The APSI Demo Team are responsible for the guidance and evolution of snowsports technique and teaching methods within the Australian snowsports industry.Read more
In conjunction with the APSI technical committee, the Demo Team conceive and develop new ideas that improve snowsports instruction and the lesson experience. These new methods filter down through APSI instructor trainers to snowsports instructors in every resort in Australia. These concepts are then taught to every snowsports enthusiast that attends a lesson in any one of the Australian alpine resorts. The Demo Team's work benefits every skier/boarder/telemarker/nordic/adaptive skier in Australia.
The team is selected every four years and is comprised of the strongest technical demonstrators and progressive teachers in Australia. This team travels around the country providing training and assistance to resort instructors, and instructor trainers. Their recent work involves the development and production of the current APSI teaching manuals, progression booklet and demo DVD.
Along with developing Australian teaching and skiing philosophies, the team is also responsible for representing these philosophies and methods on a world stage at the Interski congress. Not only does this promote the strength of Australian snowsports and its instruction, it is a valuable source of information that is learned from the teams representing other countries and their philosophies.
The representation of Australia at Interski is a fundamental part of maintaining international recognition as a professional training body amongst snowsports organisations. The recognition of our certification system assists Australian snowsports instructors in gaining employment in overseas resorts.
While Australia had a presence at Interski as early as 1987, the first full official Demo Team attended the St. Anton Interski Congress in 1991. This team was instrumental in developing the APSI as an organisation and evolving the snowsports schools across Australia. Over the next 20 years, the team represented Australia at a further 5 Interski congresses and worked tirelessly with the Australian resorts to develop Australian snowsport instruction to the world class level that it is today.
Interski is an international congress held every four years. The purpose being to evolve the snowsports industry through the interchange of ideas, snowsports methodologies, techniques and industry trends among associated nations.Read more
Over 38 countries worldwide send their top snowsports demonstrators (in all disciplines) to present their country's snowsports philosophies and bring back valuable information to progress their organisation. Information is shared through different forums including on-snow workshops, indoor lectures, keynote presentations, nightly demonstration runs and of course the less formal discussions held at the Interski après events. Over the years, the international collaboration of ideas through Interski has been a major contributor to the growth and participation in snowsports worldwide.
Interski International was founded in 1951 in the Arlberg, Austria. Representatives from nations throughout the European Alps came together to share information and opinions about skiing technique and teaching methodology of the time. In the beginning the congress consisted of alpine nations exclusively and was held every two years. In 1971 this changed to every four years and included other disciplines such as Nordic and later Telemark, Snowboard and Adaptive. The first member nation outside of Europe to hold a congress was the United States in 1971 hosted by Aspen, Colorado. Since then, the congresses have been held in Germany, (at the time) Czechoslovakia, Japan, Italy, Canada, Austria and Korea. The penultimate congress was held in congress's birthplace, St. Anton am Arlberg (Austria) in 2011 whilst the most recent was in Ushuaia, Argentina in 2015.
The next Interski congress is scheduled for 2019 and will be held in Pamporovo, Bulgaria.
The current APSI Demo Team consists of eight Alpine Demonstrators, four Snowboard Demonstrators, two Telemark Demonstrator and one Adaptive Demonstrator from resorts around Australia. The team was selected in 2016, through a rigorous two-day selection process at Falls Creek resort in VIC.
This selection of skiers and boarders are coached by Andrew Rae (current APSI General Manager, level four examiner, past Demo Team member, technical committee member and APSI board member).
The team have just begun training together to improve their technique and striving for a similar picture. Most team members spend the northern hemisphere winters at various resorts around the world working on their skiing individually.
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