When I started promoting my new project Get AWSM a few years ago, it was founded based on the idea of using instruction and training to help others to “Get Awesome.”
After a few years of creating content under the name Get AWSM, I’ve had other thoughts about the name, and this year, with moving to New Zealand for the “summer,” and chasing winter around the world, I made the decision to rebrand Get AWSM to Live WNTR.
Live WNTR better describes my goal as an instructor, trainer, and coach. It was never about becoming awesome, it was about helping others find and connect with a passion for winter.
In many ways, the naming behind Get AWSM and Live WNTR are the same. But Live WNTR is meant to be a little bigger. It’s about connecting with the experience of winter, not just about becoming good at skiing and snowboarding. It was never meant to be about the accomplishment, and I think the name Live WNTR embodies a connection to the culture and the soul better.
Today was my first time leading a clinic in the Southern Hemisphere! So stoked on the training culture and crew vibe here at The Remarkables in New Zealand. Humbled by the amount of instructor experience gathered in this cool little corner of the world, and honored to get to be a part of it. Thanks to all the attendees for the warm welcome and great discussions this morning!
My clinic today was described as “How to train an improve yourself and get ready for exams while you’re teaching your lessons.” As I was wrapping up the day, I wrote down these four points to recap the clinic for anyone that was working and couldn’t make it today… thought I’d share them here as well!
1. It’s not actually about the results.
Exams are designed to evaluate what you do every day as an instructor, but the nature and format of exams can make them more stressful and don’t always feel representative of our daily work. Remember that it’s not the end goal or result that matters, it’s the actual process of working towards that goal – the hard work, the long days, the tough lessons with splits, he tech talks, and even the failures along the way – that actually improve you. A certificate or a pin doesn’t suddenly make you a better instructor, the pin verifies the journey you’ve been on!
2. Find a training buddy / squad, and ride with intention!
The schedule of our days here at The Remarks creates some great opportunities to develop yourself. Find a couple of buddies that will encourage you and hold you to making a few laps between lineups. It doesn’t matter if they have the same goals or certs, what matters is that you can motivate and encourage each other. 30 minutes is enough time for some reciprocal feedback or a mock teach. Quick videos on phones make for easy conversations on chairlifts or between lineups – even if it’s raining. Take video of your students so you have video review material anytime you have a squad. The important part is setting that intention (“I’m going to ride this whole lap switch,” or “This lap I’m working on down unweighted large radius carves,” etc) and having someone to watch or video you.
3. Own your training and development!
Learn your strengths and weaknesses, and take the time to continue working on feedback you receive. Training managers, trainers, and clinics create a great framework, but it’s up to you to put in the work between sessions. The staff lounge chairs are always calling, but they’ll still be there after you make a couple of laps with your training buddies. You might not always have a trainer with you, but the time you spend riding, teaching, and developing between clinics is the best way to prepare so you can optimize time when you are out with a trainer.
4. Go snowboarding!
This last one is by far the most important, and I can’t say it enough. Go snowboarding. Go skiing. Go snowskate. Go roll in the snow and make snow angels. Have FUN! Training, preparation, work, clinics, studying, video review, conversations in the locker room and over beers – they’re all important. But not as important as maintaining a grasp on the passion that drives you to pursue this as a career. Getting out and riding for fun, that’s good for the soul, and if your soul is fed, working on the rest of it is so much easier!
The final day of Interski 2019 was a busy one for PSIA-AASI with the team presenting multiple on-snow workshops and indoor lectures. Watch to see highlights from the last day on snow and a recap of the week.
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!