National Team 2021-24: Meet Amy Gan Bailey
Amy Gan Bailey is a member of the 2021-24 PSIA-AASI National Team where she will help set the standard for snowsports instruction. PSIA-AASI hand-selected the 37 team members – 8 coaches and 29 team members – for their range of skills that allow them to serve as inspirational leaders and build enthusiasm for learning and having fun skiing and riding.
Meet AASI Snowboard Team member Amy Gan Bailey.
Where is your home mountain?
Mount Snow, Vermont
Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
At National Academy in Big Sky, Montana, my group rode to a new area of the mountain and the terrain looked more extreme than it really was. The group had been building off each other’s energy for the previous few days – and when they saw the new terrain that looked intimidating, they worked together to support each other and successfully descend it after initially thinking it wasn’t possible. It was a testament to how much the AASI community supports each other.
What are your specialties as a team member?
Do you have any relevant certifications?
AASI-certified Snowboard Level III with Children’s Specialist 2 and Freestyle Specialist 1 credentials.
Who is your greatest inspiration as an instructor?
Jordan Goode. Her students always come back begging for more, stoked on life, and hoping they just made a new best friend. Every student feels like a rock star when they are with her.
Best part of teaching?
Any time you can get a student to say, “Oh my god, it can be that simple?! I can do that!”
What’s your favorite run at your home mountain?
Nitro or Jaws, depends on what the snow is like!