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Ski Instructor Body Count

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
What is your estimate as to how many ski instructors there are in the whole wide world?
post #2 of 18
200,000

Just a guess.
post #3 of 18
Maybe 30,000 in the US, 10,000 in Canada, 1,000 in the rest of this hemisphere, along with 50,000 in Europe, 5,000 in Asia/Russia and 5,000 more in Australia/NZ. My half-guess on Epic's.
post #4 of 18
Are you sure about the US number? I thought there were 30,000 in PSIA. I don't think that comes even close t covering every ski instructor working in the US.
post #5 of 18
Not enough today!


T
post #6 of 18
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Are you sure about the US number? I thought there were 30,000 in PSIA. I don't think that comes even close t covering every ski instructor working in the US.
On the other hand, there are a bunch of PSIA mambers who don't teach anymore, but keep up their membership. Although not as many as non PSIA that do teach.
post #7 of 18
Ain't that the truth!

Coulda used our Aussies.
post #8 of 18
...and I thought this thread was going to be about injuries to instructors! :
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
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...and I thought this thread was going to be about injuries to instructors! :
Feel free to count them as well.... actually, my instructor body count on behalf of my student are one broken leg on a 4y old boy !
post #10 of 18
Bummer, tdk... It really stinks when anyone gets hurt...
post #11 of 18

First, we must define what "is" is....

Define "ski instructor."

Anyone who has ever tried to teach anyone anything about skiing?

Anyone who wears a uniform that says "ski school" on it?

Full-time professional?

Someone who is actually "good" at it?

Include snowboard and nordic instructors?

I agree with Epic--there must be 200,000 of one of those groups!

(There are almost 17,000 members of EpicSki, approximately 16,500 of whom think they can teach skiing...)

Happy New Year!

Best regards,
Bob
post #12 of 18
How many of them make the TRUE commitment to teach skiing all year round?
post #13 of 18
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Ain't that the truth!

Coulda used our Aussies.
Please explain!
post #14 of 18
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Please explain!
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=59582
post #15 of 18
Let us define a ski instructor as someone who is paid to teach skiing professionally. That is, they report ski teaching income at tax time. They might be someone employed at a ski school / resort, or an unaffiliated instructor teaching privately but deriving income from teaching skiing. This doesn't mean just being given a beer for a good tip.

-Adam
post #16 of 18
Did 20 winters back to back, the last 7 in the Northern Hemisphere were at Stowe (3), and Deer Valley (4), all on H2-B. Had herd about visa issues. Hope it has been sorted out as there will be an awful lot of talent sitting in limbo. Hope to get to Stowe sometime this year and catch up with some good mates.
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
Ok boyz, my definition of a ski instructor would be anybody that is sertified (not an absolute must) and works currently at a ski school. I also include the instructors that are not working at the moment for whatever reasons (burnout) but are planning to get back in the future. Lets keep the taxman out of the definition as we do not want to scare people off .

My aim here is to try to put things in perspective. First Im trying to find out how many of us there are and then lets toghether see if we have anything in common except differences when it comes to nitpicking technique.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by tdk6 View Post
Ok boyz, my definition of a ski instructor would be anybody that is sertified (not an absolute must) and works currently at a ski school. I also include the instructors that are not working at the moment for whatever reasons (burnout) but are planning to get back in the future. Lets keep the taxman out of the definition as we do not want to scare people off .

My aim here is to try to put things in perspective. First Im trying to find out how many of us there are and then lets toghether see if we have anything in common except differences when it comes to nitpicking technique.
Is knowing how to spell "certified" an absolute must?

just kidding..

I disagree with the notion that, to be considered a "Ski Instructor", one must teach with a school.
there are likely thousands of privateers, worldwide, mostly highly-certified, who are unaffiliated with any school....
To say that burned out, non-working instructors count, but that privateers, such as the enormously certified veteran instructors one encounters at Alpine resorts do not, is a tad askew. the question includes "...in the whole wide world...", and some of the world's very top 1% are unaffiliated with any given school.
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