Professional Development Day 2019

October 19, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Squaw Valley
1960 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley
CA 96146
Event Code:


Registration: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.Palisades Room @ Squaw Valley (East side of the Village)
Welcome: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.National and Divisional Updates
Keynote Speaker: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.Keynote Speakers Chris Fellows and Doug Kechijian: Overview of the new National Manual – Fitness for Skiing and Snowboarding
Break: 10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Bio Break
SESSION 1: 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.Barton Health Performance Supervisor Ryan Carr: Mental Performance and Athletic Development – Goal Setting, Confidence, Self Talk, Failure
LUNCH: 12:00 p.m. – 1: 00 p.m.Director’s Meeting for Snowsports School Managers and Key staff – Fireside PizzaOpen Lunch for all other Participants
SESSION 2: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Sydney Dion: Creating a positive learning environment for directors and for ski instructors:

Creating a positive learning environment for directors and for ski instructors. Incorporating the latest brain research, together we will explore how to provide constructive positive feedback so that your team progresses and the potential ski instructor progresses in critical areas of demonstrating skills.  I will guide you through the research on how the brain responds to a true learning environment, the use of positive language and how constructive feedback is received. I will provide opportunities to study these skills so that when the on-snow exams take place the instructors will be ready to use what they have learned with the newest research.

SESSION 3: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Anatomy Professor Yoel Levy: Primitive Survival Creates Contemporary Disadvantages – Importance of Exercise:

The human body has evolved/been created with mechanisms in place to promote survival. It was once common-place to hunt for food, physically cultivate land, and exert physical energy in daily living tasks. As technology has improved, we have become generally more sedentary and this “flight or fight” response that was once critical for primitive survival is showing evidence of having contemporary disadvantages. This lecture explores how the body’s naturally response to stress, which was once critical to survival, is now responsible for many chronic ailments that plague our society. Additionally, the lecture explains why exercise is critical to staving off these chronic diseases attributed to today’s sedentary lifestyle.

Break: 3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.Bio Break
SESSION 4: 3:45 p.m – 5:00 p.m.Environmental Science Professor Jeff Dozier: What to expect from climate change, what remains uncertain