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Stacey Gerrish Receives The Education Excellence Award from PSIA-AASI (Professional Ski Instructors of America)

Feb 08, 2023 06:04PM ● By Stephanie Hatley
Stacey Gerrish grew up in Woodstock and learned to ski at the former Mount Tom ski area, where her mom was a ski instructor. Later, she began teaching skiing at Suicide Six, now Saskadena Six. During the pandemic, Stacey received the Education Excellence Award from PSIA-AASI (Professional Ski Instructors of America). This national award recognizes exceptional members who have written PSIA-AASI educational materials, showing a deep commitment to improving resources that help instructors make learning to ski or snowboard fun.

Stacey has shown her dedication to ski education over the years through PSIA-AASI publications that include Core Concepts for Snowsports Instructors, the Children’s Instruction Manual, 2nd edition, the Alpine Children’s Teaching Handbook, and the Snowboard Teaching Handbook. Over the last 30 years, Stacey has been a Rocky Mountain Division Trainer, a Rocky Mountain Children’s Education Committee Chair, and a Children’s Specialist Task Force member.

In a 2021 interview, Stacey shared her appreciation for the people who have inspired her and been part of her journey. “I feel blessed to have chosen my career and to be able to work with so many people. I love training people. I love creating educational materials for our membership, and at the same time, as much as I may give, I receive in return, and it’s just so wonderful.”

She wrote the first handbook in 1990 while working at Beaver Creek. She volunteered to help create educational materials geared toward teaching children how to ski. Even though Stacey has written numerous publications, she says, "The one I’m the most proud of is the Children’s Instruction Manual.”

All in all, Stacey has helped with seven publications with PSIA-AASI, and she’s willing to work on seven more. “I’ve got some ideas. Actually, my main idea right now is coming out of this pandemic and seeing some of the silver linings in the things that we learned around teaching that I think surprised many of us. I’d like us to remember and reflect upon these things but actually take them forward.”

Not only has Stacey improved the ski community with her writings but she’s also a great teacher. Many of her clinics have wait lists, proving that she’s an effective and creative instructor. From your community in Woodstock, Vermont, we cheer you on and celebrate your accomplishments, Stacey! Well done and congratulations!

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