Friday, November 14, 2008

Full Cert Free Ride Petition: Grass Roots, Lets GO!

This is what your pass might look like, good ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY, if we can get this program going!

For an FAQ on this proposal, and more info, click HERE

To sign the petition, click HERE

For more info on what the heck this is, READ ON!

You'd ski all over the country if you had a free pass, right? You'd make friends at these places and crash on their couch... you'd bring back the dirt bag community ski lifestyle!

You'd be able to tell clients at your resort where they should go when they tell you, "We are going to be on the East Coast in February, but with our kids, where should we ski?" You'd know what to say, because you would have GONE THERE!

And you would have gone there because you'd be welcome, the lift ticket would be free, and there would be a community of instructors who have open couches!

You'd be able to help level the National Standard because while your division would be individual, you'd be traveling, talking, learning, and bringing back ideas from other locations, and sharing your stuff with them!

If you could have a nation wide free pass if you were full cert, you'd have a REASON to join PSIA, commit to your training, and get through. You'd want to road trip with your friends, so you'd encourage them to train, too!

Membership numbers would rise, people in training would rise, numbers of people taking exams would rise, and number of overall full certs in this country would rise!

And you'd have friends all over the country! (Pssst, think we could talk Canada into joining this program?)

This is a GRASS ROOTS MEMBER BASED EFFORT! PSIA knows were talking about it, and they are curious how many people would be into it!

I've talked to lots of ski school directors, and while the scope of the program is logistically difficult, they are interested and open to the idea, every single one of them.

Here's the thought: Pass your 3, get a card with a barcode. Present your full cert PSIA card at any ticket window nationwide, and get your comp lift ticket.

Meet other cool people who love to ski, make friends all over, learn from them, teach to them, and love your ski community.

It may start smaller than that, but THAT'S THE GOAL. The industry is intrigued and PSYCHED to see how many people would be into this. I spent a lot of last season and the season before "floating" the idea with POSITIVE results, so lets keep it going!

Sign up to "attend" this event, send it to everyone you know, skier, snowboarder, instructors and non instructors. We want to see JUST HOW MANY PEOPLE would sign up if they knew this was the carrot at the end of the stick.

If the petition goes well, I'm gonna hit the road and start "interest" meetings at individual resorts.

Lets DO IT!

Kate Howe
Bridger Bowl, MT
L2 Alpine

TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THIS LIST: either join the PSIA Facebook group HERE and click to "attend" this event, or comment below with your name, city, and whether or not you are a PSIA member or instructor. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A CURRENT MEMBER OR INSTRUCTOR to sign this petition! We just want to know how many people would be interested in joining if they knew this were the prize at the end!!


Anonymous said...

Megan Harvey
Aspen, CO
PSIA Level 3 member
Interested in "Full Cert Free Ride"

Anne Mattack said...

Anne Mattack
White Lake, MI
PSIA Level III Instructor
Interested in "Full Cert Free Ride"