I was recently selected to attend the PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) Logan Academy in Vail. Vicki and Kent Logan of Vail have supported the Vail and Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard Schools for years by sending a select few to the PSIA National Academy in Utah in the Spring. This year, in addition to the National Academy, the Logans underwrote a PSIA Academy in Vail.
The Academy brings together members of the PSIA National Team and Vail and Beaver Creek ski instructors for 3 days of personal growth. I was lucky enough to be selected for the Academy.
I skied with Nick Herrin, an 8-year member of the National Team and 7 other instructors from Vail and Beaver Creek. What an incredible 3 days. Nick guided us on an exploration of our own skills and knowledge of the ski instruction universe. Everyone one of us skied away with a much deeper understanding of not only our own strengths and focus areas, but how to translate that knowledge into making us better and stronger ski instructors. It was an experience I wish every ski instructor could go through. Luckily, I think the Logans are planning on making this an annual event.
Most of all, thanks to Nick for his patience, experience, and knowledge that exposed us to new ways of thinking and skiing. I’m both physically and mentally exhausted after the 3 days but would do it again in an instant. The photo above is of our group.