long time lurker, first time posterHi!! My name is Steve. I did not see a place to put user introductions so I guess here is good! I am in my upper 30's, and have been skiing since around age 10.
In my teens, I skied a variety of resorts, including Alta, Snowbird, Squaw, and Mammoth.
At Squaw and Mammoth I liked skiing Olympic Lady, Kt22 (frontside as well as backside chute) and granite chief (now wish I had skied broken arrow) and at Mammoth skied 22 (front bump runs as well as avalanche chute) and 23 (climax, paranoid).
A couple of years ago I was living in Dunsmuir and skiing Mount Shasta, and my minister who worked at Mount Shasta saw me skiing and told me they were hiring ski instructors, but since I wasnt the type that hucked myself off of cliffs <like in the movies where they jump a hundred feet off of palisades at squaw> didn't think I was qualified. The minister of my church talked me into applying, unfortunately due to the conditions they halted hiring, but told me they hired mere intermediates to be instructors
That same year I started skiing Mount Ashland, where I fell in love with the bowl (chute 2 and 3). I moved to ashland where unfortunately I had a very severe and almost life ending accident. While last season I was skiing chute 3 very confidently (between 35-40 percent steepness) By the next ski season I was very out of shape, but still very eager to be a ski instructor. Unfortunately Mount Ashland was very affected by the recession, and told me they had to lay off a good number of instructors. I had wanted to take PSIA clinics so I could become a instructor, but they told me the PSIA Clinics were only for staff.
Anyways I am very eager to be a instructer, and even tho I have had major health problems (had to have surgery on my brain summer of 09, had my head hurt till december, and put on a embarrasing amount of weight) I have been very hard working putting in my time skiing this season 3-4 days a week. Even tho it is evident the local ski area is not able to accommodate my desire, as a sales rep in the outdoor industry I have experience giving beginners instruction and wish to continue so with skiing.