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post #1 of 13
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I am thinking about becoming an instructor next season.I know the obvious pay sucks and politics. I know the upside is seeing someone get it,being outside ,family pass,discounted food and beer"at least where i will instruct",doing something i really love "hoping instructing wont kill it".I don't think after skiing 106 days this past season that i can go back to my old life/life style and this may be a real option with seasonal employment for the other 7 months.So any input would be great.


thanks
Pat
post #2 of 13
Hey Pat!
It is great to hear that another skier is possibly making the leap into the world of ski instruction! I have to say for me it is one of the most rewarding experiences ever! I made the leap 7 seasons ago and have not looked back.I started out as a part-timer and the first season was challenging!! Around the middle of the second season I was finally getting it! Aside from the teaching aspect another bonus was the training we recieve.At Okemo I think we have some of the best training around. Not only does your skiiing improve but so does your understanding of the basic fundamentals!

I have just finished my 7th season after working almost 400 hours as a part timer! Yes I do love it! Unfortunately I must wait another 7 months to do it again!

So what have you got to lose!! Go for it!!

Terry
post #3 of 13
FWIW, here's what I enjoy about teaching skiing:

1. Hanging out with a group of people that love to ski.
2. Improving my own skiing by training, practicing and working with my peers.
3. Teaching a lesson to students and see their eyes light up when they "get it" and gain new skills.

Of the three, I get the biggest sense of satisfaction from students who are able to meet their personal skiing goals, have more fun and see improvement.

Mike

PS - All of the above and the occasional "adult beverage".
post #4 of 13
Pat,

The beer may not be discounted, but the family pass and food is. It is the best way to improve your own skiing and communcation skills. My mountain has a fall hiring clinic (ITC) which consists of 2 weekends on snow (and off snow information) usually on the first 2 weekends in Dec. You should contact the mountain by very early Nov. if you are interested.
www.windhammountain.com

I teach full time there and I am happy to give you any information that I have or answer any questions on PM.

RW
post #5 of 13
Pat,

My advice is to go for it. Realize that many instructors get burned out from the work and quit teaching after 1-3 years. You may want to consider a part time commitment to get started before you commit whole hog to a full time schedule. Once you realize that you really love the sport and that helping other people "get it" is what matters most, then you'll have no regrets for choosing teaching as either a full or part time profession.

You might find this thread to be an interesting read.
post #6 of 13
You do know that when you become a ski instructor you'll never be satisfied with your skiing again...
post #7 of 13
I would be afraid of my skiing becoming work.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by skidbump View Post
I am thinking about becoming an instructor next season.I know the obvious pay sucks and politics. I know the upside is seeing someone get it,being outside ,family pass,discounted food and beer"at least where i will instruct",doing something i really love "hoping instructing wont kill it".I don't think after skiing 106 days this past season that i can go back to my old life/life style and this may be a real option with seasonal employment for the other 7 months.So any input would be great.\

thanks
Pat
It's hard to give you advice without knowing more about you. If you are relatively young then don't do it. A ski bum season after college is one thing but going for a career is another. Go out and get a real education and a real career and then you can ski whenever and wherever you want. I got about 50 days in this year including 2 weeks of heli that were awesome. High quality ski days. That's about what I do every year.

If your older and serious then at least move somewhere that has great skiing. I can think of nothing more depressing than going to a place like Ski Windham everyday.
post #9 of 13
If your doing it for the skiing (what other reason) move out west.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by volklskier1 View Post
It's hard to give you advice without knowing more about you. If you are relatively young then don't do it. A ski bum season after college is one thing but going for a career is another. Go out and get a real education and a real career and then you can ski whenever and wherever you want. I got about 50 days in this year including 2 weeks of heli that were awesome. High quality ski days. That's about what I do every year.

If your older and serious then at least move somewhere that has great skiing. I can think of nothing more depressing than going to a place like Ski Windham everyday.
I am 48 and was laid off after 20 yrs as a telcom tech.I have been skiing for 30 yrs but only in the last 4 or 5 have i really started to ski alot"more than 25 days".I enjoy being outside,I skied 104 days at belleayre and i did not get bored.If it becomes a chore i would have to rethink my life and at this point if i had to do the rethinking again what would it matter.Right now i am i a funk from season ending and the "what am i going to do with the rest of my life".
post #11 of 13
http://www.belleayre.com/psia/index.htm

The link above is for the instructor page a Belleayre, if that is where you are looking. Great group of people up there.
Good Luck.
post #12 of 13
Go for it skidbump. I started in my later forties and it was one of the best things I ever did for myself. Follow your passion.
post #13 of 13
Another thought. If you want to fast track your teaching skills and possibly make more money look for a position in one of the children's programs. Kids are way more funner than adults and Mom and Dad are usually very grateful when the young un comes back from class with a BIG smile.
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