Earlier I mentioned that I volunteered to be the PSIA-AASI Area Rep. Well I’ve been asked to be the Rocky Mountain Division PSIA-AASI Area Representative at Monarch. My job is to aid our snowsports school in growing its membership in PSIA-AASI.
In exchange they will waive the Rocky Mountain portion of my PSIA dues. The monetary value is not very much, but I think the opportunities of being involved in helping others and being informed are much greater.
I’ve always felt that PSIA is worth every penny of the dues. Having access to the latest materials in snowsports education, learning from the best skiers and riders, discounts on lift passes at most ski areas, and access to great pro-deals way more than make up for the $90 per year dues very quickly. The ski season hasn’t even started yet and already I’ve made my dues back on equipment and clothing. During the coming season I fully expect to participate in as many clinics as I have time for, honing up on my skills as a snowsports enthusiast and instuctor.
I’ve heard plenty of complaints about PSIA not being worth it, but they usually come from instructors who don’t take advantage of the benefits. From my perspective PSIA has been a positive influence in my life in many ways.