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

Elections are held annually in the late winter/early spring
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    Events to look out for in March

    What a month! Tahoe resorts received up to 300  inches (That’s about 25 feet) of snow in February alone, according to the Opensnow report . Not bad for the shortest month of the year.

    Photo courtesy of Sierra at Tahoe, February 2019

    Many resorts have broken records for biggest February in recorded history. The average February snowfall for Tahoe is 72 inches (6 feet). This year was close to triple that. Some resorts have even broken the record for the biggest snowfall month, beating out the unforgettable January 2017.

    Sitting at close to 200% of our average snowfall for this time of year, we’re in for an epic spring. (if it ever stops snowing!) What a great time to earn your education credits, take an exam, or get an accreditation.

    Here are some of the events to look out for in March 2019:


    March 13th: Cross Country level 2 and 3 exams at Tahoe Donner XC center

    The Level 1 is on March 17th ay Tahoe XC

    March 16th – 17th: Alpine and snowboard level 1 exams at Snow Summit

    March 17th: Cross Country level 1 exam at Tahoe XC

    March 18th: Spring Session Education Rally in Mammoth (all disciplines)

    This is a one-day education event at Mammoth. You can earn continuing education credits, work on your own skiing/riding, or prepare for an upcoming exam.

    March 19th -20th : All level Alpine and Snowboard exams

    This is a great opportunity to hone your skills at Spring Session the day before your test. Exams will be offered for Alpine and Snowboard level 1, ski/ride level 2 and 3, and level 2 and 3 teach.

    March 20th -21st : Senior Specialists level 1 and 2 at Northstar

    This accreditation is for members of all ages looking to learn the best techniques for teaching senior skiers and snowboarders. Successful Cantidates will receive a senior specialist pin.

    March 30th-31st : All level Alpine and Snowboard exams


    And remember, its never too early to start planning for Spring Convention coming April 26th -30th , at Mammoth Mountain. Look out for more information in our Spring 2019 Edge newsletter coming mid- March. You’ll find a schedule, guest clinician highlights, party information, and more!

    Veteran’s Reunion Lake Tahoe 2019

    Join us again this year for the weekend of March 23 & 24, 2019 at Sierra At Tahoe!

    The event is a chance for veterans and active military to spend a weekend in the Lake Tahoe area. This is an opportunity for those who have served to reconnect with fellow vets from past and present conflicts. The event is designed to provide an opportunity to reconnect with first responders and rehabilitation personnel from your past in a healthy and supportive place far from the battlefield.

    The mountains of the Lake Tahoe area are full of beauty that can help heal the body and spirit. There will be multiple venues for those who come to enjoy this wonderful place.

    • Free lift tickets will be offered at Sierra at Tahoe resort for all veterans or active military with ID or some kind.
    • Limited free lift tickets are available for veteran families on an individual basis. Contact event organizer Jim Cahill at jimcskiguy@gmail.com for more information.
    • Strawberry Lodge is offering discounted room rates Friday and Saturday nights
    • Snowshoeing and snow play areas at Sierra at Tahoe will also be available to families of the attendees.
    • Discount snowmobile tours and rentals from Lake Tahoe Adventures

    Take the Operation Rebound Nordic Challenge on the morning of March 23rd by climbing up to Grandview over the 5 mile course then down to the ski school bell at the base. Free lift ticket with online tax deductible donation of $50 to Operation Rebound. Learn more about them here.

    You will be required to present your active military ID or if you are a veteran,You will need to present your California drivers license with veterans designation, DD 214, military ID or a Veterans Administration ID to validate your veteran status.
    For details on these activities and instructions for signing up click here.

    Full information on the Veteran’s Reunion can be found at http://veteransreunionlaketahoe.com

    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 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!


    Fall Conference Nordic Reports

    By Stephen McDonald

    I had the opportunity to attend, for my first time, the PSIA Fall Conference (FC) as the Telemark representative for the Western Division. I was joined by eight people representing six divisions and two Psia National Telemark Team members to make up the Telemark Taskforce. Collectively we spent three days together on and off snow collaborating to generate education materials, evaluate the implementation the new Telemark Fundamentals, and to align our national telemark standards among the divisions.

    Our efforts started long before the FC began by working together on Basecamp, an online meeting and information sharing site. Starting at last year’s Fall Conference the taskforce started generating questions for a national test bank for Telemark levels 1-3. Leading up to this year’s FC the list of questions was expanded, edited, and added to an online test bank available to all divisions. By working remotely this was finished and uploaded prior to the event.

    At the last FC the Telemark Taskforce generated and adopted the six Telemark Fundamentals. They were introduced to division examiners last season and published in the Fall 2017 edition of 32 Degrees (page 98).   At FC this year we looked at how the telemark fundamentals were received and how implementation was going. The consensus was that the fundamentals were a positive addition and overall were a success, although some minor refinements were needed. As a group we worked to discuss all the fundamentals and decided to slightly reword one to make it more accurately describe the use of the lead change in telemark skiing.

    Most of our time at FC was spent working together to write learning outcomes for level one telemark candidates. This process began with some online learning sessions and conference calls to learn the process of writing learning outcomes and assigning learning experiences, assessment activities, and assessment criteria for those outcomes. This allowed us to jump into collaborating amongst divisions to start applying learning outcomes to the level one national telemark standards. This was a messy process that forced us to change the way our standards are written and how they can be improved to better meet the needs of everyone involved in the learning and certifying experience. The goal is to create a statement that clearly defines what one would expect to achieve upon successful completion of certification (the Learning Outcome). For each learning outcome we attempt to create a clear description of achievement and performance (the Assessment Criteria).   We then outlined activities the candidate will participate in to gain the knowledge and skills required to pass a certification exam (the Learning Experiences). Finally, we identify and list tasks the candidate can be assigned during the certification exam as evidence of learning (the Assessment Activities).

    This process was not easy and involved a lot conversation among division representatives to convey everyone’s expectations of each certification level. Our time spent on snow made everything seem clear and then when we returned indoors it proved difficult to apply our thoughts to paper. We spent a lot of time indoors “word smithing” and finding common language. We completed part of the level one learning outcomes during the FC, but in the process learned how to apply learning outcomes to national standards. We hope to complete level 1 this season and move onto levels 2-3. Working together amongst divisions to apply learning outcomes will better align the divisions by painting a clear picture of what is involved to obtain the skills and knowledge for each certification level and how they will be tested.   Overall the experience of Fall Conference was painful, enlightening, and entertaining. Plus, I got to spend my first few days making turns for the season with some pretty good telemarkers and spent my down time hanging around many great like-minded people who love sharing the snow sports experience.



    Nordic Discipline News – Fall 2017

    Our Fall Festival is all Cross Country this season. We are set for Dec. 9-10, 2017 at the Tahoe Donner XC Center, which is rapidly gaining renown as one of the top facilities in the Nation. Our plan is to welcome Guest Clinician Greg Rhodes, newly selected to the PSIA-AASI National Team for Cross Country. Registration of $ 80 per day will include your trail pass. We will offer Exam Prep for Level 1, and, if there is enough interest, Level 2&3. Start your skiing year off in a great way, with ski improvement, teaching improvement and fun with your fellow Nordic enthusiasts.

    For our Telemark members, our Ed Staff is working on our Divisional Study Guide, to align with National Standard.

    We will be offering Tele specific clinics and exam prep at NorCal Winter Session (including a Level 1 Prep), ‘Half and Half” Day and Spring Convention.

    See the Calendar for a list of the Nordic calendar events and exams.

    Certification offerings will be scheduled on an ‘as needed’ basis to provide maximum flexibility to fit ev- eryone’s schedule.

    For Cross Country, please email your interest to vlicon@charter.net

    For Telemark, please email your interest to ski.aaron@gmail.com

    This article appeared in print in our Fall Edge Newsletter in September 2017.

    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

    Still Time to Register for 2017 Women’s Summit

    The 2017 Women’s Summit is still open for registration! New this year are Tele and Cross Country clinics.  Check out the  Event Guide for more details. Participants are welcome to attend one day or all three. Guest speakers and apres activities each night.

    Register for 2017 Women’s Summit

    If you are already registered…share the above link or the attached registration form with your lady friends or for those women you know that are associated with other snowsport professional organizations.

    Hope you can join us!

    Nordic Symposium Teams with Fall Rally

    Greetings all fellow nords and those interested in becoming a nord,

    Time to dust off the gear and join us at Fall Rally, Dec. 11-12 at Northstar.


    Our Fall Rally will include Nordic clinics on Sunday and Monday (Snow Willing.) Whether you are preparing for Telemark or Cross Country Certification, or just want to improve your skills, join us at the Northstar track & lift system.

    We welcome all free-heel enthusiasts of all levels.

    For Cross Country- get more efficiency in your skating technique, or find out how to truly ‘kick it’ on your classic skis. Guest clinicians Glenn Jobe (Sunday) and Ben Grasseschi (Monday) are two of the region’s classic technique stylists. Peter Mayfield, Andrea Brideau-Miller, Chauncey Parker and Gary Schmitt will guide the skating sessions.

    For Telemark- Fine tune your technique, learn how to ski better longer, or join us for the Women’s Only session.

    Urmas (Golden Legs) Franosch and Dale Drennan will lead.

    Our Cross Country and Telemark Level 1 Preps are Sunday, Dec. 11. These combine fun and learning, and are the required Pre Courses for Level 1 Certification.

    We invite all Level 3’s in Nordic or Telemark to attend our pre-season training.

    Dec. 8 Telemark at Northstar

    Dec. 9 Cross Country at Northstar

    For more information on clinics and clinic leaders, and to sign up: Fall Rally, 12/11-12 at Northstar