2015 PSIA-AASI Conference Set for October 22-25 at Copper Mountain

For nearly three decades, Terry McEnany, MD, served as a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon at hospitals throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Ohio, California, and Wisconsin, in addition to holding professorships at institutions such as Brown University, the University of California, and Ohio State University. Now a ski instructor in Aspen, Colorado, Terry McEnany helps students of all ages gain their footing on the slopes, and he is a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America.

Each year, the Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) provides a forum for ski and snowboard educators to network and collaborate at the annual PSIA-AASI Fall Conference. Drawing organization members, snowsports school representatives, and leading instructors, the event comprises two portions: the Directors’ Seminar and Education Fall Conference. It allows attendees to stay abreast of developments in technical manuals and the PSIA-AASI National Standards, encouraging collaboration and the development of efficient, objective, and consistent best practices.

The 2015 Fall Conference will take place from October 22 to 25 at Copper Mountain, Colorado, and will include both indoor and on-snow sessions. It will mark the third annual iteration of the Directors’ Seminar, which welcomes ski school directors from across the United States to network with industry leaders and work toward improving business practices and educational standards.


Essential Ski Equipment

An MD with long surgical experience, Dr. Terry McEnany transitioned away from a 30-year career in medicine to dedicate time to public service and studying literature in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During the winter, Terry McEnany, MD, resides in Colorado, where he provides ski instruction at The Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen.

Proper gear can make the difference between having a good or bad ski experience. Skiers should make sure they have all the essentials for safe skiing. When adjusted by trained ski professionals, bindings reduce the potential for leg injuries during falls by releasing the boots from the skis. A helmet with a fastened chin strap is also important during falls and collisions, and a skier should make sure it is an actual ski helmet and not a helmet designed for other sports in order to have enough space for goggles and ventilation.

Goggles and sunglasses offer eye protection from blinding reflections and environmental hazards like tree branches. Sun block is mandatory because of the high altitudes and reflection of sun from the snow.In addition to keeping the hands and fingers warm, ski gloves make it easier to grip poles while skiing.