New Instructor Course

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
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!


Season Letter from the Western P&A Chair

As the Publicity and Advisory Chair for the Western Division’s Board of Directors I wanted to reach out to our Member Schools and Directors from around the West about our Locker Room Parties.

Representatives from PSIA-AASI Western Division would love the opportunity to attend some of your hiring events, planned staff functions, or have an event for staff from your resort with the mission of getting the word out about membership, benefits, educational events and the certification process.  

Our goal is to have more locker room parties to give our membership direct access at or near their resort to information about education and certification from a representative of the organization, on the spot sign up for events, access to educational materials and an opportunity to meet fellow instructors.  

We are working to get the locker room parties on a schedule early to have staff available to reach as many of our members and member schools as possible.

If you need more information about the Locker Room Parties or want to get your ski and ride school on the schedule to host one of these events, please email me at or give the office a call (530) 587-7642.

Thank you,

Lea Logal
Western Publicity and Advisory Chair

Level 1 Exam Outline

View the New Working Outline for the Level 1 Online Exam

PSIA/AASI General Managers Survey 2017

We conducted a survey to help us grow and move in the right direction and this is a summary of the feedback we received from you and other Snowsport School management teams.

Biggest Challenge for Snowsports schools are:

Attracting and retaining guests, young staff, quality instructors, and finding experienced instructors willing to instruct beginners.

Biggest Opportunities for Snowsport schools in this diverse and rapidly growing market are:

Focus on customer service, instructors have good communication skills, skiing and riding skills are secondary.  Share and learn of ways to drive retention,  more excitement for Children programs,  and offer more than one way of teaching…our guests all learn differently.

Suggestions on how PSIA/AASI can help improve the Snowsports Schools were similar across the Nation:

  • Change the beginner experience together and focus on the importance of the first time guests.
  • Offer more Entry-level teaching technique clinics; IE. ‘the first 5 minutes’, ‘Starting your lesson out right’, ‘How best to invite your guest back’, ‘Using Social Media, Smartphones to invite your guest back’.
  • Make it easier, simplify, focus more on the beginner lesson and have consistency in lessons and recognize the industry trends within the curriculum.
  • Encourage promoting the lifestyle, make the process fun and show the new staff why they want to be PSIA/AASI members to help grow their life skills.
  • Offer something fresh for instructors.
  • Focus more on training the soft skills of the Instructors and focusing on the guest experience.
  • Be less technical, analytical and jargon-focused

-The teaching methods and methodology of PSIA/AASI are dated and overrated.  Traditional teaching methodology and lesson structure is not beginner friendly and the training’s are overly technical.   

Member School Director Meetings – Save the Dates

Oct. 14th Professional Development Day and Member School Directors Round-Table

Our Member School Directors Chair, Leigh Pierini, myself and Board of Directors would like to invite the Member School Directors and key staff to our Professional Development Day to join keynote speaker Ron Kipp, Chris Fellows, Barton Health, Desert Research Institute and more.

We will have a Directors Meeting lunch and a round table meeting break out from noon until 2:30.  Here we will discuss the forecast for the upcoming season, have a Q and A about what is planned for the Member School Directors Meeting at Mammoth Nov. 13th and 14th.

Nov 13th and 14th Member School Directors Meeting and Resort Trainer

The Member School Directors Meeting at Mammoth will be Nov. 13th and 14th.  This event is specifically customized for our Member School Directors and key staff.

Book Your Rooms Early

Mammoth Mountain Inn Dates Group Rate
Standard Room with one queen or two doubles November 11-17, 2017 $89.00 per night
Superior Room with two queen beds November 11-17, 2017 $99.00 per night
Deluxe King Room November 11-17, 2017 $110.00 per night
Deluxe Loft Room November 11-17, 2017 $125.00 per night
Two Bedroom Loft Condo November 11-17, 2017 $199.00 per night

Rates are non-commissionable. A town occupancy tax of 13%, subject to change and 1% tourism
assessment fee, will be added to the nightly rate of each room. If staying at The Village Lodging, a local
civic fee of .75% will be added to the nightly rate of each room. The preceding rates are not valid without
a counter signed contract on file with the MMSA Group Sales office. A Resort Fee of $10.00 per night
plus applicable tax will be applied to each room for each night; details of what this fee enables us to
provide are in the Reservation Policy section.
Individuals may book ONLINE until the room block cutoff date, Friday, November 03, 2017 by accessing
our online website,

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following information:
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