Welcome to one of the most fun jobs you’ll ever have! After you take this course, you’ll learn a few things about being a snowsports instructor and have even more fun!
Follow one of the links below to access the free course used to help enhance your on-snow training and it’s a great way to learn more about your job. So, let’s get started. Here are the steps:
Already a PSIA-AASI member? Sign in using your current member login on file. It’s the same email and password used at thesnowpros.org
Create a user account on this website
Purchase the course – don’t worry it’s free, then follow the link on the order confirmation page
Complete the course, then share your results with your snowsports school via email and download/print a certificate to share at a later time
OK, let’s get started!
Earn your Credits;
Get ready for that Exam
Here’s what to expect:
These events will help you improve your personal skiing, riding, teaching. Come prepared to have fun, hone your skills and receive updates on divisional and national material. Help yourself with a strong training program for the season to reach your goals.
Certification Prep Clinics:
- Overview of the skills and knowledge required for all level exams, including materials and process updates.
- On-hill teaching presentations, teaching methodol- ogy and movement analysis with personal feedback
- Ins and outs of demos and tasks. What they are and
how to perform them.
- Personal and specific feedback on your performance in relation to the National Standards.
Education Improvement Clinics:
Education clinics will focus on Ski/Ride and Teach Improvement. You are guaranteed an amazing educa- tion experience and all mountain adventure no matter the snow conditions. All topics will include personalized coaching and feedback. Topics may include some of the following (weather and snow conditions permitting).
• Skill development and tactics for steep and ad- vanced skiing/riding.
• Off-piste and bump skills.
• Tactics for the conditions of the day. • Maximizing efficiency and fun.
• New teaching ideas and tools, when and how to use them.
• Efficient teaching progressions.
• Improving your movement analysis.
• Understanding cause and effect and then devel-
oping a progression from those observations.
- New ideas and tools to teaching children.
- In depth discussions of child behavior and how to
work with all ages, stages and attitudes.
- How to work with parents’ behaviors effectively
- Special needs children in groups.
More details on each of these events can be found at the links at the top of this article for each one. Also find all our events on the calendar.
This article appeared in print in our Fall Edge Newsletter in September 2017.
When asked for the solution to society’s woes, Henry David Thoreau famously quipped: “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity…” Well that quote has always stuck with me, partly because it’s brief (and redundant) enough so that a ski instructor like me might remember it, but primarily because it rings true to my experience about life, and more importantly – about skiing. As instructors we work hard to put things into simple terms for our guests. Straightforward makes sense. This season our new members will have one simple, affordable choice for Level 1 certification; a two day module. With input from trainers, resort operators, and accessing best practices from other PSIA-AASI divisions, we are working hard to implement this pathway to Level 1 certification. I believe this simplicity for prospective members portends many positives. We have revamped the exam outline to be engaging and experiential education-based. Resort Trainers will be relieved of the burden of administering the “in-house” certification, allowing them to focus on candidate engagement over evaluation. A simpler format decreases the ‘barrier of entry’ cost for the candidate and administrative cost to the PSIA-AASI West office. What isn’t changing is that there will still be level one tasks, demos, movement analysis and teaching. The national standard is still the standard. In conjunction with this change, as PSIA-W Education Staff training will focus on pedagogy with a capital P, the method and practice of teaching. This means facilitating ‘experiential education’ approaches to learning outcomes (not just lecturing on them.) Simplicity applies to all levels of certification, it’s what great instructors intuitively do. So, there you have it – simplicity in a nutshell – we are back to the basics again. So grab friends, spouse n’ family – tell them there is never a better time to train (or re-certify!) as a level one instructor! Can’t wait to ski ya on the slopes!
This article appeared in print in our Fall Edge Newsletter in September 2017.
Are you an enthusiastic, outgoing, people person who loves the mountains? If so, Big Bear Mountain Resorts is looking for you to join our team of ski and snowboard instructors for the 2017-2018 winter season. Enjoy the crisp, clean, sunny mountain air of Big Bear Lake. Above 6,700’ in elevation, Big Bear is the place to ski and ride in Southern California. Work alongside other outdoor enthusiasts. Experience the joy and love of teaching others how to ski and snowboard. Make some friends. Have a lot of fun. Earn some money and get multiple employee benefits, including free skiing and riding this season along with other discounts.
We teach all levels and all ages of skiers and riders, from beginners to experts. You need to have a love for people, for the mountains, and working outside. If you can ski and ride on blue, groomed runs, we will take care of the rest. There are multiple levels of involvement, starting with Holiday only employees, to Part-time, all the way up to Full-time. Our busy times are weekends and holidays, which works great around school and other work schedules.
All applications are through our link below. As of now, positions are open, and we are actively hiring. Our typical season is from Thanksgiving through the first two weeks of April. Expect as a first-year instructor to work from the beginning of December through the second weekend of April.
Joshua L Spoelstra
Ski and Snowboard School
Big Bear Mountain Resorts
Tel. 909 866-5766, Ext. 193
View the New Working Outline for the Level 1 Online Exam
If you still want to get your level 1 or your Snowboard Level 2 this season, we have some new events coming up!
You can go see them all and register at http://psia-w.org/calendar/
April 3 – Snowboard Level 1 Validation at Boreal
April 3-5 – Alpine level 1 exam at Mount Shasta Snow Park
April 4-5 – Snowboard Level 2 teach exam at Heavenly
April 9 – Snowboard and Alpine level 1 Validations at Bear Valley
April 9 – Snowboard Level 1 Validation at Mount Rose
April 15 – Alpine Level 1 Validation at Mount Rose
Did you Know PSIA-AASI West holds Freestyle Session Events? This is a 3 day focused freestyle training, you will have the opportunity to ride one of the best parks in North America with some of our best PSIA-AASI freestyle staff.
What is a Freestyle session?
A Freestyle Session is an education event and an exam all at once. While less structured than regular exams, attendees still have the opportunity to prove they meet the standards for PSIA-AASI Freestyle level 1, 2, or 3. It’s like an exam, but more “freestyle”, so to speak. When you sign up, you do not sign up for one specific level, but you attend and are given the level you deserve at the end. This way, if you do not have a level 1 but are riding and teaching in the park at an advanced level, you may receive your level 2 or even 3. Likewise, if you are going with a level 2 as your end goal but do not meet all the standards, you can still walk away with a level 1.
Who can attend?
If you have at least your Alpine or Snowboard level 1 and are a current member, you can attend. These events are for skiers and snowboarders of all park abilities. You are split into groups based on ability after the first day, so you will be able to ride with people who will push you within limits. So if you are working on your 720s and hit 50 footers with ease, no need to worry about being stuck in the first-timers park. If it is your first time in the park, don’t worry about having to hit the biggest features or being left behind. There’s something for everyone.
What can I expect each day going into a freestyle session?
All three days are technically part of the exam, but each day builds up to the final day when you will receive the results of what level you achieved. Not only will you work on teaching in the park, but you will have the opportunity to work on your own ability and pushing your own limits. The first day is more freeform, and you can expect to receive coaching on your own riding. Expect to explore all the parks and see what the resort has to offer and become comfortable with the parks there. Day 2 focuses a little more on coaching, and you can expect to receive and give a few pointers with your fellow attendees. Although you will still have some coaching from the PSIA-AASI tech team, day 3 is almost all coaching from your peers. You will be observed not only on your riding, but your ability to teach the group a certain skill in the park. What you teach depends on the level you are going for.
Photos and writing by Hanalei Edbrooke