A Family Adventure


Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

PSIA Cross Country class at Trapp, Vermont

March 2, 2019
Emilie Phillips

Tyson and I attended a two day cross country ski class at Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont. The class, run by PSIA, covered both teaching skills and personal skiing skills. Hal Westwood instructed. There were eight participants total. In addition to the class, we got to watch the NCAA ski racers warming up for their […]

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PSIA Carving Clinic at Okemo

January 17, 2017
Emilie Phillips

I wanted to broaden my Telemark skills, so we took a racing and carving class — a most un-backcountry like exercise. (Editor’s note this trip was last winter.) Our class had the slopes to ourselves. Okemo was deserted mid-week, right after Martin Luther King day. The first day, trails had a hard icy surface just […]

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Jim Tasse Telemark Clinic

December 19, 2015
Emilie Phillips

There was no natural snow anywhere, and it rained the day before, but the NH AMC pulled off a good clinic at Loon for the ski leaders. A few folks bailed the night before, forecasting solid ice and a Webcam image showing more grass than snow. Most of us had skied only one other day […]

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PSIA cross country instructor training course

December 18, 2014
Emilie Phillips

I went up to Bretton Woods for a 3 day Nordic instructor training course. Last year I received my level 1 at a skate skiing event, so this was my chance to learn how to teach classic. Last year, everyone except me had at least their level 1, and they were all really talented skiers. […]

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Level one cross country

March 3, 2014
Emilie Phillips

I got my PSIA level 1 certification for instructing cross country skiing this weekend! It turned into a lot more work than I expected because the only clinic nearby this year was for skate skiing. So, for my fourth and fifth day on skate skis, I was trying to keep up with some really good […]

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Steeps and Bumps clinic

February 13, 2013
Emilie Phillips

Tyson was due for his PSIA renewal, so he went to a steeps and bumps clinic. (Posted for historical reasons)

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Telemark Video Clinic

January 9, 2012
Emilie Phillips

Sunday and Monday I attended a PSIA telemark clinic. Tyson was unable to attend due to having just started a new job. The clinic was great. There were only 6 students and we were all reasonably matched. The instructors focused on edge releases and the beginning of the turn which is exactly where I have […]

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Norwegian Tele Fling

April 9, 2011
Emilie Phillips

Last weekend we went to the PSIA end of year telemark fling. It’s a combination of lessons and just fun held at Sugarbush VT. The spring snow was excellent. (It happened to also be the first real days of spring skiing on Mt Washington unfortunately for us.) We selected ourselves into the “intermediate” group which […]

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