Code of Conduct

The Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AAI) ("we") provide The Community discussion platform ("The Community") to you, the members of PSIA-AASI. You are the best professional ski and snowboard instructors from around the world, and you make The Community worthy of that status.

The Community is an educational tool provided as a member benefit and therefore will be monitored by PSIA-AASI. To make sure that The Community is helpful and enjoyable for all of you, we ask you to join us in observing the following simple rules and letting us know if others do not. We can and will remove those who violate the rules or hinder positive, professional discussion.

Be reasonable and civil to each other. Bring value to discussions. Be helpful. Encourage one another. Highlight trends and share stories, studies, resources, and thoughts to further each other’s knowledge of snowsports instruction

Be respectful of other members’ opinions: everyone is entitled to express themselves…even if you disagree.

Never:

  • Harass, abuse, threaten, or attack individuals or groups
  • Use language that is derogatory, unprofessional, or disrespectful
  • Post content that is not directly related to snowsports education or instruction.
  • Post anything that is harmful to minors, obscene/pornographic, objectionable, or that violates any U.S. law
  • Infringe on the intellectual property, privacy or other rights of third parties
  • Post anything you consider confidential
  • Post multi-level marketing or other pyramid scheme offers
  • Offer, sell, or otherwise advertise products or services that you or your company sells or offers.
  • Send spam
  • Interfere with or disrupt the normal use of the Group by other authorized users or the servers and networks associated with the Group
  • Post links to your own blog posts or links about your own products if your blog posts/products have no specific mention of PSIA-AASI, ski and snowboard instruction or related fields.

Disciplinary policy. Abuse of the forum rules will result in the following disciplinary process. First infraction receives a warning email and removal of post. A second infraction will put the member into full moderation, requiring approval of all posts before they go live. Posts that continue to violate the code of conduct and do not receive approval will result in a third infraction and possible banning at the discretion of the moderation team.

NO RESPONSIBILITY/NO LIABILITY

We are not responsible or liable for any content posted by Community members. You are responsible for the information that you post and for the consequences of posting that information. You use this Community at your own risk and understand and agree that we provide no express or implied warranties about the Community. By posting to the Community, you waive any legal or equitable rights or remedies you may have against us and our affiliates with respect to your use of the Community and these rules.

If you believe that a posting violates these rules, please alert us. We will consider the reported problem and take action that we believe is appropriate.

If you have any questions, please email us at memberservices@thesnowpros.org.


PSIA-AASI Website Terms of Service

Welcome

Welcome to the Website of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (“we” “us”).   

 

When you use the Website, whether you are a visitor or an association member (“Member”), you agree to the following Terms of Service (“Terms”).  Please read the Terms carefully.  

Purpose and Use

We provide the Website and the Website’s text, images, video, graphics and multimedia files created by us, our partners, sponsors, advertisers and Members (“Content”) for educational and informational purposes only.

 

You agree to use the Website, the Content, and the services provided on the Website (“Services”) only for purposes permitted by these Terms and any applicable law, regulation or generally accepted practices in your jurisdiction.  You will not:

 

  • Interfere with or disrupt the Website, the normal use of the Website by other authorized users, the Content, the Services or the servers and networks associated with the Website;
  • Upload any unlawful Materials; or
  • Use the Website in violation of local, state, or national law.

Properties

We and our affiliates own the Website, our name, PROFESSIONAL SKI INSTRUCTORS OF AMERICA®, PSIA®, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SNOWBOARD INSTRUCTORS®, AASI®, AMERICAN TEACHING SYSTEM®, GO WITH A PRO®, THE PROFESSIONAL SKIIER®, 32 DEGREES THE JOURNAL OF PROFESSIONAL SNOWSPORTS INSTRUCTION®, THE PRO RIDERä and related trademarks, service marks, membership marks, designs and logos that we use on the Website and in commerce (collectively “Properties”). 

Unless we permit you in writing, you may not copy, sell, trade, use or allow others to use these Properties.  All other trademarks that appear on the Website are the property of their respective owners and are used only to refer to those companies’ goods and services.

 

Address your questions concerning using our Properties to:

 

PSIA-AASI
133 South Van Gordon Street, Ste. 200 
Lakewood, CO 80228

 

Content, Information and Materials

The Content is the responsibility of the Content provider.  We are not responsible or liable for the Content provided by others.  Some Content may be protected by intellectual property rights owned by partners, sponsors, advertisers or Members providing that Content to us.  Unless we permit you in writing, you may not copy, sell, trade, use or allow others to use the Content.

You are responsible for the information that you provide to us about yourself (“Information”) as a visitor or as a Member in the members-only portion of the Website (“Members Only Area”), for materials that you create and post to the Website (“Materials”), and for the consequences of providing us with that Information or those Materials.

 

If you post your Materials to the Website, you:

  • Will identify yourself as author of the Materials;
  • Warrant that the Materials are true and do not violate these Terms or any rights of any third party;
  • Grant us a nonexclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, sub-licensable, royalty-free license to use, store, display, publish, transmit, transfer, distribute, reproduce, aggregate the Materials with other Content, create derivative works of and publicly perform the Materials for any purpose, in any form, medium, or technology now known or later developed; and
  • Indemnify us, our affiliates, officers, employees, agents, partners, sponsors and advertisers from any and all liability, damages or expenses whatsoever due, directly or indirectly, to any cause of action arising out of the Materials.


We are not obligated to publish or pay for your Materials.  We will not publish the Materials if we believe those Materials are:

 

  • Defamatory, libelous, threatening, vulgar, sexual explicit, abusive, profane, rude, obscene or anonymous;
  • Advertising, promotions or solicitations that we have not pre-approved; 
  • Falsely attributed to anyone other than you; or
  • Infringing third party intellectual properties.       

 

Privacy

What Information we gather

 

You decide how much of your Information you disclose to us.

 

For visitors, we gather Information needed to process your transactions and fulfill your requests, including contact information that you provide and demographic information that you volunteer via applications or surveys.

 

For Members, we gather Information necessary to maintain our membership records, communicate with you, and provide you with benefits.  This may include your name, e-mail address, phone number, address, and email address, your Member number, your password, your affiliations, your professional development, your participation in the Association, and demographic information that you volunteer via applications or surveys.

 

You are responsible for the accuracy of the Information that you provide and for maintaining the secrecy of your password and your account Information.  You may correct and update your Information at any time on the Website.  We periodically audit the Information and will remove information that is incomplete or which you or a Division has informed us is inaccurate.

 

If you place an order at our Website, we gather your payment information only long enough to process your transaction.  If you want to order but do not want to provide your payment information online, you may mail or fax your order to us.  We will not retain or store your payment information after the transaction is processed, nor will we sell, share or provide that information to third parties.  During your online order, our server will assign your browser a unique identification number stored in a file on your computer (“Cookie”) unless you have disabled Cookies on your computer.  Cookies identify your browser, but not you personally, to our computers whenever you interact on our Website.

 

We gather and archive basic Website logging statistics showing the daily number of visitors to our Website and its subdirectories, daily requests for particular files, originating server locations and server or browser domain names. We use these aggregated statistics internally to provide better service to the public, but we may also provide these statistics to others.

 

What Information we do not gather

 

  • Non-public personal information such as your Social Security number or any other information that could be used to determine credit- or employment-worthiness. 
  • Non-public personal information that you may post on our social media site.  You control the content and the degree that this information is public using the tools on that site.  If you post non-public personal information online that is accessible to the public, you do so at your own risk.

Where we gather Information

 

We gather Information from you in plainly-marked areas of our Website.  For example, we request Information from you when you:

 

  • Activate your online member account or register as a customer or guest.
  • Place an order.
  • Send, phone or fax to us a written application for membership.
  • Provide feedback in an online survey.
  • Participate in a promotional offer.
  • Request e-mail notification of your order status.
  • Change your Information.
  • Participate in other interactive services.

 

How we use Information

 

We use this Information to:

 

  • Help us to know our Members and visitors.
  • Enable us to enhance your Website visit, and to improve and customize the content and layout of our Website and other communications tools.
  • Track usage of the Website.
  • Assist you with Member support issues.
  • Follow up with you after your visit.
  • Send to you messages that we approve and to which you have subscribed (“Messages”).
  • Send to you mail and emails about our various products and services, upcoming events and programs, or other products and services we feel may be of interest to you (“Mailings”). 
  • Compile Member directories.

How we share Information

 

We share this Information with:

 

  • Our Divisions to assist with Member tracking.
  • Printers and distributors of our publications.
  • Our sponsors and suppliers in the form of non-personalized, demographic information about our Members.

 

We do not sell, share or trade your email or other contact information to sponsors or suppliers.  We send to you Messages or Mailings on behalf of a sponsor or official supplier pursuant to our agreement with them.

 

If we are required by law enforcement or judicial authorities to provide Information, we will do so to the extent that we determine disclosure is appropriate.  We may also provide Information as necessary to protect the personal safety of our Members or the public.

 

How we store and send Information

We maintain security procedures and standards for storing and sending Information which we believe are as safe as today’s technology permits. We test these procedures and modify them regularly as new technologies become feasible.

Opting Out

 

If you do not want to receive certain Messages or Mailings, you can opt out in several ways:

 

  • Adjust the settings in the My Preferences and My Subscription Pages of your account in the Members Only Area.
  • Click on the opt-out link if one is provided in a Message or Mailing.
  • Email us at mist@thesnowpros.org requesting that you name be removed from future Messages or Mailings.
  • Write us at PSIA-AASI, 133 South Van Gordon Street, Suite 200, Lakewood, CO 80228, requesting that you name be removed from future Messages or Mailings.

 

Other Websites

 

The Website may contain hyperlinks to other websites, content or resources (collectively, “Other Sites”).  Other Sites may gather information about you when you view them.  We cannot control their collection of information and suggest that you review Other Sites’ privacy policies before providing them with your personal information.

 

No Warranties

You understand and agree that you use the Website at your own risk and that we provide the website “AS IS” and “AS AVAILABLE” without any express or implied warranties of merchantability, reliability, non-infringement or fitness for a particular purpose.  Also, we do not warrant that:

 

  • The Website will meet your requirements;
  • Will operate without interruption or error;
  • Content will be accurate or reliable;
  • Content will not damage your computer; or
  • We will correct Website deficiencies.

 

You understand that we, our affiliates, Divisions, partners, sponsors and advertisers will not be liable for any consequential, incidental, indirect or punitive damages associated with your use of the Website, or for any loss resulting from

 

  • Your reliance on the Website;
  • Your transactions with an advertiser or sponsor on the Website;
  • Changes that we make to the Website;
  • The deletion, corruption or failure to store your Information or Content;
  • Your failure to provide and maintain accurate Information; or
  • Your failure to keep your password and account details confidential.  

 

NOTHING IN THESE TERMS EXCLUDES OR LIMITS OUR WARRANTY OR LIABILITY FOR LOSSES WHICH MAY NOT BE LAWFULLY EXCLUDED OR LIMITED BY APPLICABLE LAW. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE, BREACH OF CONTRACT OR BREACH OF IMPLIED TERMS, OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, ONLY THE LIMITATIONS WHICH ARE LAWFUL IN YOUR JURISDICTION WILL APPLY TO YOU AND OUR LIABILITY WILL BE LIMITED TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Other Sites

We:

 

  • Have no control over and are not responsible for the content or availability of Other Sites;
  • Do not represent or warrant anything about goods or services that you may get from Other Sites; and
  • Will not be liable for losses or damages incurred as a result of your contact with Other Sites. 

 

Direct your concerns regarding Other Sites to that website’s administrator or webmaster.

 

Members Only Area

When you first use the Members Only Area, you will select a password. You may change your password at any time by following the directions in the Members Only Area.


You acknowledge that if we disable access to your account, you may be prevented from accessing the Members Only Area, your Information or other content in your account.

 

Reporting Content Violations

If you believe that your intellectual property rights have been violated by Content, please send written notice to the address listed under “Contact Us” below that:

 

  • Describes the intellectual property that you believe was infringed (“Infringed Property”) and where the Infringed Property is located on the Website;
  • Includes your address, a telephone number, and an e-mail address where we can contact you; 
  • States that you have a good-faith belief that the infringing use is not authorized by the Infringed Property owner, by its agent, or by law; 
  • States, under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are the Infringed Property owner or are authorized to act on their behalf; and
  • Includes your electronic or physical signature. 

We may request additional information before removing any Content.

Termination

We may terminate your access to the Website if:

 

  • You breach the Terms or act in a way which we believe shows that you do not intend to or are unable to comply with the Terms;
  • We are required to do so by law; or
  • We decide to discontinue the Website. 

 

We may terminate your access to the Members Only Area for any of these reasons or if you are no longer a Member.

 

Governing Law

These Terms and your relationship with us are governed by Colorado law, without regard to its conflict of laws provisions. You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state or federal courts located in Denver, Colorado to resolve any legal matter arising from these Terms.

 

Changes to Terms

These terms and conditions represent the entire understanding relating to the use of the Website and prevail over any prior or contemporaneous, conflicting or additional, communications. From time to time, we may change the Website, these Terms or the Services without prior notice to you.  Changes will become effective when we post them to the Website.  We will treat your use of the Website after new Terms are published as your acceptance of the new Terms. 

 

Contact Us

Thank you for visiting our Website.  If you have questions about our policies, please contact us.

 

or

 

PSIA-AASI
133 South Van Gordon Street, Suite 200
Lakewood, CO 80228
(303) 987-9390
MemberServices@thesnowpros.org