AASI Releases New Handbook, Names Coaches

PSIA-AASI NAME NEW DEMO TEAM COACHES

December 2, 2003—Lakewood, Colorado—The Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) have named new coaches for the national demonstration teams. Joining the new PSIA-AASI teams manager, Katie Fry, are Rob Sogard, coach of the PSIA Alpine Team; Craig Panarisi, coach of the PSIA Nordic Team; and J. Randy Price, coach of the AASI Snowboard Team.

“The combination of Katie, Rob, Craig, and Randy provides a fresh perspective to coaching, especiallywith new demo teams coming on next season, said PSIA-AASI Executive Director Stephen Over. “As past team members, they continue to honor the progress and professionalism built over the last several years. We’re pleased to have such dynamic coaches propelling the teams of the future.

An eight-year veteran of the PSIA Alpine Demonstration Team, Fry—who is the first woman to hold the teams manager position—will be responsible for all aspects of managing the PSIA Alpine, PSIA Nordic, and AASI Snowboard Teams. Rob Sogard follows in Shawn Smith’s footsteps. Smith served as Alpine Team coach for two terms and has been an Alpine Team member for 27 years. An eight-year veteran of the team, Sogard has also served on PSIA-AASI’s Education and Certification committees. Craig Panarisi continues as the PSIA Nordic Team coach, and J. Randy Price adds a third term to his coaching duties with the AASI Snowboard Team.

Randy Price

• Coach, AASI Snowboard Team
• AASI-Rocky Mountain clinician/examiner
• PSIA and AASI-Rocky Mountain Educational Committee
• Instrumental in developing AASI educational content
• Frequent author and technical reviewer for The Pro Rider magazine

Price turned his enthusiasm for outdoor pursuits into a full-time career beginning in 1984. He has made a living as a commercial raft guide, a rock climbing instructor, and a kayak instructor in addition to teaching snowboarding at Colorado resorts Purgatory, Telluride, Winter Park, and Breckenridge as well as at New Mexico’s Sandia Peak. Price was among the first in the country to earn Level III certification in snowboard instruction when the credential was first offered in 1991. Since then, he’s been an AASI-Rocky Mountain Division examiner and member of the past Snowboard Team before becoming the coach of the current team. Through various print, video, and TV projects, Price has been an advocate of learning how to ride through lessons rather than through trial and error. He helped develop the most recent AASI Snowboard Manual and accompanying video. Photos of him as well as articles and quotes by him have appeared in Transworld Snowboarding, Transworld Snowboarding Business, Snowboard Life, The Pro Rider, Outside Magazine, SKI, Skiing, and Winter Sports Business.

Rob Sogard

• Coach, PSIA National Alpine Team
• Training program manager, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Utah
• PSIA-Intermountain clinician/examiner
• Frequent author and technical reviewer for The Professional Skier magazine
• Past co-chair, PSIA-Intermountain Education and Certification Committees
• Past PSIA Certification Committee chair

Sogard’s teaching career began in 1983 at Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin, where he was a staff trainer and USSA Masters race coach. In 1987, he moved to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, where he taught alpine and nordic downhill before becoming a staff trainer and eventually being named Children’s School supervisor. Sogard became Snowbird’s training program manager in 2002. He also enjoys biking, golf, tennis, and windsurfing. “I’m looking forward to working with Katie and the other team coaches to continue to help increase the value of the teams to our members, divisions, and sponsors, said Sogard. Craig Panarisi

• Coach, PSIA Nordic Team
• Training and program manager for all Instructional Activities – Jackson Hole, WY
• Contributor and technical reviewer for The Professional Skier magazine

Panarisi’s big love is telemark skiing. He began his career in 1983 at Purgatory Ski Resort in Colorado, teaching telemark lessons and driving snowcats. In 1990 he continued telemark skiing as a full-time ski touring guide and staff trainer at the Ski Schools of Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado. The next season, Panarisi moved to Utah to work as a staff trainer, guide, and snowsports instructor at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, where he also juggled his responsibilities with those of assistant ski school director at nearby Solitude. Panarisi recently moved to Jackson Hole to become training and program manager. Highlights of a tenure with PSIA’s Nordic Team that began in 1988 include representing PSIA at Interski events in Austria and Norway as a United States Disabled Ski Team blind skier guide. He also facilitated three one-month ski training courses for the U.S. military’s winter warfare operations. In the summer, Panarisi is an avid paraglider pilot and enjoys fly fishing.

AASI Release New Movement Analysis Handbook

December 2, 2003—Lakewood, Colorado— This season members of the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) will be putting a newly released educational tool to the test on slopes throughout the country. The Snowboard Movement Analysis Handbook¿developed by the AASI Task Force and written by AASI Snowboard Team member Earl Saline¿is a diagnostic tool designed to help instructors evaluate their students’ riding movements during lessons.

“Our biggest challenge was distilling a massive amount of information down to the bare essence of movement analysis and keeping the models simple, says AASI Education Director, Linda Crockett. “But this allowed us to lay out the handbook in a small format making it a functional slope-side tool for instructors.

The book covers a variety of considerations, discussing everything from riders’ cognitive abilities to the effects of terrain conditions to the kind of equipment the rider is using. The handbook’s appendix consists of an extensive listing of common movement problems and covers both causes and fixes. Not intended as a definitive encyclopedia, but rather a compendium of ideas to help instructors practice the art and science of movement analysis, the handbook is a companion resource to the AASI Snowboard Manual and the PSIA-AASI Core Concepts for Snowsports Instructors.

The Snowboard Movement Analysis Handbook will help instructors recognize, understand, and apply the elements of movement analysis in snowboard lessons. By observing movements and knowing how they relate to riding, instructors will be better equipped to help students achieve their goals, to enjoy their snowboarding more than they thought possible and to come back for more.

About PSIA and AASI
PSIA and AASI are nonprofit associations with a combined membership of more than 29,000 members who are dedicated to promoting snowsports through instruction. The associations establish certification standards for ski and snowboard instructors and develop education materials to be used as the core components of most ski and snowboard school training. PSIA and AASI support ski area management through research and development of instructional programs in alpine and nordic skiing, snowboarding, adaptive skiing, and children’s skiing.

About PSIA and AASI Demo Teams

The role of the national demonstration teams is broad and varied, encompassing the complete spectrum of snowsports instruction. The PSIA Alpine Team, the PSIA Nordic Team, and the AASI Snowboard Team are made up of highly committed, skilled individuals who are dedicated to member education, the promotion of snowsports instruction, and the fulfillment of PSIA and AASI’s joint mission to inspire lifelong passion for the mountain experience.

Team members work individually and collectively to help develop and disseminate a national education message to help their fellow members become exceptional snowsports instructors. They play a direct role in the development, review, and delivery of educational programs and publications to members and other constituencies. The teams are dedicated to PSIA-AASI member education, to the promotion of snowsports instruction, and to the fulfillment of the PSIA-AASI vision: Inspiring life-long passion for the mountain experience.ollectively to help develop and disseminate a national education message to help their fellow members become exceptional snowsports instructors. They play a direct role in the development, review, and delivery of educational programs and publications to members and other constituencies. The teams are dedicated to PSIA-AASI member education, to the promotion of snowsports instruction, and to the fulfillment of the PSIA-AASI vision: Inspiring life-long passion for the mountain experience.