AASI/Snowboard Event Descriptions

Participants should be confident and comfortable skiing or riding on terrain identified.
You may ski or ride on more advanced terrain – what is listed here will be the minimum.
Course Name Prereq Disc Min Cert Max Cert Terrain Format Credits
AASI 20 Year Membership No Snowboard Reg 3 Blue 1 day on snow 6
This one day clinic is only open to members with 20 years or more membership. Offered at a drastically reduced price, participants will ride with like minded staff and celebrate your accomplishments over the years.
AASI Bad Moms No Snowboard Non 3 Blue 2 days on snow 12
This event is offered to members and non-members at the same low price, so bring a friend! AASI Bad Moms will provide the opportunity to ride and socialize with other women who share the passion of snowboarding. Interested participants should feel comfortable riding on all blue and many black trails at the host resort. The collective group will make a strong impact on overall event content.
AASI Demo Team Exam No Snowboard 3 3 Black 2 days on snow 12
This will be a Team of dedicated and talented snowsports pros who want to actively and passionately contribute to the professional growth of the Eastern Division as well as push themselves to achieve their own personal growth. The ultimate goal is to help the Eastern Division provide the best snowsports education and certification possible. In addition, some members of this Team may choose to represent the Eastern Division at the National Team Tryouts.
AASI Level I Exam – Combined Exams No Snowboard Reg Reg Blue 3 days on snow 18
The Certified Level I process consists of an assessment of basic riding skills, teaching skills, and professional knowledge (which refers to technical and mechanical knowledge as well as to knowledge of guest service, AASI, the snowsports industry, and risk management). The course includes a written workbook; riding and teaching scenarios; and a technical discussion regarding how students learn and progress from the Beginner/Novice to Intermediate Zones. Combined with CS1 or FS1, candidates would be required to complete both workbooks. The required workbook takes a significant amount of time to complete, please plan accordingly.Snowsports School Director’s Signature required on all exam applications.
AASI Snow Pro Jam No Snowboard Reg 3 Blue/Black 5 days on snow 30
Pro Jam is the gathering spot for nearly 500 snowsports instructors, sponsors, and guests from all over the East Coast. Most days include an apres-ride activity, culminating in a dinner and dance on Thursday evening. There’s also a "super raffle" – with exceptional prizes provided by our sponsors and industry partners to benefit the Education Foundation and Membership Scholarship Fund.
Dynamic Riding No Snowboard 1 3 Blue and Black 1 day on snow 06
This course is designed with LOTS of riding in mind. Use this one-day clinic to fulfill half of your required update (6 Educational Credits), just for fun, or to help in preparing for the riding portion of an Exam. Be prepared to explore most, if not all, of the terrain our host mountain has to offer. Riding improvement and tactical choices of terrain and snow conditions is the main focus within this group.
First Chair No Snowboard Non Reg Groomed Blue 2 days on snow 12
A brand-new event that is open to both members and non-members, so bring a friend! With classes for skiers or snowboarders, this course is designed as an introduction to either AASI or PSIA. Whether you ride a snowboard or skis, you’ll spend two days ripping around a resort with an Ed Staff member and a group of like-minded snowsports instructors. You’ll explore new terrain, tactics, and techniques that will make you a better personal rider and will help you break down movements that are efficient and useful to become more accomplished all over the mountain.
Freestyle Camp 2 Day No Snowboard 1 3 Terrain Park 2 days on snow 12
Whether you’re just getting introduced to the park or are a seasoned veteran, this is a great course to ramp up your skills. Park, Pipe, Rails, or Flatland tricks, this course will help you take your riding and teaching to that next level.
Freestyle Specialist 1 No Snowboard 1 3 Terrain Park 2 days on snow 12
This course is designed for instructors who teach their guests in freestyle arenas from time to time. Participants are required to be able to teach and ride in the park at a “basic” level. You will review, and be assessed in, the basics of park and pipe (as available), riding skills and teaching techniques.
Freestyle Specialist 2 No Snowboard 2 3 Terrain Park 2 days on snow 12
Freestyle Specialist 2 is the mid-level freestyle education course for PSIA and AASI, and includes an evaluation component. The course includes a written workbook; skiing/riding and teaching scenarios; and a technical discussion regarding how individuals learn and progress to intermediate zones. Participants will integrate their technical understanding of the ATML model and Smart Style with movement analysis and teaching activities for freestyle in the intermediate zones.
Freestyle Specialist 3 No Snowboard 2 3 Terrain Park 2 days on snow 12
Freestyle Specialist 3 is the expert-level freestyle education course for PSIA and AASI, and it includes an evaluation component. The course includes a written workbook; skiing/riding and teaching scenarios; and a technical discussion regarding how individuals learn and progress to advanced freestyle zones. Participants will integrate all knowledge, experience and skill for any and all applications of freestyle.
Half Pipe Camp 2 Day No Snowboard 1 3 Terrain Park 2 days on snow 12
Whether you are just getting introduced to the Half Pipe, are looking to up your Half Pipe level to prepare for a certification Exam or Freestyle Specialist accreditation, or are a seasoned veteran of the HalfPipe, this is a great course to ramp up your skills. This two-day Camp will spend the majority of the time riding the Half Pipe and will focus on personal riding and teaching goals in the Half Pipe.
Level II Exam Prep Yes Snowboard 1 1 Groomed Black 2 days on snow 12
This course is designed for snowboarding instructors who want to have their overall program assessed, based on the AASI Level II standards. The course is 40% riding, 40% teaching and 20% other tasks which will be used to access the instructor’s professional knowledge. Feedback will follow AASI Exam Assessment Form. Coaching is provided for personal riding, teaching and movement analysis. Riding and teaching tasks and situations will be similar to those chosen at the Level II Certification Course. At the end of this course, you will be provided with an assessment of your skills, including riding, teaching methodology and professional knowledge. Riders should come to this course prepared to share information, ride exam style tasks and deliver a brief teaching segment to the group. Wearing a helmet is not required, but is encouraged at this course.
Level III Exam Prep Yes Snowboard 2 2 Nearly All 2 days on snow 12
A mock exam is a great way to help prepare for the real thing. This course presents the scenarios and expectations you may experience in exams, as the clinician provides coaching and feedback. A great “dry run” to see where your development is, in relation to the standards.
Movement Analysis Yes Snowboard 1 3 Black 2 days on snow 12
This course will focus on Movement Analysis (MA) technique, using observations of riding to establish the root cause and the effects of movement patterns. You will analyze and critique the riding of other members of your group. Other members of the group will critique and/or videotape your riding. The course will review techniques to accurately observe and concisely describe snowboarding. You will practice using assessment techniques to develop a more accurate knowledge of cause and effect relationships between rider and snowboard. Wearing a helmet is not required, but is encouraged at this course.
Off Piste No Snowboard 1 3 All 2 days on snow 12
A riding prerequisite is required for this course unless a member has Level 3 Certification. You’ll be challenged, thrilled, and exhausted by some of the knarliest trees and steeps on the east coast. Explore new ways to ride extreme terrain, exercise body and mind, and continue to develop your off-piste skills. Level 1 and 2 applicants must first attend and pass the one-day riding assessment.
Online Professional Knowledge Exam No Multi 1 2 N/A Online 0
The online professional knowledge exam consists of 50 randomly selected multiple-choice questions. The professional knowledge exam score is independent of the on snow portion of the exam. A candidate must receive a score of 70% or higher on the professional knowledge exam to be successful. A candidate’s successful score will be recorded in the Eastern Office. Candidates will have two attempts per registration. If the exam candidate does not achieve 70% or higher at either attempt, the exam candidate will have to register a second time. You will have access to the online exam 24/7 between August 15 and April 15 of each year. Once your application is processed, you will receive a separate email within two business days with a link to take the online exam. Should a member require special arrangements for taking the exam, or does not have online access, arrangements can be made through the PSIA-E Office by contacting the Education and Programs Department at 518-452-6095.
Riding Concepts Yes Snowboard 1 3 Blue/Black 2 days on snow 12
This course is designed for experienced snowboarding instructors who are developing their riding as a whole and demonstrating overall skills (see Moguls, Carving, Steeps, Trees, etc. for more specific content). The course begins with a review of the riding concepts and applies the concepts in various riding situations found in the Y model and ‘tasks’ that may be used in exams. Achieve personal riding improvement by discussing and experimenting with different movement and performance options. Come to this course prepared to try new things. This course will give you ideas and information that you can use to push your riding and coaching/teaching to a new level. You will develop information used for personal riding improvement into practical teaching tools that can be used with your students. Wearing a helmet is not required, but is encouraged at this course.
Powder Camp No Multi Reg 3 Off Piste 2 days on snow 12
This course focuses on riding steep and varied terrain covered in as much deep snow as Mother Nature provides. We schedule this event in a window that historically delivers lots of fresh East Coast powder to Jay Peak, Vermont, and you will have Ed Staff guides that know how to find the best stashes of snow hidden around the resort. Whether you are just developing your skills or pressing the envelope of what your legs and equipment can handle, this course will thrill you. We’ll divide groups based on riding ability and desired focus.
Riding Concepts Yes Snowboard 1 3 Blue/Black 2 days on snow 12
This course is designed for experienced snowboarding instructors who are developing their riding as a whole and demonstrating overall skills (see Moguls, Carving, Steeps, Trees, etc. for more specific content). The course begins with a review of the riding concepts and applies the concepts in various riding situations found in the Y model and ‘tasks’ that may be used in exams. Achieve personal riding improvement by discussing and experimenting with different movement and performance options. Come to this course prepared to try new things. This course will give you ideas and information that you can use to push your riding and coaching/teaching to a new level. You will develop information used for personal riding improvement into practical teaching tools that can be used with your students. Wearing a helmet is not required, but is encouraged at this course.
Riding Reassessment/Retake No Snowboard 1 2 Black 1 day on snow 06
Riding assessment/retake events are designed for snowboarding instructors who want to have their riding assessed, based on the AASI Level II or III standards as appropriate. The course is 80% riding, 20% coaching. Coaching is provided for personal riding improvement. Riding tasks and situations will be similar to those chosen at the Level II and III Certification Exams. At the end of this course, you will be provided with a written assessment of your riding skills, including an overall score for the riding category. The assessment you receive is based on your performance that day and cannot accurately determine actual performance at the Certification Exams. Members who have participated in an exam and are eligible for a “Riding Retake” may use a passing score from this course to complete their Level II or III Certification as appropriate. Wearing a helmet is not required, but is encouraged at this course. Snowsports School Director’s signature is required for retakes.
Snowskating No Snowboard Non 3 Terrain Park 1 day on snow 06
These clinics are open to beginner through expert. This clinic will be experienced based – group driven clinics, NOT a how to snowskate a certain way clinic. The clinic at Stratton Mountain will have equipment available on a first come first served basis. We hope to have equipment available at Bristol Mountain and Liberty Mountains as well. For Jay Peak event, only intermediate to expert candidates should attend. Participants should be able to ride off a fixed grip lift with steep exit ramps. We would consider an intermediate rider someone who can carve down all blues & easy blacks on a snowskate.
Spring Rally No Snowboard 1 3 Blue/Black 2 days on snow 12
A super weekend of riding, training and skill improvement! There will be an “Après-Ski Party” and spring celebration on Saturday afternoon at the mountain. And, don’t forget the Hannes Schneider Memorial Race held on Sunday.
Steeps Camp 2 Day No Snowboard 1 3 Blue/Black 2 days on snow 12
This course is offered in a two day or three day format. Whether you are just developing your skills or pressing the envelope of what your legs and equipment can handle, this course will thrill you. We’ll divide groups based on riding ability and desired focus, and explore the best terrain on the mountain.
Teaching Concepts Yes Snowboard 1 3 Blue/Black 2 days on snow 12
This course is designed for experienced snowboarding instructors who are developing teaching skills. The course begins with a review of teaching and learning concepts and applies the concepts in various learning situations. Practice developing and presenting action plans. Use movement analysis to adapt basic teaching programs to individuals in your group. Achieve personal riding improvement by applying concepts from teaching segments to your riding level. Discuss and experiment with different movement and performance options.
Trees Camp 2 Day No Snowboard 1 3 Blue/Black 2 days on snow 12
This course is offered in a two day or three day format. Smaller groups are planned for this course which provides better matching of the skill level and aggressiveness of the participants. Learn solid tactics and develop your tree riding skills with this course.
Trees Camp 3 Day No Snowboard 1 3 Black 3 days on snow 18
When two days just isn’t enough for your legs, sign up for three! The third day follows the two-day camp and is designed for riders who are experienced in trees and want more riding time with other experienced and skilled riders.
Women’s Camp No Snowboard Non 3 Blue/Black 2 days on snow 12
These two-day Camps are located at various resorts throughout the eastern division and count as an educational update. This Camp is offered to members and non-members at the same low price, so bring a friend! The Women’s Camp will provide the opportunity to ride and socialize with other women who share the passion of snowboarding. Interested participants should feel comfortable riding on all blue and many black trails at the host resort. The collective group will make a strong impact on overall event content. The high staff:participant ratio will assure more individual attention than most of our other events, and an open forum near the end of the first camp day will allow all participants an opportunity to help shape the direction that AASI and the industry takes in the future. Come join us!
Women’s Park Camp No Snowboard Non 3 Blue/Black 2 days on snow 12
Just like Freestyle Camp, but with the ability to learn and progress in a group of all women! Whether you’re just getting introduced to the park or are a seasoned veteran, this is a great course to ramp up your skills. Park, Pipe, Rails, or Flatland tricks, this course will help you take your riding and teaching to that next level.

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