Cascade Fest 2017

Congrats to New Level 1 Instructors!

We all had a fun weekend at Cascade-Fest this year. I was honored to help coach 2 PSIA Level 1 Alpine candidates and they (Andre and Dani) both passed! They put in the work and they deserve it. I also got my PSIA Children’s Specialist 1 Accreditation.

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Cascade Mountain 01-01-2017

Awesome Early Season Lessons

I had Christmas in Arizona with my family but once I got back, I was teaching lessons at Cascade and they were really fun. Two in particular were really cool and I’ll share them here. On Saturday, I came in and found out I had a requested private lesson. That’s always great. I had a […]

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Ski Instructor on snow

What Was That Word My Ski Instructor Said?

Us ski instructors totally geek out on skiing. That’s probably why we’re ski instructors. For others who like skiing, once they meet us and hear how we talk, they usually come to realize that there’s more to skiing than just pointing your skis down the hill. We do talk differently and I think it’s best […]

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Pass the PSIA Level 1 Exam

PSIA Level 1 Exam Study Guide is Out!

Need Help Passing the PSIA Level 1 Exam? After the successful release of my book for the PSIA Level 2 Exam, I’ve released a book to help ski instructors pass the PSIA Level 1 Exam. The book is called: My Journey to Level 1: What Helped Me Pass the PSIA Level 1 Exam. In the […]

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4 Book Deal

Skiing Books for Beginners

Beginning Skiing Tips and Techniques If you’re thinking about trying skiing and wondering what to expect, then have I got the tips for you! Starting something new can be exciting and a little scary. It’s fun to learn something new but skiing is an extreme sport and comes with some important safety rules to follow. […]

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Winter weather map/forecast

[UPDATED] Winter Snow Forecast 2016-2017

Well, I’m starting on this report a little earlier this year because of this news I saw: La Niña is officially coming ( If a La Niña does form, it won’t just increase the risks of a more intense Atlantic hurricane season. It could also lead to warmer and drier winters in the southern part […]

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Why Ski?

Why Ski? Psychologists have studied the rationale for skiing – skiers speculate about it – ordinary mortals shake their heads in dismay over it. There is an ambivalence to this sport. There are no scores or points to skiing, but the beauty of movement gives a self-assurance that is better than winning a game. It […]

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Only About a Month Left to Ski in the Midwest!

It seems like we just got good snow and I realized there’s only about a month left – depending on how much snow we get and the temperatures. It’s time to get out there and ski! This winter isn’t too cold, so now is the best time to learn if you don’t know how. A […]

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Congratulations Passing Level 1

Last weekend, all 4 of the PSIA Level 1 candidates I helped train passed their Level 1 Alpine Certification! We only met a few times for training because of the holidays and the lack of snow we had but we made the most of it and I saw improvement in a short amount of time. […]

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PSIA Level 1 Sample Exam Questions

Here are some sample PSIA Level I questions I came up with for the Level 1 candidates I was training last night: We can glide (parallel) and stop using a wedge. Using a parallel progression, introduce turning. We can glide (parallel) and stop using a wedge. Using a wedge progression, introduce turning. We are never-ever […]

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