“How’s your morning going?” I asked the man next to me. We were waiting to board the Xcelerator high speed quad at Copper Mountain. With a wicked grin, he laughed, replying, “Better than the alternative.” I had to agree.
It was October 24, and yes, we were skiing. Not only that, but we were skiing some of the best skiers and snowboarders in the world: the PSIA-AASI Teams.
The Best of the Best
As you probably know, PSIA-AASI stands for the Professional Ski Instructors of American/American Association of Snowboard Instructors. Each year in October, about 30 of the best Alpine, Nordic, Adaptive and Snowboard instructors in the country come to Copper Mountain for their fall workshop.
These instructors are members of the PSIA-AASI teams and while at Copper they work with coaches refining their skills both on snow and off, and as one instructor explained, "developing the playbook for the coming season." Responsible for promoting snow sports education and instruction at all levels, these élite instructors teach at their home mountains and travel extensively, working with other professionals across the country (and the world).