Application for the 2020 PSIA-AASI National Team

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, PSIA-AASI

Last week I submitted my application to try out for a second term on the PSIA-AASI National Team. This video is just one part of the application process, the next step is the on-snow selections in April.

Serving on the 2016-20 National Team has been an incredible honor. We worked hard to create the future of PSIA and AASI, and I’m trying out for a second term because I want to continue serving the membership and the organization, and to continue the work that this team started. 

I started filming and editing this year’s application video months ago, but in the end, threw it away and started from scratch right before applications were due. Much of the video work we do goes through multiple rounds of edits and cuts, and for this year’s application video, I was feeling like trying something different.

So here it is: 5 minutes of unscripted, live video, shot sometime around 2am, sandwiched between travel home from clinics in Minnesota for PSIA-AASI Central Division, and a Level 1 Exam in Rocky Mountain Division.

Let me know what you think about the video in the comments!

All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Snowboarding

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Podcasts, PSIA-AASI

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.

You can also find everything about our show on our host, Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/all-i-really-need-to-know-i-learned-from-snowboarding

First Chair: Interski 2019 – Opening Day, Demo Run, & Riglet Park

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Podcasts, PSIA-AASI

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.

Riglet Snowboarding in Bulgaria for Interski 2019

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Podcasts, PSIA-AASI

FUN is a universal language!

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!

Want to learn more? Check out Burton Riglet’s post! and PSIA-AASI’s video:

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