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PSIA Pin: Cool or Not Cool?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
OK, here's an odd question for PSIA certified instructors: do you wear your pin when you're not on official business...i.e. not instructing, on vacation, and/or away from home mountain? Just curious.
post #2 of 20
I usually do not wear my pin outside of instructing. I don't consider it cool or uncool its just part of the uniform to me.
post #3 of 20
Like Pierre, I think it's just part of the uniform. Sometimes I'll wear a pin at other PSIA events, but when I went to an event last month at killington, I left it in my pocket.
post #4 of 20
What color is it?
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
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What color is it?
Mine's silver, red and blue...very shiny and sparkly...
post #6 of 20

Personal call.

Wear it with pride if you wish. Whichever color.

I didn't use to, but I've started doing it, because I realized it's a nice conversation opener. I'll do it more in the future, because I've really enjoyed being a part of it and try to earn that level of professionalism every day.

Whenever I see PSIA folks with a badge, we always have a nice visit.

We talk about Harb. (just kidding )
post #7 of 20
I'm more likely to wear a ball cap, or a sweatshirt, or something (although I currently own neither of these), or to display a bumper sticker on my car, than to wear my pin when I'm not on the job. I might wear a lapel pin (have lost a few), or a real pin on my sweater in some situations if they have at least something to do with skiing. I will often wear it when free-skiing at other resorts--you never know whom you might meet, or what sorts of doors it might open!

Like you, Weems, I should probably start wearing it more. I will!

Best regards,
Bob
post #8 of 20
The ones I like are the 20-30 year pins that I see folks with.

Personally, I don't wear mine anymore (it's the same as yours), because I lost it. I keep saying I need to get a new gold one to replace it...

L
post #9 of 20
Bob brings up a good point....

I wear my office badge on a PSIA lanyard, have a PSIA license plate frame, a PSIA fleece and golf shirt that I wear once in a while, and some PSIA luggage. So I'm somewhat conspicuous at times. I even have a sew-on PSIA National Alpine Team (D-Team) arm patch that I got a few years ago from a friend on the team, but haven't figured out where/how to display it yet, because it's just motivational/inspirational to me - I'm not on the team, nor have I ever been, and probably never will (only because my motivation to make the team is outweighed by my motivation to provide food, shelter and education to my 4 kids and remain married to my 1st wife... I know, I know.... where are my priorities! )
post #10 of 20
I am no longer an employed ski instructor and my pin is bronze but I wear mine on my EpicSki Academy 2003 ball cap. I'm seldom among folks who would recognize it. Earning the pin was not particularly hard but it wasn't a gimme. Let's just say I'm proud to have earned it but more, I'm glad to have met all the fine folks here and on the job that represent the PSIA.
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by weems View Post

Whenever I see PSIA folks with a badge, we always have a nice visit.

We talk about Harb. (just kidding )
Now that made me laugh!


Original question: My pin stays on my Uniform Jacket.
post #12 of 20
I wear my pin, especially the 30-year one, on my uniform jacket. I have a smaller divisional pin I wear on the uniform fleece. I only wear either type when not working if I'm involved in a PSIA event. Maybe when I get that really outstanding 40-year pin like Weems has, I'll wear it everywhere.

I do have one of the small lapel pins on the strap for my helmet. I used to wear one of those on any ski coat, but I kept losing them off the coats. The one on the helmet strap has been there several seasons. Like Weems noted, the little lapel pin can be a conversation opener.
post #13 of 20
When I have a 30 year pin, I'll be a fossil. For now, I wear my (sigh) bronze pin on my work jacket. I wear that little lapel pin otherwise.

I'm not ENTIRELY content with PSIA any more than I am with USA, but I'm a proud member of both and hope I can have some positive impact, albeit small.
post #14 of 20
I'll sell you my gold pin, if I can find it. Everyone used to think it was a union pacific pin anyway.
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
Interesting...most of you think like I do...it stays on the uniform...I've always thought it would be pretentious to wear it off duty. The reason I asked was that I was away for the weekend visiting an instructor friend and was hanging with a bunch of instructors and I kinda wanted them to know..."hey...I'm one of you!"...but it all came out after the numerous hours of drinking we partook in.
post #16 of 20
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I even have a sew-on PSIA National Alpine Team (D-Team) arm patch that I got a few years ago from a friend on the team, but haven't figured out where/how to display it yet,
John,
Put it on Frisco's gear! Gives new meaning to "pissy demo team", eh?


I occasionally wear my pins when I visit other resorts if I care to bother to move them from one jacket to another. I will also also wear the pins to off season ski related events where I'm representing my resort.
post #17 of 20
My husband received his 30 year pin at NRM's Fall Festival in December, attached to a PSIA cap and personally delivered by the Executive Director, Mark Dorsey. Now that was nice!

I remember he was wearing his 20 year pin when we were watching the Powder 8 competition at Bridger Bowl and a rookie kid in the ski school standing next to him noticed it and said, wonderingly, "Wow, 20 years at Level III--and I'm not even 20 years old!" He never wore that pin again.

I think it would be weird if college professors ran around wearing their mantles of academic achievement unless it's commencement or some other professional ceremony. I guess I feel the same about wearing my pin casually--it would be ostentatious.
post #18 of 20
I have a 40 yr pin.....got it 3 yrs ago-----yeah--it`s big-----and it helps hold up my pants!!!! really --I like it and wear it proudly----if i`m away --I wear the pin sometimes , not the SS jacket....
Good things happen if you live long enough-----this is a good thing!!!!
post #19 of 20
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John,
Put it on Frisco's gear! Gives new meaning to "pissy demo team", eh?
The poor dog's pushing 14 years and is about stone deaf now.

Maybe I'll put a HH picture on the tree in the back yard so he can pi$$ on his face a few times a day :

BTW, I got my 20 year pin a couple of years ago, but I still don't wear it more than I did the standard pin.

(chill out PMTSers, and CarveLust. It's just a joke.)
post #20 of 20
I have a pin from the days when thier was only ONE pin with the Regional E. Haven't taught in 15 years and not worn it since the day I got it in the early 80's. I never felt the pin made the instructor. But with this all said, It was one the high spots of my skiing and teaching career. The feeling of accomplishment when my name was posted was unbelievable.

I have often looked at it in the years since I retired from teaching and the memories come back.
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