Mike Doyle Interview with Ray Allard, President and Chairman of the Board of the PSIA

Ran across this article about PSIA today. It describes PSIA really well. Here is just one of the questions from the interview:

“Do instructors have to spend a certain amount of time in each classification level before advancing?”

“Yes, there are certain requirements involving time between levels and number of hours taught, although very few move through the ranks as quickly as they theoretically could. Most will achieve Level I after a season or two, and those who are committed can usually reach Level II a couple years or more after that. Level III is more difficult, especially for a part-timer, and only a small percentage (15%+/-) ever achieve it.”

Whew, only 15%! No wonder it’s been hard. Plus I’ve heard unoffically that the Rocky Mountain Region has one of the highest standards of the nine regions in the U.S.

Good Info About Skiing

Because of the above article I discovered a bunch of great info about skiing, especially for beginners, at the About.com (http://skiing.about.com) website. Mike Doyle seems to be the main writer. I added a link to it in my sidebar.


  1. Anonymous on December 25, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Rick, thanks for the lessons! I’m still practicing what you taught me and was able to go with my family up to the Continental Divide for some spectacular pictures yesterday. I skiied Skywalker, Sleepy Hollow and Glade to get down – not very pretty but I made it. I’ll take your advice and hope to see you next year for more lessons.

    Merry Christmas!


  2. Off-piste on December 29, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Depending upon the division, several part-time instructors can and do argue that getting to L3 is impossible due to politics and not abilities.

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