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Snowboard Instructor Thinking about spending a season in Aspen

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I taught last year at Breckenridge and liked it a lot.  I got my AASI cert 1 and will be going for cert 2 next year.  I'm looking for info on how living in Aspen all winter would be.  How much can I expect to pay for rent if I find a fairly good deal.  How much work can I expect to get, especially if I get my level 2 cert?  Are most lessons private lessons?  Do they allow one to teach both kids and adult lessons and not specifically declare a discipline?

I'm sure I'll come up with more, but those are my first few questions.  Lastly, how is the terrain?  Breckenridge was a really flat mountain, I like trees and black/ double blacks if there is actually snow to ride on.

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We have some Aspen people on the board.  Hopefully this bump will help them see it. 

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Aspen is a really nice town, with very good expert skiing. It's rarely crowded and I think it has some of the most consistent skiing, that I've experienced.  Aspen Mountain and Highlands both have a high percentage of expert terrain and reward skilled riders.

 

It is a little more expensive, but generally wages are also higher. Rent will vary by location and your arrival.  I would estimate $600/month/room would be about the lowest you will find in town and it can go up infinitely from there.

 

I rode up with a wealthy Aussie last year, that had lived all over the world.  He was paying $14,000/month and he thought it was the greatest place he'd ever been! He was living large, his wife loved it and his kids were in ski club.  Aspen schools are like a high end private with a lift right from campus.

 

I know a lot of instructors and most have been there for a long time. Most don't have second jobs, but they did when they started.

Most do a lot of privates, but it takes a while to build up your clientele.  I believe that they are some of the highest paid in the country, but your not going to be making a lot of money right away?

 

Come out as early as you can.  Bring a tent and camp up at Weller or Difficult, so you don't have to take the first thing you find.

It's a really nice place and I think would have a very good time!

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