6 Questions with PSIA Alpine Team Member Ann Schorling

Catch up with members of the PSIA-AASI National Team, and the candidates who have been invited to 2021 Team Selection, as they discuss how they are staying in shape this summer, making goals for next winter, and creating new education resources for the association.

This week, we talk to PSIA Alpine Team member Ann Schorling. Listen to this First Chair Podcast in which Ann explains how to incorporate people skills into your lessons.

What is your go-to offseason workout?  

Usually, at this time of year I’m so exhausted that my off-season involves a lot of recovery, yoga, and a gradual reentry into longer cardio workouts to set me up for mountain bike season. This year, for obvious reasons, I got the recovery phase over with earlier than usual. Since Idaho is transitioning into true mud season, my husband and I have been making exercise choices based on the Conditions Du Jour — also in honor of my favorite afternoon topic at National Academy.

Because we are lucky enough to still have backcountry access, so far workouts have included backcountry skiing, skate skiing, fat biking, gravel biking, and running, in addition to at home workouts and yoga. We’re trying to maintain as much variety as possible, and do the most fun thing available on any given day.

Big goals for next season?

I’m really excited to get back on my GS skis and play at higher speeds than I normally do. Professionally, I’m excited about the rollout of People Skills within PSIA-AASI.

Which digital resource would you recommend for other members right now?

Any and all ski footage. The Matrix is great. Old World Cup runs. For other non-skiing online resources, I’ve been taking communication classes using a site called the Great Courses Plus. While you have to pay a monthly fee for it, there are tons of other free education online sites. It has been a nice way to continue to develop myself while I’m stuck at home.

What’s your favorite ski/snowboard movie?

All-time: The Blizzard of Aahhhs; More recently: Valhalla. 

What educational initiative or taskforce project are you working on right now?

Right now, I am very involved with the People Skills Task Force. In conjunction with a bunch of other folks, we are focused on clarifying the message and planning the roll out that will happen this year.

Any shout outs you would like to share?

A huge shout out to any of our members who work in the health sector. Thank you for selflessly going to work every day to take care of the rest of us. In addition, another shout out goes to all the homeschooling parents, who are now working two full-time jobs instead of one. Thinking of you all everyday.