AMERICAN SNOWSPORTS EDUCATION ASSOC INC - EDUCATION FOUNDATION

aka Professional Ski Instructors of America - American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI - EF)   |   Lakewood, CO   |  www.thesnowpros.org

Mission

The American Snowsports Education Association, Inc. - Education Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation that provides valuable resources and training for professional instructors and volunteers who teach the skiing and snowboarding public; particularly, those who teach people with physical and cognitive disabilities. Our mission is to support our members as part of the ski and snowboard industry to develop personally and professionally and to create positive learning experiences that are effective, safe and fun for learners of all ages and abilities.

Ruling year info

1972

Interim CEO

Tom Spiess

Main address

133 S Van Gordon St Ste 200

Lakewood, CO 80228 USA

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EIN

23-7191019

NTEE code info

Winter Sports (Snow and Ice) (N68)

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General Overview

The American Snowsports Education Association, Inc.-Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and the funding arm behind the American Snowsports Education Association, Inc., which provides valuable resources and training for professional instructors and volunteers who teach skiing and snowboarding to the general public, especially children and people with disabilities.

The ASEA-Education Foundation provides materials and resources designed to:
1. Advance the understanding of skiing and snowboarding;
2. Advance ski and snowboard instruction;
3. Attract new skiing and riding participants to a healthy lifestyle;
4. Improve the ability of professional and volunteer instructors to provide quality services to the broadest possible range of students, including children and those with disabilities.

Well-trained ski and snowboard instructors provide a positive learning experience for all types of skiers and snowboarders, and offer invaluable opportunities for individuals and families to engage in a healthy lifestyle.

Population(s) Served

This program improves training and morale of adaptive volunteers and instructors by making it possible to distribute complimentary copies of PSIA-AASI educational manuals and guides—including but not limited to Core Concepts for Snowsports Instructors, Park and Pipe Instructor’s Guide, Alpine Technical Manual, Adult Snowboard Handbook, and Nordic Technical Manual—to qualified 501(c)(3) adaptive ski and snowboard schools.

Population(s) Served

The ASEA Education Foundation supported and promoted this program, which provided two PSIA-AASI Team representatives for five days of clinics at the national event for adaptive students and instructors, hosted by Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA), which took place in Breckenridge, Colorado, December 2–8, 2013.

Population(s) Served

ASEA Education Foundation supported and promoted the launch of two new e-learning courses, each focused on developing the necessary introductory teaching and professional skills for ski and snowboard instruction, both on- and off-snow.

Population(s) Served

ASEA Education Foundation supports national standardization by reviewing, amending snowsport instructional standards (adaptive, adaptive snowboard, alpine, snowboard, telemark, and cross country—track and skate—as well as the specialties of children’s and freestyle instruction).
An added value was the increased standardization of PSIA-AASI credentials through the PSIA-AASI Fall Conference (a national standards training event) with at least 80 divisional representatives at Copper Mountain, Colorado.

Population(s) Served

ASEA Education Foundation supports and promotes PSIA-AASI's training clinics in five different disciplines and subsequent exams to help improve the skiing, riding and teaching techniques of its instructors. For snowsports instructors working on their adaptive certifications, it provides training in the use of adaptive equipment and the safety measures critical to ensuring a positive experience for the disabled. These clinics and exams are provided at various locations throughout the country.

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The American Snowsports Education Association Education Foundation (ASEA-EF) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation that operates programs each year that provide valuable resources and training for professional instructors and volunteers who teach skiing and snowboarding to the general public. Some of these projects target people with disabilities (of all ages) making it possible for them to participate in skiing and snowboarding, while others provide adaptive instructors and volunteers with tools to improve their skiing, snowboarding, and teaching skills for a safe and effective winter sports experience.

ASEA's goals are to produce materials and resources designed to:
1. Advance the understanding of skiing and snowboarding;
2. Advance ski and snowboard instruction;
3. Attract new snowsports participants to a healthier lifestyle; and
4. Improve the ability of professional and volunteer instructors to provide quality services to the broadest possible range of students, including children and those with disabilities.
5. To be as transparent as possible with financial, operational and governance issues.

The strategies used to accomplish our goals include:

1. Distributing educational materials through ASEA-Education Foundation's Adaptive Outreach program.
2. Financially supporting The Hartford Ski Spectacular and National Adaptive Academy.
3. Maintaining a Movement Matrix of teaching tips and e-learning resources.
4. Developing and distributing lessons, tips and interest engageing videos through our YouTube Channel.
5. Increasing awareness of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.
6. Improving consistency by updating national certification standards and building digital archives.
7. Conducting program research.
8. Revising and producing relevant educational materials.
9. Audited financial statements for each year are posted online on our website; and the by-laws and annual reports are also posted there for the public to see.

ASEA (also doing business as PSIA-AASI) has nearly 32,000 members who participate throughout the year with dues, teaching lessons, training and learning to increase their skills and providing feedback to the organization through surveys and submitting comments through purposeful channels. Clinics, workshops, conferences, and academies are conducted in all geographic areas of the U.S. so that individual members can participate locally or regionally as well as on a national basis. The PSIA-AASI website www.thesnopros.org makes it possible to distribute materials to volunteers and professional instructors in various mediums - they can order them in print, download as .pdfs, or subscribe to the app that brings them documents digitally. In the interest of transparency, our Board of Directors are posted on our website, as are our annual reports, audited financial statements, list of staff with contact information, the by-laws and other governance information, and the materials and member services. In addition to our website, we employ a YouTube channel to offer skiing and snowboarding tips, to show the impact of our program, and to entice those with a desire to learn to ski into taking that first step onto the slopes. We are also supported through sponsorships, grants, sales of materials, and donations.

There are currently more than 31,700 men and women dedicated to promoting snowsports through instruction as members of PSIA-AASI. During the 2013-14 season, they delivered an estimated 5 million lessons nationwide. Through their dedication these instructors impacted the lives of 30,853 disabled learners, providing more than 68,000 lessons to disabled learners, and spending more than 204,678 hours with them on the snow.
For disabled learners (with both cognitive and physical disabilities), getting out on the slopes and enjoying outdoor exercise, the freedom and excitement of gliding safely down a mountain, and learning new skills helps build the kind of confidence that translates to other areas of their lives.
In 2014, the professional ski and snowboard instructors of America earned the highest industry honor, a 2014 ASAE Power of the Summit Award, for its initiative to provide free training resources and materials to volunteers and professionals who teach snowboarding, alpine and Nordic skiing to people with different developmental and physical abilities.
Demand is growing for instructors who are qualified to teach disabled learners. Families with cognitively or physically disabled family members arrive at area ski hills expecting that the ski school can accommodate them. They are often disappointed to find that not enough qualified instructors are available to work with their disabled family member. For ski resorts, there is a danger that volunteers who are not certified instructors will try to teach disabled learners without using the proper techniques, equipment or safety precautions. This education association is working hard to increase the number of instructors available to ensure a safe and positive snowsport experience for all who come to them wanting one.

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AMERICAN SNOWSPORTS EDUCATION ASSOC INC - EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 10/06/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ed Younglove