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post #1 of 6
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I recently filled out an online application for part time entry level ski instructor at Copper Mountain and have been considering applying elsewhere. I worked with my 5 year old daughter a handful of days last season, have lots of ski experience (advanced all mountain skier), have regularly trained & taught others professionally (finance), but have not been trained or worked as a ski instructor.

I currently work a flexible schedule mostly from home and would continue with that looking to instruct about 5 weekend days & holidays a month.

For those of you familar with Copper, A-basin, Loveland (and possibly Breckenridge), where do you think it would be best to work in terms of:
training for new instructors
anything else you can think of


Employee Benefits
  • FREE Season Pass
  • FREE Skiing and Riding at many other ski areas!
    Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Monarch Mountain, Steamboat, Winter Park, Copper Mountain, SolVista, Durango, Sunlight, Telluride, Crested Butte, Powderhorn, Eldora, Ski Cooper.
  • Discounts in the Restaurants and Cafeterias
  • Discounts at Loveland Sport Shop, Loveland Rental / Repair Shop and Ski School.
  • Holiday credit hours
  • Part time employees eligible for the season pass if work at least 16 hours every 2 weeks (pay period). Ski/Ride School Instructors can work work at least 14 days a year to get the pass.
  • Full Time work is 32 hours a week or more.
Ski/Ride School Instructors - No Experience Necessary, ongoing extensive training for instructors. Work at least 14 days a year to get the pass, full time can get at least 32-40 hours work a week.

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Other Great Stuff

Our employee benefits are subject to eligibility and vary for part-time employees.
Perks for the Ski Bum in All of Us
  • Free Season Pass for Arapahoe Basin, plus ski benefits at Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek
  • Free skiing at nine other Colorado resorts including Copper Mountain, Steamboat and Winter Park (that means employees get free skiing at a total of 16 ski areas in Colorado!)
  • Free lift tickets for friends and family after meeting certain requirements
  • Discounted lift tickets for friends and family
Great Benefits for Body, Soul and Stomach
  • Health, dental and vision insurance for full-time employees
  • Breakfast privileges for employees on the days you work
  • Employee Events (parties, trip give-aways and more)
  • Arapahoe Basin Discounts (in the cafeteria, rental shop, retail shop and ski school)
Wage Incentives
  • Competitive wages with raise opportunities
  • A winter season completion incentive package*
*Certain restrictions may apply according to specific department policies on the seasonal completion incentive package
Kid's Ski and/or Snowboard Instructor

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Job TypeOutdoorDepartment Ski School Hours/Shift Full-time works 5 days a week ranging from 12-25 hours a week. Part-time works a minimum of 5 days/month Wage TBD Posting Date 5-19-2008 Closing Date 12-31-2008 Job Description Showing children between ages 3-14 how to have a great time on the mountain by teaching them how to ski or ride. Experience/
Requirements Previous professional children's ski/snowboard instruction experience preferred. Most importantly, applicant must enjoy being around children and having fun. Physical Requirements Must be able to ski and/or snowboard at an intermediate level. Must be able to be outside in all weather conditions and stand for entire shift. Additional Requirements Must have own ski/snowboard equipment. Uniform provided of ski pants, fleece and outer jacket. Employee must provide own snow worthy boots, turtlenecks, long underwear, sunglasses/goggles and gloves. Applicants need to available to work the entire season approx. October/November through June. Arapahoe Basin will hold our annual hiring clinic in November 2008.

Mountain Benefits

Winter Seasonal and Year Round StaffCopper Mountain's Ski and Ride School (SRS). We are currently hiring entry level ski instructors to teach in our youth and adult programs. The Copper Mountain Ski + Ride School offers great learning, teaching and earning potential as well as one of the longest seasons in N. America. We provide on going training opportunities and certification reimbursement for our Instructors!

Requirements: Must be at least 18 years old. Must be available to work weekends and holidays. Part-time positions require a minimum commitment of 21 days. The minimum amount of days is subject to change. Looking for individuals who demonstrate an enthusiasm for skiing/riding and enjoy educating all ages and ability levels.
Formal teaching experience strongly preferred. Experience / willingness to work with Children a plus.

post #2 of 6
Copper, Breck and Keystone tend to have more work for their new instructors. If you are willing to teach a lot of kids' lessons, you probably will get hired by any of them. It's tougher to get hired to teach primarily adults. That's a preference you want to make clear to the people hiring. Training opportunities will be similar at all but Loveland, which tends to have less. Loveland may also have less work for you in general. Good people at all. You won't get insurance at any except worker's comp when you are officially on the job. Overall, you'd probably have a good experience at all, but Loveland might not be your first choice. Working at Copper will be handy for you since you can leave your car at home and ride the free Summit Stage bus there and back. Looking forward to meeting you!

Good luck!
post #3 of 6
I'd love to have you join us at Keystone, Matt, but unfortunately, we are hiring only certified instructors. Wherever you go--especially if it's Breckenridge, A-Basin, or any Vail Resort, please feel free to join our excellent training program any time. Give me a call if you are interested--you can reach me through the Keystone switchboard.

You'll have fun at any of the ski areas you've mentioned.

Season starts in one hour!

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #4 of 6
Not sure how much you want to work, Breck has programs where you only have to commit to 14 days. As MikeM pointed out, riding the bus from Frisco to Copper is a plus. The Summit Stage does go from Frisco to Breck as well but not sure how convenient that is with times. Parking in Breck can be a hassle. You may want to check out the minimum committent at Copper.
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Copper's site says the current minimum commitment is 21 days, which is fine with me. I looked some on the Breck/Vail corp site, but don't recall seeing a part-time entry level position...do you mind PMing it if you have it.

post #6 of 6
Originally Posted by Bob Barnes View Post
I'd love to have you join us at Keystone, Matt, but unfortunately, we are hiring only certified instructors.
Odd... When did that change? Or is that PT guys only get hired when certified?

BTW, I really appreciated the offer. I ended up with a flexible job in my field in SLC so I couldn't pass that up.
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