Tailgate Alaska

Tales from the World Freeride Festival in Alaska.

Tailgate Alaska Day 1 - winning at failing

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Earlier this week, I went to Mont Tremblant for the third try at passing the freeride teaching component of my CASI level 3 instructor's certification but didn't meet the standard yet again. The reason this time was that it was judged that I hadn't pushed the students hard enough during my lesson. Whether or not they left as better snowboarders was irrelevant; apparently the alliance has become more about creating return customers than about making better snowboarders. In spite of the overwhelming negativity which I was feeling toward CASI, I decided to put that all behind me and focus on what is important: snowboarding. I got packed up and jumped a flight to Anchorage, the launching point for my Tailgate Alaska adventure.