Professional Development Day 2017 – A day for Education, Preparation, and Camaraderie

Our Education Foundation helped fund this amazing education event to kick off the season!
Over 100 attendees spent the day in pre-season information gathering. Keynote Speaker Ron Kipp helped us to take a look at Equilibrium, Movement Analysis performance, and the ever thrilling notion of Balance. What a great start to a day of learning!  You can find some of the Speakers Presenation Material HERE

The doors opened at 8:15 AM, but eager attendees were at the doors before 7:30 AM. Newly appointed Administrative Director Kristi Prochazka signed up willing volunteers to keep the flow going.

50 year members Chris Brown and Elissa Slanger received their honorary pins during the day- congratulations to a long career in PSIA- West!
Chris Fellows, PSIA Education staff member, presented a memorable session on how to conduct a Performance Profile Assessment for Alpine skiing. Everyone was up and moving!
Injury prevention for skiers was well attended and a very hot topic- staffed by Barton Hospital
Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.
Elissa Slanger, Psychologist, presented a very informative session on Dealing with the Fearful Skier.
Dr. Bejamin Hatchett from the Desert Research Institute opined on our Tahoe Snowpack, and what to expect this coming season based on scientific trends.


A great day of learning was had by all. In a post-event survey, 100% of the respondents indicated they would attend this event again!

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….