Through the lens
Young ripper Izzy Gillis enjoys her run as she
competes in the J5/J4 division at Stratton
Mountain Ski Resort in Vermont. You go, Grrl!
Photo by Nancy Cook
In our Fall 2011 edition we asked members what their personal strategy
was to keep anxiety at bay as they prep for or participate in exams.
Mike J. Reil, a PSIA-AASI-certified Telemark III, Alpine III, and
Snowboard ll instructor at Sunburst Ski Area at Kewaskum, Wisconsin,
shared his thoughts on relaxing as you face upcoming exams.
“““Just go into it as prepped as you can be. If you make it, you
make it. If you fail the exam, you know what to work on next time.
It’s just a learning experience if you do fail one, and you’ll
drive yourself nuts if you feel like you have to pass, you know?”
Reil said. He believes that flopping an exam shouldn’t be viewed as
a failure. “If I go away from a clinic with one ‘aha’ moment, then
it has been a good weekend.”
Our next “Inquiring Minds” question is:
You rub elbows with resort or
nordic center guests every day.
How do you help them understand
the value of taking lessons
(especially lessons with you)?
Send your submissions to 32Degrees@thesnowpros.org, with
“Last Chair” in the subject line. If your contributions show up
on this page in a future issue you’ll win a $25 gift certificate to
the PSIA-AASI Accessories Catalog.
Bring it on!
Are we yakking about lame
NFL insights, somebody’s
experience scouting for the
NBA (fantasy league), or the
tears your brother-in-law is
still dabbing because his fave
MLS club froze in the first
playoff bracket? No. As Ullr
is our witness!
We’re way above those
namby-pamby pastimes. We’re
talking about the snow skills
that saved royalty, the activity
that seemingly lets us float
through feathers, the sport
that keeps us grounded and
defying gravity, the skills we
help clients gain—along with
the skills they teach us. That’s
what we’re talkin’ about! And
we want to hear your thoughts
about snowsports, and about
the people you’ve supported—
and those who’ve supported
you. Send us an anecdote or
photo (high-resolution, 300 dpi
please) that perfectly captures
the snowsports or teaching