Snowsports Management Seminar – VIRTUAL for 2020

The 2020 Snowsports School Management Seminar Registration is online NOW!

Boot up – let’s get this season started!

Don’t miss the 2020 Eastern Division all-new Virtual Snowsports School Management Seminar starting the week of November 30, 2020. We are offering a variety of webinars to help you and your instructors prepare for this coming season. In a year where we’re all going to have to expect the unexpected, you need instructors who are flexible, well-rounded, resilient and ready to take on challenges and opportunities for each and every lesson. We’re here to help give you the tools, ideas for handling guests as well as your staff, and share information about operating your snowsports school.

Upon registering you will receive a unique link for each webinar in your e-mail confirmation. From that confirmation, select the sessions that will help you and your school be successful this season and register for each session now to reserve your spot. Attend as many as you would like, however you must select at least 5 to attain your continuing education credit. Cost is $120 for members or non-members. Remember to register early – price increase will go into effect on Monday, November 23, 2020.

Monday, November 30

2:00 p.m. – Children’s Roundtable Join Bonnie Kolber and Tina Buckley for this interactive discussion on how various schools will be handling children’s lessons this season Get answers and ideas from other resorts and staff. 

5:00 p.m. Keynote: Women Belong on the Mountain Women are some of the most requested instructors in PSIA-AASI, yet they make up only about 30% of our organization. Join Women’s Initiative Task Force members, Leigh Pierini and Karen Haringa, as they discuss the results of the first comprehensive survey regarding the needs of our female membership. Find out what we can do to help increase the number of women in our ranks and in our schools.

7:00 p.m. Snowsports School Director’s Roundtable This session will cover a multitude of topics including keeping your staff motivated and how to build enthusiasm into each and every lesson. You will be contacted a week ahead of time for your own questions and concerns to be presented during this interactive panel discussion.

Tuesday, December 1

2:00 p.m. – Freestyle and Terrain Park Basics with Greg Fatigate and Brian Donovan Do you have staff who are interested in learning how to teach in the terrain parks? This course will provide you with information on how to train your staff with little to no park experience the very basic Freestyle maneuvers and relate them to all-mountain skiing and riding. We will discuss movements that relate to the skills concept and how they vary in the freestyle environment. 

7:00 p.m. – Safety in the Snowsports School with Cindy Dady What is safety in snowsports? We all love the thrill of sliding down the mountain with the wind in our face. We also love sharing our passion for skiing and riding with our students. But what are the boundaries between the raw excitement of the sport, and doing it safely so we can do it again the next day? With that in mind, how do we share the excitement of skiing and snowboarding with our guests, keeping them safe while having fun, so that we can share more of that excitement the next day? Risk Management Specialist Cindy Dady will share information and answer some of your questions regarding safety in snowsports.

Wednesday, December 2

2:00 p.m. – Adaptive Roundtable with Kathy Chandler, Geoff Krill and Augie Young Join this panel discussion covering the questions and concerns YOU have heading into this season. With more and more guests participating in outdoor activities, we anticipate an extremely busy season. Make sure your staff and instructors have the tools and knowledge they need to be successful. You will be contacted one week prior to the webinar for your questions and input.

5:00 p.m. – PSIA-AASI Eastern Division Town Hall Discussion Join Gail Setlock, Snowsports School Management Committee Chair, Don Haringa, PSIA-AASI Eastern Division Director of Education and Programs, and Michael Mendrick, PSIA-AASI Eastern Division CEO. Learn about all the tools available to Snowsports Schools that will help prepare your instructors for a successful season. We have training programs and options to fit your individual needs. Gain insight on all the benefits and resources available to PSIA-AASI Member Schools.

7:00 p.m. Understanding How to Teach Family Lessons with Keri Reid and Joe Forte Be it a formalized lesson product, or differences naturally occurring in any lesson type, the demands of diverse groups challenge instructors to employ their full arsenal of knowledge. Now more than ever, the demand for lessons to be inclusive of all ages, abilities, goals and even discipline is growing. In this session, strategies to help instructors form the right mindset and employ teaching strategies to successfully deliver these challenging lessons will be explored

Thursday, December 3

2:00 p.m. Snowboard Roundtable Led by members of the AASI Steering Committee – Open forum to discuss industry issues and share ideas with your colleagues.

7:00 p.m. Playing with Distance with Bonnie Kolber and Tim Shannon This season physical distancing is a must; learn about the importance of contactless play for children’s skill development. This session will dive deep into age-appropriate games, activities, drills, and tactics that can be best utilized for teaching snowsports in a Covid world.

Friday, December 4

2:00 p.m. Integrating Students with Special Needs/Challenges in Snowsports Lessons with Mary Ellen Whitney and Leslie White Participants will gain insight into handling challenging behavioral issues that may arise in lessons. Such issues include dealing with family relations and class-handling tactics. We’ll share 10 simple techniques to avoid escalating behaviors. We’ll also talk about students who fall into the general classification of Intellectual / developmental or neurocognitive diagnoses and the challenges they may bring to a lesson.

7:00 p.m. Explore Common Movements Between Disciplines with Keith Rodney, Brian Donovan and Kathy Brennan With the possibility that family lessons and multi-discipline lessons (a group lesson for the people you arrived with) will be in higher demand, many instructors will need help on the tech side of the Learning Connection Model. Watch videos with mixed disciplines and focus on the common movements we want to enhance. We’ll also look at the differences, with the idea of helping instructors get familiar with the desirable movements, and how they affect board/ski performance.

 Register today!

Please note: There is a limit of 250 people for each session, so make sure you reserve your spots today.
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