A while back I had the chance to share a bit of my story with the crew at Honey Stinger for their Hive Podcast. While it was really cool to be invited to be on their show, I have to say the other episodes are far more impressive, with really cool stories about fitness, nutrition, and life from world class athletes. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a new podcast series!
From Honey Stinger:
Episode 20 features our first conversation with a winter athlete. Snowboarder and master snowboard instructor Chris Rogers. Rogers travels the world working as an instructor and trainer for multiple organizations as a member of the Snowboard National Team of the PSIA/AASI (Professional Ski Instructors of America & American Association of Snowboard Instructors). These are the world’s largest organization dedicated to teaching people to ski and snowboard.
In addition, Rogers also works as an Examiner in the organization’s Rocky Mountain chapter, which means he certifies other snowboard instructors. With decades of riding, competing and coaching behind Chris, he knows as much about the sport as anyone. He talks about the unique joys and quirks of snowboarding. He even talks about how a single Honey Stinger waffle has saved the day for him on many occasions.
Best of all, Rogers and Willey go deep into the importance and the value of teaching and learning. Chris accidentally built a career out of his passion and you can too.
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!
AASI Team members Amy Gan, Tony Marci and Chris Rogers report on what’s happening at Rider Rally, which kicked off May 7 at Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin and continues through Friday, May 11. Learn how the team is working to build camaraderie with event attendees and what’s being worked on during these several days of incredible shredding and education with AASI Snowboard Team members and snowboarding colleagues from around the country. Read more “First Chair: Checking in from Rider Rally”
AASI Snowboard Team members Nick and Chris Rogers chat about AASI’s Rider Rally, which heads back to Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin May 7-11, 2018, for several days of incredible shredding and education. Plus, snag 24 hours of continuing education credits. Learn about the latest snow conditions at A-Basin and register now at www.thesnowpros.org/riderrally.
While we were in China, several of the AASI Snowboard Team members checked in to report from China, where we were working to help train Chinese ski and snowboard instructors for a Level I exam. Learn how this event is helping bridge cultures through snowboarding and help the Chinese’s government to reach a goal to grow the Chinese ski and snowboard population by 300 million before the 2022 Olympics.