Canada Snowboard and the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI) are pleased to announce a collaboration arrangement that will see the two organizations work more closely than ever before in their shared goal to develop skilled, knowledgeable and effective on-snow leaders.

 Note: Alyn Nash was an active CASI Instructor and Evaluator based in British Columbia. Sadly, Alyn passed away on September 2, 2017. The following text was presented by CASI National Technical Coordinator, Jeff Chandler, at Alyn’s celebration of life held on September 14th at Big White Resort in British Columbia. Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the British Columbia Evaluator of the Year award will be re-named the "Alyn Nash Memorial Award". Alyn was the first individual to win this award when it was created in 2014.

My first memory of Alyn is from a Level 3 snowboard instructor exam that I was running at the time – somewhere around 2006. I didn't know Alyn well yet, but had met him a time or two so I was at least familiar with some of his jokes. He always had a few of those...some good, some not so much. 

Winter will be back before you know it, but in the meantime check out the various ways the CASI National Technical Team spends the summer months…we asked the team how they get through until the next winter season.

Whatever your situation, take a moment to reflect on what this winter of snowboarding has brought you; the good, the bad and everything in between. Be thankful for the awesome days on the slopes, new friends, time with old friends, opportunity to travel, new certifications, and new knowledge. On the flip side there might be injuries, missed opportunities or unfinished goals.

We typically think of setting our snowboard goals in the fall, but I would like to challenge you to set your goals for next season now, while the taste of the bitter-sweet end of winter is lingering. If you're chasing winter or enjoying summer, think about what you can change to help you reach you goals. For most of us, next season is a long way from now, but it will be here before you know it. With a little thought and some effort, you can use the "off season" to train and help reach your riding goals.

Snowboarding requires a mix of endurance and strength to pressure the board, steer and navigate a variety of terrain and snow conditions.

High intensity interval training (HIIT) is a method of improving both your endurance and strength during action packed workout. HIIT involves periods of high intensity work separated by brief rest periods. As described by the name this is an intense workout and should only be attempted by healthy individuals. Always check with your doctor if you are unsure of your condition or if you feel chest pain, light-headed or experience fainting from physical activity.

Dynamic Warm-up & Core Performance: Dynamic warm-up and “core” performance exercises are two elements that should be included in every exercise program, no matter what the goal may be.

Dynamic warm up includes a series of movements to engage muscles and joints through a full range of motion. This type of warm-up is essential to prepare the body for exercise; it boosts your heart rate and blood flow to the muscles, raises your core temperature and prepares the nervous system. If you are targeting a specific movement or muscle group in your workout then your warm-up should reflect that. Pay attention to your body and focus on your posture and technique; you want to gradually work the muscles/joints into the largest range of motion possible.

Developing the Training Mindset: Physical training is a lot like snowboarding; progression requires practice, discipline, focus and some playtime for experimentation. While what you do for your training is important, how you mentally approach your training is just as crucial.

Before beginning a training session it is essential to have a plan and some goals for your workout. Think about the movements, muscle groups and energy systems you want to develop and create a sequence to follow. Having a plan will help make the most of your time and help keep you on track. If you're working out in a gym, keep the plan flexible so you can work around other people.

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GENEVIÈVE PILOTTO, QUEBEC REGIONAL COORDINATOR
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DOUGLAS MOODER, ONTARIO REGIONAL COORDINATOR
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