Eastern Staff Tryouts/Development Teams

Are you a Level III instructor who would like to take it to the next level and join the Education Staff? The Dev Team is a group of highly skilled Level III instructors that are training to become members of the Board of Examiners. They are chosen by way of a demanding and competitive exam. They receive training that focuses on sharpening their skiing or riding skills, their teaching skills, and their professional knowledge. The goal is to develop highly effective clinicians to deliver a wide range of educational events to the membership. Development Team members are required to attend an annual training event and to understudy members of the Education Staff at various events throughout the season. The training provided will improve your skiing or riding and your teaching, but more importantly, you as an individual and instructor.

To be eligible for any Development Team you must be Level III Certified and actively teaching.

The 2020 ALPINE Development Team Tryout will be conducted on March 25-26th at Sugarbush, VT.

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Click here for Development Team requirements.

When submitting your application for the Nordic or AASI Development Team Tryout, please include the following for review:

  • A Snowsports industry focused resume.
  • A letter of recommendation from your Snowsports School Director or immediate supervisor.
  • A letter of recommendation. This can be from within or outside the Snowsports Industry.
  • A letter of introduction stating why you desire to be on the Development Team or how you can contribute to the team.

We work hard on keeping the tryout format as stress free and close to life as we possibly can. Expect there to be lots of skiing or riding as well as group discussion throughout the tryout. You can expect to ski or ride at the National Level III standard. Candidates will be expected to understand and perform tasks exceptionally well as these are the tasks that our members see in their exams. Successful candidates will show the following throughout the tryout:

  • Solid Skiing/Riding performance with the current level 3 national standards as a minimum standard.
  • Professionalism.
  • Potential – Indicators include, but are not limited to:
    • Coachable athletes.
    • Solid team players.
    • Solid communicators.
    • Open minds, willing to explore different approaches to skiing/riding and teaching.
    • Thought – strong candidates will show that they are not only recipients of knowledge, but participants in the thought process.
  • Technically accurate content.

All successful candidates will have a mix of these characteristics, excelling in different areas, but proficient in all. In other words, there is subjectivity to this tryout, no differently than there is in the hiring clinics at your schools. The best skiers and riders are often times not the best teachers, and vice versa. Often times, the most valued instructor at a ski area is neither the best skier NOR the best teacher, but their combination of the above characteristics mix together to create a truly gifted instructor. Best of luck with your Professional Development should you desire to become part of the Development Team!


Advanced Children’s Educator Exam (ACE Team) Candidates:

Thank you for your interest in the PSIA-AASI Eastern Division ACE Team. Please submit the following items to mskinner@psia-e.org before Monday, March 9, 2020. More specific details on format, scoring process and expectations will be provided in March.

1. Previous relevant experience. For example, experience with teaching children and/or managing a children’s program. Life experience with teaching children, coaching a sport etc. This does not have to be a resume.  Please keep it between 300-500 words.

2. Essay 1: Why are you interested in joining the ACE team as opposed to another education staff position such as Development Team? Please keep it between 300-500 words.

3. Essay 2: "Myth Buster" Identify a widely accepted belief, theory, approach to teaching children snowsports and dispute its merit. Please include any outside reference sources. If relevant to the argument, please include the age range or development stage of the children. Use photos, video drawing to support your opinion. Please keep between 750-1000 words.

Sue Kramer
Children’s Advanced Educator Coach