Celebrating our amazing staff!

100% of our staff are now PSIA-AASI certified – one of the few ski schools in the nation to to have achieved this and a first for OAS!

ski for all staff group shot with some in costume and some being goofy

instructor melodie with jeremy of challenge alaska holding their certificates showing they are the first two people ever in the NW to get their PSIA level 3 adaptive certification

Instructor Melodie with Jeremy from Challenge Alaska holding their PSIA Level 3 Adaptive certificates

OAS’ goal is to provide top quality experiences for our athletes and having all of our staff certified through PSIA-AASI (Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors) is a huge step towards that. PSIA-AASI is the world’s largest organization dedicated to teaching people how to ski and snowboard, including certification exams and clinics or education events for instructors. This has been many¬†years in the working and we are one of the few ski schools in the nation to achieve this!

Special shoutout to OAS’ training and Education Manger, Melodie Buell. Not only does she manage all of OAS’ volunteer and instructor training, she is now one of the first people EVER in the Northwest Region to get her Adaptive Level 3 (highest possible certfication!). To top it off, Melodia was also awarded the Nancy Oakes Hall Scholarship for influential women in the snow sports industry to attend PSIA-AASI National Academy.

Hoodoo instructors in the OAS room ready for the alpine level 1 in ski boots


Congratulations to these instructors for achieving their Alpine Level 1 in 2020:

Ben Sparrow

Claire Bjornson

Kamille Flandrena

Marc Bucchieri

Mark Thompson

Rachel O’Connor