I'm back again from another skiing adventure. This time I was in Aspen/Snowmass attending PSIA AASI's (Professional Ski Instructor Association, American Association of Snowboard Instructors) 50/50 Celebration. Over 600 snowsport instructors and guests from across the country gathered to celebrate 50 years of snowsports instruction.
The Celebration officially ran from April 4-9, 2011, but I was there from April 2-10. There were instructors there from Virginia to Alaska to Maine to California, and just about everywhere in between. The event was a combination of parties, educational/informational events, and a chance to ski and learn from the best in our industry - The National Demo Team.
The National Demo Team is an elite group of skier/boarders who are the best in the industry. They set the on standards for skiing/boarding, education, coaching, and instruction we all try to achieve. I along with 4 other ski instructors, were lucky enough to ski with National Demo Team Member Doug Pierini for 5 days.
Needless to say it was an incredible week. The instruction, company, snow conditions and events were all exceptional. I'll post more details tomorrow.