OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – Mammoth Mountain, Calif. (Ski Press)-The air was filled with good energy on April 28th as 139 candidates rounded out day one of selection for the PSIA-AASI national teams at sunny Mammoth Mountain, California.
This selection determines who will represent PSIA-AASI as members of the national alpine, snowboard, nordic, and adaptive teams for the next four-year term. These teams are, in many ways, the public face of the association and are responsible for promoting, supporting, and assisting in the development of snowsports education programs and activities.
Thirty-one team members will be selected during the week-long event, which started with a variety of on-hill tasks taking place on piste, off piste, and in the terrain park. Applicants are scored by selectors comprised of current and past team members, national and international coaches, and select PSIA-AASI division examiners.
Later in the week, candidates who make it past the initial cuts will be asked to demonstrate their on-hill teaching abilities, go through an in-depth interview process, and undergo assessment while developing a group project.
There are several new developments in the 2008 National Team Selection. This is the first time that an Adaptive Team will be named separate from the Alpine Team. On the alpine side, two slots are now reserved for "freestyle specialists," and candidates for the Snowboard Team will be able to devote more time to park and pipe riding because of the available terrain. These moves are designed to increase freestyle representation on the teams. Those vying for spots on the Nordic Team will spend more time on track and skate skiing in order to provide more representation relative to telemark.
Coaches for the 2008-2012 teams are Rob Sogard, alpine; Lane Clegg, snowboard; Bill Bowness, adaptive; and Scotty McGee, nordic. Katie Fry is teams manager.