Best Telemark Instructors Receive Top Spots On National Team
After a grueling four-day competition and selection process held April 17 – April 21 at Breckenridge, Colorado, the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) is pleased to announce the names of the PSIA-AASI members selected from 81 total candidates to serve on the 2016-20 PSIA-AASI team.
These 81 snowsports instructors, some of the best in the United States, converged upon the slopes of Breckenridge for the selection process and contended throughout the event with variable and challenging conditions. The selection process began on Monday for alpine and snowboard disciplines and on Tuesday for the nordic and adaptive disciplines.
“All candidates showcased their talents as some of the nation’s top-notch athletes and teachers,” said Dave Schuiling, PSIA-AASI director of education. “They really showed their stuff on steeps, chutes, bumps, and park and pipe. Everyone was required to undergo extensive interviews and conduct teaching clinics, give presentations, and demonstrate spot-on movement analysis – all under the watchful eye of examiners and selectors assigned to separate the very best from the best.”
The PSIA-AASI Team is formed every four years following a rigorous selection process that enables PSIA-AASI to select the nation’s best instructors to represent the association at the highest level. “The new PSIA-AASI team comprises 30 men and women selected from among the best instructors in the country,” said Ed Younglove, chairman of the PSIA-AASI Board of Directors. “These individuals represent the full breadth of the ski and snowboard disciplines: adaptive, alpine, alpine freestyle, cross country, telemark, and snowboard.”
The Role of the PSIA-AASI National Team
Under the accomplished direction of Team Manager Jeb Boyd, Coaches Michael Rogan (alpine), David Lawrence (nordic), Scott Anfang (snowboard), and Adaptive Team Captain Geoff Krill, the PSIA-AASI Team members will be instrumental in charting the course of snowsports instruction in the United States. Chief among their duties will be working with ski and ride schools throughout the country, conducting clinics, and representing PSIA-AASI as the public face of the organization.
“PSIA-AASI’s new team members will work to promote, support, and assist in the development of PSIA-AASI education programs and activities at all levels and in the fulfillment of the PSIA-AASI vision of inspiring life-long passion for skiing and snowboarding,” said Tom Spiess, PSIA-AASI’s interim CEO.
Team members have many responsibilities and even more opportunities. Based on the needs of the association, core team member responsibilities are to provide education support to PSIA-AASI divisions, support PSIA-AASI marketing and public awareness activities, participate in PSIA-AASI member communications, participate in national events (e.g., PSIA-AASI National Academy, Fall Workshop, and Fall Conference), support PSIA-AASI official suppliers, and represent PSIA-AASI at select international events.
Team members serve four-year terms.