplines and offer important and useful tools for improving your teaching and sliding skills. I promise you will benefit from these electives, especially if you come with an open mind and a genuine desire to learn. Watch out, you might even have fun! A few more things, then we can wrap this up so you can move on to other important activities, like washing your cat or reorganizing your collection of past issues of N-Mail. All of the Telemark Certification Workbooks are being updated this summer. Editing Nordic written materials has been an ongoing, although sporadic tradition through the ages. Now it is officially an annual process, which should insure consistent removal of obsolete, albeit entertaining information and questions (for example, “What is the best type of leather to use for the attachment thong on rat-trap bindings?” That question needs to go). At this point, some long overdue recognition is in order. Although many folks volunteer and help maintain our Nordic written materials, there is one person in particular who has put in an enormous amount of time and effort over the years. That is Dale Drennan. Dale has been chief editor and writer of the Nordic Handbook (the lynch pin of all our RM written materials) as well as most of our other stuff for a very long time. She always does a great job, so if you run into her, thank her profusely and ski a run with her! That’s enough for now. I need to go explore a few canyons before resuming the pursuit of high country corn. See you out there? I Hope so. If we meet, let’s travel together, share a few thoughts and stories, maybe a beer. Until then, you can e-mail n-mail at hugeglide@ aol.com. See ya’. A 9


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hildren’s Education had a good year. Those of you who took Kid’s Accreditation may have noticed Examiners from all disciplines taking it right along with you. Snowboard and Alpine committees have made Kid’s Accreditation mandatory to remain active as a member of their Education Staff’s. For those of you who have not participated in a children’s event, start planning for next year. Understanding how we grow and mature, not only helps you connect to and teach kids, but also helps with understanding the random things we do as adults. Enough of the past, what will Children’s Education do next year? Look for a new list of traveling clinics in next year’s curriculum guide. You and a group of friends, or a ski school, can arrange to have a member of the Children’s Education Training Team (CETT) come to your mountain. This is an opportunity to customize topics based on your mountain’s specific set of needs. These traveling clinics can be for training, or set up for credit. The CETT team will also be reviewing and modifying our current products to align with a national standard. We are working with all the divisions so anyone who has their Kid’s Accreditation can move to a different division and have their Accreditation transferred with their certification level. As this comes online, 3-6 Endorsement and Children’s Accreditation will likely change names to Child Specialist 1 & 2 respectively.

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Playing in boots (or shoes) with Youngins If we look at typical patterns, young children (3-4 yr.) have a harder time separating their legs from their bodies and have better control of bigger muscles than little muscles. BUT, kids can learn fine motor skills and how to separate their legs from their bodies through practice and repetition. To introduce leg rotation to kids, sit down on the snow (ground) with legs straight out in front and toes pointing up. Roll legs back and forth so feet swing like windshield wipers. Sitting stabilizes the pelvis and allows young kids to rotate their legs in the hip sockets. Play with wiping back and forth as fast as you can and as slow as you can. Remember to emphasis individual successes versus competition with younger kids. To add some fun, roll on your back and lift your legs into the air and windshield-wipe the clouds away for a sunny day. A

DUES REMINDER u 2010/2011 dues statements were mailed during the first week of May. u National dues are $50 and RM dues are $50 for a total of $100 for 2010/11 dues. u Please remember that dues must be in the office by June 30, 2010 to avoid the late fee. u Dues may be paid on-line at http://www.thesnowpros.org, by calling the office at 970879-8335 with credit card number and expiration date or by mailing a check to PSIA-RMAASI, PO Box 775143, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. u Any payments received after 6/30/10 without the late fee will be mailed back for the additional late fee. u If you have had or will be having a change of address, please check your account on the website to assure that a valid mailing address is on file at the office. u Thank you for your continued membership! A PSIA-RM/AASI WINTER 2009


Breaking the Intimidating Barriers of Freestyle and PSIA By Travis Crooke

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t was a bit sureal driving to Breckenridge a few weeks ago. PSIA-RM has been trying to run the advanced freestyle clixam for years, but since I am usually the only one that signs up, the event has been a “no-go” due to lack of participation. Fortunately, we have some extremely understanding folks in our organization. At trainer’s training this fall, David Oliver (the organization’s lead Freestyle Examiner) and Dana Forbes (our Executive Director) agreed that the event would run this spring even if I was the only one to sign up. Thus, after years of anticipation, I was finally headed south to Breckenridge to see if I could hack it in the big parks of Summit County and prove I was worthy of an advanced accreditation. Of course I showed up an hour late the first day because I got stuck in one of the worst snow storms that Colorado saw all season. Lucky for me it was just David, another participant, and an auditor waiting for me. It had been a slow morning dealing with all the snow, so nobody minded that I was late. Normally I pray for snow, but not for a freestyle event. I had been hoping for sunshine and soft snow because it is easier to navigate the park. Instead we were faced with powder conditions that wouldn’t even allow us to clear the little jumps, never mind the big boys. David took the weather in stride and structured the clinic portion of the event so that we worked around the weather as best as possible. David Oliver is a member of our National Team and was chosen specifically as the freestyle liaison; skiing with him makes abundantly clear as to why. David has an uncanny ability to make you feel comfortable while working through his progressions. At the same time, the progressions inevitably improve your park skills beyond your preconceived notions. I went into the event with barely the talent and skills to pass the accreditation. By the end of the clixam, I had improved my skills so that I not only attained the level of performance expected at the event, but I had the tools and understanding to quickly take my skiing beyond this level as well. I have been involved with many of the various products that PSIA offers for years at this point. Any time I take an advanced WINTER 2009 PSIA-RM/AASI

product such as the full certification exam or the advanced freestyle accreditation I am extremely nervous that I will fail miserably. The great thing about freestyle is that there is a little more freedom to express your personal style. As a result, even though standards are high, they are attainable and actually FUN to perform against. The exam is not stressful because it is a clizam, just like the basic and intermediate freestyle accreditations. We spent the first two days reviewing progressions for each maneuver. Additionally, we developed progressions further as we developed more skills and ability. Thus, by exam day, we had developed camaraderie and were confident that an understanding had been reached among the group as to what was expected for successful completion. After just the first day, I was comfortable with the group and content with all of the information I had gleaned from everybody. I would have been happy to walk away at that point, but fortunately I had two more days of learning ahead of me. I hope this report encourages others who may have been considering a freestyle accreditation to actually sign up for it next year. I think it is a lot more attainable than folks think. For example, anybody comfortable in the intermediate to large terrain parks realistically has the ability to work with an advanced freestyle examiner for two days and perform extremely well at the exam. I had such a good time in Breckenridge that I headed over afterwards to Vail for Spring Fling. There, I participated in the Freestyle

Fiesta. I must admit though, Freestyle Fiasco would be a better title. We were a motley crew. Abilities ranged from folks who had never been in a terrain park to folks working on cork 540s off the big jumps. Kelly Coffey and Kevin Jordan split the groups and we proceeded to tear up the terrain park. Nobody took us seriously and there were quite a few park rats that were surprised to see such a wide range of people in the park. Of course, many of us wore one-pieces, gag sunglasses, and hammed up the event as much as possible. Kelly and Kevin delivered amazing products and anybody who is looking for an introduction to freestyle would be silly to miss this event next year. Actually, I want to go next year just to be silly again! It was a great opportunity to continue working with some of our top examiners, but the sun finally came out so it was a great time to celebrate the end of the season with friends and associates as well. Even though the advanced freestyle was postponed for a few years, it was still the best event I have attended since I took the intermediate five years ago. David Oliver is an asset to the organization and I would encourage you to take a PSIA product with him if you ever have the opportunity. The rest of the freestyle staff is also wonderful. The fact that they make it fun needs to be stressed and remembered next year when you are looking for an event to stay current with PSIA. Thank you Dana Forbes, David Oliver, Jonathan Ballou, and Dave Schuiling for making possible a week of freestyle fiestas in Summit County. A 11


PSYCHOLOGY MATTERS

UNDERSTANDING GENDER: PERSPECTIVES TO ENHANCE TEACHING RELATIONSHIPS By Tony Crespi

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heryl was slim, blue-eyed, and approximately 125 pounds. She looked to be in her early 40’s. She wore a fashionable black ski outfit with matching hat and goggles. For equipment she wore expert boots and carried all-mountain skis with color-coordinated bindings. Arriving at the ski school meeting place, the Supervisor asked a few brief questions. In keeping with her background, Cheryl humbly downplayed her skills. Scanning her quickly as part of a routine non-verbal assessment, he deftly motioned her toward a group. Cheryl wondered: Would his assessment be accurate? Honestly? It wasn’t! The result? A very unhappy ski school student. C learly, a multitude of factors influ12

ence interpersonal assessments. IndustrialOrganizational Psychologists often speak of KSAO’s: Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Ingredients. Yet, honestly and commonly, most people construct initial impressions based to a great degree on an assessment of physical appearance. Stop. Write down the first 5 things you notice when first meeting someone of the opposite sex. Done? Now write the first 5 things you notice when meeting someone of the same sex. Interested in comparing your answers with what psychologists have learned from data gathered through numerous studies? The answers follow: When first meeting a man, women largely notice (in decreasing order) 1) dress, 2)

eyes,3) build, 4) face, and 5) smile. When meeting a woman, men typically notice 1) figure, 2) face, 3) dress, 4) smile, and 5) eyes. Does it change for the same sex? Yes! When first meeting another woman, women typically notice 1) dress, 2) hair, 3) face, 4) smile, and 5) figure. When meeting another man, men typically notice 1) dress, 2) face, 3) smile, 4) build, and 5) eyes. Men and women see each other differently! More to the point, this data doesn’t gauge skiing skills! Have you ever been surprised by the disparity between the way select PSIA Examiners or Staff Trainers look and ski on the mountain, and their appearance AFTER changing into street clothes? Have you ever commented (at least to yourself) that you might not have suspected such high level skiing skills if you had first seen that person in their own, personal, skiing (and street) attire? Would your initial impressions have been accurate if you had met these top skiers under different conditions? Without qualification, initial impressions are largely based on appearance. But that simply is not predictive of skiing skills. Men looking at women scan figure first, followed by facial features. Women looking at men typically first scan dress and subsequently the eyes. So, when Cheryl arrived at the ski school, it was not surprising that the Supervisor did NOT complete an accurate appraisal of her ability. Stereotypically, her figure, face, and dress guided the initial evaluation. Later, the instructor was amazed by her speed. In fact, he commented on his surprise at her strength. Stereotypes CAN impact judgment. But, it was too late for Cheryl’s lesson! Because our culture generally values attractiveness in females, being attractive is often both highly important and a highly utilized gauge for evaluating women. Thankfully, though, a person need not be attractive to have a rewarding life, nor to ski well. At the same time, those women who value attractiveness and who dress in attractive ways, are not likely be evaluated in a fair and accurate fashion.Face PSIA-RM/AASI WINTER 2009


the facts. Top women athletes need not be large to be strong. Some are small but mighty. But many ski pros and coaches allow physical appearance to influence their evaluations. Do you (and your ski school colleagues) reflect stereotypical ways of looking at men and women? Have you allowed gender stereotypes to guide your initial impressions? Gender Stereotypes

Obviously, males and females differ. At the same time, physical disparities lead people to expect additional differences. In general, widely held beliefs are referred as gender stereotypes. Of course, you should know, considerable similarity in gender stereotypes has been found across countries. In all fairness, students can benefit from instructors who begin to understand that stereotypes often (too often) impact expectations which interfere with maximum development. Remember Cheryl? Following Cheryl’s unsatisfying lesson, she subsequently explored women’s clinics, as well as gender-blended classes, and private lessons. Ultimately she decided there are only two types of ski pros, and the dichotomy is not based on gender: There are good instructors and not so good instructors. The best pros look beyond the stereotypes. Obviously, moving beyond stereotypes is not easy. College students, for example, have continually reported strings of characteristics typically associated with each gender. Interested in learning more? Sometimes knowledge helps bust stereotypes. Typical stereotypes associated with each gender follow: Male Stereotypes

Active Adventurous Aggressive Competitive Independent Mechanical Outspoken Dominant Self-Confident Persistent

Female Stereotypes

Aware Considerate Cries Easily Emotional Interdependent Understanding Excitable Kind Sensitive Gentle

Particularly critical, the research literature has indicated that women DON’T conform to peer standards unless there is group pressure. Which means that while traditional beliefs suggest women are more conforming than WINTER 2009 PSIA-RM/AASI

men, the research has revealed that women do not conform any more than men UNLESS there is peer pressure. Our job, partially, is to break down stereotypes to maximize performance. Putting all this together, you should know that the similarities between men and women greatly outweigh any psychological differences. In fact minor gender differences are actually exaggerated by social roles that both men and women occupy. As example, women may be more nurturing because they assume nurturing roles. And men may seem more independent because they assume more independent roles. Honestly, individuals truly construct individual realities based on societal expectations, conditioning, AND selfsocialization. Distinctions of nature and nurture are blurring.

3. Men, more than women, ask for help. 4. Men, more than women, start relational confrontations. THE ANSWERS ARE ALL FALSE.

How did you fare? Do you accurately gauge these gender based queries? More importantly, are you open to changing and expanding YOUR world view? Honestly, BOTH men and women are constrained by stereotypes. And for our students, this can sometimes mean we underestimate skills in women, by “guessing” skills through dress and appearance, and it means we may overestimate male skills because of dress, or because of societal training which may reinforce boasting and independence. Fortunately, if we look beyond the stereotypes, we can help students see beyond their stereotypes. Conclusions

Considerations For Teachers

Stereotypes fuel expectations. Early writers in the feminist movement detailed numerous problems associated with stereotypes. Looking at women, for example, in many ways, young women continue to demonstrate lower aspirations then men. In fact, the discrepancy between women’s abilities and achievement can be described as the ability-achievement gap. At the same time, men can also feel societal pressures to move and behave in ways which also do not truly meet personal, and often unrealized, expectations. Both genders suffer from stereotypes and compel individuals to act and react in overly narrow and restrictive ways. In early societies, of course, divisions of labor by gender reflected physical demands of primitive societies. Today, traditional gender roles no longer make sense economically and modern ski equipment has also rendered distinctions generally obsolete. What can be done to enhance and diminish the gender gap? First, we all need to begin to dispel myths and understand how stereotypes truly limit options. Do you think you are aware of gender distinctions? Read and answer these questions? A Brief Test On Gender [Answer Each As True Or False]

1. Women, more than men, discuss non-personal issues with friends. 2. Women, more than men, talk more in mixed groups.

Gender based differences present a challenging area for society, and for teachers and coaches. In a basic way, men and women presently engage in a conversation of frustration: people continually misread the other gender. Of course, people often misread differences. And people too often do not understand that there are simply different ways to talk, listen, and evaluate communication. The article was begun with a brief look at one skier, Cheryl. Like many skiers, gender stereotypes guided her instructor’s initial assessment. It happens. But too often this sharply decreases the overall impact and leads to a less than ideal learning experience. Simply put, societal and gender stereotypes dramatically shape and impact the way that both and women perceive each other. Fundamentally, this article examined the ways men see women, and women see men. More than this, it emphasized the fact that stereotypes do limit options – and opportunities. As professional ski teachers the challenge is to look beyond the stereotypes. The best teachers, I think, have always done that. The challenge, now, is for all of us to take that perspective. Carpe Diem. Dr. Tony D. Crespi is presently Professor of Psychology and Core Faculty, School Psychology Program, The University of Hartford [CT]. A Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, he has served as both a Ski School Supervisor and Development Team Coach. A 13


Gateway to Opportunity - origins A MSM perspective, by JP Chevalier

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ong gone are the days that we were children playing in elementary school yards during class recess. If you reflect back to those days and the games that we played, you might remember there always seemed to be certain children that dominated the bat, ball, hula hoops, skipping ropes and other socially interactive sporting equipment and toys. Competition for controlling these items ranged from easy to hard depending on a wide variety of issues. In all cases, the social network of friends, alignment of ideals and values, personal communication styles, along with the faculty controlling distribution of equipment seemed to set things apart, allowing some children to be more successful in the school yard, compared to others. There are parallels in our ski and ride schools: a people intensive environment and getting work or having a job is much like getting to play; there are valuable insights which may improve your quest for recognition of your skills, personal performance and value proposition. So who are you and how does this obscure perspective pertain to you? One scenario is that you are looking to move to another school; getting a job as a pro these days is harder than ever. Most schools are reducing head count and offering fewer positions, so you’d better be focused on being competitive if you want to be offered entry into a new school (yard). Well-written resumes, solid references, sharp presentation skills and a good client-request track record are requisite and in school yard terms, will get your hands on the bat. More diversified skills and PSIA-AASI 14

accreditations and certifications will enhance your chances of acceptance. It is this kind of pro, the one who can be deployed to any guest profile or discipline, which is valued beyond the rest. It is noteworthy to keep in mind your reputation travels with you. What you did in your past is what you need to do on arrival to a new school. Establishing rookie credentials is essential for “newbees.” Becoming the new hot, aspiring rookie, has some basic elements and ingredients. This process starts with your application and continues the moment you step into your locker room and put on your uniform. It expands throughout orientation, into the first stages of basic training and to the end of the season. Being attentive, retaining information, displaying eager eye contact, being inspirational when you interact with people, speaking well, dressing the part and playing the part when its time to slide, conducting pleasant and informative dialogue with guests… all play a huge role in getting started. Supervisors assign students, class levels and privates. Ask yourself, how high are you on their priority list and what are you doing to increase your odds of being assigned? It’s similar to faculty at school recess getting ready to hand out sporting equipment. Who gets the bat and ball? Here are some hints to being a star rookie. Be proactive by portraying willingness to work every day, anytime, up to the end of the season. Deliver great guest experiences and seek education beyond the in-house school training, by becoming a member of PSIA-RM-AASI and engaging in ITC Level 1 or accreditations

to build your profile and dominate as a rookie in your school. Remember there are two types of pros: those that wait for the school to give them work and those that generate their own work. Rookies that grasp this will have a bright, long career as part-time or full-time employees. “Go with a Pro” is a spectrum; ranging from second season Level 1 certified pros with a few months under their belts, to fully certified veterans with a lifetime of experience. All levels of pros seem to be on various paths including being on an upward development track, stalling on plateaus and or on the decline. Stay on the first two tracks to avoid being dropped. PSIARM-AASI Curriculum Guide offers a broad range of avenues to stay on a development pathway. In fact, there’s a lifetime of education, accreditation and certification available for those that want to master every game on the mountain – i.e. Adaptive, Alpine, Nordic Snowboard. If you work hard to blend PSIA-RM-AASI credentials, with the softer skills of client care, guest experience management, genuine relationship marketing and buddy up with other pros to create a profound referral network, you probably sit on top of your schools pecking order. Most ski & ride schools are reporting fewer students around our meeting places. More pros have less work and a select few are enjoying their best seasons ever. How are they doing this? Are they tricky sales people? Maybe but I don’t think so… Value proposition is the key for most. All student guests are looking for quality time from their lesson duration. They enter our Schools through cheap lesson deals, premium & expensive lesson offers, packaged deals and a range of multi day discounts schemes as the initial door opener. Once in, repeat business is a result of the time they spent with you that makes the value proposition a sweet deal and a reason to return. Cost is not the final arbitrator. Key is Value; it which is something pros can control to a great extent. Like in every school yard, if there are only a few sporting equipment items available to use amongst a large number of children, some children will find ways to manipulate their environment and people around them in a positive direction, to get to play. Sadly some don’t figure it out and end up hanging on the fence with nothing to do. You decide your level of Commitment to PSIA-RM/AASI WINTER 2009


excellence and the “Value” you wish to project. Part-time pros have very different motives to full-timers. Whatever your aspirations are, know your member school programming i.e. products, prices, times and locations, leverage it and stay on top of the pro ranking list by tapping into both in-house member school training and the PSIA-RM-AASI curriculum. As Snowsports professionals, just let somebody in your school or division know you want to grow. There are many talented people that will share their knowledge and experience to help you be great. A concluding thought: pros deliver value to our guests. It is a perceived value and it comes in all forms. How you decide to improve the guest value perception is up to you but remember - over teaching is generally not the best value proposition, so be careful and use our PSIA-RM-AASI educational content wisely and strategically. I fervently hope you have fun introducing the fundamentals of our gravity sports to beginners, de-stress those that are stressed, safely challenge the thrill seekers and ease through the day for those that are simply looking for an escape from their day to day routine. Take time to link the lesson experience to creating a high sense of value and our guests will thoroughly enjoy spending time with you, on our beautiful mountains. As pros, you are their gateway to the value proposition – be special! JP Chevalier currently is the Chair for the PSIA-RM-AASI, Member School Management, Director Skier & Golf Services at Copper Mountain, former National Alpine Team Member, and has 30 years experience in the industry ranging from East to West coast USA, Europe, Asia, New Zealand & Australia. A

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS Please make a note that office hours for the months of June, July and August are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The office is closed on Fridays for the summer.

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Need PSIA clinic? How about trying something new... Those Nords are at it again. PSIA-RM Nordic has two special events just for you: On Jan 13th we are holding a “Learn to Skate” clinic and on Jan 14th a “Learn to Telemark” clinic. These clinics will be held concurrently at many ski areas throughout our division. Discounted rental equipment will most likely be available for participants. Take one, or come to both clinics! Look for these events in the upcoming Curriculum Guide. See you there!!!

Thanks to all the Rocky Mountain member schools for your support during the 2009-10 season! We truly appreciate your support in providing meeting space, helpfulness when events are held at your areas and donation of lift tickets.

Adaptive Adventures Adaptive Athletic Specialists Adaptive Ski Program-Santa Fe Adaptive Sports Association Adaptive Sports Center of Crested Butte Angel Fire Ski School Arapahoe Basin Arizona Snowbowl Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center Breckenridge Ski & Ride School Challenge Aspen Challenge New Mexico Colorado Discover Ability Copper Mt. Ski & Snowboard School Crested Butte Ski & Snowboard School Echo Mountain Park Eldora Ski School Eldora Special Recreation Program Enchanted Forest Nordic Ski School Ernie Blake Ski School Eskimo Ski & Board Club Foresight Ski Guides, Inc. Gold Run Nordic Center Keystone Ski & Snowboard School Lake City Ski Hill Loveland Ski School Monarch Ski & Snowboard School National Sports Center for the Disabled

Never Summer Sun & Ski Sports Pajarito Ski School Powderhorn Ski & Snowboard School Purgatory at Durango Mtn Resort Red River Ski School Rookie Academy Sandia Peak Ski School Santa Fe Ski School SheRide Snowboard Camp Sierra Club InnerCity Outings Sipapu Ski School Ski Apache Ski School Ski Cooper Ski School Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Snowboard Outreach Society Snowy Range Sol Vista Basin Ski School at Granby Ranch STARS Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School Steamboat Ski Touring Center Sunlight Ski & Snowboard Education Center Sunrise Ski School Telluride Adaptive Sports Program Telluride Ski & Snowboard School Vail Ski & Snowboard School Vail Nordic Center Vista Verde Ranch Nordic Center Winter Park Ski & Snowboard School Wolf Creek Ski School

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Are you a growth oriented professional looking to join a high quality organization? Be a part of the leading edge Winter Park Resort’s Ski & Ride School which was the innovator of Guest Centered teaching! The Ski & Ride School at Winter Park Resort is currently accepting applications for Full-time and Part-time Level II & III Adult and Kids Ski & Snowboard Instructors positions for the 2010/2011 winter season. Winter Park Resort is located in the beautiful and still wild Grand County, Colorado, averages snow totals of 365,” hosts a base area of 9000 feet and is home to the mogul capital of the U.S.A… Mary Jane, extremely Colorado.

Keystone Ski & Ride School is hiring for 2010/11 season. We are looking for instructors to teach skiing and snowboarding to both adults and children of all ages and levels. Specific positions available include: • PSIA Level 1, 2 and 3 Certified Ski Instructors • AASI Level 1, 2 and 3 Certified Snowboard Instructors • Bilingual Spanish Speaking Ski or Snowboard Instructors We reimburse our returning instructors’ PSIA/AASI certification exam fees. Log on to www.skijob1.com or email KeystoneSkiandRide@ vailresorts.com for specific opportunities.

Apply online today at www.skiwinterpark.com/employment or contact the Human Resources Recruiting Office for further information. Email: wpjobs@skiwinterpark.com Phone: 970.726.1536 Website: www.skiwinterpark.com/employment

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Congratulations to the 2009/10 Exam Candidates ALPINE CERTIFIED LEVEL I

Kenneth J. Abeita, Nella A Aiello, Geoffrey B Aiken, Nicolas U Ainstein, Megan Allen, Terry Allen, Jennifer Ambacher, Caroline A Amell, Tom Amshey, Francine E Anderson, Jordan L. Antonucci, Ignacio M. Auriemme, Joshua M Bangle, Patrick D Barton, Bruce P. Baumann, John Beach, Thomas D Beauregard, Kyle Beck, Todd C. Beckum, Terry J Benesh, Christine S Benetti, Amy E Beresford, Meredith M Berven, Amy N. Birtwistle, Leslie M Bixel, Melissa L. Bixler, Karen D. Blackmore, Sarah L Blaine, Jordan E Blake, Jonathan Blansfield, Cynthia L Boisvert, Ry M. Bolton, Patricia L Bonner, Steve Booren, Alexander B Boucher, Rebecca L Bowerman, William M. Bowers, Nancy S. Boyd, Eileen C Bradley, Lynne C Bridgman, Melissa S Brodin, Ben A Brown, David R Brown, Tim E. Brown, Katherine B. Bruzdzinski, Wendy W Bryant, Nicole M Burgess, Barry S Burkhart, Julie E Burruss, Nancy B Burton, William C Caffry, Erin F. Cahill, Jeff Cahill, Dee A Campbell, Nyssa G Capps, Dakota K Carlson, Scott Carr, Dina A. Castor, Adam C Catevenis, Matthew E. Celesta, Robin L Child, Ryan P Christopher, Kathleen E Clabby, Anthony R Clapp, Alexandra D Clark, Marshall W. Cleveland, Sean E Colley, John Conneely, Mike E Coonan ,Thomas A Cope, Brett C. Cornish, Georgina J Cornwall, Sloan W. Covington, April K. Cox, Stewart Crawford, Rachel M Croft, Louis C. Crooks, Drew Crosby, Brent D Crouch, Elizabeth J Culver, Patricia K Dabrowska, Paula Dambski, Sara Davies, Alison M. Davis, Mitchell C Davis, Trudy A Davis, Martin Dawson, Julian De Giusto, Eric DeBergh, Dan Dengler, Lauren T Dines, Paul A DiVittorio, John R. Dorner, Sara B. Doster, Sabrina H Dreffer, Dean L Drizin, Pamela Duke, Aspen R Dukes, Gene J Duncan, Kevin P Dunlevy, Karen J Dunn, Abigail Eagye, Elizabeth L Earhart, Stephen C Eckert, Duane S. Eitel, Natasha L Ellwood, Kathleen L Fair, Evan C Fairmont, Veronica Fandrich, Lily A. Fehler, Jacob V Felton, Neal C Ficker, Mike R Finkbiner, Anna R Finkelstein, Benjamin Finn, Adrian J Floreani, Alisen M Fluke, Katherine E Flynn, Robert A Foley, Augusta F. Foshay-Rothfeld, Simone A. Franklin, Mercedes C Friend, Clint N Frost, Candice M Funni, William P. Gaertner, Arthur O. Gallegos, Peter Gates, Joseph G. Gdovin, Patrice K Gibson, James Gilbert, Jack A Gillum, Nancy Gilmore, Scott C Gilmore, Christopher R Glynn, Craig Glynn, Phillip B. Godbout, Heidi A Godsil, Aaron J. Goeller, Carlos J. Gonzales Gomez, David P Goodman, Colleen A Goodrich, Matthew D. Gordon, Chris M. Gorga, Flynn O Govern, Joe W Graham, II, Laura EL Green, Nick H Green, Mike P Gregory, Joanna H Grenawalt, Marcus Griffin, Angela Griffith, Armand R Groffman, Hilary Gross, Dominic J. Grosso, Sacha J Haas, Matthew M. Hagen, Andrew A Halley, Amber L. Hanley, Hilary Harrington, Logan C Harris, Suzanne M Hay, Hernan P Heit, Evan Henrich, Betsy Hill, Pamela L. Hill, Phil Hoegel, Morgan M Holpuch, Nancy K Holst, Timothy M. Holton, Michael D Horn, Jacob L. Horns, Frank Howard, Stuart Howe, Bennett J. Hrabovsky, Misha R Hudak, Greg D. Huffaker, Brett Hughes, David R Hussong, Joseph M Huston, Ronald W Hyatt, Jamie J Hyndman, Eric G Internicola, Barbara M Jalo, Ryan M Jarvis, Harry J Jasper, Regina I. Jenner, Christian E Jensen, Robert A Jensen, Sharon M. Jirik, William C Jirsa, Andrew Johnson, Austin M. Johnson, Kevin J. Johnson, Mark E Johnson, Ryan A. Johnson, Lindsay M Jones, Nicholas C.F. Jordan, Alice A Kaniff, Laura M. Karden, Christopher M Kassel, Sarah B Katt, Nina H Kazazian, Molly E Keating, Kathryn R Kemper, Koyt B. Kifer, David G Kilman, Maggie L Kimmich, Abigail E. King, Sarah E. King, Terry P King, Randolph D Kinyon, Nita F Kirwan, Kurt Knittle, Patty L Kohler-Overstreet, Lisa R. Kohlhepp, Winifred E. Krause, Jacquelyn M Kruger, Laura L. Kudo, Victoria L. Kuntz, Mary Catherine La Mar, Megan A Lagasse, Philip Lajaunie, Sarah A. Langlands, Gary R Lapidus, John J. Larned, Angela LaRosa, Craig E Lathram, Brian J. Lee, Tina Lee, Elizabeth A Leeds, Michael S Leeds, Douglas J Lesch, Bransilav Lestarevic, Jeffery A Lewis, Jon G. Liebendorfer, Erica Lindbloom, Todd A. Loomis, Michael J Lorton, Susan A. Lottes, Alexandra B Lubart, John F Luhmann, Walter L. Luke, III, Andres R Lynch, Carrie L. Maag-Brown, Richard D MacCutcheon, Bradley R Mackenzie, Will Madeira, Chris P Madison, Geoffrey H Malek, Daniel L Malone, David N Mangum, Courtney Manlove, Alice H. Mann, Megan M Markoff, Bettina Martens, Nathaniel W Martin, Casiana Martinez Galvez, Barry W. Mason,Leigh C. Mastin, Elke A May, Thomas B McArthur, Kelly M. McCoy, Roland B. McCullar, III, Cheryl L McCulloch, Christie A. McInnis, Elizabeth McKemie, Lindsey W McManus, Grace McNeil, Michele A Meininger, Christopher J Mellinger, Phillip S. Mellor, Cameron A Miller, Edwin A. Miller, John A Miller, Renee Miller, Yung C Ming, Michael N Mintz, Brydon S Mitchell, Rob W Mitchell, Laurien Moes, Dmitry Molotchev, Kris A. Monaghan, Santiago E Mones Ruiz, Harvey N Monroe, Jr., Thomas F Moore, Richard J Moran, Eric J Mordhorst, David S Morris, Jesse Morse, Naomi T. Movshovich, Timothy K Mowry, Alison S Mulholland, Patrick R Murphy, Henry D Myers, Leah V Nakamoto, Theresia L. Neuman, Mark J Newman, Mel L Nielsen, Abigail F Nilsson, Danelle Hughes Norman, Carl Novick, Peter J Nowak, Terry L Oakes, Liza H O’Connor, Sean P O’Donnell, Katie I Oestrike, Karen M Offer, Robin R. Ohlhausen, Connor O’Neil, Sean P O’Neill, Emily P. Oppenheimer, Marta Orpiszewska, Carin LP Orr, Rhidian DW Orr, John A Ozaluk, Jesse A Pacheco, Diane F. Pack, Jeff Paddock, Lauren V. Parker, Caroline H. Paschal, Elizabeth M Peacock, Rebecca Peet, Andrea D Peters, Kristen L. Pinkham, Betty A Poeschel, Nicholas C. Porcaro, Kenneth A Portz, Alexandre Prem, Shannon M Price, James E. Prier, Fredrick M. Provenzano, Michael E Pullen, David A. Ratcliffe, Bryan H Redding, Kyle E Rickert, Alyson S Ridgway, Diana M Riggs, Benjamin L. Roberts, Mimi M Roberts, Benjamin Roble, Linda K Rogers, Benjamin Rogoff, Danielle V. Rohde, Lisa E Rome, Courtney S Rose, John M Ross, Karine Rostad, Jim Rottman, Anastasia E Roy, James C Ruh ,Amy E. Rumack, Ron Rusnak, Alan L Sabo, Robert L. Saddler, Monique Saenz, Daniel C. Salinas, Alejandro Savina, John G Schanck, Eric A. Schankerman, Isaac Schilling, Cabel A. Schoen, Patrick J Schule, Adam W. Schwartz, Lance H Secretan, Channing G. Seideman, Kathryn Seidman, Cynthia A Senko, Sameul P Shaefer, Lauren E. Shaeffer, Juliann C Sharpley, Christopher A Shipp, Greg W Shoops, Chad M Shoulders, Vincent M. Simonetti, David M. Skinner, James C. Slagle, Matt Slaton, Sally R Slaughter, Kim A Sloan, Jeffrey S. Sluka, Lauren T Smith, Rick Smith, Michael P Sofka, Andrew R Spickert, Nicolas J. Stelmack, Lars E Stenstadvold, Jessica M Stepleton, John P Stewart, Mary Anne Stickler, Merrill Stillwell, Michael G Stockmal, Mark R. Stockwell, Kent S. Stottlemyer, Kate L Strassman, Stefanie E Strecher, Georgia Strickland, Charles R. Stumm, Rebecca F. Sullivan, Erik R. Sweet, Robert Tacchino, Jennifer M. Thayer, Michael W Thomas, II, Carl M. Thompson, Holly K Tiemann, Cathy C Tierney, Brian P Tinder, Jenene Tokarczyk, Monty F. Traister, Nicole J Trenck, Julie Urbanek, Peter M. Vanderwerf, Melvin L Vaughn, Jr., Laurens Verhagen, Amy C Voss, Madison J Walker, Lauren E Wallace, Stephanie M. Walton, Elizabeth G. Watters, William N Watters, Jr., Kelly D Webb, Sheri L. Weinert, James Welch, Jason T Wendt, Whitney M. Wertz, Peace L. Wheeler, Angela M White, Reva M Wilcox, Jonathan R Williams, Morgan B Williams, Emily E Wills, Mignon L Wills, Sue Wilson, Robert J Wolf, Shelley Sue Woll, Andrew J Worth, Hunter Wright, Brendan Wu, Ian F Yaffe, Heather N Yanhko, Daniel E Zambeck. 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ALPINE CERTIFIED LEVEL II Nikolas F. Anastas, Agostina M. Baccanelli, Thomas J Bacsanyi, Steve A. Baird, Gabriel O Benel, David L Bergerson, Julieta Bianchi, Sarah L Blaine, Gary M Blamire, Raymond V Bowers, David G Brown, Marian T Brown, Nicole M Burgess, Renee S Collins, Kyle D Costello, Jim T. Daniel, Nicholas T Davis, Kirsten R DeGroat, Felipe M Ehrlich Moreno, Scott C. Evans, Evan C Fairmont, Brett Fanning, Diana H Feinson, Molly K Garraghan, David C. Gehman, Chera L. Gleason, Patrick L Gleason, Evan A Glover, Barry R. Goldkind, Angus L Graham, Joe W Graham, II, Alison J Greer, Curt D Hammill, Barry Hanson, Lilly D Hardin, John R. Hartmann, Karen Harvey, Matthew C. Hecht, Daniel T. Hess, Chris M Hoffbauer, Morgan M Holpuch, Craig S Huddleston, Ryan M Jarvis, Christian E Jensen, William C Jirsa, Teresa E. Jones, David D. Keefe, Roxanna Kobziar, Howard B Krieger, Stacy Lake, Richard C. Longlott, Barbara S Lott, Julia H Makowski, Francisco Matteri, Alison McKegney, Katie McKirahan, John M Meinig, Doug R. Menix, Joe Messmer, Dmitry Molotchev, Gary J Moss, Nicole Mucciolo, Timothy J. Murphy, Jeffrey Nadas, Betsy L Nevin, Ashley C Nowygrod, Emily E Oatis, Karen M Offer, Thomas J. Owens, Ximena Paredes Arbues, Zachary A Paris, James C. Perkins, Casey J Piscura, Ian A Pomerantz, Jonathan W. Prince, John E. Putnam, Jr., Priscilla Repton, Andrea B Rosenthal, Josh Ross, Jonathan T Rowley, Ann Marie Sanders, Wolf V. Scheiblberg, Ryan M. Shea, Erin K. Sigerson, Adam R. Smith, Kurt R Spiegel, Kate Stepan, Michael G Stockmal, Georgia Strickland, Elliott Suckow, Garry A. Tapp, Sam G Wallack, William N Watters, Jr., Benjamin R Weigle, Wade H White, Ryan K Whiteneck, Jacob R. Wilkes, Jonathan R Williams, Nathan P Williams, Brooke M Wilson, Darren X. Wong, Stephen L. Wood, Mike F Woodard, Stephanie M Zodtner.

ALPINE CERTIFIED LEVEL III Karen F. Adams, Jeffrey J Bennett, Rick L Boucher, Libor Bystron, Bill T. Cropper, Dusty De Lario, Francis V. Do, Alejandro N Duret, Marc L. Fernandes, Thomas O Gulden, Jeff W. Harriman, Christine Shaner Horning, Margot E. Kaminski, Jay P. Kenney, Susan S Lee, Rebecca Mashburn, Erin T. McGovern, George E Ogden, III, Sophie Ozaneaux, Madeline L. Phillips, Jeff S Preston, Michael 18

P. Raevsky, Dianne L. Rowston, Samantha Ml Sidwell, Britton D. Skusa, Mike G. Swan, Erik Trabka, Nicholas A Warndorff.

ALPINE TRAINER’S ACCREDITATION Wayne Conn, Andy Gould, Thomas Gulden, David holt, Laura Morvay, Matt Tomasko.

ALPINE BASIC FREESTYLE ACCREDITATION Karina Alder, Philip Anderson, Karin Augusiewicz, Pablo Baez, Jonathan Ballou, Thomas Banks, Sara Bartlett, Berkowitz, Joshua, Annie Black, Chris Candow, Jay Chambers, Christopher Chaput, Virginia Creak, Chuck Creen, Douglas Decoursey, Kirsten DeGroat, Alisa Elliott, Chris Ellis, Kipp Ertl, Gabor Ferenczi, Tim Tink, Andrew Fisher, Joshua Fogg, Katie Fry, James Gentry, Stacey Gerrish, William Glaser, Noah Goldmann, Michael Haas, Kris Hagenbuch, John Hartmann, Kristen Heath, Tanja Heller, Adam Heller, Grant Herdrich, Brian Hipona, Amy Hoerter, Angie Hornbrook, Katheryne Howe, Michael Jacobs, Michael Jensen, Joanne Kates, Stefan Kienle, Mary Kiernan, David Kline, , Heather Lafferty, Sevie LaRoche, Kevin Lee, Max Leidigh, Gates Lloyd, Jennifer Losch, James Lyman, Rob Mahan, Simon Marsh, Jamie Maybon, Jeffrey Maybon, Alan Mayfield, Bill McCawley, Erin McGovern, Dave McGuire, Kent McInnis, Rebecca McNamee, Justin McQuarrie, Jenn Metz, Todd Metz, Jenna Olson, Caz Parker, Nicolo Pecori, Randy Pelson, Cesar Piotto, Kathryn Pitner, Stephanie Reynolds, Michael Rothrock, Carlos Salazar, David Schuat, Squatty Schuler, Jim Shaw, Burt Skall, Ray W Smith, Birrion Sondahl, Meg Sutton, Mariana Tedin, Steve Trout, Evan Vomacka, Mike Waters, Joseph Webster, Kevin White, Larissa Wild, John Wiltgen.

ALPINE INTERMEDIATE FREESTYLE ACCREDITATION John Carey Jr., Renn Ferrell, II; Gregory Gull Jr., Alex VanCuren.

ALPINE ADVANCED FREESTYLE ACCREDITATION Travis Crooke, Jamie Lawson.

SNOWBOARD CERTIFIED LEVEL I Derek J. Abt, Daniel P. Albert, Ingo B Albrecht, William H Allen, III, Fred Annes, Mathew R Bauer, Richard Beardmore, Tony C Bearzi, Jason B. Beausoleil, Alexa Bennett, Don L Bennett, Kara K. Benz, John M Beran, Jerry Berg, Erika Berger, Jay B Block, Clay D. Bodell, Matthew Z Bonnell, Brittni A Braun, Moritz E. Brinkama, Pedro Vidal Brocchi, Derek J Brouwer, Beau E Brown, Briggs Brown, Matthew J Budenholzer, Naomi E. Burke, Kathryn J. Campbell, Rebecca M. Carson, Calvin E Carter, Taryn K Chee, Christopher Chrzan, Joseph Cimini, Seth Coffman, Margaret E Cole, Connell, Robert, Michelle A Dabrowski, Jim F. Davey, Tabitha C Delahanty, Andres Delfino, Howard W Denton, McKaila R. Dorman, James A Duffield, David Earle, Scott Ehlers, Jacqueline M Elder, James D Engle, Stephanie Engle, Ginger A Essex, Cody Gale, Alyssa M Gardner, Mark E. Gates, Maria Gay, Lauren E Gearhart, Miesha Lee Gibson, Tom Gibson, Christopher Gilbane, Garnet Ms Glaze, Nikki Glazer, Justin Globerson, Julie L Golton, Julie L Golton, Christin Gosnell, Andrew Graham, James Graham, Daniel Gregory, Scott L Guttman, Jill Harty, Makena J Hawley, Murray V Heminger, Brittany Y. Herr, Miles Herrmann, Nicholas J Hill, Hayley Hobson, Colette V. Holst, Patrick Homer, Noah Hopkins, Eli Horowitz, Andrew Y Huang, David R Hussong, Emily R Jackson, Melissa M. Jacquez, Ryan M Jarvis, Ian D Johnson, Marlo Jones, Taylor R. Jones, Chloe E. Keeney, James Kennicutt, Patricia A Kent, Raymond Kern, Dillon L. Kimberlin, Max C Klemm, Alex G Krause, Misty L Landoll, Shannon K Lane, Michael J Lanphere, Elijah D. Leavens, Derek R. Lennon, Corwin D Leonard, Andrew Lewis, Gregory J Lock, Edward Lucero, Daniel Lupa-Chazan, Danny Madden, Alan Madero, Carlos S. Maestas, Marc R Manko, Noah A Margolis, Scott W Marmulstein, Mariana Martins, Rebecca Mashburn, Robert Mathis, Jacqueline K McDermott, Scott McDonald, Shane E McDonald, Whitney S McGinnis, Kalani M McKay, Aaron M. McLaughlin, Jason Meiners, Stephanie L Merritt, Elizabeth Michael-Trumbull, Nicola Milgrom, Jamie Y Mills, Sean M Molcsan, Phil A Montoya, Carey E Moran, Ben J Murphy, Cari A Murphy, J Bryan Myers, Michael L Neubert, Eric PSIA-RM/AASI WINTER 2009


D Neumeister, Jesse M. Newman, Gilbert O’Brien, Kaitlin E O’Hara, Raymond Ortiz, Meghan J. O’Toole, Josh Paine, Amanda K. Painter, Troy Payne, Alyssum S. Pilato, James E. Prier, Vladislav Pryakhim, Diego R Pulenta, Jeanie Puro, Matthew A Razo, Joseph Redmond, Philip M Reynolds, Jeffery D. Riggin, Edward M. Roach, John A Robinette, Davin Rose, Tom F. Ross, Amanda E Ruland, Laura E Russell, Giovanni Sa, Javier Saint-Jean, Tyler M Schafer, Timothy A Schulz, Christopher Sears, Guy T. Sedillo, Adir Sharon, Caleb Sizemore, Jonathan A Skloven-Gill, Dave Smith, Kirk A Smith, Ryan P Smith, Rob S. Souder, Sam N Speak, Jeremy P Steinhauer, Alexandra D Swain, Richard Taleghani, Molly E Tedesche, Samuel Thompson, Nicole Trombetta, Ross Wagner, Karl D. Watson, Jeffrey J. Williams, Stephen P Witherspoon, Petur Workman.

SNOWBOARD CERTIFIED LEVEL II Noah Annes, Gabriel J Baer, Mathew R Bauer, Stuart M Berryman, Nicolas J Braun, James R. Carpenter, Erin E. Coburn, Jonathan B. Cooper, Jennifer M Fischer, Jeannine A Garcia, Christian F H Hayward, Kyle S Herman, Thomas N. Jones, IV, Cecilia L Kunstadter, Michael J Landgren, Nick Lemrise, Florence Linet, Mariah E. Lowinske, Deacon R Maloney, Shane E McDonald, Kalani M McKay, Cody P Molland, Josh A. Muzzy, Michael L Neubert, Kathleen D. Perino, Grant T. Roberts, Adir Sharon, Tracy H Stribling, Michael E. Tentindo, Samuel Thompson, Zackary V Walters, John F Werner, Matt D. Wohlgemuth, Elliott Young, Mia Yue.

SNOWBOARD CERTIFIED LEVEL III Scott Berger, Juraj Boda, Bryant E. Boucher, Michal Darila, Katie A. Davies, Michael A. Dunworth, Adam J Edwards, Jac Ferrari, Christopher R Hensley, Juan A. Kaczorkiewicz, Scott B. Lorberbaum, Mike McKellar, Nicholas L. Reichstein, Michael B. Roberts, Andrew N. Spitz, Charles W. Thomas.

SNOWBOARD TRAINER’S ACCREDITATION Mark Lawes, Jacob Levy, Sam Reighstein, Matt Voegtle, Eringiri Watts. WINTER 2009 PSIA-RM/AASI

SNOWBOARD FUNDAMENTAL FREESTYLE ACCREDITATION Steven Clark, Alyssa Fachini, Miles Henson, Kevin Jacobs, Massoud Mike Khavari, Scott Lorberbaum, Joseph Mahan, Erica Marciniec, Jonathan Mirsky-Cohen, Jon Quitasol, Clark Rothey, Jonathan Weers, Benjamin Welsh, Jacob Wilkes.

SNOWBOARD INTERMEDIATE FREESTYLE ACCREDITATION Bryant Boucher, William Duffy, Greg Hansen, Jacob Levy, Brennan Metzler, Wade White.

SNOWBOARD ADVANCED FREESTYLE ACCREDITATION Ronald Barr

ADAPTIVE LEVEL 1 MODULES Michael D Acres, Matthew Bates, Jacqueline Carbone, Jeffra L Clough, Mats H Cooper, Diana Christine Cutler, Erin M Dicke, Erin L Dowd, Micaela E. Duarte, Frank F. Espinoza, Abby L. Finkel, Sarah L. Flint, David A Hryckowian, Catherine E. Joliat, Timothy J. Kugler, Michael I. Lampl, Steven F Langion, Stacey B. Lunn, Sonia C Marzec, Hannah M. McKee, Gabriel E Mead, Philippe A. Mickelson, Erica A. Peterich, John R. Porter, Lindsay J Records, Robert S Rohrer, Carter Thomas, Marie N Ulven, Laura B. Weiner, Matt D. Wohlgemuth, Catherine A Zinn,

ADAPTIVE CERTIFIED LEVEL II Gabriel O Benel, Trey Brown, Shuei Kato, Angela M White.

ADAPTIVE CERTIFIED LEVEL III Charley P. Phelan

CHILDREN’S ACCREDITATION Chris Abell, Robert Amann, Ted Amenta, Analia Bejanele, Matthew Bianchetto, Juliet Bianchi, Heather Boylan, Chris Brockman, Marian Brown, Rachel Buckley, Lynn Buh-

lig, Chris DeFrates, Douglas Decoursey, Jan Degerberg, Ruth DeMuth, Nick Echave, Steve Edberg, Alisa Elliott, Paul Ericson, Michele Fuller, Carlos Gancedo, Patrick Gleason, Noah Goldmann, Sabine Greger, Gregory Gull Jr, Chris Hagen, Kris Hagenbuch, Dane Harbaugh, Kristen Heath, Adam Hendry, Miles Henson, Thomas Hogeman, Ethan Houle, Layton Ives, Sarin Jennings, E Gay Johnson, Jason Kaminsky, Tim Kenney, Zachary Kinler, Neil Lande, William Lavington, Julie Lavington, Mark Lawes, Richard Lawrence, David H Lewis, Craig Lowman, Walter Luke, Joseph Mahan, Robert Martens, Edward Marzec, Robert Masson, Justin Miller, Thomas Newmann, Gregory Nienhouse, George Ogden, Stephen Phares, Benjamin Pleimann, Amy Poussard, Nic Ratliff, Blaine Roeder, Clark Rothey, Katherine Schorling, David Schroeder, David Schuiling, Michael Shapiro, Adam Smith, Naomi Smith, Rachel Sowers, Bruce Stolbach, Barbara Szwebel, Melissa Templet, Linda Townsend, Eric Treadwell, Keith Van Iderstine, Eringiri Watts, Stephen Weiss, Patrick Wild, Debra Williams, Jennifer Wilson ,Molly Wilson, Silvia Zuppelli.

NORDIC TELEMARK LEVEL 1 Allison B Aichinger, Adam C Buechley, Larry F. Buechley, Nancy L. Buechley, Jacke Buratovich, Betsy Frick, William T. Gordon, Vincent J. Keane, Mary A McHenry, Andrew B Smith.

NORDIC TELEMARK LEVEL 2 Karen A Carver, Aaron C Dallas, Tara L Gorman, James M Kennedy, Tracy E. McCurdy, Wendy Sue Nevins, Justin D. Osborn, Shannon L Reich, Leslie Resnick.

NORDIC TELEMARK LEVEL 3 Michael R. Haney, Edward F McCashion, Michael P. Raevsky, David R. Stoll, Tim B Stroh.

NORDIC CROSS-COUNTRY LEVEL 1 Harald W Niedl, Audrey R. Powell, David L Wallace.

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The following members were honored at the Vail Spring Fling party. Congratulations to all and thanks for being such great members over the years! 50-Year Members: Mark P. Addison Fred H. Ammer James W. Isham Jean Mayer. 45-Year Members: Lawrence Peter Beer Gary R Coleman Susan Tichenor Congalton Karl Forstner Franziska Heid Curtis Paul Johnson Susan Kern Sigi Klein William R LaCouter Margaret B Matter Kenneth D Oakes David N Perovich Lavelle C Saier David G Sanctuary James E Whitticom. 35-Year Members: David W Bertoni S Brown George W Burtch Lisa M. Fisher Kenton L Freudenberg J. Michael Heib John Gifford Hoback Stephen A Jentzen Ray J May John G McDonald Patrick Clair McDonald Charlotte McDuff Carl E Mori Robert W Morse Jay D. Natoli Ronald D Picariello Jacquelin Pyka Ewald Josef Rainer Tom S Reynolds

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Thomas J Richards Michael P Roca Mark Aaron Rondel Don Sawyer Larry Gene Schneider Christopher H Sheafe Carl B Smith Robin B Smith Arthur Staliwe Eric Tandy Susan H Thurston John Tillema Annie Vareille-Savath P David Walker Robert A Wilkens Joseph A Wilson Bruce Yanke Charles H Zurbuchen 25-year Members: David T Alonzo Jeannette Armbrustmacher Walter T Armstrong Guillaume Ashley Chris K Benziger T Donald Birnkrant Bruce C. Blair Jamie Blair Alan N Braunholtz Mindy Brill Mary D Brooks Robin W. Brown Jennifer Decker Buck Mary Cain Charles Y Choi Josefa P Crotty Eric D Ebeling Lori A Fennessey Carl Fesler Wayne A Fleming Michael K Forstner Donna Frank Thomas David Frazier

Karen Gallagher Jennifer George Dan Guberud Robert J Hamel E Damon Handley Andrew M Hanson William H Harris Marc Harrison Karen M Healy John S Henley Russell G Jones Gene King Beverly A Lehrer-Brennan Rebecca Levi-Cohen Shelley Longmire Kenneth Lubrant Dean Lundquist Myra Christine Marin Bennie L. McClung Herbert A Meyring Cara Nakata Joyce Newton Kim M Nottingham Bobby Palm Philip E Pittz, Jr. Stephanie Reynolds Charles Ristine James Nicholas Sanders Edward F Sciarrone Jim Shaw William Joe Simonds Michael Stecher Fred R Thomas Dee Ann Tibbetts Claire Toynbee M Effie Vranka Clay Wells Robin Mark Whitelaw Debra Ackerman Willits Tom Wynant Margaret Wynn

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Women’s Group at Vail

Spring Fling 2010

Congratulations to anniversary-year members and all who made it a great party!

THANK YOU! 45-year members attending

35-year members attending Spring Fling 2010

Congratulations to anniversary-year members and all who made it a great party!

THANK YOU! 45-year members attending

35-year members attending

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25-year members attending

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