VIPrivileges Want to know what PSIA-E/AASI privileges you get as a member? Look for this column in each SnowPro and we will let you know what is new – or remind you of things you should be sure to take advantage of……. CONGRATULATIONS!!! The winner of this season’s Green Mountain Orthotic Lab (GMOL) Promotion is……. Brian Mieczkowski Eastern Division Region 6 Member Brian is an Alpine Level 2 member, soon to be going for his Level III, Part 2! He skis at Windham, NY, and teaches for the Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) at Windham. As the winner, Brian was rebated the cost of the footbeds he purchased at GMOL early this season. That’s worth $160! Because GMOL honors pro-form discounts for our members, between the pro discount and being the lucky winner, Brian saved $450 on his boots this year. Plus, he got the great service GMOL always provides! Thanks to Green Mountain Orthotic Lab for being such a great PSIA-E/AASI sponsor and supporter! If you need boots next season, be sure to consider going to Green Mountain Orthotic Lab in Stratton, VT, and enter next season’s contest.
Here is an update and/or reminder about some other programs running this season: BJ’s Wholesale Club “Fuel Your Fundraiser” Program This BJ’s Wholesale Club program is specific to 501-3C (non-profit) fund-raising efforts and, therefore, applies to the PSIA-E Education Foundation. The program was a great success again this year, raising $525 for the Foundation. We plan to work with BJ’s and offer this program again next October and November. Please watch for the announcement next fall, and be sure to participate (as well as offer it to friends you know who are BJ’s customers) as part of our fund-raising efforts. Each participant saves money and gets an extended membership, while the Foundation received $5 per membership. Thank you to all participating members (and friends of members!). SmartWool – 50% Pro-Discount and New SmartDeals too Be sure to look at the new products SmartWool has for keeping warm (and fashionable) this winter. PLUS, if you sign up as a SmartWool Pro, you will be able to take advantage of NEW SmartDeals, which provide even deeper discounts – to pros only. Sign up through the Eastern Division website.
Here is some info from PSIA/AASI National … Nords and ‘Boarders Rejoice! The expanded Movement Matrix is here! (And there is something for Alpine folks, too) Whether you’re improving your own teaching, studying for exams, or looking for that tip to jump-start your day, two NEW Snowboard and Nordic Movement Matrix modules are just the ticket. Like the recently updated Alpine module, these new additions to the Movement Matrix feature a selection filter that allows you to easily sort through video and written resources featuring hundreds of combinations of technique, skill, and snow conditions. The Snowboard module features Park & Pipe and All-Mountain Riding. The Nordic module includes Telemark, Skate and Classic sections. The $14.95 annual fee provides access to all three matrices! Log in to the Members Only section at www.psia. org or www.aasi.org and subscribe today! New Accidental Medical & Professional Liability Insurance Program One of the most highly anticipated benefits of PSIA-AASI membership is now available: Supplementary accident and professional liability insurance. These policies, designed specifically for snowsports instructors and offered through SportsInsurance.com, provide coverage during teaching or training for skiing and snowboarding. These policies are valid worldwide - including the USA and Canada - and are underwritten by certain underwriters at Lloyd’s, an A-rated company. PSIA-AASI members who are Level I and above, and in good standing, can get up to $50,000 in accidental medical coverage and up to $1 million in professional liability coverage for just $185 a year. Please visit www.psia.org or www.aasi.org for more information or to apply.
Choice Hotels International – Our Hotel Partner Nowadays, saving money is even more important than in the past, and our great arrangement with Choice Hotels has been providing our members with 15% off bookings for more than 3 years. Please keep supporting this great partner of PSIA-E/AASI, and keep receiving discounts by booking on-line or at 1-800-258-2847, and use our ID number 00802187. Check out all of our great EASTERN ONLY member benefits at http://www.psia-e.org/ms/eastbenefits/promotional/
PSIA-E / AASI SnowPro • Winter 2009
Volume 35, Number 4