We Want You To Run for the Board

Do you have qualities and experience that would make you a valuable member of the PSIA-AASI Western Division Board of Directors?  Do you have ideas on how PSIA-AASI can better serve its members? Do you have the skills needed to implement those ideas?  If you think the answer to these questions is “yes,” we’d love to talk to you about running for the Board.

Complete and submit the application below before January 15th to run for the Board.

The Board meets twice a year.  Our annual Spring Board meeting is the Thursday before the Spring Convention.  Our two-day Summer Board meeting is in Truckee the first weekend of August.  In addition to the two meetings, we have monthly one-hour phone calls.

Four seats are up for election each year for a three-year term.  There are twelve elected seats on the Board.   

Further information on the director position and its responsibilities can be found here.

The information you provide in the application will be published on our Website, Spring Edge Newsletter and the Election Platform

PSIA/AASI Western Division Board Position Application

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    Education Events 2017-18

    Earn your Credits;
    Get ready for that Exam

    Fall Rally, Dec. 10-11th at Mt. Rose
    NorCal Rally, Jan. 21-22nd at Squaw
    SoCal Rally, Jan. 28-29th, Snow Summit & Bear

    Education Rally, March 18-19th at Mammoth

    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).

    Snowboarders and Skier share the same patch.

    Skiing/Riding Improvement:

    • 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.

    Teaching Improvement:

    • 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.

    Children’s Discipline News – Fall 2017

    Dan Ray, Children’s Chair

    Children’s Lessons in our industry have never been more important. Across the Nation, there is recognition of the importance of the skills needed to teach children as being essential for any instructor. West, along with the other Divisions, will move toward requiring the

    CS2 as a prerequisite for working on our Education staff, and is highly recommended for a Divisional Trainer. Our Accreditation events are offered conveniently through- out the season (see event calendar) and are the place to learn and grow as a Children’s Instructor.


    Big Bear Mountain Resorts is Hiring Snowsport Instructors


    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. 

    Apply online at https://www.mammothresorts.com/jobs/bear-mountain-and-snow-summit-jobs

    Joshua L Spoelstra
    Ski and Snowboard School
    Big Bear Mountain Resorts
    Tel. 909 866-5766, Ext. 193

    Summer Events

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    Happy September 1st!  We hope summer has been amazing for you, but, like us, you are starting to have snow dreams.  PSIA-AASI West education staff is offering some events this month and October. Find out more about each event by clicking on the links!
    Skate well and ski better! This camp emphasizes the benefits of inline skating to enhance your fitness IQ, safety awareness, and specific skill development for Alpine skiing. This is the new Skate To Ski for all levels of skaters, including beginners and those who haven’t rolled in awhile. Demo gear and skates are provided by Rollerblade, or bring your own. Don’t forget your helmet!!

    September 23 – Mountain Biking, Northstar

    You will explore teaching concepts and content that you can directly apply to the trail and the slopes.  Participants will also learn valuable tips on summer cross-training programs to facilitate agility and flexibility. This event is open to all levels.  If new to mountain biking,  put yourself in the shoes of a beginner and learn something new; your riding and teaching will only improve!

    October 1 – Surfing, San Onofre Beach

    Join Artie Castro and Doug Fagel for the 2nd Annual Surf to Snow event at one of California’s best beaches! This one day education event helps to develop crossover skills that translate to improved skiing/snowboarding performance. Participants will learn valuable tips on using surfing as a crosstraining tool to strengthen agility and versatility on the slopes. This event is open to all disciplines and all ability levels; from first timers to advanced level surfers. The group will be camping Friday and Saturday night at nearby San Mateo Beach Campground.

    Plus, plan ahead for more Fall events
    Oct. 3 –Tenth annual Ed Foundation Golf Tournament, Dayton Valley
    Oct. 15-Professional Development Day, Lake Tahoe Community College,
    with keynote speaker Juris Vagners and more….


    “The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn”
    Maria Montessori’

    Encouraging a child’s curiosity to learn snowsports will create memorable, positive and lasting experiences. Enhance your knowledge in the fundamentals of snow sports. Gain understanding in the ways kids feel, behave, think and move by participating in the Children’s Specialist 1 (CS1) and the Children’s Specialist 2 (CS2).

    We are welcoming passionate, qualified instructors to attend our Children’s Education Staff Training Day, Nov. 20, 2015 at Mammoth. Instructors who are not currently on the PSIA/AASI West Education Staff must be CS2, and AT LEAST Level 2 in a discipline.

    Instructors who are not currently on the PSIA/AASI Education Staff must attend CS2 and Beyond. Contact Greg Lyons, lyonsgm@juno.com to request permission to attend.


    Children’s Events

    “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”

    Dr. Seuss

    Have you ever watched kids at a playground? The inventive energy is amazing. They climb. They jump. They swing. They can keep busy all day

    long on the swing alone. They sit on the swing. They learn how to pump their legs to go faster and higher. They stand up on the swing. They twist the swing in a circle and then

    Children’s Chair, Greg Lyons

    unwind it rapidly. They squeeze a number of children onto one swing. They jump off straight. They jump off and do a flip. They step from one swing to another.  They push someone in a swing fast or they push someone slow. Someone can run under the swing as it swings. Someone can catch the swing in mid-flight and suddenly stop it. And on and on.

    Kids are not shy about testing and experimenting with equipment–the swing– even pushing it out of the zone of what it was designed to do. Kids look for every conceivable way to manipulate a tool to make it fun.

    How does this apply  to teaching snow sports? We can do the same thing with our students as kids do with swings. Experiment. Try something different. Skis and boards offer all sorts of op- portunities for experimentation. Skiers and riders can slide on the tips, tails, centers or the outside edges. They can be in the air and have none of the ski or snowboard on the ground. The ski or snowboard can make different sounds, ranging from the sound of slapping a landing on a jump to the sound of skidding to the minimal noise made when carving. Visually, skiers and riders can put different colored tape, crayon marks or stickers on their skis to define left or right or on a snow- board to focus on front and back. Through vibrations in the equipment, the skier or rider can feel different textures of snow and the difference between groomed, ungroomed, firm, slush and powder conditions. Riding on a box or rail will provide a feeling of how a manmade surface affects the equipment and its user.

    It is so easy to take a drill usually performed in a certain way and change it by simply focusing on a different part of the equipment, the body or terrain.

    Small changes can make for big breakthroughs.

    Think like a child. Think of the possibilities. Think of the things you can think if only you try!

    Greg Lyons, Children’s Chairperson