New Podcasts Celebrate Inclusivity and Community

September is the perfect time to discuss how you and your colleagues can create a more inclusive snowsports experience this winter while also fostering a stronger sense of community.

These two new PSIA-AASI First Chair Podcasts take a closer look at upcoming opportunities for continued learning about this topic, along with how one Northwest snowsports school is building its own community-centered success story.

(The links in each of these stories take you to the SoundCloud Podcast Community pages. You can also now listen to the entire First Chair Podcast library on Spotify).

Inclusive Snowsports Group Facilitation with Ryan Latham and Kevin Jordan

First Chair Podcast host George Thomas catches up with Ryan Latham and PSIA Alpine Team member Kevin Jordan from the Aspen Snowmass Snowsports Schools as they prepare to host the Inclusive Snowsports Group Facilitation webinar, Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. MT. This clinic will focus on creating functional knowledge of how to assess a student with a diagnosed or undiagnosed disability using the CAP (Cognitive, Affective, Physical) model and provide tools and strategies to help this student integrate into a group lesson. Register for the Inclusive Snowsports Group Facilitation webinar.

Building Community: A Chat With Mt. Hood Meadows

In this new podcast, George interviews Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon, Snowsports School Director Tyler Barnes, along with alpine trainers Jennifer Lockwood and Katie Foyt. The team talks about how they are working to build community and get more people on the slopes. They also share insight into why the energy they bring to new hire training sets the standard for the entire experience, while in-season end-of-day group runs and daily recaps keep the team going and motivated.