Our Mission

Promote exceptional standards at all levels and disciplines of snow sport instruction. Build leadership in individuals through education, training and adventure. Inspire a lifelong passion for snowsports, adventure, and the mountain experience. Connect snowsport instructors of the world together in order to share, learn and grow.

Who We Are

The Western Division of Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA-W) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI-W), is one of nine divisions that make up the American Snowsports Education Association (ASEA, the national umbrella organizations of PSIA and AASI).

PSIA was founded in 1961 to develop a standardized system for teaching people and to unify instructors throughout the country. Since then the ASEA has grown to include 29,000 members nationwide. We are a non-profit corporation with a 501 (c) (6) tax exempt status. The charitable arm of our organization is Professional Ski Instructors Western Education Foundation, a 501 ( c) (3) non-profit corporation. Our main purpose is to support our members and advance snowsport instruction and education in the disciplines of: Alpine, Nordic, Snowboarding, Children, Adaptive, as well as Backcountry.

PSIA-W/AASI members range from full and part time instructors to alumni members, who are retired from teaching. Many of our members come from professional backgrounds such as contractors, small business owners, pilots, doctors, lawyers, and teachers. They all bring a passion for snowsports to share with others.

Education & Certification Opportunities

We provide training, education, and certification for our members. We offer three levels of certification in four different disciplines: alpine, adaptive, nordic, and snowboarding. Our accreditation programs cover: free style, children, and seniors.

We offer a variety of educational events that range from teaching methodology, skiing/riding mechanics, personal improvement to women specific events, racing, and children’s programs, No matter how skilled you are, you can always improve. Becoming a member allows you endless opportunities to clinic with some of our countries top trainers whether your preference is alpine, snowboard, nordic track/skate/telemark, or if you have special interests in working with people who have physical or developmental disabilities.