First Chair: Meet Dave Horne + What is the Learning Connection?

Enjoy these two new First Chair Podcasts, including a conversation with Rocky Mountain’s Dave Horne and an in-depth discussion about the Learning Connection.

Meet PSIA-AASI Member Dave Horne

First Chair Podcast catches up with Dave Horne, an Alpine Level III instructor who hails from the Rocky Mountain Division. Dave shares his story about why he decided to pursue his passion to work in the snowsports industry and teach skiing at Vail Mountain. He also talks about what it’s like working in the snowsports industry as a Black ski instructor and shares ideas about how the industry can work to diversity its instructor core.

What is the Learning Connection?

PSIA-AASI National Team Head Coach, Jeb Boyd, and PSIA-AASI Director of Education, Dave Schuiling, talk about the Learning Connection model in this First Chair podcast. Learn about how two of the three tenets, teaching and people skills, are the same across all disciplines. The Learning Connection emphasizes that great lessons rely on the instructor’s ability to offer a blend of people skills, teaching skills, and technical skills. Whether students are new to skiing and riding or experts seeking greater mastery of their chosen sport, this approach creates informative, fun, and personalized experiences that keep students engaged in the learning process for life.