PSIA-AASI Adaptive Team member Geoff Krill had a busy
week at Copper Mountain during the Workshop and Fall
Conference. On the snow during Workshop, he split his time
with members of the alpine and snowboard teams, exploring
technical commonalities and how existing skill sets could be
transferred to adaptive instruction.
Off the snow, he was busy narrowing down standards
for the future of instruction. Here’s his wrap up of the event-filled week.
1 What did this week mean to the team?
Workshop always brings together a think tank of all those who
are eternal students of anything to do with sliding on snow. This
week is the time that members from across the disciplines
of alpine, snowboard, nordic, freestyle, and adaptive come
together to share concepts and ideas conceptualized over the
past year. It’s our opportunity to put theory and idea to practice
while growing and pushing the sport we all love.
To bring together a talent pool of this caliber is amazing and
presents teams with the excitement of creating and driving the
next great concept. The ability to learn from all types of sliders
brings the best out in all of the teams.
2 How will this week’s Workshop impact the
future of instruction?
The present teams have such a desire to learn from each other
while having the utmost respect for their areas of expertise. With
the diversity of equipment on the hill today, the ability to take
technology and concepts from each other is pushing the way
our students are taught. The reality is that today’s instructors
have to be versatile and open to the multitude of shapes, sizes,
and concepts that exist on the slopes across the country. The
fact that all the teams train together fits this model of what we
see every day in snowsports.
3 What will it mean to members, and how will it
help improve their instruction?
When you bring the best minds in snowsports together, the
theories and concepts are put to the test and implemented
into the ever-increasing rhetoric of our evolving sport. Team
members leave this week inspired to write articles and develop
progressions to bring about the very best in our members. The
light bulbs are constantly going off around here and it is that
light that is passed on to our membership to carry the torch to
the industry that is sliding on snow.
4 Any other highlights?
For the first time I am seeing a cross-discipline approach to the
standards associated with the disciplines. The continuity will
truly help grow the professional product that is PSIA-AASI.
Of course, what’s amazing about this process is how all
of the team members are busy fine-tuning each of these new
ideas and innovations as they travel the country and share time
on snow with each of you. From there, more interaction will
inspire more innovation, and the fine line between teaching
and learning will be crossed again and again as we all seek to
improve the experience of skiing and snowboarding for our
students, for each other, and also for ourselves.
Peter Kray is the lead content officer for PSIA-AASI, focusing on
emerging ski and snowboarding trends and on-snow innovations.
He skis, telemarks, and snowboards out of Santa Fe, New Mexico,
and is co-founder of the Gear Institute ( gearinstitute.com), a
website founded to professionalize the testing of outdoor equipment.
THE FUTURE OF ADAPTIVE TEACHING
PSIA-AASI Adaptive Team member Geoff Krill (in purple jacket) fits right in with other “eternal students
of anything to do with sliding on snow,” each with a passion to fine-tune new ideas and innovation.