Online & On Snow

Event: Women’s Summit 2024: In•spire (ON SNOW)
Dates: Sunday, Feb, 25 through Wednesday, Feb. 28
Location: Solitude, UT (discounted lodging will be available)
Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 20
Cost:$540 members / $540 + $35 for non-members (either Ski Patrol or USSA)
Cost Includes: Lift tickets, keynote speaker, all sessions, and après ski events
Registration deadline: Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024

Event: Women’s Virtual Summit (ONLINE)
Thursday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 23, 2024
Location: Online
Continuing Education Units (CEUs): Up to 4 CEUs
Cost: $25/session OR $90 for all four sessions.
Cost Includes: Access to the live session and recordings of each session after the event. 
Registration deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024

Women’s Virtual Summit

Make plans now to attend the Women’s Virtual Summit 2024.

There will be two sessions per day. One in the morning starting at 8:30 a.m. MT and the other in the evening starting at 5:30 p.m. MT. See the session options below and join other female-identifying snowsports pros in a fun networking and education opportunity in a virtual setting.

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Date: Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. MT 
Applying Adaptive Tools and Techniques in All Your Lessons 
Christina Bruno – PSIA-AASI National Adaptive Team

About the Session: Whether you are teaching children or adults, or a group or private lesson, you have likely needed to tailor information and skills to your guests. Adaptive tools and techniques are great resources to deepen your knowledge about the way guests move, think, and feel throughout any lesson, not just adaptive lessons! In this session, you will discover how different body types, common mobility challenges, and the ways guests may think or feel throughout a lesson can be addressed through an adaptive lens to create a successful learning environment.

About Christina:
Christina Bruno is a PSIA-AASI National Adaptive Team member who lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. In addition to instructing full-time on the mountain, she is a PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain and Intermountain adaptive examiner. When she is not leading adaptive training, exams, or lessons, you can find her leading women’s only ski and snowboard camps in Japan and other countries. During the summer she works as an adventure travel guide for a female-only adventure travel company. Instagram @christina.bruno.cb

Date: Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. MT 
Tips for Securing and Effectively Working with High-Level Clients
Emily Lovett – PSIA-AASI Cross Country National Team Coach

About the Session:  In this session, you will learn how to secure and give lessons to higher-ability-level clients. Since female instructors typically end up with many clients who are children or beginners, the speaker will guide how to counteract that. She will also focus on how female coaches and instructors should approach high-ability male clients and how to troubleshoot certain situations to secure clients’ trust and confidence.

About Emily:
More about Emily coming soon.

Date: Friday, Feb. 23, 2024
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. MT 
Discovering Diverse Career Pathways in Snowsports

Katie Brinton – Eastern Alpine Examiner and a senior editor for SAM
Amanda Barnhart – Ski Patrol Director at Laurel Mountain Ski Resort, PA
Lynnea Anderson – Deputy Director of PSIA-AASI Western

About the Session: In this session, you will learn about different opportunities in the snowsports industry. Panelists will share the path they took, the people who helped them along the way, and the skill sets they learned to succeed in their current positions. Each panelist will speak for 30 minutes, including a Q&A session.

About the Speakers:
Katie Brinton is an Alpine examiner in the Eastern Region of PSIA-AASI, and the vice chair of the Eastern Region board of directors. She is based in southern Vermont, where she lives with her husband Eric, son Finn, and dog Remy, and calls Okemo Mountain Resort her home hill. In 2017, she was named one of Ski Area Management (SAM) magazine’s “10 Under 30” in the snowsports industry, a recognition she parlayed into a full-time gig as the senior editor of SAM and its sister publication Adventure Park Insider after several years as a freelance writer. Katie holds a masters in English Literature from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.

Amanda is currently the Ski Patrol Director at Laurel Mountain Ski Resort in Pennsylvania.  Before stepping into that role, Amanda served as their General Manager.  Amanda started her snowsports career at 16 as a ski and snowboard instructor at Hidden Valley, PA.  Amanda worked as their Children’s Supervisor and their Snowsports School Director.  In the summer months, Amanda is one of the operations managers for Wilderness Voyageurs in Ohiopyle, PA, a whitewater rafting and bike tour company. Amanda graduated from Frostburg State University, MD with a dual major in Wildlife and Fisheries and Parks and Recreation. Along with concentrations in Adventure Sports, Forestry, Biology and Geography. Over the last 22 years, Amanda earned several certifications within PSIA-AASI, including Alpine Level 2, Snowboard, Telemark, Cross-County Level 1, CS2, and Advanced Educator. I also have certifications outside the organization such as WFR, OEC, SAR, and SPRAT.


Date: Friday, Feb. 23, 2024
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. MT 
Boot Fitting Done Right
 Amanda Brotman – boot-fitting extraordinaire from Steamboat, Colorado

About the Session: In this session, you will learn why it’s important to see a boot fitter to identify the right boots from the start, for yourself and your clients. In addition, you will receive technical recommendations. Each discipline will be covered, and there will be opportunities for Q&A throughout the session.

About Amanda:
More about Amanda coming soon.

Please Note: All sessions will be recorded. After the event, each session will be available to Women’s Virtual Summit attendees. We encourage you to attend the live event for an engaging educational experience and to ensure you can participate in the sessions that interest you.

Women’s Summit 2024

Come to the Women’s Summit to In•spire — breathe in the encouragement of an aspirational group of women; learn from the best of our educators and team members from around the country; and In•spire — motivate each other to find the confidence you need to advance your snowsports career as an instructor, patroller, or industry leader. Alpine, Cross Country, Snowboard, and Telemark disciplines are all welcome!

Ski or ride with PSIA-AASI National Team members and Alumni Team members including Brenna Kelleher, Zoe Mavis, Ann Schorling, Stephanie Wilkerson, Emily Lovett, Heidi Ettlinger, Mermer Blakeslee, and Carol Levine; and top female educators from across the country.

Speakers include:

    • Keynote: Pamela Lemons, PhD, CMPC, Sports Psychology Consultant
    • Dee Byrne- CEO Palisades Tahoe
    • Amber Broadaway, Solitude COO
    • Peggy Hiller, PSIA-AASI CEO
    • Kelly Pawlak, NSAA CEO
    • Deirdra Walsh, Park City Resort COO
    • Mermer Blakeslee, author and former Team Member
    • Ann Schorling, PSIA-AASI National Team member, Interski Keynote
    • Christine Baker, Big Sky VP of Mountain Sports
    • Heidi Ettlinger, former PSIA-AASI Team member
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Women’s Summit 2024 Agenda

Personal ski/ride skill development will be enhanced through careful use of the Learning Connection Model. Participants will be grouped by skill, aspirations, and goals. Shorter afternoon options will be offered to enhance the overall theme.

Sunday, Feb. 25:

5 – 8 p.m. MT – Registration Opens and Cocktails

6 – 7 p.m. MT – Keynote “Dare to be Extra” – Dr. Pamela Lemons

Dr. Pamela Lemons holds a bachelor’s degree in Music, a master’s degree in Counseling, a Ph.D. in Psycho-Social Aspects of Sport, and a certificate in Life Coaching. She has pursued a career as both a clarinet player and Conductor. During her career in sports, Dr. Lemons has worked extensively with Olympic athletes, medal winners, and World Champions. Dr. Lemons has consulted with a wide range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, professional and sales associations, as well as higher educational institutions.

7 – 8 p.m. MT – Meet the Coaches/Group Assignments

Monday, Feb. 26 – Day 1:

9 – 2 p.m. MT – On hill or trails with group

2:30 – 4 p.m. MT – Options

  • Continue with group or
  • “Engaging and Inspiring Mentoring” – Stephanie Wilkerson: PSIA-AASI National Team Member.
  • “Getting What We Want/Need” – Christine Baker: VP Mountain Sports Big Sky Resort.
  • “Gear focus”– Leslie Baker-Brown and Barclay Rappaport.

5 – 8 p.m. MT –  Apres Ski

5:30-6:30 p.m. MT – Ann Schorling – Interski 2023 Presentation on “Gender Equity in Snowsports Instruction” with Q&A to follow

Tuesday, Feb. 27 – Day 2:

9 – 2 p.m. MT – On hill or trails with group

2:30 – 4 p.m. MT – options

  • Continue with group or
  • The Art of Self-Coaching: Stretching, Knowing, and Respecting your Limits – Mermer Blakeslee, PSIA-AASI National Team Alumni
  • Hosting Awesome Womens Events– Heidi Ettlinger: Demo Team Alumni
  • Gear focus– Leslie Baker-Brown and Barclay Rappaport

5 – 8 p.m. MT – The Effect of Implicit Bias on Career Growth and Development

Facilitated Panel Discussion Featuring:

  • Dee Byrne- CEO Palisades Tahoe
  • Amber Broadway- CEO Solitude Mountain Resort
  • Kelly Pawlak – CEO NSAA
  • Deirdre Walsh – CEO Park City Mountain Resort
  • Peggy Hiller – CEO PSIA/AASI
  • Stephanie Cox – CEO NSP

Wednesday Feb. 28 – Day 3:

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. MT – On hill or trails with group

2 p.m. MT – Finale  Groups gather together for a fun wrap-up and sendoff.

National Ski Patrol members buckle a sled

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