Each October, the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) get together at Copper Mountain, CO for Team Training. The Teams consist of Adaptive, Alpine (including Alpine Freestyle Specialists), Nordic, and Snowboard disciplines. Members of the Teams travel across the U.S. to offer training at member schools and other divisional events. This is the second year of a four year term for the Team members. Over the course of 3 days at Copper, the Teams work on special projects and prepare for the coming season.
The talk at this year's training was simple; it's all about simplicity. Many team members echoed the same comment, they are focusing on "what works" in terms of both ski/board performance and body movements. Getting down to the fundamentals of any sport is no easy task. However, if you can break down movements to their simplest form(s), then you can build them back up. Alpine Team Member, Eric Lipton is quoted in a post written by Peter Kray on PSIA's website stating: "We want to be able to provide the most consistent message we can, and be able to define what is happening on snow in its simplest form." Members of the Snowboard Team also spent some time working on short video tips that they can post online for members and instructors.
The event is successful every year and pumps up the Teams to take the messaging they have created at Copper on the road for the season. One thing is for certain, the time at Copper seems to go by very quickly each year.
Stay tuned for more information as the season gets underway and the Teams take the message on the road.