“I’m kind of the Swiss Army knife of the ski school,” said Bishop.
“I teach telemark, adaptive, alpine, skate skiing, classic, steep and
deep, and pretty much any age group or ability you can think of.”
▼▲ ANGIE CRUM
To keep children pumped about snowboarding, 21-year-old
Angie Crum, a Level I snowboard instructor at Ohio’s Boston
Mills Brandywine, draws upon her beginner aspirations to
incorporate freestyle into every lesson. Crum, who’s entering
her fourth season of riding and third season of instructing, still
remembers what it’s like to see snowboarding for the first time.
Inspired by television coverage of the men’s halfpipe
competition at the 2010 Winter Olympics, she began
snowboarding with the ultimate goal of throwing down in the
terrain park. For better or worse – mostly worse – she opted out
of the traditional, learn-to-turn beginner lesson in favor of her
own self-taught approach.
“I should’ve taken a lesson,” said Crum. “I was so bad my first
time that I got stuck under a fence.”
Although her riding ability has increased exponentially since
then, (she recently competed in the 2013 X Games amateur rail
jam) Crum recognizes that beginner mentality in her students.
She believes most children and young adults don’t take up
snowboarding to become a great freerider. Rather, they want to
emulate the professionals they see on TV.
Crum incorporates freestyle into every lesson to keep her
students enthusiastic about the sport. Whether it’s a simple
standing ollie or flat ground spin, she believes it not only increases
the “fun” factor of the lesson, but the students’ general riding
skills as well.
She said, “It keeps them coming back and gets them excited
about learning something new.”
▼▲ ARLIN GOSS
Arlin Goss, 27, holds a degree in adventure education, which helps
him better serve his students and other instructors. His degree
comes into use not only when teaching snowboarding at New
Hampshire’s Loon Mountain, but also when running Kingston’s
Adventure Camp, a summer camp for kids age 10 to 15.
“Because of my schooling, I know how to teach di;cult
movements and have the confidence to get in front of people and
teach them something,” said Goss.
;rough his education – and some trial by error – Goss has
found that guided discovery (a technique PSIA-AASI members
may recognize from the Children’s Instruction Manual) works best
when teaching students and other instructors.
“I let them mostly figure it out on their own with some
▼▲ DANNY MURAWINKSI
direction from me,” said Goss. “I feel when they do that, the
knowledge is more true to them and it will stick better.”
Goss is currently a PSIA-AASI Level II snowboard instructor
and hopes to attain his Level III this year. Goss takes advantage
of all the education opportunities his resort and PSIA-AASI have
to o;er, and he additionally furthers his education through many
Danny Murawinski, 27, from Virginia’s Wintergreen Resort,
believes that an open mind is the key to progression. As an
instructor of seven years, he feels that taking that approach
through every scenario not only betters students, but the
instructors as well.
“Don’t get caught up in the step-by-step process. ;ere are
always di;erent ways of doing the same thing,” he said. “If you
go in with an open mind, it promotes your students to have an
Murawinski finds that many students come into a lesson with
one major goal, but will often lack the skill to accomplish it.
To help these students reach their goals and stay excited about
snowboarding, he presents information through lateral learning,
which shows students how all aspects of the sport relate.
Murawinski has earned the following credentials: Snowboard
Level III, Alpine Level I, Freestyle Specialist 2 and Children’s
Specialist 2. He recently applied to coach with the U.S.
▼▲ EMILY SEDLAK
Emily Sedlak believes that when it comes to skiing, the more
the merrier. ;e 24-year-old Level II alpine instructor has an