New Podcasts: 2024 Slopes Challenge + Snowsports Education Certificate

The 2024 Slopes Challenge is live this January and so is the long-awaited opportunity to pair your PSIA-AASI teaching journey with a Professional Snowsports Education Certificate from Penn State University.

PSIA-AASI First Chair Podcast Host George Thomas takes a deeper dive into the different ways these two unique offerings can help kick off your season or kickstart your career. You can listen to more First Chair Podcasts on Soundcloud and on Spotify.

2024 Slopes Challenge with Curtis Herbert

Curtis Herbert, the creative mind behind the Slopes app, shares how Slopes started and his goal for the future. Join the Slopes Challenge to track your vertical stats for the month of January. If you ski or ride 100K vertical feet while using the Slopes app, you get a free annual subscription to the app. There will be micro-challenges as well, so make sure you’re using the Slopes app to track your speed, the number of runs you’ve done, your vertical, and much more.

Learn more about the Slopes app by heading to or by searching for “Slopes app” in your app store.


Earn College Credit with the Penn State Professional Snowsports Education Certificate

PSIA-AASI and Penn State University have been collaborating since 2016 on standardizing and unifying the assessment process for exams across the country. Starting this month, you will be able to earn up to nine college credits through PSU’s World Campus by completing the Professional Snowsports Education Certificate.

Dr. Pete Allison, an associate professor in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Penn State University, shares how this completely online education option can be done anywhere. Courses are catered to the outdoor and leisure industry, prepare you to complete a PSIA-AASI Level I certification, and include a course on leadership development. All three courses are meant to onboard, train, and outboard snowsports instructors. There are also plans to create more courses toward Level II and Level III certifications. Learn more about Penn State’s online Certificate Program for Professional Snowsports Education in the First Chair Podcast.