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post #1 of 8
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Here's mine.


I work part time at a major destination resort this will be my 24th season. For me that was just over 350 teaching hours last season. The majority of that time is half and full day privates. I teach our children's program a couple days each season and adult group lessons a couple dozen times. The time in privates is probably split about 50/50 between adults and children.


I teach at all levels. The majority of my lessons are in the middle as far as skill levels go. The intermediate is king. Most of my upper level lessons come from guests who I have helped over the years to become an advanced/expert skier. 


I also get to work with members of the ski school to improve there skiing and teaching.


I don't have a day job but I have done a variety of seasonal work from bike mechanic to running my own lawn care company to compliment my income from teaching.



post #2 of 8

    I work 30-35 hours a week as a furniture delivery tech rolleyes.gif and make some income on the side as a ski tuner/race tech (not as much $ as I used to--"it's the economy, stupid"). 


    I've been skiing for 37 yrs., many of which were spent racing. Nowadays I ski 2-3 days a week (sometimes more). The last few years I have been getting more and more involved with  *informal coaching and instructing, assisting my old coach and mentor. Lately we've been working with psia L2's going for their L3's.  Next year, there is discussion of introducing stubbies and starting up a more formal carving /all mountain clinic.


      *We don't get paid for this...



post #3 of 8

Work from home. In the winter, bodyboard/skate/bike approx 4/5 of the week days, ski on the 2/3 of the weekends. The other weekend days its back to weekday fun stuff and chores. Ski mid-week during my kids week off in Feb and Apr.

post #4 of 8

I skied a few times in HS.  Don't remember most of it because it was the '70's  (nothing to do with age) rolleyes.gif


Started back at it at 47 (2007)so I could follow my daughter around during her "After School Program" lessons (wife was too protective to let her on a mountain with a stranger and she doesn't ski).


Took my first lessons in "09 in a weekly adult clinic after I tore my ACL at Tuckerman's in '08 because none of my friends bothered to tell me that I couldn't ski worth a crap and I shouldn't go there.  I thought I could ski pretty good.  After all; I watched a video on it and it looked easy.  I decided to learn the sport and became a member here.  Also got into beer league racing through work.


Became an instructor in '09/'10 and L1 the end of that season.  Just finished my 4 season at a small mountain (just under 1100' and 100 acres).  Don't see me going anywhere else unless they kick me out for some reason or they do something that pisses me off enough.  For now, we're comfortable with each other.


Since I work more than full time for a Defense Contractor, I coach the weekends and fill in as an instructor here and there.  Also spent a couple season working NASTAR.  It was fun but got out of it as it was interfering with my skiing improving.  Last season I started coaching a seasonal program to get kids ready for the race program.  It's an all mountain course with some gates here and there.  I'll be doing that again this year on Sat & Sun in the mornings and will continue my training each afternoon (same as I did this past season).  This coming season I'm going to race again in beer league and help out with my daughters HS race team (they're there the same afternoon as the beer league race).


Last couple seasons I toyed with getting L2 but until the end of the season I had way too many distractions, though I did get at least one prerequisite done (CS1).  Trained very hard at the end of the season for L2 and I'm pretty sure this season I'll get at least through the skiing portion (or go broke trying).


I'm fortunate that my main job makes it so I can look at coaching as a hobby instead of employment.  I'm sure I spend more on it than I make but I do it because I like it and for the training.  When I retire, I'll probably do it full time and/or coach HS kids.  I would like to do that now but I can't take three afternoons off each week and keep my job.


Skiing, coaching and training is all I want to do.  I work so I can do it as much as I can.  If I were to win the lottery, I would walk away from my main job, though I do enjoy that, and dedicate my time to skiing and coaching to the extent I could still stay married wink.gif.



post #5 of 8

20 years teaching at Whitetail, PA. 60-140 paid hrs per season (8-14 week season). It used to be about 60% teaching first timers. That's down under 10% now. 30% teaching clinics to other pros. I try for 50/50 skiing vs riding. I have a day job keeping computer systems happy.

post #6 of 8

My reality is that ski teaching saved me from a life of quiet desperation in the hinterlands of Montana. I never made much money, but I made some lifelong friendships and found a lifelong obsession. I no longer teach skiing professionally, but one never stops, really. 

post #7 of 8

I teach fulltime in Japan and Chile, instructing is the only job I've had apart from bartending and teaching sailing. I teach a mix of lessons, probably predominantly higher level privates with some instructor training and groups too.  


Started skiing around 2003 (19), got level 1+2 in a training program in 2005 in my university summer holiday, started teaching fulltime in the 06/07 season, passed level 3 in 2010, done 12 seasons now. 

post #8 of 8

I got to thinking about this thread while reflecting on putting things together to allow for skiing.  The deal I have that pays the basic bills is I'm a retired firefighter (wildfires, which was good for skiing, 'cause winters were slow in that line).  During the winter I'm a full-time patroller, and I occasionally ski tech and bootfit for friends and co-workers.  Summers are kind of classic mountain town gigs: part-time landscaping/yardwork and occasional movie extra work.  Leaves a little time for harassing fish and getting out in the hills.  Not too bad, all things considered.  


Q: You know how to make ends meet when you live in a mountain town?

A: Get a third job.


Q: Why get another job when you've retired?

A: Because your spouse gets twice as much of you and only half the money.  

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