SIA Launches New Training Tool for Ski and Snowboard Shop Employees

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WHO: SnowSports Industries America (SIA)

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WHAT: SIA has developed a new online educational program to replace its traditional Ski Mechanics Workshop (SMW). This new, user-friendly program incorporates all of the best elements of the former in-person-only SMW in an online format to reach a larger audience of shop owners, managers, and employees. The new program is also a fraction of the cost, making it an engaging, effective, and affordable tool in a self-paced environment.


WHEN: Anticipated launch date of Phase 1 is September 21, 2017

The new SMW site will launch in phases over the next nine months, with the first phase anticipated to launch in September in time to train staffs for winter. This phase will focus on risk management, customer assessment/work-ticket documentation, pre-installation/tool use and care, component inspection, binding installation, release-value selection, system inspection/trouble shooting, release testing, final documentation and dispatching, and post-accident reporting.

Future phases will include back-shop service training for tuning, waxing, and retail-floor product sales training and matching, as well as AT and snowboard modules.

COST: Last year, the cost per person to participate in Ski Mechanics Workshop cost was $195-$255 per day. The online platform will be based on the following pricing structure:

Introductory rate for the 2017/18 season (33% savings compared to 2018/19 prices):

$50/year for one person to access to the platform for the 2017/18 season.

$200/year allows up to 5 people to access to the platform for the 2017/18 season.

$400/year allows up to 10 people to access to the platform for the 2017/18 season.

$500/year allows up to 15 people to access to the platform for the 2017/18 season.

Rate for 2018/19 season:

$75/year for one person to access to the platform for the 2018/19 season.

$300/year allows up to 5 people to access to the platform for the 2018/19 season.

$600/year allows up to 10 people to access to the platform for the 2018/19 season.

$900/year allows up to 15 people to access to the platform for the 2018/19 season.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Email workshops@snowsports.org

— About SIA —

SnowSports Industries America (SIA) is a non-profit, member-owned trade association for the winter sports industry. SIA works year-round with snow-sports suppliers, retailers, resorts, reps, and service providers to develop products and programs that support individual and collective business needs. Through research, education, consumer outreach, retail support, and participation initiatives, SIA drives industry growth on every level. SIA also hosts the annual On-Snow Demo/Ski-Ride Fest and the Industry + Intelligence Day, in addition to other events vital to the health of the winter-sports ecosystem. Learn more at Snowsports.org.

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