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, Last Call: Benefits of Skiing & Snowboarding

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

I love the story of Ester Ledecká’s double gold in both skiing and snowboarding at the 2018 Olympics, but not because of the ski/snowboard rivalry. I like this story because of what it says about how much our sports gain through collaborative competition.

When I ride with skiers I find our differences in line choice, terrain usage, and tactics for approaching situations make for great discussions and opportunities to challenge ourselves by adapting others’ perspectives. Did Ester win because she looked at the course differently? Or because her athletic training from both sports gave her an advantage?

There are going to be heaps of conversations and different versions of dissecting of what happened last night, but what I know is I can improve my riding by riding with skiers and occasionally putting on skis myself, and similarly, our two-planked friends can learn from following our lines and maybe even taking a snowboard lesson!

Tune in for more thoughts in this edition of First Chair, Last Call with George Thomas.