For me, one of the highlights of Interski 2019 in Pamporovo, Bulgaria was visiting elementary schools to share snowboarding with a bunch of local kids.
We traveled to Bulgaria a few days early so that we could head into a few schools with Burton Riglet PE kits and teach the kiddos to snowboard in their gym. Instructors have long promoted the idea of “familiar terrain for new tasks, and new terrain with familiar tasks.” Burton Riglet PE ties in with this by allowing us to teach the new task (snowboarding) in familiar terrain (their school gymnasium).
Later in the week, those same kids visited us at Pamporovo where we then took their now familiar task of snowboarding into new terrain – the Burton Riglet park at the top of the mountain.
The kids had a blast, and I think the AASI Snowboard Team had just as much fun. It’s been said a million times, but FUN is a universal language!
Now that you’ve made it through the holiday rush and the busiest instruction season, use your downtime to refocus. AASI Team member, Chris Rogers, talks about how to enjoy the calm after the storm to refocus on your education goals and take some time for you to train.
AASI Snowboard Team member, Chris Rogers, talks about the Learning Connection, which is an important developmental framework that focuses on each person’s teaching skills, technical skills, and people skills. A great instructor is one who is highly skilled in each of those areas. Chris talks about how you can use the three different tenants based on the conditions of the day to tailor your student’s experience.
AASI Snowboard Team member, Chris Rogers, reports live from Vail before the torchlight parade, where viewers watch skiers and riders form a glowing train as they ski down the mountain illuminated with glow sticks. Learn about Chris’ highlights from 2018 and the PSIA-AASI National Team plans for 2019.
Last season I worked with PSIA-AASI, Snow Operating, and Halley O’Brien to create some basic tips and tricks to get beginners started on the hill. These videos are not intended to replace instruction, but to reach viewers who are already searching for “how to snowboard” on YouTube and trying to learn to snowboard without instructors. Here’s the first video in the series where we cover the basics of stopping, skidding, and turning!