For the last several months my good friend (and AASI Teammate), Nick Alfieri, and I, have been working on a new project. It’s a podcast about life, the universe, and everything, but centered around our lives and careers in the snowsports industry.
With this show, Nick and I will both tell our stories about snowboarding, competition, careers, passion, and struggles. Many of these stories and themes will be areas of the snowsports instruction career that we’ve wanted to tell, but haven’t previously had the right venue.
This is a weekly show. There are 6 episodes out now, with new episodes released every week on Wednesdays at 6pm mountain time. You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and most other sites that list podcasts.
Finally got a chance to listen to the episode of First Chair that George and I did live from Pamporovo, Bulgaria and Interski 2019. Check it out!
AASI Snowboard Team member Chris Rogers, shares what it was like to get ready for the opening ceremonies including the first day demo run. Learn how the AASI Team members partnered with Burton to give two local Bulgarian schools a Burton PE Riglet presentation and built a riglet park at the top of the mountain.
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.