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Absolutely AASI

Update from your AASI Advisor By Ted Fleischer

What to expect with the Children’s Specialist Course By Gary “Griz” Caudle, Advanced Children’s Educator (ACE) Team; Children’s Specialist 2

Alright, so you have signed up for the Children Specialist event, completed the workbook, taken the on-line quiz, and you are of the snowboard genera. Speaking with others who have gone before you, you begin to re-think your actions because they have touted the event as primarily alpine focused. WRONG! It is a children focused educational event. That means all children , and all disciplines; alpine, snowboard, and Nordic. The major emphasis at all Children Specialist events is how do we as “ski and snowboard” instructors teach children. When asked how a child thinks, acts, or develops physically, it makes very little difference what equipment they have chosen to put under their feet. I doubt, although we snowboarders like to think so, that a child will develop at a different rate cognitively, affectively, or physically because they have chosen snowboarding instead of skiing. Sure movements may affect the performance of equipment in different ways for different disciplines. What is important to remember is how does the child’s age affect the developmental process and the child’s ability to respond to our instruction? Keep in mind that we are teachers first, skiers and snowboarders second. We impart our knowledge about a passion for a sport. How this is done is what you have signed up for…to become a Children Specialist, not a skier or snowboarder specialist. So let your knuckles drag if you must, I do, and the kids love it. ■

After a summer that didn’t seem to want to end, and a fall that was reluctant to leave, we finally seem to be in the full flow of winter here in the east. The holiday guests have temporarily departed and now is the time that many of us turn to addressing our own training needs. You’ll see our schedule has a lot to offer again this season. If you look closely, you’ll notice that we paired a Level I exam with almost every AASI educational clinic offered this year. This is intended to make the roadtrip to events more fun and more affordable since it will be more likely that you’ll be able to travel to the event of your choice with a friend, even if they’re not yet a Level I member. The hope is that this makes it easier for everyone to get involved. All of our popular events are back such as the Freestyle camp at Okemo and the Trees camp at Jay Peak. Okemo’s pipe is always smoking hot with its own dedicated lift. Bring your swimsuit to Jay this year and check out the east coasts biggest indoor waterpark after you slay the trees all day! Feeling like this is your season to take that next level exam? We are also offering three level II exams this season. The first one is right around the corner at Mt Snow, VT and then there’s one at Timberline, WV for those of you hailing from south of the Mason-Dixon line. These are both followed by a Level II/III exam at Sunday River, ME near the end of the season. With a myriad of other riding improvement clinics like Steeps camp, Bumps, and Courdoroy and Carving you should be able to get to that next level in your riding and meet like minded riders at the same time. If you’re prepping for an exam or just want to improve the product you provide your guests, jump into an educational clinic (all on-snow) such as Teaching Concepts or Movement Anlysis just to name two. Hopefully, no matter what goals you’ve set for yourself, you and a couple of friends can make a roadtrip to a new mountain, or even an old favorite, and join us on the hill for a lot of riding, a bunch of skill development, and a little carefully controlled mayhem to spice things up. Looking forward to seeing you all on-snow soon. Think Snow. Ted ■

PSIA-E / AASI SnowPro • Winter 2012

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Winter 2012  

Volume 38, Number 4

Winter 2012  

Volume 38, Number 4

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