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Hi, sorry if this has been asked before and most probably has but I was wondering if i could get some help with a few questions about ski instructing, I'v had a look around and had no definative answers. Im going to be undertaking CSIA Level 1 and 2 in Canada on a course in January and it would be great if I could get some more info before I go.

Any info would be highly appreciated wether it be links to other sites or personal accounts Thanks

1) How do I go about gaining higher qualifications than those above Level 1 and 2, if only managed to find one site offering level 3?

2) What qualifications such as race coaching etc do I need to go on to do Level 3 and 4. How much harder would you say these courses are.

3) What is the average pay for a level 2 ski instructor for a season or per hour? (Not that this is an issue I'd just like to have a rough guide)

4) How easy is it to get work year round by working in NZ etc.

5) Is it possible to teach/ do the qualifications using twin tip skis or is it much better to use carving style skis.

6) What sort of exercise regime would you suggest for getting in shape for skiing?

Thanks for your time, any personal opinions on your time instructing and any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

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Welcome to Epic rougipwns!

The first requirement to get higher qualifications is experience. Once you pass your level 1, you become a member of the certifying organization. You will also most likely become a member of a ski school. On the job experience is a critical success factor for passing higher level exams. CSIA does have a schedule page for higher level exams on their web site, but they have not loaded next seasons courses into it.

The certifications do get harder they higher up you go. CSIA level 3 does not appear to require any race coaching experience or race performance. See this page for descriptions of different levels.

My guess is that pay at some of the larger resorts for L2 cert would be in the range of $10-$15/hr, plus tips.

Working year round is doable. Knowing the right people helps a lot. Most pros find it more profitable to work a "real job" in the off season.

There are stories of people who failed exams because of "inappropriate" gear. In general though, examiners are looking for specific things. They won't care if you're on 2x4's with duct tape holding your boots onto them as long as you can show them what they're looking for. That said, it might be a tad difficult to pass an exam with 2x4's instead of skis. Most smart exam candidates look for all of the help they can get from their equipment.

There are plenty of exercise regime threads in the fitness section of Epic. In general, you are looking for a balanced program that builds strength, flexibility, cardio and balance. For strength, lower body and core are keys to focus on. Lower body and hip flexibility help a lot. Skiing is mostly anaerobic, so sprint and interval training help more than steady paced cardio routines. There are unlimited options to achieve skiing fitness. Find activities that are fun versus trying to do it all in a gym.
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