There have been many interesting replies in this thread. I'm greatful for all the comments and opinions. They've helped me understand the business a bit better and shed some light on how things look from the ski schools point of view. It's a learning process, and I'm still learning!
I know many have said that my ability is at a level that is sufficient to teach, but my gut tells me that I should try to improve before taking that leap.
So, several days ago I tried to make contact with my instructor, who apparently is not the SSD. He's is the representative for local district of the PSIA. He's in some sort of supervisory role, but I don't know exactly what he does. I saw him pictured addressing new hires at the ski school and wrongly assumed he was the director. The person in charge of hiring, which I believe to be the SSD, is a different person.
I tried to make contact (by leaving my phone number at the ski school) with my instructor and the SSD. Neither of which has called me back. I don't get discouraged too easily, so I'll make another attempt, by phone, email or if that fails, by snail mail. My intent was to talk to my instructor solely about my own personal training agenda, and if in fact, he'd be interested in taking on a project like myself. I also wanted to contact the SSD to at least start the communication process hopefully get myself on his radar when he decides to hire some new people. So yes, I've decided to persue an instructor trainee position, but I'll seek out my own "personal" training first.
I contacted a resort in WV, and they were lukewarm when it came to my idea of training for several days in a row. Instead of agreeing with me I got a version of what the Director thought I should do. His idea was to take a lesson and then decide if I should take a lesson the next day depending on how I feel. That's basically what I do when I'm on vacation with my family, so there would be no real benefit in doing that. Or should I say, no real training. I was clear when I told him that I wanted to train, but his solution was very vanilla. To his credit, he said that he could assign a Level III to me for the entire 5 days.
I contacted a 3rd resort and they couldn't have been more helpful. They've got 4 Level III's and 10 Level II's on staff. They were receptive to my idea of training and liked the idea of 2 hours a day for 5 days. They wanted to be able to rotate different instructors with me so I wasn't with the same instructor for the entire 10 hours. They wouldn't bend on that issue. I suppose there are merits to having multiple instructors, but I'm inclined to find the 1 person that I like and then stick with them. They are willing to cut me a break on the lesson fees, if I were to pay for the entire package up front. That may be the best deal for me as it works out to be about $64 an hour for 10 hours. Not too shabby. It seems like a lot of coin to drop on training, but that's much less than I would spend at a ski camp somewhere.
As an aside, I believe I owe something to those that responded by saying you should only teach if that's the one and only goal. That's a pretty tough thing for anyone to say. They are a number of factors that I have to take into consideration when even thinking about pursuing this as a job (wife, kids, my full-time job, location, travel, etc.) I certainly wouldn't be doing it for the money, in fact due to travel and lodging I'd probably lose money by instructing. The appeal would be to teach, but it would also be an opportunity to learn. What teacher is ever done learning? I can't look at those two issues independent of one another. To me they go hand-in-hand. I don't mind teaching and would guess that I'd like it, but I also have to have an opportunity to learn.
I understand the idea of teaching as a way to improve you skiing. That's the same basic premise of why I teach my guys at work. I enjoy doing it, but it also keeps me sharp and up to speed within my profession. If those skills aren't honed, they become dull over time...