Originally Posted by therusty
(Dude - ???)
Where do you live? Do you want to work local or relocate. Do you want to teach full time or part time?
I teach part time at Whitetail, PA. I started 15 years ago by taking an ITC (instructor training course) for <$100 that involved 2 days of indoor training and 2 days of on snow training and included the lift pass. After I got hired I spent a few more days taking clinics and shadowing classes (free lift passes but no pay). After that I told the boss I was ready, he drilled me about how to teach a level 1 lesson. He liked my answers so he gave me a jacket (after I gave him a deposit check) and I have not looked back since.
It's the hardest job I've ever had and definitely is not worth it unless you love the sport and factor in smiles as part of the compensation.
Killington runs a generic "become an instructor" program
for those that want to go through the process without the pressure of the "hiring clinic" aspect that most resort ITC programs have. However, many resorts will let you take their ITC program even when you have no intention of actually working there.
Sure you can do what you say...no argument...but do you really think a young guy/gal is who wants to ski is going to move to PA?
Seriously. These programs are great, and extremely popular...in Whistler there will be around 200 students in one of these programs on any given day of the season...how many students did your entire ski school have last tuesday?
They are basically like ESA....but longer, with accom, etc thrown in...and I would suggest if you compare apples to apples...similiar price points....I just checked the YES website...YES is the most popular of these programs...basically $1500/week.
And for that you get:
7 nights accommodation
• 6 day Whistler Blackcomb Lift Pass
• 1 Guiding morning (Sunday)
• 4 Days Ski Instruction (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 4 hours / day)
• Video analysis
• Après functions
• In-resort service
That is super cheap...passes alone are $80*6=$420
Accomadation...say $50/night = $350
Which means for around $700/week you are getting coached by some of the best in the business.
Other programs are maybe a touch more...but usually offer full day instruction....and do drive harder towards the Level 1.
You really hit the nail on the head when you said Ski Teaching is a tough business...it is...especially when you are 20 somthing yrs old, and just want to "Live the lifestyle"....that is what these programs offer...skiing everyday with great freinds, working on your skiing, working towards a certification...then maybe teach abit after....statistically most dont come back to teach...but many do come back for the program.
Is there cheaper ways to get into ski teaching...definatley.
Is there a easier/cheaper way to live the ski bum lifestyle at a major resort like Whistler, and do it in a way that leaves you coming home with something (ie CSIA L1) so that your parents dont say you are just "wasting time"....not that I am aware of.
If you just show up to Whistler with no prior ski teaching experience....you will get a job...as a lifty. Sucks on those powder days.
If you are happy to just work at a smaller resort in the East, then by all means, follow the advice given by the others.