First Chair: An Introduction to PSIA-AASI

This course is designed as an introduction to PSIA. 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 skier and will help you break down movements that are efficient and useful to become more accomplished all over the mountain. This course is open to members and non-members so bring a friend!

This is not a Level I Exam prep event, but an opportunity to ski with new people and explore everything you think you know, and everything that you might not know about how to get better at skiing down snow-covered mountains. Come with an open mind, and leave with a laundry list of things to try back at your home mountain as you continue to progress your own personal skiing and teaching.

But wait, there’s MORE! Everyone who attends both days will receive a copy of the PSIA-AASI Teaching Snowsports Manual – a $40 value!

The fine print:

  • First Chair is not required, but you’ll have a great time and you’ll learn a lot. Plus, if you decide to go on to test for Level I, you will be eligible for a one-day Level I exam instead of the traditional two-day exam.  
  • The course is open to members and non-member instructors. We require a Snowsports School director signature on all First Chair event applications.
  • This is not an exam, just a great educational experience.
  • If you are not a member yet, you may attend for an additional $25 admin fee. If you choose to join PSIA-AASI this season, we will apply the $25 fee toward your first year dues.
  • The $160 event fee is the lowest cost two-day event we offer. It even includes your lift pass!
  • If you are a member, you’ll receive a certificate documenting the completion of the full “First Chair” experience.

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PSIA-AASI Eastern Division
Leader Center for Snowsports Education
5 Columbia Circle
Albany, New York 12203

Phone (518) 452-6095
Fax (518) 452-6099

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