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How Partnerships Can Really Work: Volkswagen of America and the Professional Ski Instructors of America/American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI)

March 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

You’ve probably noticed some pretty sweet looking VW’s sitting out in front of your local ski hill lately, adorned with striking and playful art by outdoor industry favorite Mimi Kvinge.

Volkswagen of America explains that for the second year in a row, it is a proud partner of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI), and since January 2017, the organizations have worked together to promote access to snowsports in communities throughout the U.S.

As part of the collaboration, Volkswagen offers a range of 4Motion all-wheel-drive vehicles to the eight PSIA-AASI divisions as well as the group’s national office.

For the 2018 season, Volkswagen expanded the PSIA-AASI fleet beyond its Atlas to also include the Golf Alltrack and all-new Tiguan. A fleet of 12 uniquely wrapped Volkswagens are used by PSIA-AASI members and instructors to help transport equipment at each division.

As part of a community comprised of more than 32,500 U.S. snowsports professionals across the United States, PSIA-AASI instructors interact with consumers throughout the year teaching professional ski and snowboard lessons in alpine, cross-country, snowboard and telemark disciplines.

Of equal importance, PSIA-AASI offers an adaptive curriculum for disabled winter sports enthusiasts at more than 400 resorts nationwide.

The collaboration represents opportunities for cross-pollination between snowsports and the public at large, especially at the intersection of the active lifestyle.

“It’s our privilege and pleasure to begin a long-lasting collaboration with Volkswagen to help provide support for the active and outdoor lifestyles of our members,” said Nicholas Herrin, PSIA-AASI’s CEO. “We’re thrilled to find a sponsoring Volkswagen, whose automobiles will help our members get to the mountains and enjoy the outdoors.”

“Every winter, our members’ expertise and enthusiasm to teach others to ski and snowboard helps drive more people outside, to enjoy winter,” continued Herrin. “Working with this industry leader allows us to provide professional pricing on a critical resource that can help many of our members arrive at their destination to better serve their employers and their guests.”

Engineered for performance on a variety of road conditions, the Golf Alltrack features 4Motion all-wheel drive, Hill Descent Control, Alltrack-exclusive “Off Road Mode,” and increased ground clearance. We tested these features extensively around the Tahoe area and simultaneously experienced the depth of customer service and expertise PSIA instructors bring to the table during a day of skiing at Diamond Peak ski area at Incline Village.

PSIA-AASI members teach adults and children of all levels an average of 20 days a winter per instructor, ranging in accreditation from Level I through Instructor Trainer. Their standardized progressions allow consistent teaching and learning opportunities at resorts globally.

Art, Snow and Fun

The PSIA-AASI fleet aesthetic is a product of Volkswagen’s collaboration with Seattle, Washington, based artist Mimi Kvinge. Her custom artwork on the Golf Alltrack, Atlas and Tiguan has helped draw attention to the PSIA-AASI partnership both on the ground and online.

“I could not be more excited about being involved with the evolution of this project. Even though this is my second year working with Volkswagen and PSIA-AASI, it is still so exciting and surreal to see my paintings on such iconic vehicles,” Kvinge said.

Since working with the partnership, Mimi’s social presence has grown, and has helped bring even more attention to the benefits of taking a professional lesson, to PSIA-AASI and the Volkswagen fleet.

The best way to appreciate these murals is up close and in person. This winter the vehicles have been making appearances at practically every major resort in the country from California to New England.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA), an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWGoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Tiguan Limited vehicles through more than 650 independent U.S. dealers.

“We’re happy to support PSIA-AASI with Atlas, Tiguan and Golf Alltrack vehicles for use throughout the country,” said Jim Zabel, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Volkswagen of America. “The overall capability and spacious interiors in these vehicles are well-suited to outdoor recreation and the active lifestyles of our customers.”

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PSIA-AASI National Team workshop at Arapahoe Basin

The Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) is a nonprofit education association with a membership of more than 32,000 men and women dedicated to promoting snowsports through instruction. The association establishes certification standards for ski and snowboard instructors and develops education materials to be used as the core components of most ski and snowboard school training. PSIA-AASI supports its membership through research and development of instructional programs in alpine and nordic skiing, snowboarding, adaptive skiing and riding, and children’s skiing and riding.

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