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SUMMER

2006

PSIA-C: IMPROVING YOUR ORGANIZATION


IN THIS ISSUE
By Engelbert Gal, Alpine Section 6 Director
1 IMPROVING YOUR
While early members of the Central Division plan, but we need your help, yes YOUR help for
could not have imagined the success of the it to work. ORGANIZATION
organization, the organization continues to
improve upon itself and continuously The marketing committee has created a survey 2 NATIONAL DISABLED
innovate. One of our division goals is to online which discusses various topics and
offer members superb education, not only
VETERANS WINTER
projects so that we may better understand you,
on the snow, but in print and online. As part the member. Please take time to visit SPORTS CLINIC
of the continuous improvement, board http://WWW.MYSURVEYONLINE.ORG, and take
members will meet on the third weekend in the survey so that we are better able to 3 CERTIFICATIONS
May to discuss this year’s events and represent your membership when we make our
activities. With a membership of 3,542 financial, education as well as marketing 6 AASI RENEGADE
individuals spanning several states, it is decisions.
important that the board of directors RIDER RALLY
represents its members. It may be difficult The survey is online due to the advantages of
to chat with your board member or have speed and cost. If you need a paper copy, please 8 TRAINERS AND
time to write the office a letter during the contact the office and they will be able to help TESTERS
season, but I ask that you take a few you.
minutes today to let us know what you want
from your organization to do for you. Why should I take the survey? We feel that it is
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important to represent the membership and RECIEVES
Our decisions at the board meetings make decisions that please the membership. By ACHIEVEMENT
generally consist of choices for the best taking the survey, we will be able to show
interest of our membership. When lucky, we attitudes, awareness as well as importance of
AWARD
make actions based on letters and the projects in a quantitative form so we may
conversation with members. However, the improve upon what is important to you. This 11 SMILES OF THE
most trying decisions come from projects also enables the organization to ask you what MONTH
in which we are unsure of the response or you think about ideas and projects so that we
opinions of our members. For example, are better able to manage our resources. Your 12 WHO ARE THESE
does the membership want a paper help,will allow us to improve your organization.
newsletter or a electronic newsletter? Given PEOPLE?
the choice would you want the funds for Please go to MYSURVEYONLINE.ORG to take
printing and postage to be saved, fighting a the survey.
dues increase or perhaps to fund training
for the education staff instead? To
overcome some of the obstacles, we have a
THE CENTRAL LINE NATIONAL DISABLED VETERANS
THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE PROFESSIONAL
SKI INSTRUCTORS OF AMERICA - CENTRAL
WINTER SPORTS CLINIC
PSIA-C 2005/2006 By Engelbert Gal and Dan Lipka
3225 West St. Joseph BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lansing, Michigan 48917
President SNOWMASS COLORADO- The National Disabled Veterans Winter
Phone (517) 327-0601 Wm. “Skip” Dickel
Fax (517) 321-0495 Sports Clinic evolved from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA)
Executive Vice President
info@psia-c.org
Jeff Lewin pioneering efforts in rehabilitation and adaptive sports. The Clinic
General Information Members should
Education Vice President
provides disabled veterans with opportunities for self-development
contact their board representatives to
share concerns or opinions on policies or Kris Agnew and challenge through sports and leisure activities. At the Clinic,
procedures in order that they be more Financial Vice President participants have a chance to develop winter sports skills and take
effectively represented.
Gary Kepler part in a variety of adaptive work-shops, which demonstrate that
Submissions: Submissions of articles,
Marketing Vice President having a disability need not be an obstacle to an active, rewarding life.
photos, and other items for publication are
Tom McIntosh
welcome. All documents that are
submitted will be published on the web, Alpine Directors
therefore they should be submitted in 1 Wm. "Skip" Dickel The first Winter Sports Clinic was held in 1987 at Powderhorn Resort
Microsoft Word Format (7.0 or higher) Jeff Lewin
with the following header: article name, on the Grand Mesa outside of Grand Junction. During this first year,
date and author. Documents can have 2 Brent Heiman 20 staff members gave 87 disabled veterans the opportunity to learn
minimal graphics (GIF/BMP) small size -
no photographs (for website). Photographs 3 Robin K. Roberts to ski using adaptive ski equipment and helped them participate in a
may be submitted to the office and will be Thomas L. McIntosh
published in the Central Line but will not
variety of adaptive activities and workshops. It became apparent over
4 Kris Agnew
be published on the web. Please send to
Walter B. Sappington
the next few years that because of the popularity and therapeutic
the PSIA-C office at the above address.
Articles are accepted on the condition that 5 Douglas Wren
benefits of the Clinic, more support was needed. In 1991, the Disabled
they are released for publication in all Mark D. Foyteck American Veterans (DAV) became a co-sponsor of the event.
PSIA and PSIA division periodicals. PSIA-
C reserves the right to edit all articles. 6 Engelbert Gal
Gary D. Kepler Snowmass hosted the 20th annual disabled veteran’s winter sports
The Central Line, copyright © 2006,
is published four times per year by the Nordic Director clinic. Over 300 veterans from World War II through the Iraq conflicts
Professional Ski Instructors of America- Michael Stockreiter
Central. Permission is hereby given to the were there to learn alpine and nordic skiing, and were introduced to
Professional Ski Instructors of America and Snowboard Directors
other divisions to copy original material 1, 2, 3 Del Schirmer other sports and activities such as rock climbing, scuba diving, trap
from this newsletter providing credit is 4, 5, 6 Mindy Covington shooting, horseback riding, snowmobiling as well as sled hockey.
given to the Professional Ski Instructors of
America-Central and the material is not
Ex-Officio PSIA-N Director Participation is open to U.S. military service veterans with spinal cord
altered. Articles that contain specific John Peppler
injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments, certain
copyright notices may not be reprinted 2005/2006
unless written permission is obtained from EDUCATION FOUNDATION neurological problems and other disabilities. In 2006, a race training
the author. It is requested that a copy of
any publication containing reprinted
BOARD OF DIRECTORS and development program was started to help veterans develop their
material from this newsletter be sent to the President skiing skills to an elite level. Also present at the event were some of
editor at the address above. Wm. "Skip" Dickel
the 200 best adaptive instructors in the country volunteering their
Subscriptions: Persons who are not Executive Vice President
members of PSIA-C can purchase a one- Jeff Lewin
time to teach. It was reported that over 1,000 adaptive ski lessons
year (four issues) subscription to The
Financial Vice President &
were provided to the veterans in only four days.
Central Line for $15. Send your name
and address, along with your check, to Secretary
PSIA-C at the above address. Gary Kepler Dan Lipka was one of six instructors from Boston Mills/
Note: Materials published in The Alpine Directors Brandywine that were there as well as many others from the
Central Line that have been provided by 1 Wm. "Skip" Dickel
persons who are not writing as PSIA-C Jeff Lewin central division. The division would like to thank those individuals
officials are the responsibility of the
2 Brent Heimann
that helped this event become a success.
author and are not necessarily endorsed
by PSIA-C. 3 Robin K. Roberts
PSIA-C STAFF Thomas L. McIntosh For more information about the event, or to help the cause, visit the
Executive Director 4 Kris Agnew website at:
Donnelly K. Eurich Walter B. Sappington
http://www1.va.gov/vetevent/wsc/2006/default.cfm.
5 Douglas Wren
Director of Membership & Mark D. Foyteck
Continuing Education
Katie HC Poindexter 6 Engelbert Gal
Gary D. Kepler
Education Coordinator
Adaptive Directors
Have you participated in a charitable event during your
Kelsey Gregory
David Henderson vacation? We’d like to hear your story!
Membership Coordinator Nordic Director
Timilyn Adams Mike Stockreiter E-mail info@psia-c.org!
Administrative Support Snowboard Directors
Heather Frazier 1, 2, 3 Del Schirmer
4, 5, 6 Mindy Covington
Editor in Chief
Mindy Covington Ex-Officio PSIA-N Director
John Peppler
Director of Financial Services
Contact information can be found
Donna Devereaux at www.psia-c.org/whoswho

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CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS ROSETT, MARY B.
ROTH, JOHN J.
ROULEAU, TODD
RUDZINSKI, STEVEN T.
RUSSELL, ROBERT M
ALPINE LEVEL 1 FLORY, BRITTANY LAWLOR, RYAN SAMALIK, JOANN
FLOYD, JOSH LEACH, MICHAEL R. SAUGSTAD, DL
FORNELL, BENJAMIN JAMES LEADER, CHARLES R.
ACKLAND, JAY G. SCHONS, MICHAEL
FRAHM, JEAN LEBEAU, CATHY
ADAMS, MARY SCHRAUF, DAVE
GEBUHR, TIM LEES, KIMBERLY
ADAMS, RICK SCHWARTZ, STEVEN R.
GESTELAND, ERIC LEUGERS, NORA
ALLEN, CRAIG M. SEDLAK, EMILY J.
GIBSON, DOUGLAS G. LIPINSKI, ROBERT
ALLEN, MARY SHARRITTS, VALERIE
GILL, ALLEN LIVINGSTON, VICTORIA
AMACHER, ANDREW SHUCK, JERRY
GILLILAND, MICHAEL MANN, JEFFREY
AMLIN, KELLIE J. SNYDER, SCOTT
GLAZER, MELISSA A. MATTACK, ANNE E.
ANTONSON, PENNY SOECHTIG, PATRICIA A.
GLEASON, BRETT MCCLINTOCK, MARK
ARENTS, ANDREW SORENSON, LISA
GOODNIGHT, AMY A. MCKEON, BRENDON
ARONA, JEFFREY STENCEL, MICHAEL
GOODNOW, MARGOT MCLEOD, DAVID F.
ASHLEY, RICHARD STOVEKEN, KATY J.
KUHNS MCMICHAEL, COURTNEY
AYRES, JEFFREY D. SZAFRANIEC, GINA
GORSE, JOSEPH H. MERTLIK, ONDREJ
BARNES, AGNES T. TAHTINEN, MITCHELL
GRUNDL, BARBARA METZGER, KATIE
BELAND, BILL TANASIJEVIC, MILAN
HANDELMAN, RAYNA MIERITZ, PAGE
BENSON, CARA TESKE, SARA
HARRISON, DALE MILLER, DANIELLE
BIER, ALLAN THULEEN, RILEY H.
HEHN, MATTHEW MITCHELL, MELINDA
BIES, CHUCK TRABKA, ERIK
HENDRICK, BRYAN MONAHAN, RUSSELL
BIES, KATIE TURNER, SCOTT S.
HENGEL, MICHAEL J. MONTEITH, JODI
BISMACK, BRIAN UCCHINO, JANINE
HENGEL, RICK MONTGOMERY, SIMEN
BLACK, THOMAS UEKERT, JEFF
HESSE, DAVID A. MORENO, MARLENE
BODINE, ANGELA VANARSDALE, SCOTT
HOES, CLAY L. MORLEY, CHRIS
BOHN, THOMAS C. VOSS, CATHERINE
HORNE, DAVID NELSON, JOHN A.
BOYCE, ANNE VOSSBERG, JEANANN M.
HUBER, DUSTAN NEUBAUER, KEVIN M.
BOYCE, SHANNON G. WALOR, JAN
HUBER, JUSTIN K. NEUENSCHWONDER, CINDY
BOYD, CHRISTINE WEIL, RICHARD
HULL, ANDREA S. NOE, KIMBERLY A.
BRIGHT, PAULA DIANE WERLEY, CJ
HYNEK, MAREN NOLAN, GARRETT
BRIGHT, ROBERT A. WHEELER, JOHN
IRVINE, SUSAN NOLL, PATRICK
BRINK, CHRISTIAN WHITE, KEVIN
JACKSON, JEFF NOREEN, BRIAN
BROOKS, EVAN WHITNEY, AMY
JANSEN, KELLY OLSON, FREDERICK
BUNKER, CASSANDRA WILSON, DAVID
JENKINS, ARMELLA C. O'NEILL, JULIE
BURSACK, BENJAMIN R. WIRTH, LAURIE
JOHNSON, ERIK KY O'REILLY, MIKE
BYRNE, NATE WOLTER, CHARLES R.
JOHNSON, GARY W. OSTROV, DANIEL
CALCUTT, ANDREW ZBARACKI, DAVID E.
JOHNSON, KANE OTTESON, SKYE
CARRON, DAVID C. ZIMMERMAN, TOM
JORGENSEN, JAMES PARMER, MATT
CORSI, PAUL J.
JUDGE, ELI PENKHUS, TIM
CORY, KATIE PETRIC
COSTELLO, CLEORA
JUNKER, ANDREW PERKINS, JOSHUA M. ALPINE LEVEL 2
KALTENSTEIN, MICHAEL L. PETERBURS, AMY HOPE
COURTRIGHT, JAMES D.
KARR, RICHARD P. PETERSON, RYAN ADAMEK, CHRISTINE
CREIGHTON, ROSS M.
KAUFMAN, STEVE PICKREL, NANCY ALLEN, GEORGE
DAVIDSON, STEPHEN J.
KAZMAIER, KARL H. PITMAN, BRIAN ALTHOF, DEREK G.
DAWSON, CAROLINE
KELLY, BRIAN POPPENDECK, MARK C. ARNOLD, AMY A.
DENN, LIZ
KIM, JIN H. POULOS, SEAN AUSTIN, CHARLES E.
DODD, MELISSA
KING, SCOTT PRIESTAP, KIMBERLY BAILEY, JON
DYE, SEAN MCKENNA
KOOB, LAUREN N. PRUSAKIEWICZ, JIM BARBU, CATALIN
ELIOPOULOS, BETH
KOSSACK, BEVERLY D. PUTNAM, RICK BOHLAND, BRADLEY
ENGERER, KATELIN
KRAMER, PATRICIA A. RANSOM, VANESSA BOOMGAARDEN, RANDY
ERICKSON, PEGGY Q.
KRAUSS, DANIEL P. RICE, STEPHEN W. CAUSLEY, SUSAN
FARNEY, SHAWN
LAFLEUR, MICHAEL RICHTER, CARL COSTELLO, CLEORA
FERRY, SCOTT
LAMBERT, NANCY RICK, PAUL JAMES CRAIG, ERIN R.
FINER, JEANNIE B.
LARSEN, BRAD ROLLO, SANDRA
FISCHER, ANDREW C.
LARSON, TIMOTHY G. ROPER, AUBREY
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Continued from page 3 VANOSDOL, ANDY R. SCHNEIDER, ANDREA INGRID HELGESEN, JON-ERIK
WILLIAMS, CAROLINE SCOTT-HANCOCK, MEGAN HICKEL, JEFF
SHULAN, JOHN HODAPP, CARRIE ELIZABETH
DIENER, LEROY
FREUCK, JAMES T. ALPINE Level 2 SIMPSON, LARRY
SMIDDY, EMILY
HOFER, JOSEPH D.
HOFFMANN, ALEX J.H.
FRIEDMAN, ERIKA
GRIFFIS, KOREN
Teaching Accredited SMIDDY, FRANK HOLMES, COURTNEY
SMITH, JENNIFER L. HUDIK, MIKE
HIRATA, HIROKI STRASSER, THOMAS INTERONE, ALICE
HOCHSCHIELDT, SANDRA BARKER, ROBERT M.
HERZOG, CHARLES T. VOORHEES, ERIKA IVERSON, SETH
HOLLANDER, LESLIE WESTRA, LIN JETT, KYLE R.
JANULIS, ADAM JONES, GAIL
KINGMAN, GRANT WILEY, JANE JOHNSON, AMY
JENSEN, KAREY L. ZALEWSKI, NANCY JOHNSON, IAN
JOHNSON, ANDREW W. MARKS, JOHN
MAUSSER, JANE KAREN ZATEZALO, RENEE JOHNSON, RANELLE
JONES, DOUGLAS A. JOHNSON, TYLER
KAST, RON K. MEIER, DOROTHY J.
KING, SCOTT MOLITOR, TIM PETER Nordic Downhill Level 1 JONES, CAICEY JO
SMITH, GINNY KABAT, TESS
KUELTHAU, KRISTINE KING, DALE R.
LETOURNEAU-SHEARER, CHERIE RUNSCHKE, JURGEN
KLINKNER, SAMANTHA
LIBBEY, BENJAMIN ALPINE LEVEL 2 Skiing KOETJE, JUSTIN
LILLY, E. BEALE Snowboard Level 1
LUEBKE, DAVID Accredited KORFF, STEFFEN
KOYAMA, ELAINE
LUNDY, CRAIG G. ANDERSON, GARRETT KRAUSS, DANIEL P.
MALOOLY, JOHN CONWAY, DANIEL ANDREWS, DANIELLE KRAUSS, KATHRYN M.
MCGLINCH, DEBORAH F. DEBERNARDI, GERALD LOUIS ANKLAN, SHELLEY LAHNI, PETE
MCGOLDRICK, BRIAN MUTH, GARY ASTORINA, TYLER LAIME, DAVID
MCHUGH, DAN PARK, HEE-CHOL BALL, KATHERINE LAITALA, ERIC J.
MEDITZ, NICHOLAS PHILBIN, JOANN C. BARNES, GREGORY D. LEBLANC, KAREN
MILLER, LARRY SULLIVAN, TRAVIS BEEBE, BRIAN LILLY, JOHN
MUNDY, STEVE BLOEMENDAL, BRIAN MARCELL, TADD
NORTON, DAVID W. BOGUMILL, BRIANNE OLA
POLASKI, KATHLEEN A. Childrens BRADLEY, KATE L.
MARDIS, CHARLES E.
MARTELL, BRANDON
REICHERT, JAMIE L. Accreditation BRENER, ALLAN MARTIN, ALEX
SABO, HARRIETT M. BRITTON, JOSH MAYBERRY, ROBERT T.
SCHIELE, NATHAN BRUNER, ANDREW MCCONNELL, LAUREN
ABRAMS, MICHAEL
SPEIDEL, DEAN BRUSKI, ERIC MEADE, GARRETT
ALBERT, LAURA ANNE
STEUER, ANNE BURKE, JO ANN H. METZ, KIRK
BELL, RANDY
TAHTINEN, DEAN BURNS, TYLER MILLS, SEAN
BLACKHALL, REBECCA ANN
TORNINCASA, LEE J. BUSE, JEFFREY G. MONCHNIK, SCOTT
CARLSON, SHAWN O.
VUKICH, GEORGE CARLSON, PETER MONSON, CLINT
CAUSLEY, SUSAN
WERNER, DEREK CASHMAN, PATRICK MORGAN, JONATHAN
CONNOLLY, OWEN
DAWSON, TERRI S. COBURN, JOSH MOWERY, THEODORE
DEQUINZE, BEVERLY CORDES, JON MURAWSKI, CHRIS
ALPINE LEVEL 3 DONNELLY-KELLEN, LIZ DAITCH, CHARLES S. NEAL, ALEC
GROVEN, HEIDI DEWAAY, REBECCA NEUBAUER, SUZANNE
BARTHEL, LINDA GULLICKSON, MARY BETH DUNGAN, CANDICE NIGRO, JOHN M.
BAYERS, MICHAEL HART, NIKITA FELDKAMP, MARK A. NYGREN, FRED
COLLINS, MATTHEW M. HAYWOOD, KAREN FINLAY II, DAVID R. O NEILL, LORI
CORNELL, MICHAEL HEMSTAD, DIANE FLAHERTY, MAUREEN OSBORNE, MATT
DUNN, CINDY HOBSON, RONALD FRANZ, JEREMY PESTORIOUS, ERIC J.
DUVAL, JOHN INNIS, GEOF FREEMAN, BEN PINCHBECK, SARAH
FERNELIUS, ERIC A. KASCHUBE, CURT A. GANNON, RYAN PINCUS, EVAN
GAL, ENGELBERT J. KING, BERNARD GARVIN, JAMES BODHI POLINSKE, YON
HORNS, JOHN H. MCINTOSH, THOMAS L. GERDES, KATHERINE POOL, RYAN
HYDE, JEFFREY MCKAY, STACEY GIEM, JASON A. RICHNER, KIMBERLY K.
KING, MICHAEL MCNETT, SCOTT GRAPENTINE, WILLY RIESSELMAN, MARY ANNE
NARDELLA, GERALD MEIER, ERIKA GREENE, CINDY RIESTER, GREG
OCONNELL-BENNETT, APRILL POLANSKI, GREGORY M. GRESHOWAK, ADAM RILEY, BRENT D.
SCHMALZL, BIRGIT ROPER, KIMBERLY A. GROB, JEFF RIND, ERIN
SCHNECKLOTH, TIM G. SAYLER, LAURA HABBYSHAW, JOSEPH RINEHART, DANIEL
STOCKINGER, MANUELA HARING, BROOKE ROBERTSON, ROD

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SANDERS, JUSTIN STICKEL, DAVID SCOTT
SANDERS, THOMAS A.
SCHMALZL, BIRGIT
STRICKER, KARIN
WEBER, DALE
STEVENS PASS
SEHIC, TAISA
SEITHAMER, ROBERT
SKI AND
Snowboard Level 3
SENKBEIL, SEAN
SHANKS, CHRIS HUPPERICH, ROB SNOWBOARD
KHARSHAN, MICHAEL
SCHOOL
SHARRITTS, ASHLEY
SHEEHAN, SAM PUTNAM, RICK
SHEREPITA, SARAH STAUDT, CHRISTOPHER
WALDEN, PEGGY Stevens Pass Ski and Snowboard
SHINDELAR, JOSEPH JOHN
WEST, RYAN School offers private, class, group,
SOENKSEN, JEFF
and multiweek lessons for all ages.
SPORA, STACY
STANDEN, CRAIG Nordic Track Level 1 We are rapidly expanding and are
looking for individuals who enjoy
STICKSEL, DOUGLAS LEE, STEPHEN
sharing their passion for
SUBLETT, ADAM LOTTO, SANDY
snowboarding and skiing with
SUTCLIFF, JESSICA MARIE MITTELSTEADT, ERIC
others, with a special need for
TIEMANN, MICHAEL MOORE, TRISHA J.
those who specialize in teaching
TWITE, THERESA PANCI, JOE
children. Trainers and supervisors
VOORHEES, ERIKA RUDOLPH, STEVE
for our adult, youth, and multiweek
WALOR, JAN THOMPSON, SCOTT
programs are also needed. Full and
WENTWORTH, ANDREW WALTERS, TROY part time openings are available for
WISE, BRANDON D.
all positions.
WYZGOSKI, BRYAN
YOUNG, CAMERON Nordic Track Level 2 If you are new to teaching but love
ZIMMERMAN, DAVID
MAYLATH, GLEN helping people, we will supply the
ZINKER, CHRISTINE
training opportunities to help you
be successful. If you are already
Snowboard Level 2 AASI/PSIA certified or have prior
BOLOGNA, JARED ALPINE LEVEL I STUDY ski or snowboard teaching
experience, this is a great school to
CAMPBELL, JEFFERY L.
CAVENDER, ANNA GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE develop your career.
CHENOWETH, MICHAEL Did you know that the Level I Study Guide
COOPER, MICHAEL J. Stevens Pass is located 90 miles
Brent wrote about in the last newsletter is east of Seattle, WA in the heart of
D'ANGELO, JAMES now available online.
EMERSON, JASON the steep and snowy Cascades.
GEBBY, STEPHANIE PERSHERN Shawn Smith, former National
Did you know it is FREE. Yes, FREE.
GRACHEK, MARK D. However, if you feel inclined to pay, you Alpine Demo Team member and
HAWKS, HOWARD E. can still make a donation to the education coach, directs the ski school, and
INTERONE, ALICE foundation by mailing a separate check or Steve Hindman, former National
LOVELESS, BRYAN simply adding a little more to your yearly Nordic Demo Team member,
MALLORY, CODY dues. The Study guide is available at: manages the Adult Program.
http://www.psia-c.org/Education/
MARTINEZ, PABLO
PSIACentralAlpineLevel1StudyGuide2006.pdf To apply, please contact
MCGROARTY, JR., FRANK
Andrea Hartland, Youth Program
MCKINNEY, COREY
manager at 206-812-7383
MORRIS, SETH
OSBORN, RYAN VIDEO MOVEMENT ahartland@stevenspass.com, or
Steve Hindman at 206-812-7379;
PODOLAK, JEREMY
PUTNAM, JILLIAN CLIPS AVAILABLE shindman@stevenspass.com.
REINHART, R. DUSTIN Did you know that the Video Analysis
ROBERTS, JOHN Section Mark Rudy, Alpine Examiner,
ROSS, KATHERINE B. wrote about in the last newsletter can be Don’t forget to pay
SCHROEDER, COREY found online? for next years dues!
SCOTT, LAWRENCE You will need Windows Media Player 9 or
SMITH, CARY greater to view content. You can even
compare your skiing with the models with
Pay 2006-2007 dues
SNYDER, TINA online at psia.org and
SPONSLER, B. ADDISON V1 software. More information is available
at http://www.psia-c.org/Education/ aasi.org
STEVENS, WENDY

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AASI RENEGADE RIDER RALLY 2006
By Phillip Howell, AASI-C Education Staff

JACKSON HOLE, WY — I had the privilege of attending my members try to ride as much as possible and still offer an
first AASI Renegade Rider Rally March 27-31, 2006 at educational experience. Participants are asked to speak
Jackson Hole Resort, Wyoming. We had fresh snow nearly up if they want more feedback or clinicing, otherwise the
every night, superb conditions and a party atmosphere at the group rides hard.
resort all week.
If you are like me and take every opportunity to ride with
The Renegade Rider Rally coincided with the last weekend a D-Team member at a clinic in your division once a
Jackson Hole's celebrated tram would be operating for season, you have not truly ridden with the D-Team. You
public use. After 40 years, the tram is shutting down due to have to attend the Rider Rally to really gain an
its age, limited lift capacity and maintenance cost. The resort appreciation of these guys’ skills and talents.
is still not quite sure how it will replace a lift that deposits
riders at the top of a mountain full of double black diamonds Clinic topics included samplings from each of the "major
and an expansive back country, 10 minutes from the base. food groups" (freeride, freestyle, carving) unless there is
The first time I exited the tram, and saw only one run — a a limitation from the mountain. A day off is scheduled for
long and winding cat track — suitable for anyone who isn't the middle of the five-day event so participants may take
an advanced or expert rider, I got what Jackson Hole is all a break, see the sights or ride at their own pace with
about: steep and challenging terrain. friends or family.

Eric Sheckleton from AASI-NRM, who has been organizing Another great aspect of the Rider Rally is the cost
this event every season since 1999, told me the Renegade can be kept low with great lodging discounts and
Rider Rally started when the newly formed AASI National free lift tickets. I paid $99 per night for slope-
Team decided to hold a national event for side lodging that could have easily fit four
snowboarders similar to the PSIA National people.
Academy. The first
Renegade Rider Rally was To try and give you a feel of what this year's
held in 1999 at Big Mountain, in rally in Jackson Hole was like for me, I’ve
Whitefish, Montana. It was a division event, and the included a diary account of my
concept was to have a mixture of freestyle, free-riding experiences below:
and carving. The goal was to address all aspects of the Y-
model in a fun way and not remotely associated with January 2006 – I’m a little tentative
certification. From there, the event was promoted nationally about registering for the Rider Rally.
as a chance to have fun exploring all aspects of riding at new I’ve heard how much fun it is, and
areas and with great riders from all over. riding at Jackson Hole would be great.
But I’m a little nervous about going alone. Will I fit in? I’m
The first national AASI Rider Rally was held in 2000 in Big from a little bump of a hill in Ohio. Will I be able to ride all
Sky, Montana. The entire AASI Demo Team attended, as well that steep terrain?
as many who were about to try out for the next AASI team.
Since those humble beginnings, the national event has been February 2006 – I did it! I signed up and made my hotel
held at Jackson Hole three times and once each at and flight reservations. I’m going!
Mammoth, Breckenridge/Vail and Snowbird. The rally has
had a different flavor each year, based upon the strengths of Sunday March 26 – Arrived Teton Village late evening
the host resort. Sunday. My room is nice, and it is starting to snow.

At this year's event, 26 riders participated with five of six Day 1 — Kind of nervous ...
national team members and Coach Randy Price. About half went to Gabe Room at
the participants were veterans of prior rallies. The vibe was Snowsports School to
like a meeting with old friends to ride and have fun. The register. Jan and Paula
returning folks keep the event going and energized, Eric said. Lee greeted me.
As a newbie, I felt at home from the first moment, thanks to They gave me
the friendly, down-to-earth attitude of the regulars. a great big

The only rule at the rally is that there are no rules. The clinic
schedule is laid out ahead of time based on participant welcome and asked
requests, but participants can change clinics anytime they me all about where I was
wish. Clinics may also change due to weather or snow from. I’m signed up for “Going
conditions. Many times, riders decide to bug out halfway Outback” with Mikey Franco today. Told Mikey I just
through the day, and that is OK. The clinicians and team flew in from Ohio and did not know if I was ready to hike
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the back country at 10,000 feet on day one. He assured me conscious the D-Team clinicians are. We were in a group
that the group would go at a pace we could all handle and of mixed abilities, yet everyone had fun, and the leaders
not to worry. kept it safe.

10:00 a.m. — My pack is loaded with shovel and probe. After riding today, the organizers put on an après event
Wearing a loaner transceiver, I get on the tram. In the with pizza and beer. Mikey and his partner, Jeff Stein from
warming hut on top of the mountain, Mikey reviewed Worldwide Tribes, www.worldwidetribes.com, presented
avalanche safety and how to use the transceiver. a slide show about their around-the-world snowboarding
expeditions. Very cool stuff! I’m exhausted. It’s another
11:00 a.m. — on our way to 4 Pines, we stop to observe early-to-bed night for me. .
hikers on a peak known as 4 Shadows. We notice two of
them attempting to ski down the face of a spine with a sheer Day 5 — Snowing again. I’m signed up for Park and Pipe
cliff hundreds of feet tall just below them. We watch in awe. again with K.C. Gandee. The group wanted to hit the tram
(Mikey assures us that we will not be taking that route again and warm up on Rendezvous Bowl before hitting
today.) Finally, they reach the edge, take off their skis, rappel the terrain park. We spent the whole morning riding
down to the chute below them and ski out. So, this is powder, trees and groomers up top. Hit the park in the
Jackson Hole! afternoon and wrapped up with some sessions in the
super pipe. What a great finish to the week.
1:00 p.m. — We reach our destination, 4 Pines, after a
couple of short hikes. We ride down one at a After the lift closed, grabbed a pitcher of Last Tram Ale
time in 2-foot deep, nearly untracked and watched an outdoor concert with Toubab Krewe (a
powder. Phish sort of band) until the last rider was off the hill.
Packed and in bed early again.
The rest of the day is spent above the
Hobacks riding steeps, trees and Cheyenne Gully. Saturday, April 1 — Shuttle pick up and headed
Mikey even found a fallen tree in the middle of the home.
woods. He he performed a log slide across it.
In addition to five great days on some of
Skipped dinner and went to bed early. the most challenging terrain I’ve ever ridden, I
learned about back country avalanche safety, how to use
Day 2 — More snow last night. I’m signed up a transceiver, how to use a grid to find someone buried in
for Park and Pipe with Butch Peterson. Found snow, how “rolling out” of the pipe helps you to learn to
out they just cut the pipe. Spent most of the day hitting ride the whole wall, how to do dolphin turns, how to turn
jumps in the beginner park and riding the super pipe. After on steep terrain in deep snow and how to drop into
hucking my body up and out repeatedly, Butch suggested I chutes. I also feel like my tree riding, powder skills and
do some roll-outs to get the feel of riding the whole wall. pipe riding have reached a new level. Best of all, I made a
Took a couple of runs late in the day in the natural half pipe, bunch of new friends and look forward to becoming a
Dicks Ditch. regular starting next year!

Day 3 — Snowing again. This was our scheduled day off. I According to Eric Sheckleton, next years Renegade Rider
wanted to sleep in. Jeff calls me around 10:00 a.m. from his Rally will most likely be at Steamboat Springs, Colorado
cell phone to say the powder is great up top. I race to get in late March or early April. Organizers are working to
ready and meet him at the tram. We ride bowls, trees and keep the price below $400 for five days of riding and four
powder all day. days of clinics, as well as a party at the end of the
session.
Day 4 — More snow last night. I’m signed up for Steeps
with Scott Anfang today. We split into two groups, those Steamboat offers great terrain, a great park, awesome
who simply must ride Corbet’s Couloir before they leave and trees, a fun town and plenty of natural hot springs. It is
those who want something a little less scary. I take the less also Scott Anfang's hometown, so we should have plenty
scary option. We head up on the tram and warm up on of access at to the facilities and secret stashes at the
Rendezvous Bowl and Bivouac Woods. Next we start resort.
dropping into Alta Chutes, with trees and rocks as bumpers,
and then Laramie Bowl. Everyone feels challenged, but safe. Bookmark the AASI-NRM Web site, www.psia-nrm.org.
At times, the snow was waist deep. I caught myself Pictures from this year’s event will be posted soon.
complaining the snow was too deep to turn in, but since it
was steep I had to turn. Today showed me how safety Don’t forget, this event counts for education credit.

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TRAINERS AND TESTERS:
BEWARE THE FUNDAMENTAL ATTRIBUTION ERROR
By Harry Frank, PhD

EXAMINER: “YOUR SKIS ARE STILL SLAPPING DOWN. YOU’RE NOT GETTING A FULL WEIGHT TRANSFER.

CANDIDATE: “THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH MY WEIGHT SHIFT. IT’S MY WAX.”

Another candidate making excuses for poor performance, demonstration of techniques I’d been teaching patroller
right? Probably not. Five decades of research say that the candidates for many years. Until I came to the test element
candidate is probably right. More than fifty years ago, Fritz that every senior candidate dreaded—the “wax test,” in
Heider, a pioneer in the field of social psychology, pointed which a candidate was expected to stride uphill without
out that when we try to explain the actions of other people, poles for 100 yards without backslipping. My wax test
we tend to place too much weight on internal factors (the came at the very end of my examination, on a day in late
actors’ motives, personality traits, abilities, etc.) and ignore March when temperatures had climbed into the low 60s.
external, situational factors. This tendency has come to be By that time, the thin layer of Special Red klister that had
known as the fundamental attribution error. In contrast, the worked like a charm in the early morning had completely
actor--the person whose behavior is under observation-- worn off, and I had no grip whatsoever. Because I had
tends to emphasize external, situational factors (especially if received the highest mark on every other element of the
the action leads to unfavorable outcomes). This discrepancy test, the examiner was clearly distressed when he
between the explanations offered by the observer and those announced that I had failed the wax test—and,
offered by the actor has at least two important roots: First, presumably, the entire exam. I replied, “No, Swix failed the
the actor has a longer track record of observing his or her wax test. It’s a test of wax, not ski skills.” What ski patrol
own behavior than does the observer and is therefore better examiners had long since forgotten was that wax test was
qualified to compare any specific performance with his or originally intended to be the first item on the test schedule,
her “typical” performance. Secondly, the actor and the and its purpose was to ensure that every candidate was
observer are looking at different things: The observer is optimally waxed for local conditions, which might differ
looking on the actor; the actor is looking at the world drastically from candidates’ home area conditions. So
outside. potent is the tendency toward internal attribution that this
test of external (circumstantial) factors became inexorably
Modern attribution theory proposes a four-fold classification transformed into a test of internal skills. (The examiner

INTERNAL EXTERNAL
STABLE Dispositional Tendencies-- Situational Factors—evaluation standards,
skills, abilities, habits, etc. idiosyncrasies of individual judges, task difficulty,
etc.
UNSTABLE Temporary States—transitory Circumstantial Factors--immediate environmental
training effects, motivational conditions—terrain features (e.g., ice patch under
arousal, stress, fatigue, illness, thin snow cover); change of temperature or snow
injury, etc. quality that reduces effectiveness of wax; luck
(good or bad)

of attributions: evidently agreed. He wrote N/A on the scorecard and


passed me. The National Ski Patrol no longer includes the
I became aware of how much the fundamental attribution “wax test” as part of the senior Nordic examination.)
error influences judgment of ski performance when I took
my senior ski patrol test at Crystal Mountain (MI), some four Stable versus Unstable Factors
years after passing my PSIA associate (Level 2) certification.
The ski skills portion of the senior test is geared to PSIA
Level 2 standards, so the test was largely a routine
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The more subtle distinction between stable and unstable 3. Be alert to conditions that may have changed during the
factors came home to me a few years later at a PSIA clinic. course of the exercise--change in temperature,
The examiner asked me to demonstrate the uphill diagonal degradation of snow, etc.
stride for a group of Level 1 candidates and then
enthusiastically congratulated me on how much my 4. Examine the candidate’s equipment. Nordic examiners
technique had “improved” since he last saw me ski. should be particularly attentive to the state of a candidate’s
Because my demonstration was well within my typical wax, which can easily wear off in the course of an
range of performance (if anything, a bit sloppy because the examination.
temperature had risen about 10 degrees since I put on my
grip wax), I was surprised to receive praise from an 5. Perform the skill yourself, using or simulating the
examiner who in the past had tended candidate’s equipment if possible.
to be very critical of my technique.
Then, I realized that both his past 6. Be attentive to the candidate’s performance when he or
criticisms and present praise were she is not being tested. If you see that a candidate
tainted by my typical scheduling of performs a skill appropriately during a “free ski,” use this
PSIA educational events. This observation to upgrade a candidate’s score. Test anxiety is
particular examiner ordinarily a phenomenon that can affect performance dramatically,
saw me at the December fall but which really has little to do with skill.
workshop, which was usually
the first time I’d skied during Author Note: Harry Frank is Professor Emeritus of
the season, but the Level 1 Psychology at the University of Michigan-Flint and a Level
exam prep was near the 3 Nordic Track instructor. He is currently the ski school
end of the season, after director and ski patrol director at the Enchanted Forest
I’d logged close to 1,000 Cross-Country Ski Area in Red River, New Mexico.
kilometers of skiing. I
then had to ask myself how often I’d
fallen prey to the same error when
conducting an early season Nordic
refresher or conducting a ski skills
examination. More generally, how
often do we trainers and testers EFFECTIVE SKI COACHING:
attribute poor performance to
an enduring and A text for coaches and instructors by Tom Reynolds. Price:
characteristic set of flawed $24.95 + 4.00 S/H. VISA/MC accepted. Write New Additions,
skills instead of looking at (and looking for) situational or P.O. Box 883, Farmington, ME 04938. Phone (207) 778-3471
circumstantial factors that might influence performance—
and making those adjustments that might mitigate these
factors?

Ideally, the best way to make a valid assessment of a skill


is to make repeated observations over a long period of
time and under a variety of conditions. That’s why high-
school transcripts are better predictors of college
performance than are entrance exams. Unlike universities,
PSIA examiners must rely entirely on tests—limited
observations under a limited and fixed set of conditions—
so here are a few suggestions that can help us avoid some
of these attributional pitfalls.

1. Listen to the candidate. Ask how the candidate judges


his or her own performance. Was it a typical
performance? If not, why not?

2. Have the candidate repeat the performance while you


focus on the surround--the snow conditions, the trail
conditions, the candidate’s equipment, etc.

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CHARLIE RICE RECEIVES THE LIFE TIME In 1984, Charlie was promoted to Director
of Skiing at Americana Ski Resort with
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD duties that included the training of ski
by Tom McIntosh, Marketing VP instructors. With “Safety, Fun and
Learning” as the theme for the ski school,
At the May Board meeting, your Board of many group discounts. Charlie successfully introduced several
Directors created several new awards to hundred new instructors to our industry.
recognize outstanding member Charlie was an active member of the Through his training many of these went on
contributions to snow sports. The new Playboy Club Ski School before my arrival. to become PSIA Certified and are still
awards are Instructor of the Section, In 1971, I became the Director of the Ray T. teaching today.
Instructor of the Division, and the Life Stemper Ski School with the contract to
Time Achievement Award. It was my operate the ski school at that Lake Geneva Marcus Inc purchased Americana in 1992
pleasure along with Skip Dickel, our resort. Charlie joined our staff then and and Charlie renewed his contract to be the
President, to present our first PSIA was very helpful during the transition to our Director of Skiing. His duties included
Central Lifetime Achievement Award to operating procedures. As our ski school
Charlie Rice on February 19, 2006 at instructor training, lesson coordination,
grew both in lessons given and instructors promotions and guest services. Many of
Sunburst Ski Area.
on staff, Charlie’s position also grew. It the original instructors remain on the staff
would be safe to say that Charlie introduced as well and point significantly
Charlie’s friends and
supporters made several to Charlie as their mentor,
short speeches. Some of example and friend.
the stories were funny and
it was really a great Charlie’s 40 tenure in our
moment in time for industry speaks boldly about
everyone who attended the his commitment to our sport.
event. We took several First, he is well respected by
pictures which you can see skiers, our customers. Their
on our website. This story continued support, time and
is really about Charlie Rice again, lesson after lesson,
and his contribution to our year after year is a statement
sport. My words could not for Charlie by itself. That they
adequately express how
continue in this life sport also
deserving Charlie Rice was
speaks well for Charlie’s
of this award, so you will
commitment to them.
find the following letter
nominating Charlie by Jim
Engel, followed by the Secondly, Charlie’s support for
speech that Charlie Rice his ski instructors knows no
made when he accepted his limits. He will work with them
award. long hours and many seasons
Nomination letter from until they attain their goals.
James Engel: That they return year after year is another
thousands of skiers to this wonderful sport sign of their respect and honor for Charlie.
during those growth years at Playboy.
Finally, others in our industry hold Charlie
In 1982, Playboy was sold to Americana in the highest regard. He has mentored
Resorts which presented another many leaders in the field of operations and
opportunity for Charlie to utilize his instruction. Indeed his personal council
promotional and teaching skills. The new and friendship to me and my family will
contract allowed further group sales and remain with us forever.
Dear Tom,
promotions which produced many more
lessons. Charlie was instrumental in I give Charlie Rice my highest
Please allow this letter to serve as my
developing our “Station Teaching” model recommendation for this lift-time
personal recommendation for Mr. Charlie
and was key in its implementation. Skiers achievement award. Should you require
Rice for a PSIA life time achievement
with groups both large and small benefited further information or details, please feel
award. My association with Charlie began
from the progressive learning system his free to contact me at any time.
over thirty years ago when he joined our ski
station teaching utilized. Skiers progressed
school staff as an instructor. Before this
at their own rate and improved their skills Respectfully submitted,
however, Charlie was owner and operator at
before being allowed to move to the next James Engel
Paradise Valley, as small ski area in East
station. The end result was again many Acceptance Speech from Charlie
Troy Wisconsin. There he promoted skiing
happy and skilled skiers.
to the local community by introducing
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Smiles of the Month
This is a day I will long remember. It is a privilege to stand here
and look out to see all the members who are giving so much to
make PSIA what it is today.

I look back over these past 40 years and recall so many fond
memories. I remember special moments when former students
ski up to me and say, “Charlie, you changed my life. I was ready to
quit and you gave me the confidence I did not have in myself. You
encouraged me throughout the day. Now, here I am teaching
skiing at Deer Valley. I would like you to meet my wife, who I met
here. I would also like you to meet my grandchildren.”

I stand here today with you in present day PSIA each of us


remembering the past, but today there is a fine past, a beautiful
present and a bright future.

The present is an improved relationship with ski area management


with a program to promote a better understanding between the ski SMILIN’ AT SPIRIT MOUNTAIN! JEFF
school and management. The future is bright as we blend all of our LEWIN SENT THESE SMILIN’ FACES TO US.
teaching into one focusing on safety, fun and learning.
IT LOOKS LIKE A BEAUTIFUL BLUE SKY
A better skiing public is our product; the slopes are our workshops. DAY. THANKS FOR THE PIC!

I have always felt obligated to my students and to produce the best SEND IN YOUR GROUP PIC FOR THE
lessons I was capable of. Today I walk tall and I am a proud JULY SMILES OF THE MONTH. (WE’LL
member of this great organization, PSIA. EVEN TAKE THOSE WITH YOU WEARING
SHORTS AND BICYCLE GEAR)
Thank you so much for the honor you have bestowed upon me
with this Lifetime Achievement Award. EMAIL US SMILES AND ARTICLES. THE
DEADLINE WILL BE JULY 10TH.
INFO@PSIA-C.ORG

Recognition of
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Nominate a fellow instructor for


Instructor of the Section for 2006-
2007.
See www.psia-c.org for details.

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WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?


By Engelbert Gal, Alpine Section 6 Director

On Saturday night February 19, 2006 at the Sunburst Ski Area Event,
William “Skip” Dickel, President (left) and Tom McIntosh, Marketing VP (right) recognized Charlie Rice
(center) for his compassion, support and dedication to both Central Division and the snow sports
industry for more than 40 years. You are truly an inspiration to others. On behalf of the Board and the
Members, thank you Charlie Rice for your contribution.

Do you feel that anyone was a major contributor to our organization and feel that they should be
recognized among their peers? If so, please contact info@psia-c.org and tell us about them. We may
recognize them in our next newsletter, feature them in our “Who is this?” section or award them for a
job well done. Enjoy your summer. Think snow!