Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Courses Needed to Become a Certified Ski Instructor

Born in Davenport, Iowa, Terry McEnany, MD, worked as a surgeon before beginning a second career as a ski instructor in Aspen, Colorado. Terry McEnany has been employed by the Aspen Skiing Company since 1998 and is one of 31,500 members of the Professional Ski Instructors of America-American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI). In the past 51 years, PSIA-AASI has evolved into an entity with more than 31,500 members.

Founded in 1961, PSIA-AASI certifies instructors once they demonstrate that the teachers can pass on specific curriculum to their students. The organization has three levels of certification. The Rocky Mountain Division of the PSIA-AASI, for example, is holding an Alpine Level 1 Exam at Buttermilk ski area in Aspen beginning February 29, 2016. Candidates must participate in three days of coaching and evaluations to prove their competence to instruct beginning skiers. Association members who successfully complete the program earn a Level 1 Certification.