June 1, 2014
The Amateur Ski Instructors
Association was formed in 1980 as a 501(c)3 corporation with the mission
to fill the need within ski councils and clubs "to train and
certify candidates interested in teaching skiing at the amateur level,
promote skiing safety, and provide continuing education." That
mission has been fulfilled over the last 34 years.
ASIA has certified
thousands of folks, who have in turn shared their passion for the sport
with countless others. I am forever grateful and proud that I have had
the great pleasure and enjoyment of leading ASIA over that time, and
sharing my passion for skiing and teaching with so many of those of
I sent a missive to the
Board of Directors on April 23 announcing my retirement, and at a May
10th meeting of the ASIA Board of Directors, the Board voted to accept
my resignation as of May 31, 2014, the end of the current ASIA fiscal
year. At that time the Board also voted unanimously to dissolve the
Amateur Ski Instructors Association as of May 31, 2014, in accordance
with the ASIA Constitution and Bylaws.
While dissolution may come
as a surprise, with the changing face of snowsports clubs in general,
there is no longer a call for amateur certification. Once the mission of
an organization has been completed, it is time to dissolve.
ASIA has existed due to the
incredible volunteer support of the many people who have remained
dedicated to the mission. I am so thankful for the support of the Board
of Directors past and present, for their selfless sharing of their time
and expertise. Thanks too, for the dedication of the many founding and
long time ASIA members as well as newer members, who continued to send
dues and donations even though they hadn't been on snow for many years.
Ski clubs and councils have added their support over the 34 years also.
Thanks to the many program coordinators and other volunteers who made
ASIA training programs possible, accessible and fun. Kudos to the many
ASIA and PSIA course conductors who have helped our members advance
their skills by sharing their considerable knowledge of the sport with
ASIA students freely and completely. They have formed the core of the
ASIA training. For sure, it has always been what happened on the snow
that kept members coming back for more, and has made ASIA great!
ASIA has been a PSIA/AASI
Member School. For those ASIA certified members who would like to
continue their education or consider professional certification, contact
the Professional Ski Instructors of America in Albany, NY at
518-452-6095 or visit their website at www.psia-e.org to find about
their programs and certification offerings.
It has been a short walk,
and a great 34 year run! Once again my sincerest thanks to all who have
kept the ASIA spirit alive since 1980. I've always said, "It's all
down hill left and right." May you be blessed with never ending
powder turns, left and right, left and right.
My best wishes to all,
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