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
Director
Ski and Snowboard School
Big Bear Mountain Resorts
Tel. 909 866-5766, Ext. 193
jspoelstra@mammothresorts.com

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.

LOTS OF NORDIC!

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

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….

Nordic Certification & Events

Free skating can be enjoyed on corn snow (crust cruising.) Photo by Mark Nadell.

Free skating can be enjoyed on corn snow (crust cruising.)
Photo by Mark Nadell.

Cross Country Ski Skating is a fun and healthy way to improve your downhill skills. It is fast, fun and free… (well, sometimes!). This popular form of cross country skiing is a far cry from the “tour-throughthe- woods-with-your-dog” kind of skiing most of us do from time to time if we live in snow country. Modern ultra-light equipment allows you to glide quickly over firm snow and swoop downhill at what feels like breakneck speed. While fitness is important in this sport, good technique is what really allows you to experience the fluidity and power that reward the skating enthusiast.

While it shares the aerobic aspects of cycling or running, skate skiing offers a technical dimension beyond either of these sports that appeals to the serious student of skiing. Gains in efficiency through improved body position, power application and timing are immediately felt as the work/glide ratio changes. Because WE supply the energy of propulsion, not gravity, small increments of efficiency become gratifying milestones of accomplishment. It’s a pleasant surprise to find that the precision and balance developed on skate skis can translate to greater mastery of other sliding disciplines.

The fun comes in a variety of ways. You can find an uncrowded trail and meditate on the sensation of skis quietly gliding over fresh packed powder, or you can group up with friends and competitors in a mass start race. Just an hour or two will leave you feeling refreshed and cleansed from your life-stress, or worked from exertion – depending on how you approach it. Free skating can be enjoyed on corn snow (crust cruising) or at a community supported trail system such as Mammoth Nordic.

Many of those who are initially drawn to the sport primarily for the fitness benefits find that they stay with it for the technical challenge. Elements of ski technique such as projection of the core, release and reengagement of the edges, flexion and extension of the legs, weight transfer, anticipation and relaxation can be honed for a lifetime.

Come see for yourself how working on these techniques on skating skis can have a dramatic impact on your normal skiing and riding. Two clinics will be offered this season:

Cross Over to Cross Country – January 27 at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Center

Half and Half – 1/2 day on skating skis, followed by a 1/2 day on alpine skis – February 9 – Northstar Cross Country Center

Look for clinic descriptions and more information in this issue of The Edge and at psia-w.org.

Bring your ax!
Urmas Franosch, Nordic Committee Chair