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Article by Doug Fagel
Noyuki Academy PSIA AASI International Member School.
Hakuba Goryu Ski & Snowboard Resort, Japan.
The 2016-2017 season will be remembered as a winter full of ‘firsts’ for our resorts, schools, and membership. One big first for the Western Division was bringing on our first international member school, Noyuki Academy at Hakuba Goryu Ski & Snowboard Resort in Japan. In December 2016 we operated our first international AASI Level 1 certification course, followed up with another course in April 2017. This brings the Western Division into the fold with a number of other Divisions of PSIA-AASI that are introducing PSIA-AASI standards to resorts and schools around the globe.
While there are other options for ski and snowboard instructor certification in Japan, the PSIA AASI teaching model, and student-centered approach is popular in the growing Asian Markets. Noyuki Academy focuses on teaching Mandarin-speaking students, and their instructors come from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and mainland China to teach for the winter season. The director of Noyuki Academy, Perry Moon, made the trip to our Spring Convention at Mammoth where he successfully completed his AASI Level 2 Ride and his PSIA AASI Freestyle Specialist Level 2. He looks forward to sitting his Level 2 Teach this season and has his sights on the Level 3 Certification for the following season.
We are locking down plans for another set of courses in Japan in December and March of this coming season with both Alpine and Snowboard Level 1 Certifications to be offered. We will be looking towards offering education events overseas for in the future. We are honored to work with Noyuki Academy and helping this talented group of instructors advance professionally. This opportunity also gives us in the Western Division a chance to ramp up our own game, and explore new and fun ways to promote snow sports.
This article appeared in print in the PSIA AASI West EDGE Newsletter Fall 2017 (pdf).