The Realities and Responsibilities of Reaching the next level, Robin Barnes

You help others succeed on snow, but what about investing in your own development? Three-term Alpine Team member Robin Barnes offers insight on achieving your professional goals – which sometimes requires a gut-check on your objectives and taking responsibility for your own progress.

Inline Update: Skate to Ski Camps, Freestyle Fun + Pro Offers

Other than catching a plane to Australia or Chile this summer, inline skating is one of the best ways to work on your skiing skills while you wait for the snow to return.

With inline skates on dry land you can successfully mimic on-snow movement. The dynamic balance, body posture, weight shifting, and rhythm needed to control skis in the snow (moving downhill, changing direction) are strikingly similar to those needed to navigate inline skate wheels.

The fact that you can do it with other professional ski and snowboard instructors also means you can talk technique while you’re working the wheels. To that end, PSIA Alpine Team member Heidi Ettlinger said the PSIA-AASI Western Division is planning to build on last year’s successful PSIA-W Skate to Ski Camp with two camps – one in Southern California and another in the Tahoe region – this year.

Ettlinger said the fun, educational, interactive events are so rewarding that, “I’m encouraging other divisions to consider these clinics in their home regions by forwarding out the event summary we circulated last year.”

Last year’s camp was made possible by PSIA-AASI Official Supplier Rollerblade, and Myles Cotter-Sparrow, the brand’s marketing coordinator, said he is committed to helping professional instructors launch similar events of their own.

“Our goal is to have PSIA-AASI examiners and skaters be the point people in their region for these kinds of events, but we need to start building that right now,” he said. “Whether it’s making sure a demo fleet is available for participants, helping people know which size skates they need, or even identifying a good location for an event, I’m happy to be a resource for anyone who wants to take advantage of this opportunity this summer and fall.”

Cotter-Sparrow also added that while inline skating has proven to build the skills and fitness of traditional alpine skiers, the sport is seeing significant buy-in from the freestyle market as well.

If you want more information on how to build a Skate to Ski event in your region, please e-mail Myles at

A recent article on with several embedded videos, takes a closer look at how Olympic freestyle athletes are gaining a competitive edge by cross training on inline skates.

You can also check out more videos on the Rollerblade homepage right here, and shop for your own personal pair of Rollerblade inline skates – all at member-specific pricing – on the Pro Offers page.

-Peter Kray


You Can Still Play On The Snow!

It May feel like Summer….but some of our Member Schools are still feeling the winter vibe.  Don’t put those skis away yet, below is a list of our Member School Resorts that are still open.

Squaw Valley Spring

Open daily thru June 4, operating hours: 9am-4pm
Open Saturdays & Sundays thru June 25, operating hours are to be determined based on conditions
Open July 1-4, operating hours are to be determined based on conditions
Open Saturdays starting July 8 into summer as conditions allow

Alpine Meadows is closed for the season

Mt Rose

OPEN Thursday – Sunday plus Memorial Day, May
May 29 is Closing Day

Mammoth Mountain

Open Daily
Mammoth will remain open for skiing and riding until July 4th and beyond.
Daily Lifts: 7:30AM–3:00PM

Don’t forget about the back country too;-)

Another Spring Convention for the books!

PSIA-AASI would like to thank all the members who made this a convention to remember. We had over 300 people come out for a great time this year!

Here are some of our favorite pictures. (if the gallery shows up really small on your browser, just click on an image to see them full size)

Thanks for a great season!

The Western Division PSIA-AASI want to thank all of you for another amazing season.  We all had a fullfilling season putting up with all the shoveling, crazy driving, endless powder days and everything else that comes with an epic winter.

Message from our president
“Our Western membership numbers were record setting this past winter! Thank you to all of our long standing and newest members and our snowsports schools, “The 2017 California snowpack is close to the largest on the record,” according to a NASA news release. The snowfall, combined with your energy has made the 2016-17 a wonderful year!”


California’s Current Snowpack Is Larger Than the Previous 4 Years Combined, NASA Says

The Matrix

If you scroll down to the very bottom of our home page, you may come across something new…

The Matrix.

Now you might be curious about what the Matrix is. In one sentence, It is a database of educational videos on everything from specific moves to varying terrain in all disciplines.

This is what the makers say: “The Matrix is your one-stop shop for all ski and snowboard educational video content. You’ll find related videos, plus supporting drills and content, that helps you maximize your learning time. The content constantly changes and brings to life skiing and riding from all sliding genres, including adaptive, cross country, and telemark too.

Years ago we built an app using Adobe Air technology and since that time there have been substantial improvements in web and mobile based technologies that have allowed us to create a web-based, responsive website that pulls in videos from our Youtube channel and allows us to categorize and tag these in a user friendly manner.

It also allows us to continuously add more video content on the fly and there is no need to install an app on your mobile device or desktop computer, making access to The Matrix that much easier.”

If you go in, you will have to login using your national ID you use on Once you’re in, you’re free to explore. They have content on Movement analysis, teaching, dealing with varying conditions, and more. This is perfect for if you have that one thing you need to study for your exam that you just don’t understand when you read it from a book. If you’re new to PSIA, it will also give you a bit more understanding about what we do. Creating a account is free.

So go ahead, click on it. I Guarantee you won’t be asked to take a blue or red pill, nor will you be able to dodge bullets.

New Events coming April 3-15

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

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

Be a kid again – go to camp!

Lets face it – kids these days have so many options when it comes to snowboarding camps. From Woodward camps to High Cascade to developmental
groms teams, there is definitely no shortage of opportunities for kids to go to a camp and get quality coaching on the hill and fun times at camp. Don’t you wish you had the opportunity as a kid – or even better, now as an adult who can appreciate the experience?


Cue Snowboard camp 2017.

AASI West and Mammoth Mountain are hosting one of the premier snowboarding events of the 2016/2017 season. Connect with like-minded, driven riders from around the country on Mammoth’s legendary freeride and freesytle terrain for a three day, camp style experience. Up your game in the park, push your freeriding to new levels, and shred with your fellow riders!


Coach Lea Logal flies over a jump

We are keeping it simple and have a package that includes; off hill events, parties, expert coaching, personal feedback, swag and awards for doing what we love. With on hill and off hill events lead by members of the AASI Team, our featured coaches include SethJohns, Chris Hargrave and Lea Logal. You will get top level coaching and training from some of the best snowboarding has to offer. Space is limited for this one of a kind experience! For additional information please contact Lea Logal by phone or email (530)
Lodging-Book early to guarantee a spot at one of the Mammoth lodging options. Call 1(800) Mammoth (800) 626-6684. Use Booking ID # 22280, PSIA-AASI Spring Convention. Great deals on rooms at the Mammoth Mountain Inn and Lodge.
Meet the coaches:

Seth Johns

My name is Seth Johns and I have been on the Western Tech Team, AASI National Demo Team and competed on various Freeride tours. I am working as the Overall Snowboard Lead Trainer in Aspen/Snowmass and examining in the Western Division.  My active sponsors are Burton Snowboards, Anon Optics, Hestra Gloves, Wend Wax, Species Nutrition, Snow Just Because.  Follow me on Instagram @sethsnowboards or Seth Johns on Facebook




Lea Logal

Lea Logal

AASI-W Education Staff,
Snowboard Coach Northstar Teams Program
Snowboard Level 3 Certified, Alpine Level 1 Certified
USASA 200 Coach
Children’s Specialist
Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice


Chris Hargrave

President, Windell’s Academy, Mt. Bachelor, OR

AASI National Team member